This International Cup isn’t over but and I’m already nervous to keep in mind that there are lower than 3 and a part years left for the following one. Sure, handiest 42 months, just one,283 days to have 10 United Cup video games in Mexico. By way of the best way, 10 of 80 video games!
What a International Cup awaits us between Tuesday, June 9 and Saturday, July 18, 2026. Due to the infamous ambition of Gianni Infantino, who even sought to carry those tournaments each and every two years (and luckily they stopped him useless), the next version of your tournament will happen, for the primary time in historical past, with 48 taking part groups. 3 are already labeled as host international locations -United States, Mexico and Canada-, however I’m going to let you know how and from the place the remainder of the visitors will arrive for this problem, which can ultimate virtually six weeks.
Conmebol may really feel mistreated because it has associates who’re very able to combating for the International Cup in any version they usually gave it the similar puts as its neighbors to the north, Concacaf, this is, six secure puts and the potential of yet one more thru a play-off
Then again, this can be a very reasonable quantity, since whilst Concacaf has 41 affiliated international locations that may compete for the ones seven imaginable puts (17% of the Confederation would qualify for the International Cup), Conmebol may take 70 % of its contributors, since that are handiest 10: Argentina, Brazil (the one ones who raffled the crowd degree in Qatar 2022), Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela.
Those that took a Bob Beamon-type soar are Asia and Africa; the AFC (Asian Soccer Confederation) will pass from 4.5 to eight.5 puts (this is, 8, plus the potential of some other by means of playoffs); whilst the CAF (African Soccer Confederation) will develop from 5 to 9.5 puts, so 18.5% of its associates may play within the 2026 International Cup.
Europe has 55 affiliated federations and had 13 puts in Qatar. For the 2026 United International Cup, UEFA will develop 3 puts to have 16 individuals, with which 29% of its contributors will play the following International Cup in the US, Mexico and Canada.
After all, we’ve Oceania, the “unpleasant duckling” of global football, which had no assured position and may handiest get right of entry to those tournaments throughout the playoffs, which in this ultimate instance they misplaced towards Concacaf (Costa Rica). Neatly, Oceania will now have the ability to take one in all its 14 associates to the 2026 version, plus the potential of some other area, by means of repechage.
For Mexico, the venues will likely be Guadalajara, Mexico Town and Monterrey.
In the US: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas Town, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.
And in Canada, Vancouver and Toronto.
After serious about it so much, FIFA made up our minds that the ones 48 decided on will likely be disbursed into 16 teams of 3 groups every, from which two qualifiers will pop out according to sector. The leaders of every staff will play towards a 2nd from the next letter (the chief of Crew A vs. the second one of B and so forth) within the Spherical of 16.
What issues are: Mexico can advance to the crowd degree, then win the following spherical and now not succeed in the dream 5th recreation, as a result of in teams they’ll handiest play two times.
Anyway, the problem is that the champion workforce will play the similar seven video games which might be normal in contemporary editions, since they’ll upload the spherical of 32 or the Spherical of 16, however they’ll remove a recreation within the staff degree.
The truth is that they have got between 12 and 24 months to settle the accounts for this International Cup and some other 18 to avoid wasting for a International Cup filled with venues, groups and planes.
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