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Re: World Cup 2026

by Winston Biscuit » 30 May 2023 10:58

3 months until qualifying starts in South America, 4 months until it starts in Asia and 5 months until it starts in Africa

I see OFC (Oceana) gets 1 directly in and 1 play off route. New Zealand coasted to a 5-0 win over the Solomon Islands in the final of the 2022 qualifyers so I am going to be lazy and assume that this means NZ are IN! for 2026

will be interesting to see the regions 2nd best team (Solomon Islands, Tahiti or Papua New Guinea) in the play off against the 7th best team in South America :lol:

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Stranded » 30 May 2023 14:59

Winston Biscuit 3 months until qualifying starts in South America, 4 months until it starts in Asia and 5 months until it starts in Africa

I see OFC (Oceana) gets 1 directly in and 1 play off route. New Zealand coasted to a 5-0 win over the Solomon Islands in the final of the 2022 qualifyers so I am going to be lazy and assume that this means NZ are IN! for 2026

will be interesting to see the regions 2nd best team (Solomon Islands, Tahiti or Papua New Guinea) in the play off against the 7th best team in South America :lol:


Quite mad to think that, in all likelihood, 70% of South American nations entering the qualification tournament will make the World Cup.

Looking at the last set of qualifiers, that would mean Chile would make the play-off tournament. Their qualifying record saw them win just 5 of 18 games, losing 9.

Inter-continental play-off will be a bit different this time round - 6 teams will make the play-off 2 from CONCACAF and 1 from every other federation except UEFA. Highest ranked nations get a bye to the final round. Other 4 play-off to join them . 2 winner qualify. Games will be held in one or more of the host nations.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Winston Biscuit » 30 May 2023 15:10

by halfway through qualifying Argentina & Brazil can take their foot off the gas and coast to the end using their reserve XI

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Sutekh » 30 May 2023 15:35

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Winston Biscuit 3 months until qualifying starts in South America, 4 months until it starts in Asia and 5 months until it starts in Africa

I see OFC (Oceana) gets 1 directly in and 1 play off route. New Zealand coasted to a 5-0 win over the Solomon Islands in the final of the 2022 qualifyers so I am going to be lazy and assume that this means NZ are IN! for 2026

will be interesting to see the regions 2nd best team (Solomon Islands, Tahiti or Papua New Guinea) in the play off against the 7th best team in South America :lol:


Quite mad to think that, in all likelihood, 70% of South American nations entering the qualification tournament will make the World Cup.

Looking at the last set of qualifiers, that would mean Chile would make the play-off tournament. Their qualifying record saw them win just 5 of 18 games, losing 9.

Inter-continental play-off will be a bit different this time round - 6 teams will make the play-off 2 from CONCACAF and 1 from every other federation except UEFA. Highest ranked nations get a bye to the final round. Other 4 play-off to join them . 2 winner qualify. Games will be held in one or more of the host nations.


Is there, though, likely to be any team able to beat whichever South American side has cocked up their qualification group? Seems a bit "ist" to not allow UEFA a final back up spot to all their failsafes to ensure any one any note qualifies, least that way said South American team might have a challenge and fans might have a game or two worth watching.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Winston Biscuit » 30 May 2023 15:45

European sides don't often travel to South America to play. would be nice to see it happen

England away in the crazy altitude of La Paz :D


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Re: World Cup 2026

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Winston Biscuit » 29 Jun 2023 11:35

Courtesy of Dale Johnson at ESPN:
UEFA has set the recommended qualifying format for the 2026 World Cup.

12 groups
12 group winners qualify for the World Cup
12 runners-up go into the playoffs

The 4 best UEFA Nations League group *winners* not to be 1st or 2nd in qualifying join the playoff paths.

That means there will be a total of 16 teams in the 2026 UEFA World Cup playoffs.

4 paths of 4 nations will be created. Each of the 4 paths will have one-legged semifinals and final. The winners of each path qualify for the World Cup

It means it's going to be of great importance for nations in UEFA Nations Leagues B and C to take the competition seriously in 2024.

For the 2022 World Cup, two nations earned playoffs from the UNL.

That was Austria and Czech Republic, from League B.

This is good news for Wales, Austria and Czech Republic, relegated to League B in the latest edition.

They know that if they win their UNL group in 2024, they will be effectively guaranteed a playoff route for the World Cup. And they can't be in the same UNL group as England.

It's not so good news for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Scotland and Serbia.

Those 4 nations were promoted to UNL League A for 2024.

So they will have to finish in the top 2 of their World Cup group (or win the UNL League A group).

With England in UNL League B for 2024, and the probability they win their group, at least one League C team is likely to be in the World Cup playoffs.

Armenia, Romania and Sweden will be among the strongest nations in UNL League C, with a great chance of a World Cup playoff.

It's also bad news for the 4 teams promoted from League C in this cycle: George, Greece, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

Being promoted in the 2022 cycle effectively means they miss out on the chance of that back-door World Cup playoff.

Georgia were topped ranked in the 2022 cycle.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Franchise FC » 02 Jul 2023 13:55

Brogue

That is brilliant

How do I get it into conversation with people who don’t like sport ?

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Sanguine » 05 Jul 2023 11:10

Winston Biscuit by halfway through qualifying Argentina & Brazil can take their foot off the gas and coast to the end using their reserve XI


And maybe more of the teams. Thanks to the expanded competition, six of CONMEBOL's ten countries will qualify automatically, with the team in seventh entering the play-offs.

Ecuador's enormous punishment for falsifying the birth documents of Bryan Castillo is to be docked three points for this campaign, so they start on -3.


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Re: World Cup 2026

by Sutekh » 05 Jul 2023 15:27

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Winston Biscuit by halfway through qualifying Argentina & Brazil can take their foot off the gas and coast to the end using their reserve XI


And maybe more of the teams. Thanks to the expanded competition, six of CONMEBOL's ten countries will qualify automatically, with the team in seventh entering the play-offs.

Ecuador's enormous punishment for falsifying the birth documents of Bryan Castillo is to be docked three points for this campaign, so they start on -3.


That'll teach 'em! :roll:

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