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Does A 48-Team World Cup Split Across Two Continents Sound Good? FIFA Presidential Candidate Luis Figo Thinks So

The former Real Madrid star wants two simultaneous tournaments.

Luis Figo outlined his plans for FIFA if he is voted as the new President, with the most controversial proposal being a shake up of the World Cup format to have two simultaneous tournaments on separate continents.

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In his manifesto Figo had two new ideas for the World Cup, with the first – and less drastic – being a 40 team competition which would see an extra nation added to each of the eight groups in the current 32-team format.

However, the Portugal legend also stated that there is an idea for a split World Cup, with 24 teams in each tournament and then a knockout phase that follows that.

“I believe we should consider proposals to expand the World Cup from its current 32-team structure to a 40 or even 48-team competition,” Figo was quoted by Eurosport.

“Both these options are feasible with an extra three to four days of tournament play. If this expansion were to take place, I believe that additional teams should come from non-European nations.”

Less controversial proposals from the former FC Barcelona and Real Madrid man included going back to old offside rule – when a player was offside regardless of if he was interfering with play or not – and sin bins for players who abuse referees.

Figo also pledged to give more money to grass roots football as well, but his ideas for a new World Cup are certainly the ones that stand out the most.

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