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January 11, 2017, 03:10:05 AM
Reply #15


16 extra teams is probably another 180 stickers added to the already expensive to complete Panini album.

Won't someone think of the sticker collectors!

Saw this earlier

January 11, 2017, 03:25:01 AM
Reply #16


I'm slowly warming to the idea even though for a while I thought a 32 team tournament should be the maximum. We already have quite a few qualifying spots for Europe although a few more wouldn't be a bad thing (increasing Scotland's odds of qualifying from 3,000/1 to 2,000/1) plus it would be good to see more representation from teams from Africa, Asia, North America plus I guess they could give New Zealand Oceania one guaranteed qualifying spot.

The 3 team group format seems very weird and I'm not sure I like the idea of certain teams only getting to play 2 games before getting knocked out, but then most will qualify for the knockout stages. We might see teams going more for it as they know one win could be enough for qualification and you might get a few surprise teams (a bit like Iceland and Wales in the Euros) going quite a distance.

It's a global competition and if it can be implemented properly then it could add more drama and excitement.

January 11, 2017, 03:32:22 AM
Reply #17


I quite like it.

The tournament will still take as long as the current format (32 days), and the winner will still need to play the same amount of games to lift the cup (7).

They're are also proposing to do away with draws in the group stage. Instead, any game ending in a draw will go to penalties, so there will be a definitive winner for every game.

January 11, 2017, 03:59:50 AM
Reply #18


The only problem I have with it is that if there's only 3 teams in a group then you could end up with a lot of teams tied on points and goal difference and end up flicking a coin. More incidences of 2 teams knowing a draw will put them both through as well as there'll only be one group game at a time. I think that's why they're debating penalties in the event of drawn games

January 11, 2017, 04:38:44 AM
Reply #19

Simon Paul

maybe qualifying for one world cup automatically wasn't enough for Qatar so they bunged a few extra quid in the envelope to get into the 2026 one as well?

January 11, 2017, 05:03:13 AM
Reply #20


Can't wait for Uganda vs Romania.
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January 11, 2017, 05:40:35 AM
Reply #21


Can't wait for Uganda vs Romania.

Both teams to score?

January 11, 2017, 07:00:23 AM
Reply #22


Yea, even though there's more of a chance seeing Wales qualify for future tournaments I can't help but feel this completely devalues the finals. All about the cash though, isn't it.

January 11, 2017, 03:34:48 PM
Reply #23


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Worth 1bn to FIFA. There you go.
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January 11, 2017, 06:55:21 PM
Reply #24


Soon enough there'll be all 196 countries with no qualifying.

Makes for a nice even 49 groups of 4.

January 11, 2017, 08:16:40 PM
Reply #25

bacon sarnie

It's awful.

Obviously this helps Canada potentially qualify but I still think it's a load of old shite. All about money, way too many teams now.

Its the men's world cup mate. Think they'll notice if we play the women?

Looking forward to England v Canada.

January 12, 2017, 01:52:33 PM
Reply #26

Ell Capitan

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Just going to be more shit games. Of course there will be upsets, but only a handful. Unless it's a team you actively follow, the group stages will be far less interesting to watch, with even less heavyweight clashes. It'll only be at the business end of the competition that you see the big teams competing with each other, and probably less often than they used to.

I'm surprised there's even any debate on his thread as I thought there was near universal agreement that the Euros last year were shite, directly because of the increase in teams entering.

There's no good reason for why doing the same for the World Cup won't be equally damaging.

January 12, 2017, 06:18:46 PM
Reply #27


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Where's 2026 likely to be held, the USA?
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January 12, 2017, 06:42:25 PM
Reply #28

Major Clanger

Where's 2026 likely to be held, the USA?

Wherever radiation levels will be acceptable.
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January 15, 2017, 07:25:57 PM
Reply #29


With so many games I think its a real possibility that the games will end up being shared amongst broadcasters which would be a tragedy but so long as they make more money out it they won't give a shit.