It's been at least an hour since the announcement that the World Cup will be expanded to 48 countries.
Has anyone come up with a patch to change the game yet?
Stupid idea eh?
Does anyone think this will make the competition better?
Nope, just as bad as the Euro change, but in the words of Jesse J it's all about the money.
How does the tournament make more money with extra teams?
I mean we never qualify but we'll still watch it, as will the rest of the world whether they are qualified or not.
Or is it just more hotels and camps needed so the host country will see more benefit in commercial income?
If it's the host country benefiting and not the disgusting FIFA organisation that's at least one good thing, I guess.
There are 195/196 countries in the world.
So roughly a quarter of them will qualify every time.
I think 'Norn Iron' may make it more often come 2026. You'll be in a group with The Maldives and American Samoa!!
You'll get through but go out on penalties to Nauru!
Probably one for the football thread now, but more Asian teams qualifying means more money from there being invested.
This is what I'm asking though. Invested in what? Who benefits from the money invested?
FIFA, yeah hotels and other things will get money but the big money will be TV deals, imagine how much China would pay for TV rights if they were in it?
I don't mind the 42 team qualifying (gives Scotland half a chance), but why 2 going through from groups of 3 ? That just means that it is more important not to lose than it is to win. Make it just the group winners and we get attacking football that will be more interesting for the neutral (Scotland) fan. This format makes no sense.
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That would make sense but you'll lose the whole round of 16 phase and no chance that will happen #allaboutthemoney
How about 2nd placed teams compete for the "World Shield" rather than the World Cup. That way you get even more games and 2 finals, an A and a B final.
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16 more games as well, so more money again there, 80 games in total over the same 32 day.
Decent article on the BBC about it, says according to FIFA's own research revenue is predicted to increase to £5.29 billion for the new format, a potential profit rise of £521m.
Just been reading up about it - No change in the amount of games each team has to play in the usual format though, 7 games max.
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There's still roughly the same percentage of teams in it compared to when they expanded it in the 80s (from 16 to 24) because of the fact that there are more nations in the world these days, although I do agree that it will reduce the quality of the group stage games.
Italian Serie C cup (now Lega Pro Cup) would be the perfect candidate (with some tweaking) for replacing the current World Cup. But I'd say we don't worry about it until 2022 hits. Because the first World Cup to be played in the "new format" will be 2026 and we are nine years short of that. We would have to wait and see how qualys are going to be played (because that would also need tweaking) but if your concerns are based on how to mirror the "new format" then Seria C Cup has a 1st round of 16 groups and knock-out rounds up to a final match.
April 18, 1980 - Zimbabwe
July 30, 1980 - Vanuatu
January 11, 1981 - Antigua and Barbuda
Sept. 21, 1981 - Belize
Sept. 19, 1983 - Saint Kitts and Nevis
January 1, 1984 - Brunei
October 21, 1986 - Marshall Islands
November 3, 1986 - Micronesia, Federated States of
March 11, 1990 - Lithuania
March 21, 1990 - Namibia
May 22, 1990 - Yemen
April 9, 1991 - Georgia
June 25, 1991 - Croatia
June 25, 1991 - Slovenia
August 21, 1991 - Kyrgyzstan
August 24, 1991 - Russia
August 25, 1991 - Belarus
August 27, 1991 - Moldova
August 30, 1991 - Azerbaijan
Sept. 1, 1991 - Uzbekistan
Sept. 6, 1991 - Latvia
Sept. 8, 1991 - Macedonia
Sept. 9, 1991 - Tajikistan
Sept. 21, 1991 - Armenia
October 27, 1991 - Turkmenistan
November 24, 1991 - Ukraine
December 16, 1991 - Kazakhstan
March 3, 1992 - Bosnia and Herzegovina
January 1, 1993 - Czech Republic
January 1, 1993 - Slovakia
May 24, 1993 - Eritrea
October 1, 1994 - Palau
May 20, 2002 - East Timor
June 3, 2006 - Montenegro
June 5, 2006 - Serbia
February 17, 2008 - Kosovo
July 9, 2011 - South Sudan
24 teams qualified in 1982 from 109 in qualification, which is ~22%. There are currently 209 in qualification, of which 48 will qualify in 2026, which is ~ 23%.
With 48 teams they can make it easier to sell that this event it unmissable as an advertising and corporate platform. Plus with more teams they can target national advertisers they might not have gotten before for the likes of pitch side advertising. Money on top of money.