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tjknowsall
Post #1
Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:25pm

Joined May 2013
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The new concacaf world cup qualifying campaign is the dumbest thing ive ever seen

db707
Post #2
Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:27pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Just saw it, yeah that is a disaster.

db707
Post #3
Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:14pm

Joined Oct 2013
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To quickly recap it, Concacaf's top 6 in the FIFA rankings as of June 2020 go into a new Hex automatically, where 3 qualify. Teams 7-35 have to slog it out amongst themselves for 1 of them to win their way into a playoff against the 4th place team in the Hex, and THEN an inter-continental playoff, with only a chance at .5 of the 3.5 places offered to Concacaf in total.

It is an absurd format. If I were Panama or Haiti (who based on what we just saw could easily argue they're the third best team in Concacaf right now) or one of the other teams with a legit shot to qualify that is on the outside of the top 6 right now I would strongly consider legal action to get this changed. Every country at least having a theoretical shot at any one of the region's WC places, even if they start off in an earlier round, should be a basic principle of World Cup qualifying.

cudevil
Post #4
Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:34pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 987
Aside form eliminating the early qualifying stages, what is the rationale of having team 7 jump over teams 5 and 6 to then play team 4 for chance to play whatever intercontinental playoff?

db707
Post #5
Thursday July 11, 2019 12:06am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,012
Original post from cudevil

Aside form eliminating the early qualifying stages, what is the rationale of having team 7 jump over teams 5 and 6 to then play team 4 for chance to play whatever intercontinental playoff?


I think the real question is what is the rationale of having teams 5 and 6 in the FIFA rankings given an opportunity to be team 1, 2 or 3 (in the Hex, noting that we despite a poor campaign were only denied 3rd last time by a phantom Panama goal, so there's plenty of margin for error to finish top 3) and team 7 be denied the same opportunity?

The absurdity gets worse actually. Trinidad and Tobago, outside the top 6 now but a Hex qualifier last time, can't improve their FIFA ranking as much as their competition because they're drawn in the Nations League against Martinique (a non-FIFA member) twice, so those games don't count. Same problem for Honduras in that group, they have less of a chance to hold on to the 5th spot they currently occupy. It's a farce.

db707
Post #6
Thursday July 11, 2019 12:31am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,012
Correction, Honduras was denied 3rd of course, we were denied a playoff.


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