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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:56 pm 
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They plan to expand the tournament from 32 teams to 48 teams. They stated more teams from Africa and Asia will qualify. A question would be do you like the idea and how will the qualification spots be effected?
For me the obvious thing to do is to remove the .5 spots from each confederation. OFC would move up to 1 spot, CONCACAF would move up to a total of 4 spots, CONMEBOL would become 5 spots and the AFC would get 5 spots. This will cost 2 of the newer spots leaving 14 spots left. With the African confederation being roughly the same size as europe(1 less African state then Europe) Africa can gain 8 spots to be equal to Europe that leaves 4 open spots. Asia can be given the remaining 4 spots as they have 46 nations. Give a additional spot to CONCACAF
48 spots
Asia- 9 spots (4.5 spots gained)
South America 5 spots (.5 spots gained)
North America 5 spots (1.5 spots gained)
Europe 13 spots (no spots gained)
OFC 1 spot (.5 spots gained)
Africa 13 spots (8 spots gained)
(15 spots filled I think)
Give World Cup champion 1 spot (most likely going to Europe or South America)
Basically half of South America qualify for the World Cup. Africa gains the most making it equals to Europe. Almost every confederation gains something. The biggest change is bringing back the World Cup automatic qualification for the World Cup champion.


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It would change CONCACAF qualifying but I would give the Caribbean an automatic spot in the World Cup.


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It would change CONCACAF qualifying but I would give the Caribbean an automatic spot in the World Cup.

Chances are if I'm right about the spot breakdown (which isn't a certainty) the Caribbean might get a spot easier in CONCACAF qualification. Have the final round of qualifying as 2 groups of 6 with the top 2 automatically qualifying for the World Cup and the third place teams playing each other.
Basically qualification is like 2010 CONCACAF qualification without the fourth round. Instead of 3 groups of 4 it's 2 groups of 6. Round 2 can be changed to a group stage. While not helping US and Mexico it will help CONCACAF in general by giving middle teams more games and potentially getting teams higher ranking in FIFA. That in turn could help some of the smaller teams in the Gold cup qualifiers as they might get a bye potentially if they win a few games in qualification.

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U.S., Canada, Mexico 2026 World Cup bid a possibility - CONCACAF chief

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seems interesting but why keep the half slots? While I don't mind CONCACAF getting 6.5 spots I don't see why South America is getting 60% of the nations in the region. That one spot could go to ending the playoff.

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seems interesting but why keep the half slots? While I don't mind CONCACAF getting 6.5 spots I don't see why South America is getting 60% of the nations in the region. That one spot could go to ending the playoff.

The Caribbean Football League is making noises about leaving and will probably take 1.5 slots with them


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bige wrote:
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seems interesting but why keep the half slots? While I don't mind CONCACAF getting 6.5 spots I don't see why South America is getting 60% of the nations in the region. That one spot could go to ending the playoff.

The Caribbean Football League is making noises about leaving and will probably take 1.5 slots with them

Honestly I'd be interested in seeing what happens if they do leave. While they are the bulk of Nations in the federation, the majority of them are the bottom of the federation.

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