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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