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Re: The Soccer Thread
« Reply #12050 on: January 10, 2017, 01:05:12 pm »

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Re: The Soccer Thread
« Reply #12051 on: January 10, 2017, 01:05:45 pm »

It will help some smaller European nations I guess.  They have a harder path to the WC than North American teams. 
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Re: The Soccer Thread
« Reply #12052 on: January 10, 2017, 02:09:52 pm »

Not really.  Europe is only going from 13 to 16 teams.  Infantino pushed this as a way to appeal to the less represented confederations in the World Cup.  South America goes from 4.5 slots to 6.

The real changes are in Africa, which will increase from 5 to 9, and Asia, 4.5 to 8.5.  CONCACAF will go from 3.5 to 6.5 and Oceania will have a guaranteed place in the World Cup instead of a playoff.

The argument for more representation from the huge populations of Africa and Asia makes perfect sense.  Deviating from the perfect competition format does not. 
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