There have been many posts over the last few years regarding a "hoped for" consolidation of CONCACAF with CONMEBOL. Many though it would be great for the US and Mexico to have better competition, thus raising the quality of play across the board. Conversely, those loyal to CONMEBOL cringed at the thought of having some crap Caribbean team mucking up the system in club and national tournaments. After watching Euro 2012 and the 2012 UEFA Champions Leage, I'm reminded again and again that the quality of European football is far greater than (most) football in the Americas. Fans from all over the world pay good money to travel to games or at least watch the spectacles of European football, but I doubt you'd ever find many fans outside North America wanting to tune in to the CONCACAF Gold Cup or the Confederation's Cup. It tends to be piss-poor football. Even the most ardent supporters of USA football will admit that the only time our national team is exciting to watch is when World Cup football is on the line - either in the actual tournament or in qualifying. And even the qualifying can be rough to watch, especially when you're forced to watch at a crowded bar or on some crappy online stream. And while most CONMEBOL members are true the quality of their play and wouldn't slight in for even a second, many would admit that outside of Argentina and Brazil, there is little in the way of equality between the South Americans and the Europeans. So while merging the two confederations is a pie in the sky idea with little possible follow-through and even less support by South American fans...I think there could be a better solution that plays to CONMEBOL's advantage: realignment. UEFA has 53 teams, CONCACAF 40, CONMEBOL 10, AFC 47, CAF 56, and Oceania 14. Other than two wins by Uruguay in the World Cups early days, no team outside of UEFA, Brazil, or Argentina have ever won the world cup, let alone finished second. And outside of the US in 1930, and South Korea in 2002, the same statistic applies to third and fourth place as well. UEFA, AFC, and CAF all have large enough pools to put forth great talent - and even though AFC and CAF struggle to do so, the players and pool of competition are enough to get them there eventually. CONMEBOL has only 10 members and outside of Brazil and Argentina, haven't placed another team in the top four since 1950. I propose that we do away with CONCACAF altogether. It's a garbage confederation with a few good teams that are forced into playing small island nations for peanuts - and then never going to a World Cup having been tested or tried against good football teams on a consistent basis. I would suggest that we send the land-mass teams from North and Central America (the USA, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Beliz, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama) to CONMEBOL. Heck, they wouldn't even have to change the acronym. Instead of CONfederacion sudaMEricana de futBOL, it would just be changed to CONfederacion aMEricana de futBOL). With this move, CONMEBOL increases to 20 teams, adds at least 3 strong teams as well as 7 other teams for competition - increasing their number of World Cup bids from 4 or 5 to 6 or 7 with a possible playoff qualifier. What do we do with the rest of CONCACAF? Either let them stay a full confederation at 30 teams (with just 1 or 1+1 qualifying teams) OR have them merge with Oceania to great a new 44 team Island Nations Football Confederation - which, honestly, would work well for both sides, giving them at least 2 solid bids for the World Cup. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I know it seems like a pipe dream, and it honestly probably is, but imagine how great it would be to have a 20-team CONMEBOL that had increased competition for both national teams and club teams, raising the bar across the board. Sure, the Copa Libertadores would get a few additional teams, but they already include 3 from Mexico and adding three combined from the US/Canada wouldn't really hurt all that much. In fact, subtract 2+1 from Brazil and 2 from Argentina, and every major country would have exactly 3 club teams represented. For some South Americans, the thought of an MLS team winning the Copa Libertadores would be utterly despicable - but do you honestly see that happening? Not in the next couple of decades, anyway. So other than the prospect of the US hosting the tournament once every 12 years (probably in LA or Houston anyway), what would be so upsetting about it?