2026 FIFA World Cup increases to 48 Nations

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    FIFA trying to broker a deal to have it in Canada/USA/Mexico
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    Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, had pressed for increasing the number of countries that play in the World Cup when he ran for the leadership of the organization last year.

    He said it would invigorate the event, which is expected to bring additional $1 billion in television, sponsorship and ticketing revenue in the first cycle alone.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/sports/fifa-world-cup.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
     
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    Part of what makes the Copa America Centenario so exciting for fans is its once-in-a-lifetime appeal. The US is not only taking part in South America’s premier soccer tournament, but hosting it as well.

    But what if that weren’t so uncommon?

    If the Copa America is as big a success as many observers believe it can be, there will undoubtedly be more talk about potential partnerships -- or perhaps even a merger -- between the South American confederation, CONMEBOL, and their northern counterparts, CONCACAF.

    Logistical issues aside, such a move would represent a massive shift in standing for the US team, which would go from being a perennial power, along with Mexico, to a team trying to keep up with some of the best sides in the world. CONMEBOL currently boasts six of the top 12 teams in FIFA’s world rankings.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/06/02/could-us-keep-if-concacaf-conmebol-merged
    http://www.burgundywave.com/2016/6/27/12030428/poll-should-concaf-and-conmebol-merge
     
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    Bureau of the Council recommends slot allocation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

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    The Bureau of the FIFA Council – comprised of the FIFA President and the presidents of each of the six confederations – convened this Thursday at the Home of FIFA in Zurich and agreed on a proposed slot allocation for the FIFA World Cup™ as of the 2026 edition.

    The recommendation will now be submitted for the ratification of the FIFA Council, whose next meeting is scheduled for 9 May in Manama, Bahrain, two days prior to the 67th FIFA Congress.

    After 10 January, when the FIFA Council unanimously decided on expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition, FIFA, the confederations and the member associations engaged in a consultation process, which resulted in the proposal recommended by the Bureau of the Council. According to this proposal, the split of direct berths is as follows:

    Slot allocation*

    • AFC: 8 direct slots
      CAF: 9 direct slots
    • CONCACAF: 6 direct slots
    • CONMEBOL: 6 direct slots
    • OFC: 1 direct slot
    • UEFA: 16 direct slots
    * The host country would also automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and its slot would be taken from the quota of its confederation. In the event of co-hosting, the number of host countries to qualify automatically would be decided by the FIFA Council.

    Play-off tournament for two remaining slots

    The above allocation accounts for 46 of the 48 participating teams. The proposal reviewed by the Bureau of the Council includes a play-off tournament involving six teams to decide the last two FIFA World Cup berths:

    • One team per confederation with the exception of UEFA + one additional team from the confederation of the host country;

    • Two teams to be seeded based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The seeded teams will play for a FIFA World Cup berth against the winners of the first two knockout games involving the four unseeded teams;

    • Tournament to be played in the host country(ies) and to be used as a test event for the FIFA World Cup;

    • Existing play-off window of November 2025 suggested as tentative date for the 2026 edition.
     
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    How might a 2026 World Cup look
    with the US, Mexico, and Canada as hosts?


    While the specifics of the bid are not entirely known at this stage, some details did emerge, the most notable of which was the breakdown of the 80 total games: The U.S. will get 60, with Mexico and Canada staging just 10 apiece.

    The most logical scenario -- especially given reaction to the announcement in Mexico -- would be for the opening game to be played in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, which hosted World Cup finals in 1970 and 1986.

    The final, meanwhile, would likely be played in New York or Los Angeles; Pasadena's Rose Bowl hosted the 1994 decider between Brazil and Italy.

    http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cu...-like-with-the-usa-mexico-and-canada-as-hosts
     
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    48-team World Cup expansion: Should the CFU become independent?

    There are 10 teams in CONCACAF outside of the CFU. CONCACAF as a whole now is set to get 6.5 berths. Selling independence to the rest of CONCACAF isn’t terribly difficult for the CFU, at least on first glance. If the CFU asks for 1.5 berths for their 25 FIFA affiliated countries, they leave 5 remaining berths for everyone else (6.5 – 1.5 = 5).

    https://thehomeofcaribbeanfootball.com/2017/01/12/48-team-world-cup-expansion-should-the-cfu-become-independent/
     
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    CHICAGO (July 6, 2017) – The National Federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States have officially formed a United Bid Committee to kick off the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America. Uniquely suited to handle the expanded format of a 48-team tournament, this unprecedented joint bid will be best positioned to unite the world in celebrating the biggest sporting event on the planet.

    http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/201...nited-states-official-for-2026-fifa-world-cup
     

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