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« Reply #630 on: September 15, 2016, 12:14:19 PM »
Guatemala is to be suspended from competition due to political interference. Just as well we are the ones moving on to the Hex.
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An entity in Guatemala, known as the "Tribunal de Honor de la Confederación Deportiva Autónoma de Guatemala" suspended for six months the FIFA-approved Normalization Committee that has been running Guatemalan football. The decision was influenced by the entity's dissatisfaction with a doping decision/procedure involving four players from Antigua FC (Mekeil Williams' former club).

Now, the status quo is a wink-wink process that bears the underlying idea of forcing the hand of those who have interfered (The U17 and U20 NTs involvement in their efforts to qualify for their respective age group WCs and  likely Antigua FC and Suchitepéquez, who are involved in the CONCACAF Champions League, stand to be affected). Not to mention Guate is currently at the futsal WC in Colombia and this ain't a good look.

Financial assistance of about 20 million quetzales or 2.7m USD also hangs in the balance from what I gather.

Montagliani was in Guate a few days ago. There is no doubt Adela de Torrebiarte (at the helm of the Normalization Committee) mentioned the issue to him. However, I am not sure whether Primo Corvaro's visit to Guatemala was a regularly scheduled visit stemming from the normalization process, or whether it is precipitated by the issue spurring the imminent suspension and follow-up with Montagliani.

(Posters will recall Corvaro was in T&T less than a year ago adddressing constitutional reform at the TTFA). He is also the person who was dispatched to Argentina not long ago in the midst of the nonsense there.

"Wink-wink process" because despite these actions not being novel across the globe, local actors "don't get it" until the FIFA guy winks at the local federation guy and says "this is what we are going to do. They will "get it" once they receive our letter stating the consequences of interference."

The attorneys' (for the Normalization Committee) have said that the NC's issue was with improperly applied protocols/procedure, not with a substantive appeal made on behalf of the four players.

Anyone willing to guess that an Antigua FC fan or two hold influential positions.
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« Reply #631 on: September 16, 2016, 08:44:18 AM »
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« Reply #632 on: October 03, 2016, 02:26:36 PM »
FIFA president wants 48-team World Cup with 16 teams eliminated after one game

By Caitlin Murray
Oct 3, 2016 at 3:34p ET

http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/fifa-president-wants-48-team-world-cup-with-16-teams-eliminated-after-one-game-100316

FIFA president Gianni Infantino campaigned for his job on the idea of expanding the World Cup to 40 teams, but now he wants to expand it even further.

Infantino proposed expanding the World Cup to 48 teams on Monday, according to reports. In his plan, 16 teams would go home after just one knockout match and then the tournament would continue with a 32-team group stage, which is how it works currently.

Under his plan, there would be a play-in round of sorts, where 32 teams would have to duke it out in single-elimination match-ups at the World Cup to be granted entry into the group stage. Another 16 teams would be seeded into the group stage and bypass that play-in round.

The decision on expanding the World Cup field will ultimately be up to FIFA Council, who will look at the proposal in January.

"These are ideas to find the best solution, we will debate them this month and we will decide everything by 2017," Infantino reportedly said. "They are ideas which we put forward to see which one is the best."

The idea would certainly give more teams a chance to go to a World Cup, but it remains to be seen how much support there will be for having 16 teams exit the tournament after just a single game. Another option, if FIFA wanted to consider it, could simply be to have a larger group stage with 12 groups of four teams, rather than the current eight groups of four teams. Or alternatively, each of the current eight groups could be expanded to six teams.

The World Cup used to have 24 teams before it was expanded to 32 teams in 1998. That has been the format ever since.

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Re: FIFA News Thread.
« Reply #633 on: October 04, 2016, 04:05:06 AM »
Infantino suggests 48-team World Cup.
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose election promises included expanding the World Cup to 40 teams, proposed an even larger tournament with 48 teams yesterday.

However, he suggested that 16 of those teams would go home after just one knockout match, and the remainder of the tournament would be played, as now, with a 32-team group stage, followed by a knockout phase.

Infantino, speaking during an event at Bogota's Sergio Arboleda university, said a final decision would be taken by the FIFA Council in January, Colombian media reported. A FIFA spokesman confirmed that the reports were accurate.

“These are ideas to find the best solution, we will debate them this month and we will decide everything by 2017,” Infantino was quoted as saying. “They are ideas which we put forward to see which one is the best.”

Infantino said his suggestion was to have a preliminary knockout round involving 32 teams played in the host country, with the 16 winners reaching the group stage. A further 16 seeded teams would get a bye into the group stage, he said.

Infantino was elected FIFA chief on February 26 to replace Sepp Blatter, who received a six-year ban for ethics violations.

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« Reply #634 on: October 21, 2016, 03:03:46 AM »
Aaron Davidson, the former president of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers was scheduled to plead guilty yesterday. Relevant article from the Miami Herald below.

Soccer power broker to plead guity in FIFA bribery case.
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« Reply #635 on: December 05, 2016, 05:08:17 AM »
Caribbean official appeals at CAS in FIFA election case
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Caribbean football leader Gordon Derrick has testified at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to challenge being barred from an election to become a FIFA vice president.

CAS says a verdict in Derrick’s appeal against FIFA is expected early next year.

Derrick, the Caribbean Football Union president from Antigua, failed an eligibility test in April to be a candidate for the presidency of CONCACAF, the governing body of North and Central America and the Caribbean.

CONCACAF’s president also has FIFA vice president status and joins FIFA’s strategy-setting council.

The FIFA audit and compliance committee did not publicly specify why Derrick was barred from the vote.

Derrick was reprimanded by the FIFA ethics committee in 2011 in a wide-ranging investigation of alleged Caribbean bribery in that year’s FIFA presidential election.
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« Reply #636 on: December 06, 2016, 06:00:06 AM »
Sepp Blatter loses his appeal against six-year ban from football
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Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the court of arbitration for sport against a six-year ban from football.

Blatter said in a statement on Monday it is “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected”.

The former Fifa president, who was banned for approving a £1.35m payment to Michel Platini in 2011, said he will accept the decision.

“I have experienced much in my 41 years in Fifa. I mostly learned that you can win in sport, but you can also lose,” Blatter said. “Nevertheless I look back with gratitude to all the years, in which I was able to realise my ideals for football and serve Fifa.”

The verdict ends Blatter’s hopes of becoming honorary president of football’s governing body which he left in disgrace. Blatter could have appealed against the Cas ruling to Switzerland’s supreme court. It can annul verdicts if legal process was abused.

Still, his legal problems are far from over. Blatter, 80, now faces a separate Fifa ethics investigation into suspected bribery linked to multimillion-dollar bonuses in top executives’ contracts. Swiss prosecutors also opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for the Platini payment, and a sale of World Cup television rights. Blatter denies any wrongdoing.

Blatter said on Monday that it was “incomprehensible” that his claim of having a verbal agreement in 1998 was not accepted “in spite of my testimony to the contrary and the testimony given by other witnesses”.

The court of arbitration for sport was judging whether Blatter was guilty of unethically offering a cash gift and conflict of interest with Platini, who was a Fifa vice-president in 2011.

Blatter and Platini both said the £1.35m was uncontracted salary based on a verbal agreement more than a decade earlier. From 1999 to 2002, the former France player was the newly elected Blatter’s presidential adviser.

However, their explanation of a salary deal was doubted by Fifa’s ethics judges, and by the three-member Cas panel on Monday. “The payment amounted to an undue gift as it had no contractual basis,” Cas said in a statement.

The Fifa ethics committee investigated after the payment emerged in September 2015 during a wider Swiss federal probe of alleged corruption linked to Fifa.

Blatter and Platini – whose Fifa presidential bid was stalled, then ended, by the case – were banned from football duty for eight years in December last year. The Fifa appeal committee cut two years from both men’s bans as “appropriate recognition” for their long service.

After a separate Cas appeal hearing, Platini’s ban was reduced in May to four years, ensuring he lost the Uefa presidency. When Blatter’s case came to the Cas in August, Platini testified on his behalf during a 14-hour hearing.
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« Reply #637 on: December 08, 2016, 05:09:24 PM »
World Cup finals format: Three-team groups & 48 finalists in Gianni Infantino plan

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38243334

It appears we will be able to qualify in the near future, if Infantino plan is approved.

Future World Cup finals will feature 16 groups of three countries in a 48-team tournament, if Fifa president Gianni Infantino gets his wish.

Infantino, who became head of Fifa in February, previously spoke of expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40.

Under his favoured 16-group structure the top two teams would progress to the last 32 and ongoing knockout matches.




A decision will be made in January but any change would not be likely to take effect before the 2026 World Cup.

Fifa's council will discuss the proposal at a meeting on 9 January but Infantino, 46, made expansion part of his election manifesto because he wants to allow more countries the chance to compete at football's flagship event.

If world football's governing body does not adopt the 16-group format, other options that will be considered include:
◾Another version of the 48-team event which would see a 32 team one-game knockout round with the winners joining 16 teams who have qualified by right
◾Keeping the tournament at its present size of 32 teams
◾Expanding it to 40 teams (10 groups of four or eight groups of five).

The number of teams competing at a World Cup last increased in 1998 when the tournament expanded from 24 to 32 countries.

Uefa's Euro 2016 tournament featured 24 nations, an increase from the 16-team format in place since 1996.




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« Reply #638 on: December 28, 2016, 04:37:48 PM »
Future WC expansion. From BBC: http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38449674



Global football federations are "overwhelmingly in favour" of plans for a 48-team World Cup, Fifa president Gianni Infantino says.

The head of football's governing body outlined his vision for an expanded tournament comprising 16 groups of three teams earlier this month.

The top two teams in each group would progress to the knockout rounds.




A decision will be made in January but any change to the 32-team format is unlikely to come in before 2026.

Fifa's council will discuss the proposal at a meeting on 9 January but Infantino, 46, made expansion part of his election manifesto.

"We have to be more inclusive," he said at a sports conference in Dubai, adding that a 48-team tournament was the most financially appealing.

"If we can have a format that does not add any additional matches but brings so much joy to those who don't have the chance to participate then we will have to think about that," Infantino said.

"When discussed with the associations in the summits they were overwhelmingly in favour, but more discussions will have to take place."

The number of competing teams at World Cups last changed in 1998, increasing from 24 to 32.

The European Club Association, which represents the region's leading clubs, has rejected calls for the World Cup to be expanded.

Infantino also said experiments around video technology in refereeing at the recent Club World Cup had been "very positive" and that he hoped the system would be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


The system was first used to award a penalty in Kashima Antlers' semi-final win over Atletico Nacional, with the referee alerted by an assistant watching a monitor.

But there was confusion in the other semi-final between Real Madrid and Club America when the technology was used again.

After the referee asked for a consultation following a Cristiano Ronaldo goal, play briefly restarted from a free-kick for an infringement before the goal was eventually allowed to stand.

Infantino said tests in Japan had moved the system in "the right direction" but added "there is still a bit of fine-tuning to be made".

Analysis

Richard Conway, BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Gianni Infantino may well have "overwhelming" support for Fifa's 48-country World Cup plan - but it is not universal.

The European Clubs Association - which represents the biggest teams on the continent - is opposed. European teams provide 80% of the players to a World Cup so they are a significant stakeholder and will place pressure on Uefa.

Uefa is still to make its position clear but other confederations are likely to welcome an expanded tournament.

European nations take up a big proportion of the current 32 slots at the World Cup.

Given there's no chance of any redistribution taking place, Fifa see an expanded World Cup as a way to appease many of its 211 members who miss out on the party. It also fulfils one of Infantino's key presidential manifesto pledges.

Uefa may in the end go along with the 48-country plan given the likely support from the rest of the world. But it will likely want more of its countries to qualify too. Let the horse-trading begin.


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« Reply #639 on: December 28, 2016, 04:39:48 PM »
 Things looking good for we in the future.  :) ;) ;D  :D

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« Reply #640 on: December 29, 2016, 12:51:50 AM »
Things looking good for we in the future.  :) ;) ;D  :D

The cfu should have 1 and a half spots by itself or 2 because we hold so many votes... it will improve our football and expose us to greater competition ... however I don't see that happening because they are a bunch of sell outs in all the Feds

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« Reply #641 on: January 10, 2017, 05:43:36 AM »
FIFA proposes merger of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifying tournaments
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FIFA has proposed merging the CONCACAF and South American qualifiers as part of its plans to expand the 2026 World Cup, a leading official from the region said in a newspaper interview.

Venezuelan Football Federation president Laureano Gonzalez said the idea for the merger had come from FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Gonzalez, who is also a vice-president of CONMEBOL, the governing body for South America, said it would want at least 14 places at the finals for the two regions combined before accepting the proposal.

CONCACAF represents North and Central America as well as the Caribbean.

The FIFA Council is due to vote tomorrow whether to increase the number of teams at the finals from the current 32 to either 40 or 48 from 2026. FIFA will decide at a later date which regions will be awarded the additional slots.

CONMEBOL currently has four-and-a-half places at the World Cup for its 10 members while CONCACAF, which has 35 FIFA members in its ranks, has three-and-a-half places.

“There is a suggestion from Gianni Infantino to unify the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF qualifiers,” Gonzalez told the Venezuelan sports daily Meridiano.

“This would have support if they gave us more places. At the moment, we have seven between the two confederations, plus two half places,” he said.

“If this went up to 14, similar to what Europe has for more or less the same number of teams, the idea would catch  on the continent.”

FIFA could not immediately be reached for comment.
Europe currently has 13 places for 55 teams, plus one for 2018 World Cup hosts Russia.

CONCACAF is also a leading contender to host the 2026 World Cup, possibly with a joint bid involving at least two out of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Gonzalez also said there was “a spirit” in the region in favour of holding a repeat of last year’s Copa Centenario in 2020, but with 24 teams instead of 16.

The Copa Centenario, which celebrated the Copa America’s 100th anniversary, was a special tournament in addition to the regular Copa America.

The Copa America is played every four years in the year following the World Cup and traditionally features 10 teams from CONMEBOL and two from CONCACAF. The Centenario, however, took place in the United States and featured six teams from CONCACAF plus the 10 from South America.

CONCACAF also has its own biennial tournament, the Gold Cup, staged in odd-numbered years.

Gonzalez said officials were in favour of another extra tournament in 2020, with a similar makeup to the Centenario but under a different name and with the format increased to 24 teams. "Obviously it wouldn’t be called Centenario,” said Gonzalez. “Our Copa America would continue to be played as usual.”

Such a tournament may face opposition from European clubs, where many of the region’s top players are based.
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« Reply #642 on: January 10, 2017, 06:00:17 AM »
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« Reply #643 on: January 10, 2017, 06:31:22 AM »
Combining CONCACAF and CONMEBOL into one qualifying tournament will be a logistical nightmare.

Imagine Trinidad in a qualifying group and having two away qualifying matches against Chile and Canada in less than a week.
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« Reply #644 on: January 10, 2017, 06:32:17 AM »
Interesting tidbit:

According to  2016 FIFA Awards documentation, Bruce Arena voted for the USA and Stephen Hart is listed as having voted for T&T.

However, curiously, no Captain vote was issued by Trinidad and Tobago. Also, no Media vote.

The Coach vote attributed to T&T:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Lionel Messi
3. Alexis Sanchez

1. Claudio Ranieri
2. Fernando Santos
3. Zinedine Zidane

Bruce Arena named as coach of US on ~ November 22. Announcement of Hart parting ways with the TTFA came ~ November 24.

Bruce wasted no time in voting? Or ...?

Votes cast by Maylee Attin-Johnson:

1. Jill Ellis
2. Pia Sundhage
3. Phillipe Bergeroo

Media votes cast by Kwame Laurence:

1. Silvia Neid
2. Pauw Vera
3. Pia Sundhage

No Coach vote submitted from T&T for Coach of the Year Award.

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« Reply #645 on: January 10, 2017, 10:29:39 AM »
Unanimous decision expands FIFA World Cup to 48 teams from 2026
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The FIFA Council has unanimously decided in favour of expanding the FIFA World Cup™ to a 48-team competition as of the 2026 edition. World football’s supervisory and strategic body held its third meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 9 and 10 January, and decided on a new tournament format with the 48 national teams split into 16 groups of three. The top two teams from each group will then advance to a 32-team knockout stage.

The new 48-team competition format has been drawn up in such a way that there is no reduction in the overall number of rest days and a guaranteed maximum of seven matches for the teams reaching the final, while the current 32-day tournament duration is kept, so as not to increase the length of time for which clubs have to release their players.

The decision was taken following a thorough analysis, based on a report that included four different format options. The study took into account such factors as sporting balance, competition quality, impact on football development, infrastructure, projections on financial position and the consequences for event delivery. Over the course of its next meetings, the FIFA Council is set to discuss further details regarding the competition, including the slot allocation per confederation.

At its most recent meeting in October 2016, the FIFA Council had already discussed the scenarios to expand the competition format of the FIFA World Cup. By then, it had also defined a set of principles for countries to bid for the right to host the 2026 edition – a process that is currently scheduled to culminate in May 2020.

The first day of the FIFA Council meeting saw the members split into five working groups dedicated to specific themes: women’s football, technical development, competitions, commercial matters and legal and corporate structures.

On 10 January, as well as deciding on the expanded format, the Council agreed on a set of key dates related to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ :

·        14 May 2018: Deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players;

·        20 May 2018: Recommended final day of club competitions, with the exception of the UEFA Champions League final. Special exemptions may only be granted by the FIFA Council;

·        21-27 May 2018: Official rest period to be respected by clubs and participating member associations;

·        28 May 2018: Start of the release period for all participating member associations;

·        4 June 2018: Submission of final list of 23 players.

The Council also approved the early adoption of the IFRS15 standard in FIFA’s financial reports.

Furthermore, as part of the ongoing consultation process, the composition of the new committees has been decided and will be communicated once the respective members have been informed.

The next meeting of the FIFA Council is scheduled to be held in Manama, Bahrain, on 9 May 2017 ahead of the 67th FIFA Congress.
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« Reply #646 on: January 10, 2017, 10:31:07 AM »
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D. We will be in the WC regularly from now on. ;D

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« Reply #647 on: January 10, 2017, 11:10:20 AM »
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D. We will be in the WC regularly from now on. ;D
"now" ?

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« Reply #648 on: January 10, 2017, 11:33:56 AM »
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D. We will be in the WC regularly from now on. ;D

Doh start counting dem chickens yet breds. Yuh forget what going on with we football right now?
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« Reply #649 on: January 10, 2017, 12:01:21 PM »
Ent Mose, dey could make it 76 teams and we will find ah way to excuse weself, right now

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« Reply #650 on: January 10, 2017, 01:17:25 PM »
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D. We will be in the WC regularly from now on. ;D

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« Reply #651 on: January 10, 2017, 01:25:30 PM »
all about that $$

not a fan of this

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« Reply #652 on: January 10, 2017, 02:06:42 PM »
all about that $$

not a fan of this

Agreed!
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« Reply #653 on: January 10, 2017, 02:26:49 PM »
Allyuh forgetting that Suriname will be able to get their dutch born players by then. They might get that by 2022. And don't forget that Martinique  (who buss we ass) is also lobbying to become a FIFA member so they can participate in the WCQs. So the road for qualification is about to get harder. Don't mind this 48 WC.. Cause the way things looking, we might only get in with a 64 team world cup

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« Reply #654 on: January 10, 2017, 03:19:38 PM »
Just heard from a coworker that CONCACAF will get 6.5 places for the 48 team world cup.
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« Reply #655 on: January 10, 2017, 04:08:24 PM »
Just heard from a coworker that CONCACAF will get 6.5 places for the 48 team world cup.
We cyar even make the 4.5 places from CFU for de Gold Cup

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« Reply #656 on: January 10, 2017, 04:17:17 PM »
So it should be Mexico, US, Costa Rica and Panama guaranteed spots then Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica just based on current rate of development.

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« Reply #657 on: January 10, 2017, 04:35:33 PM »
Nobody is guaranted. You still have to play football to qualify. The Hex should increase to 10 teams and have a long playoff like they do in South America.

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« Reply #658 on: January 10, 2017, 06:14:12 PM »
Nobody is guaranted. You still have to play football to qualify. The Hex should increase to 10 teams and have a long playoff like they do in South America.
based on current rate of development.

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« Reply #659 on: January 10, 2017, 06:18:17 PM »
We go be fighting up vs Nicaragua and suriname for a .5 spot