Friday, March 31, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: FiFA releases 48 team World Cup allocation proposal

Yesterday's Scores
Orlando City B 1-3 Louisville City
(Morad OG 42')-(Lancaster 11', Davis IV 57', Spencer 76')

North American League Tables

FIFA has announced their proposal for how slots will be allocated for the 2026 World Cup. Their current proposal suggests that Europe would go up by the three teams they requested to a total of 16 places. Every continent sees an increase. Africa moves up to nine places, Asia to eight, North and South America get six each, and Oceania gets one.

The proposal also includes a six team playoff for the final two qualifying spots. Each continetnt, except Europe, would send one team, and the host continent would send a second, to the host nation for a six team tournament to determine the final spots. The four lower ranked teams would play one round for the right to play the two higher teams in a final qualifier. This is fairly straight forward and an improvement on the current system of intercontinental playoffs.

I've come around to the idea of a 48 team World Cup, even if I think the format is a little wonky. The competition may be a little watered down at first, but the rest of the world will eventually catch up thanks to the riches playing in the world's most prestigious tournament provides.

Columbus Crew have acquired winger/striker Kekuta Manneh from Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for Tony Tchani and $300,000 og GAM/TAM. Manneh probably won't start right away for the Crew, but he serves as a valuable bench option and alternative to Ola Kamara up front. Tchani provides the Caps with some midfield talent they have been lacking. He was excess to requirements in Columbus and has been on the trade block for quite some time. He hadn't even made the bench for the team this season.

Great Britain has formally invoked laws that allow them to leave the European Union. This would end the free movement of people between Britain and other European nations. Questions have long floated around about how this would affect players going to and from the Premier League. Premier League owners have officially petitioned the government to allow footballers to be exempt from the new immigration laws so the league can maintain competitive balance. Such a provision would allow the Premier League to remain one of the top leagues in the world as opposed to creating miles of red tape to cut through in order to get talented, non-British players to come to the league.

SI's Brian Strauss is reporting that the USL could announce a new third tier league before too long. The USL's provisional D2 sanctioning opened up the third division for something new and it appears the MLS backed minor league is pouncing on the opportunity. My full digestion of the story is at Last Word on Soccer, but essentially it involves the creation of a regional league similar to the the NPSL and PDL, only fully professional.

Today's Matches
Hertha Berlin v. TSG Hoffenheim- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Espanyol v. Real Betis- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Guingamp v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 1pm

Toronto FC v. Sporting Kansas City- 7:30pm- FS1
Seattle Sounders v. Atlanta United- 10pm- FS1

Liga MX
Veracruz v. Cruz Azul- 11pm

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