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Concacaf seeks fourth berth
by Paul Kennedy, January 16th, 2011 11:34PM
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[2014 WORLD CUP] Concacaf will lobby for a guaranteed fourth place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, hoping to pick off the half berth it shares with Conmebol, the South American confederation.

Concacaf currently has 3.5 berths. The top three teams in Concacaf qualifying advanced to the 2010 World Cup, and the fourth-place team, Costa Rica, met Uruguay, the fifth-place team in South America, in a playoff.

Conmebol wants to hold on the half berth even though Brazil qualifies automatically for the finals, meaning that as many as five out of the nine South American teams in qualifying could reach the finals.

“We believe that CONCACAF deserves another full place at the World Cup finals due to the performances of our teams on the field and the actions of our confederation off it,” said CONCACAF President Jack Warner.  “We are unified in our efforts to make this happen.”

This is an election year, and Concacaf's support is critical for FIFA PresidentSepp Blatter if he faces opposition.

A decision on the 2014 berths is expected to be made at the FIFA executive committee's March meeting.

The 2014 qualifying draw will be held in July, and the qualifying competition is expected to start in the fall.



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  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: January 17, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
    Absolutely CONCACAF should have a fourth slot. However, it is Europe that is over represented. Oceania should also get a full slot and Europe should be reduced by at least two. After all, it is called the World Cup, not the European Invitational.
  1. Jorge Silva
    commented on: January 17, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
    What "performance of their teams on the field" is he referring to? Take a spot from a CONMEBOL team? Not one single CONCACAF team who shared a group with a CONMEBOL team finished higher than the CONMEBOL team. Not one single CONCACAF team made it past the second round. Mexico getting beaten soundly versus the team that finished 4th in CONMEBOL qualifying. The team that played Costa Rica for the chance to go to the cup ended up finishing 4th in the cup. Please do tell how Costa Rica would have fared better. Please do tell how CONCACAF has justified the 4th spot rather than a play-in game vs CONMEBOL. If anything, they should make CONMEBOL teams stop wasting their time by the play-in game against a far less deserving conference. No way the two should share the same number of spots, what a joke.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: January 17, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.
    American though I may be, I have to agree with Jorge that South America should not be required to give up a spot to CONCACAF given the relative strength shown over the years by the respective confederations. However, I think a reappraisal of the number of spots allocated to Asia and Africa vs CONCACAF could be in order. The half spot allocated to Oceanania is also a bit of a joke now that Australia has moved to Asia to seek more challenging competition.

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