This has been discussed for a while, mostly CONMEBOL pushing for it for the Mexican/USA market and Mexico have added fuel to the fire. USA hasn't really been pushing for it probably because they are nervous to lose their 99% certain World Cup spot in CONCACAF but they don't mind hosting fake Copa Americas
Also, the Caribbean nations would never go for this, with the new 48-team World Cup arriving why would they join with CONMEBOL and face tougher competition? I read in this new format, CONCACAF will get 6-7 spots, meaning teams like Jamaica, Trinidad and possibly Haiti can make it, won't happen in a combined region even if there were 12 spots as realistically every CONMEBOL team minus Bolivia is better than these Caribbean nations
If I was FIFA president or whoever in charge,
16 team Copa America combining North, Central and South America --> Yay
Combined North, Central and South America for WC Qualification --> Nay
I think Infantino means 48 is like 16 teams qualified for the "final" round (i.e. 3 matches minimum guaranteed) while the 32 facing each other in 2 legged play-off match to get another 16.
Yes, we have potential Angola vs Iran, Thailand vs Iceland or Venezuela vs New Zealand matches.
LOL, I didn't even realize that they're proposing 16 groups of three teams each and the top two advancing to the next round. This shit is even worse than I thought.
Europe and South America should break out of FIFA and create their own tournament. A 16 team format with 12 teams from Europe and 4 from SA.
No need to thank me.
I am an Asian and I vouch for this.
Maybe 10 European teams, 4 South Americans, 1 Asian/African/Oceanian, 1 North/Central America.
We have a Dream World Cup with 2018 likely consist of:
England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark/Sweden/Turkey and Russia
Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay
Japan/South Korea/Ghana/Nigeria/Cameroon//Algeria/Ivory Coast/Australia and Mexico