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WEEKEND GUIDE | January 13 to 15: Rakrakan Festival, Sa Wakas, and shopping fairs

WEEKEND GUIDE | January 13 to 15: Rakrakan Festival, Sa Wakas, and shopping fairs.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

A guide to FIFA's options for expanding the 2026 World Cup

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer   FIFA is preparing to decide Tuesday on adding 16 more teams to the 2026 World Cup for a 48-team tournament. President Gianni Infantino's favored format would break with soccer tradition to play in groups of only three teams. Two would advance from each group to a Round of 32 knockout bracket. If agreed by the Infantino-chaired FIFA Council in Zurich, the 2026 hosting contest could formally open in weeks. A co-hosted North American bid is widely seen as the best option. Here are some things to know about overhauling the greatest competition in the world's most popular sport: ___ WHY EXPAND? A bigger World Cup was an Infantino campaign promise before his election last February, when his plan was 40 teams. It might have been key. Infantino's momentum for victory in a second-round poll was a three-vote lead over Sheik Salman of Bahrain in the first. Sheik Salman had promised only to review if more World Cup teams were wanted. Infantino also pledged to give more of FIFA's money to member federations — all 211 are now entitled to $5 million from each World Cup — and send more to continental and regional soccer bodies. So, more teams also had to mean more games, earning more revenue from broadcasters and sponsors. The '16x3' format arguably works better with only group winners advancing. But that would leave total matches unchanged at 64. Infantino also wants to create fervor in the extra countries which would qualify. In the short-term, competing national teams attract more sponsors. The long-term goal is appealing to more young people who are the future players, fans and officials. Expect to hear much FIFA talk of helping the next Costa Rica or Iceland — feelgood stories at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 — by inviting 16 more teams to the party. ___ 48-TEAM OPTIONS A near-consensus is growing around the '16x3' option revealed just one month ago. All 80 games would be played in exclusive time slots. That's more hours of TV exposure for sponsors and sales time for broadcasters in the same 32-day tournament period. By advancing two teams from each group, a Round of 32 ensures most teams still play at least three matches. FIFA's own analysis predicts this format will raise revenue by 20 percent from the equivalent $5.5 billion forecast from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The flaw for purists is planning for penalty shootouts to settle drawn group matches. If each game has a 'winner' that guards against teams colluding on a mutually favorable result in the last group games. Previously, Infantino suggested an opening playoff round of 16 matches to decide who would join 16 seeded teams in a traditional 32-team group phase. That was unacceptable to many FIFA members federations who said 'one-and-done' teams were not part of a real World Cup. It also would stretch the tournament to 39 days. ___ 40-TEAM OPTIONS Infantino's plan from one year ago is now almost friendless. Either of two options, 10 groups of four teams or eight five-team groups, gives lopsided or weak match schedules, FIFA judged. In '10x4,' only 76 matches are played and only six group runners-up advance from a muddled tiebreaker process to a Round of 16. In '8x5,' the 88 matches include meaningless ones in a flabby group phase ripe for collusion. Also, the four semifinalists would play eight matches and that workload is unacceptable to European clubs releasing employees to national-team duty. ___ PROVEN 32-TEAM FORMAT Why fix something that is not broken? Germany, the defending champion, has publicly asked this question. The 32-team format and perfect 64-match bracket has worked well since being introduced at the 1998 World Cup in France (where Europe had 15 teams). FIFA acknowledged that it produces the best soccer — 'the highest absolute quality' of games pitting high-ranked teams against each other. Recall that former winners Italy, England and Uruguay were drawn in the same 2014 World Cup group — and yet Costa Rica finished top. Still, enough of FIFA's 211 members want change and their chance to play. ___ WHO WILL PLAY? A big question is likely not being resolved Tuesday. FIFA has yet to announce exactly how many entry slots each of six confederations would get for their own qualifying program. Quotas for a 40-team World Cup were proposed in December 2015 by a FIFA advisory group that included Infantino, then UEFA's general secretary. Some saw a cynical move to sweeten skeptical FIFA voters who were being asked to vote through modernizing and anti-corruption reforms on the same day they picked a new president. Then, assuming a single host nation would get automatic entry, the proposal for sharing 39 qualifying slots was: Europe 14; Africa 7; Asia 6; South America 5; North, Central America and Caribbean 5; Oceania 1; plus a final slot awarded 'based on sporting merits using a method yet to be defined.' Going from 40 to 48 can add at least one more from each continent. Who could those new teams be? On current form, maybe Wales and Panama, Congo and Burkina Faso, Uzbekistan and Oman, will bring something new to the 2026 World Cup. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

WEEKEND GUIDE | January 6 to 8: MMFF, Color Run Manila, and Ayala's Festival of Lights

WEEKEND GUIDE | January 6 to 8: MMFF, Color Run Manila, and Ayala's Festival of Lights.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

WEEKEND GUIDE | Dec. 23 to 25: Metro Manila Filmfest, Disney on Ice, Hello Kitty Live!

WEEKEND GUIDE | Dec. 23 to 25: Metro Manila Filmfest, Disney on Ice, Hello Kitty Live!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | December 9 to 11: Global Pinoy Bazaar, World Bazaar Festival, National Trade Fair, and more bazaars this weekend

WEEKEND GUIDE | December 9 to 11: Global Pinoy Bazaar, World Bazaar Festival, National Trade Fair, and more bazaars this weekend.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 12th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Dec. 2 to 4: 12th Feng Shui convention and shopping bazaars to beat the rush

WEEKEND GUIDE | Dec. 2 to 4: 12th Feng Shui convention and shopping bazaars to beat the rush.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | 'Tis the start of the Christmas shopping season

WEEKEND GUIDE | 'Tis the start of the Christmas shopping season.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 19th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | November 11 to 13: Vienna Boys Choir, The Calling, Italian Film Festival

WEEKEND GUIDE | November 11 to 13: Vienna Boys Choir, The Calling, Italian Film Festival.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 11th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Nov. 4 to 6: TLC Festival and early Christmas shopping fairs

WEEKEND GUIDE | Nov. 4 to 6: TLC Festival and early Christmas shopping fairs.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Oct. 28-30: Of zombies, mad science, and other fun Halloween events

WEEKEND GUIDE | Oct. 28-30: Of zombies, mad science, and other fun Halloween events.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 30th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Oct. 14-16: Likhang Habi Fair, Best Food Forward, UFC, Korean Filmfest

WEEKEND GUIDE | Oct. 14-16: Likhang Habi Fair, Best Food Forward, UFC, Korean Filmfest.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 14th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Oct. 7 to 9: ManilArt 2016, 'Star Wars' Reads Day, 'Annie'

WEEKEND GUIDE | Oct. 7 to 9: ManilArt 2016, 'Star Wars' Reads Day, 'Annie'.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 9th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Sept. 30 to Oct. 2: Danish Filmfest, Pet Blessing, 'Annie The Musical'

WEEKEND GUIDE | Sept. 30 to Oct. 2: Danish Filmfest, Pet Blessing, 'Annie The Musical'.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 30th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Sept. 16-18: Manila Int'l Book Fair, London Biennale Manila Pollination, Blue Man Group

WEEKEND GUIDE | Sept. 16-18: Manila Int'l Book Fair, London Biennale Manila Pollination, Blue Man Group.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 17th, 2016

WEEKEND  GUIDE | September 9 to 11: Cine Europa, WWE Live in Manila, Wedding Expo Philippines

WEEKEND  GUIDE | September 9 to 11: Cine Europa, WWE Live in Manila, Wedding Expo Philippines.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Sept. 2 to 4: Travel Mart, Match Festival, Anime and Cosplay Expo

WEEKEND GUIDE | Sept. 2 to 4: Travel Mart, Match Festival, Anime and Cosplay Expo.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2016

2 conventions, 2 festivals bring Hollywood stars to Manila

A special ‘Fan Girl’ guide to a happening weekend Some weekends, we’re twiddling our thumbs looking for things to do. And then there are welcome anomalies like this weekend, which has four big events to excite every fan boy and fan gir.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 26th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | August 19 to 21: The Chainsmokers, Argentine Filmfest, Pokemon Go Lure Party

WEEKEND GUIDE | August 19 to 21: The Chainsmokers, Argentine Filmfest, Pokemon Go Lure Party.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 19th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | Aug. 12 to 14: Pokemon Go parties, Cinemalaya, Global Pinoy Bazaar

WEEKEND GUIDE | Aug. 12 to 14: Pokemon Go parties, Cinemalaya, Global Pinoy Bazaar.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 14th, 2016

WEEKEND GUIDE | August 5 to 7: SM Little Stars, WOFEX, Alliance Française Open House

WEEKEND GUIDE | August 5 to 7: SM Little Stars, WOFEX, Alliance Française Open House.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 5th, 2016