ASN article: 48-Team World Cup Is a Bad Idea?With One Caveat
48-Team World Cup Is a Bad Idea—With One Caveat
Not only is the 2022 World Cup still heading to Qatar—an absolute joke—but now final confirmation came from Switzerland that the 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams with groups of three instead of groups of four. The knockout stages will now feature 32 teams.
This is a bad idea and is nothing more than a cash grab for FIFA. But the victim here is not necessarily the tournament itself, or those who enjoy it, despite the fact that it will soon include a bunch of teams that do not really belong.
The real loss is the sense of excitement and urgency that comes with the World Cup qualifying process. Of course there will be pressure-filled games to determine who advances to the World Cup but that pressure will be shifted from deserving teams to entirely mediocre teams battling it out for the remaining spots.
This is bad news for U.S Soccers and its fans—unless a rumored merger takes place.
It was floated around last week that FIFA might merge CONCACAF with South America’s CONMEBOL for a super region that would likely send 12-13 teams to the World Cup .
American fans might not like this development because it could make it harder for the U.S. to qualify for the World Cup. But a merger like this would elevate the growth of the sport in this country in a signifcant way. Now instead of repeatedly facing familiar foes like Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Mexico, the U.S. would develop meaningful rivalries with the likes of Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.
Arrg , hes right. I may stop watchin sawker....I hope they merge conmebol and concacaf