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Have Your Say: Could Figo’s 40 Or 48-Team World Cup Work?

Following the announcement made by Luis Figo that he would be running for FIFA Presidency, he has now sparked mass conversation around the footballing fraternity.

In an interview, he said that if he were elected as the president, he would increase the number of teams that participate in the World Cup. The retired Portuguese footballer had two numbers in mind that he would consider: 40 or 48 teams – adding that all of the new entry teams will be non-European countries.

The Fan Park crew takes a further look and discusses Luis Figo’s vision - including some other changes he would like to make as president.

40 Teams

It’s only eight more than the original 32-team World Cup, but I feel as though this could be a positive change to the biggest tournament in world football. Why not, right? I don’t feel sorry for the teams, because if you’re not good enough then you’re not good enough, but it will be motivation for nations around the world who don’t often qualify for the tournament. It will be bigger, a few days longer and be followed by even more fans.

48 Teams

Personally, I don’t believe that this system would work if it were to be installed. A jump from 32 to 48? That’s 16 teams more than there is right now, which provides too many complications. Figo said that if 48 was the number, he would have two 24-team tournaments on different continents, followed by a knockout phase in one nation.

Other Changes:

Offside Ruling

Figo would also like to change the offside rule in football back to the previous one – where a player is only blown up if he is active or not.

Technology Use

The former Real Madrid man would like to use goal-line cameras in an attempt to eradicate bad decisions from match officials.

These are Figo’s visions, and we would like you to have your say in the comments section below!


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