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Euro 2016: How Will the 24-team Format Work?

If UEFA switch to a 24 team Euro system what would the knockout stages be formatted like? 6 groups but what after that???
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Yes, something like that... like the old World Cup format.

Probably the 2 best number 3's from those 6 groups advance too.
The final 16 teams will continue playing a knock-out system from there on.

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All i have heard is that they want to make it the way that it isnt possible to meet one team twice, unless both teams from the same group make it to the final.
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Yes, something like that... like the old World Cup format.

Probably the 2 best number 3's from those 6 groups advance too.
The final 16 teams will continue playing a knock-out system from there on.
that would be stupid. Like counting on math to make it through.
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Yes, something like that... like the old World Cup format.

Probably the 2 best number 3's from those 6 groups advance too.
The final 16 teams will continue playing a knock-out system from there on.
Well it would have to be the four best 3rd place teams to make it 16 wouldn't it?

How the hell could they do it with 12 teams advancing? 4 groups of 3 teams like in the 80's World Cup's :dielaugh:
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This is good in that there is more football to watch, though the quality MAY take a hit. Also I hope this means they can have less qualifying games during the season.

I don't feel there will be as many crappy teams though in the finals like in the WC. Teams like Bosnia, Israel, England , Serbia, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Norway etc.. are better than China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad, Costa Rica, etc...

Plus it give more of a chance to those teams and fans who haven't been to a finals tournament before or in a while.

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For reference:

1982 World Cup.

First round robin: 6 groups of 4. Top two from each group advance.

Second round robin: 4 groups of 3. One team from each group advance.

Semi finals, final.

1986/1990/1994 World Cup

Round Robin: 6 groups of 4. Top two advance and best 4/6 third place teams

Round of 16, Quarters, Semi's, Final
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Out of those two, I prefer the 1982 format the best.

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Right now the last matches in every group are played together, so no one has advantage. But imagine now, with 6 groups, last group match you cant play them in the same day, nor same time, some teams could have advantage here.
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great point Stephan, I didn't think about that.

There could be some huge problems with that.

If Uefa can think that one through and create something that works then I am all through it. However it would be a mistake to put much faith in Uefa. Especially after seeing how unbalanced the groups were in this tournament. I mean that Germany that took to the field today was able to get to the finals of a freaking tournament?

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24 sucks, esp. this "best third" mode is absolutely sick. So one team scoring 2-0 against Austria in one group while another team in another group only manages to beat Romania 1-0 might determine if you make the next round or not? Stupid. Plus the level of the EURO will drop, which is sad, cause due to the number (16), the average level of the teams is pretty high.

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I hate this idea. Having 24 teams means the quality of games will go down. I don't want to see a game where Spain are against N. Ireland and the Irish field 11 men behind the ball. A reason why this tournament was strong was because on the most part, teams went into games wanting to take the attack to their opponents.
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Well it would have to be the four best 3rd place teams to make it 16 wouldn't it?

How the hell could they do it with 12 teams advancing? 4 groups of 3 teams like in the 80's World Cup's :dielaugh:

LOL you're right... I was never good with counting.

I don't like the idea of 24 teams btw... too much countries.
It would feel like a World Cup but without Brazil and Argentina.

It's good this way with 16 countries... more is not always better.

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24 sucks, esp. this "best third" mode is absolutely sick. So one team scoring 2-0 against Austria in one group while another team in another group only manages to beat Romania 1-0 might determine if you make the next round or not? Stupid. Plus the level of the EURO will drop, which is sad, cause due to the number (16), the average level of the teams is pretty high.

Is the English FA behind it? p
:dielaugh: I'm sure they through out the suggestion
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I don't think the level of play would drop. I think some of these countries that don't usually participate will get a lot better through time by playing really good competition more often.

Plus this means UEFA generates more money, and you know how important money is
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I have mixed feelings. For the teams I support (Norway and Israel) this is of course great because this means they will be present at a big tournament again (although right now even with 24 teams I am not that sure about Norway ) but this does feel odd.

With Montenegro included I believe we now got 53 UEFA members? To have 24 qualifying means about 45% of all member nations would qualify. This is odd, that's almost like the qualifying only filters half of the nations. Include minnows like Luxembourg, San Marino, Malta, Liechtenstein etc and you can almost say of all regular teams 50% will qualify for the actual tournament. Odd.

How is the qualifying going to happen? 8 groups of whom the first 3 qualify?? Or would they just make 12 groups (with less teams than current qualifying groups) of whom the first 2 qualify?

Anyway, I am not that enthousiast about this expansion even though it benefits the teams I support. I would rather see the World Cup expanded than the Euro. 16 teams is quite ideal IMO while the World Cup could easily use another 4 or 8 teams with the growing strength of African and Asian football.
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Well if this means that Turkey will qualify for it more often then I am up for it

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Well if this means that Turkey will qualify for it more often then I am up for it
But what's the honour in qualifying when half of the countries qualifies? It basically means all decent countries will reach the tournament with only the minnows and the semi-minnows (with all due respect to Wales, Iceland, Moldova, Belarus etc) being out in the qualifiers.

I personally think I'd rather see Norway and Israel not qualified in a 16 teams format instead of being there in a 24 teams format. If my team qualifies, I would like it to be in an honourful way and not by ending 3rd in a qualifying group with only Georgia, Malta and Azerbaijan ending on lower positions.

I would like an increase in world cup slots though. One direct spot for Oceania, 2 or 3 extra spots for Europe, 1 extra spot for North America, 2 extra spots for Asia, 1 or 2 extra spots for Africa. It would make the tournament more exotic and show some growing football nations who now narrowly miss out to display themselves. Especially Asian and African football is developping rapidly so a few extra births in the WC for them would make it more colourful and pleasant. The Euro is good enough with 16 teams IMO.
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that system would defenetly mean that small countries could never organize this competition in future.. :irritate:

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