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    48 team World Cup in 2026?

    It's starting to become more of a reality than just a possibility. Haven't searched for an article in English but it sounds like FIFA officials have come to an agreement.

    I don't like the idea personally, that's 16 extra crappy teams.

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    http://www.espnfc.us/blog/fifa/243/p...cup-on-tuesday

    Not sure what I think about this....but leaning towards the obvious, another FIFA money grab....

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    seems logical that they would give it to the americans and everyone stuffs billion dollar bills into their luggage on the way out the door if thats the case. i'm fine with it. more soccer is awesome.

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    FIFA's proposal (16 groups of 3) would create some (many?) completely unwatchable groups (Brazil, Congo and Canada!!!!!). I prefer the original FIFA proposal (16 automatic group stage qualifiers and 32 teams playing single elimination games to qualify for the knockout round). That would have been insane.

    Knockout stage should remain relatively unscathed though, unlike in UEFA's awful expansion of the EUROs.

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    That many teams is going to lead to some really really bad games

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    Maybe Qatar would've made it after all! (not really)

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    Are they really going to resolve every draw in the group stage with a penalty shootout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alincoln View Post
    I prefer the original FIFA proposal (16 automatic group stage qualifiers and 32 teams playing single elimination games to qualify for the knockout round). That would have been insane.
    That would be incredible, and really the only way I could ever get behind a 48-team World Cup. Plus, it would make qualification a whole lot more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alincoln View Post
    Are they really going to resolve every draw in the group stage with a penalty shootout?
    Or what happens when-

    Team A beats team B 1-0
    Team C beats team A 1-0
    Team B beats team C 1-0

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    There will be one more USA-Mexico WCQ in the US that isn't a glorified friendly.

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    So I guess that any team with 1 very good player or at least 4 good players will make the tournament.

    Sounds kind of like they have decided to $#@! up the entire tournament in order to win votes from countries with 100 able bodied men able to try out for a team.

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    Nice work, FIFA...taking a page from the UIL

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    So you're saying we'll make the cup in 2026?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Knight View Post
    So you're saying we'll make the cup in 2026?
    PUERTO RICO will make The Cup in 2026...

    ...even if San Juan doesn't get to host a match.

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    I've been thinking about it and it's actually not THAT bad. It will make games more interesting and relevant.

    Group of three, two qualify. Problem is that if you play 1st and 3rd then you have a huge advantage. Playing 1st and 2nd game, you have odds against you. All this based on fatigue of course.

    Every third game for a team is now relevant when before, sometimes it wasn't and coaches used it to rest players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNip View Post
    I've been thinking about it and it's actually not THAT bad.
    No. It sucks horribly. The Hex, which has always been entertaining and important for both U.S. and Mexico team building, is dead and been replaced with some glorified friendlies.

    Competitive fixtures now consist of the WC every four years and the freaking Gold Cup.

    The only silver lining is that the US and Mexico will need to commit to play in the Copa to get some competitive international experience. Unfortunately, I have little faith that the USSF will recognize the necessity of playing in the Copa.

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    I'm just trying to think positively ��. This does indeed sucks ass.

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    What's wrong with perfection?

    Answer:

    Spoiler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grammer Police View Post
    What's wrong with perfection?

    Answer:

    Spoiler!
    I think that the right answer is that "It leaves VOTES on the table."

    I would be that this doesn't do as well as having competitive qualifying matches for 2 to 3 years and then competitive World Cup matches.

    Craptastic Matchups will get low ratings. This will not help bring in more ad revenue.

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    Not a fan of the idea, looking at the possibility of an extra 4 spots for the AFC (Asian Football Confederation), I prefer that the Socceroos need to actually play some decent teams on the way to the WC finals and get the results rather than playing minnows, if this goes ahead there will be a lot of dead rubbers in qualifying....

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