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New 48 team World Cup !!!

on Wed 28 Dec 2016, 5:55 pm
A FORTY-EIGHT TEAM WORLD CUP!



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http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38449674

Global football federations are "overwhelmingly in favour" of plans for a 48-team World Cup, Fifa president Gianni Infantino says.

The head of football's governing body outlined his vision for an expanded tournament comprising 16 groups of three teams earlier this month.

The top two teams in each group would progress to the knockout rounds.

A decision will be made in January but any change to the 32-team format is unlikely to come in before 2026.

Fifa's council will discuss the proposal at a meeting on 9 January but Infantino, 46, made expansion part of his election manifesto.

"We have to be more inclusive," he said at a sports conference in Dubai, adding that a 48-team tournament was the most financially appealing. "If we can have a format that does not add any additional matches but brings so much joy to those who don't have the chance to participate then we will have to think about that," Infantino said. "When discussed with the associations in the summits they were overwhelmingly in favour, but more discussions will have to take place."

The number of competing teams at World Cups last changed in 1998, increasing from 24 to 32


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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

on Wed 28 Dec 2016, 7:37 pm
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Can't see a problem myself.

in the end the cream rises to the top so the lesser nations that qualify will have a chance to go to a finals but will not achieve much.

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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 7:19 pm
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BREAKING: FIFA council unanimously vote to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026. 48 teams to be divided into 16 groups of three.

Looking forward to Kazakhstan v Luxembourg! …
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Re: New 48 team World Cup !!!

on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 9:37 pm
@thehuwdavies: "Using FIFA rankings, here's how World Cup 2026 groups could look. Seeds listed first; top 2 go through. Hell of a draw for Wales and England"


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