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View PALACE FOR EVER's Profile PALACE FOR EVER Flag London 14 Mar 23 7.59pm Send a Private Message to PALACE FOR EVER Add PALACE FOR EVER as a friend

The World Cup Finals for 2026 has been changed to 12 groups @ 4 teams. Top two in each group qualify & 8 best third-placed teams.

So we start with 48 teams then @ the group stage only 16 teams get knocked out with 32 remaining after all those games that were played at the group stage.

From then it will be last 32 teams @ knockout stage.

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Find out what team is in which division, eg which division is Coppull United in?

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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Flag In a pub 15 Mar 23 7.30am Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

The group stage will be like warm up matches for everyone but the minnows before the competition starts for real with the knockouts .

EUFA qualification will be the same with 12 groups of 4 with winners of group qualifying and the 8 best second placed team entering a playoff to make 16 European nations in the finals

England will end up playing 12 meaningless games before we meet anyone ,even Scotland have half a chance if the draw is kind

Its been set up to get anyone thats anything to the latter stages of the finals ,big TV bucks ,lots of adverts and us lot having to stay up half the night to watch it .

 

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View fish mitten's Profile fish mitten Flag Chelmsford 15 Mar 23 8.48am Send a Private Message to fish mitten Add fish mitten as a friend

For me every team that qualifies deserves 3 games. Groups of 3 donít work out as games can be fixed or nothing to play for. In making it 48 teams they have given themselves these issues to resolve. Problem is that you can have a third place team in a group win it.
May as well have made it a 64 team World Cup and do away with the issue of getting 48 down to 32.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 15 Mar 23 8.59am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

I got bored with the current format this will be a snooze fest until the knockout stage.

Big teams that start badly will still have a good chance of qualifying thus robbing the fans the joy of watching a minnow knock out a big gun early on.

Does anyone care about the Champions League format before the knock out stage?

 


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View Dubai Eagle's Profile Dubai Eagle Flag 15 Mar 23 10.10am Send a Private Message to Dubai Eagle Add Dubai Eagle as a friend

if its a bigger tournament, requiring more quality infrastructure, even if its taking place over more days it almost automatically lends itself to either the bigger wealthier countries hosting it or it would need to be split between several smaller countries which I thought FIFA said they didnt want to do anymore some time ago -

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 15 Mar 23 10.35am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Dubai Eagle

if its a bigger tournament, requiring more quality infrastructure, even if its taking place over more days it almost automatically lends itself to either the bigger wealthier countries hosting it or it would need to be split between several smaller countries which I thought FIFA said they didnt want to do anymore some time ago -


It looks like that is way it is going a joint European / Africa bid Spain Portugal Morocco versus Argentina Chile and Paraguay?

 


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View Dubai Eagle's Profile Dubai Eagle Flag 15 Mar 23 12.01pm Send a Private Message to Dubai Eagle Add Dubai Eagle as a friend

I thought I remembered FIFA being against the multi destination competitions after South Korea partnered with Japan, maybe I got it wrong or maybe they have changed their mind in line with whatever makes the most Wonga in todays TV market -

Originally posted by Badger11


It looks like that is way it is going a joint European / Africa bid Spain Portugal Morocco versus Argentina Chile and Paraguay?

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 16 Mar 23 12.59pm Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Football is governed impeccably and I completely trust that everything that FIFA and UEFA do is for the good of the game. The average fan, too, will just get so much out of this.

 


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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 16 Mar 23 1.32pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

Football is governed impeccably and I completely trust that everything that FIFA and UEFA do is for the good of the game. The average fan, too, will just get so much out of this.

Absolutely. Incidentally there are some shares available in a treacle mine which might be of interest.

 

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Infantile got re-elected as Pres by the loudest round of applause apparently [Link] . . he also 'loves us all' . . .

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Originally posted by eagleman13

Infantile got re-elected as Pres by the loudest round of applause apparently [Link] . . he also 'loves us all' . . .

Edited by eagleman13 (16 Mar 2023 1.34pm)

Did they actually have a Clapometer to measure this accurately...

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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 16 Mar 23 3.34pm Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

Originally posted by becky

Did they actually have a Clapometer to measure this accurately...

 


Now Zaha's got a bit of green grass ahead of him here... and finds Ambrose... not a bad effort!!!!

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