CONCACAF to over­haul ‘ar­chaic’ World Cup qual­i­fy­ing for­mat

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

LON­DON >> World Cup qual­i­fy­ing in North Amer­ica set to be over­hauled to avoid shut­ting out the ma­jor­ity of coun­tries in the CONCACAF re­gion so early.

CONCACAF Pres­i­dent Vic­tor Mon­tagliani has in­sti­gated a re­view of an “ar­chaic” for­mat that leaves only six out of the re­gion’s 35 teams still in with a shot at qual­i­fy­ing for Rus­sia in 2018.

Along­side a po­ten­tial new name to re­place the cor­rup­tion­tainted CONCACAF brand, re­vamp­ing qual­i­fy­ing to be more in­clu­sive has emerged as a key ob­jec­tive for Mon­tagliani af­ter five months in charge of the con­fed­er­a­tion cov­er­ing North and Cen­tral Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

“Some­thing needs to change be­cause you can’t have 85 per­cent of your mem­bers who are on the out­side look­ing in two years be­fore the World Cup,” Mon­tagliani told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “It doesn’t make sense.”

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