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MSantoine
Post #1
Monday October 21, 2013 5:25pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,608
So after watching (gamecasting) Ghana thoroughly destroy Egypt it got me thinking wow they would be a scary draw in the world cup. It also made me wonder how close they could have been to a seed. Then it hit me. The FIFA rankings almost guarentee no African team can ever be in the top 10 of the rankings. Their stupid rankings formula places heavy emphasis on world cup qualifiers. Due to the CAF format Ghana has only played 7 WCQ to date. CONMEBOL teams just played 16 (normal cycle would be 18). UEFA teams played 10. Mexico/USA played 16. Japan/Australia played 14. That is extremely raw to the top african teams and pretty much prevents them from ever being seeded (barrin hosting). FIFA really needs to do something to make it fair. UEFA/CONMEBOL teams always make the semis because they get the preferrential treatment. Hopefully someone high up in FIFA eventually realises things like this and makes it more fair. Id love to see the seeded teams be the champs of each region (except OFC, sorry New Zealand, go join Asia like Australia did), the hosts, the champ (if qualified) and the highest rated remaining team. There should be some pride in being the top dog in your federation. Africa and Asia could either redo their format, add a 1 off playoff amongst there group winners, or say highest ranked group winner is top dog. But at least it would be fair to everyone. FIFA is turning into NCAA Football where the only teams that can be in BCS are SEC, Big 12, Pac 10, and Big 10 teams.

db707
Post #2
Monday October 21, 2013 5:51pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 7
There have been quite a few teams to get into the BCS from outside those conferences, to be fair. Just last year Northern Illinois got in from the MAC (and were soundly defeated). But you make some good points nevertheless, particularly that being the top team in your region should mean something. This time out I would love to see FIFA do a pot of second seeds with the top 4 European teams not in pot 1 (assuming Uruguay qualifies, that's Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal if they qualify), then the top teams from each region bar OFC (so USA, Cote d'Ivoire, Japan, Chile). It rewards the best teams in each region and limits possible groups of death. That you could in theory have groups like Spain, Netherlands, USA, Cote d'Ivoire, all in one group, is ridiculous.

MSantoine
Post #3
Monday October 21, 2013 9:16pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,608
Original post from db707

There have been quite a few teams to get into the BCS from outside those conferences, to be fair. Just last year Northern Illinois got in from the MAC (and were soundly defeated). But you make some good points nevertheless, particularly that being the top team in your region should mean something. This time out I would love to see FIFA do a pot of second seeds with the top 4 European teams not in pot 1 (assuming Uruguay qualifies, that's Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal if they qualify), then the top teams from each region bar OFC (so USA, Cote d'Ivoire, Japan, Chile). It rewards the best teams in each region and limits possible groups of death. That you could in theory have groups like Spain, Netherlands, USA, Cote d'Ivoire, all in one group, is ridiculous.


BCS changed there rules so the top non-bcs conference team is guarenteed in if its within top 12 (or 14) teams. That would be siilar to FIFA guarenteeing top Asian/African/CONCACAF team a spot each cycle.


A big question for U.S. fans heading into the World Cup is surely on Jozy Altidore and just what is plaguing the young striker at Sunderland.
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