Euro 2020 has solely simply completed however UEFA are believed to be discussing methods to shake up future tournaments, together with one more enlargement.
Since 2016, 24 groups have competed on the European Championships, with 16 of these making it via to the knockout levels, and the truth that qualifying is less complicated than being eradicated has seen the thought draw loads of criticism.
Properly, in keeping with the Associated Press, UEFA are open to altering the system, however provided that meaning they will broaden it even additional. Preliminary talks have already been held over inviting 32 groups to compete on the Euros, beginning in 2028.
Since there are solely 55 member nations of UEFA, increasing the match to incorporate greater than half of these would require drastic modifications to the knockout system as splitting the groups up into ten teams would create too many lopsided video games and would successfully assure qualification for the highest sides.
It is that concern which has been thrown at UEFA this summer time at Euro 2020, the place loads of teams have been determined after the second spherical of fixtures and a few groups have been qualifying regardless of dropping two of their three video games.
Ought to UEFA push forward with this proposed enlargement, the thought of utilizing a pre-qualification match to remove a few of the smaller nations has been instructed. Such a course of is utilized in each Asia and North America.
Nevertheless, there are additionally murmurs that the qualification course of as we all know it right now may very well be scrapped utterly and changed by an up to date model of the Nations League, which teams groups collectively primarily based on their FIFA rankings to create extra even video games.
Gone may very well be the times of seeing the likes of San Marino and Liechtenstein repeatedly mauled by groups throughout the continent. As an alternative, these smaller groups would battle it out with one another for a spot within the match.
UEFA are following the lead set by FIFA, who’ve confirmed an enlargement of the World Cup from 32 groups to 48 from 2026.
There isn’t a timeline for when UEFA will decide on this, with these concerned conscious that loads of nations would battle to host such an enlarged match with out years of pricey upgrades to their stadiums.