I've been thinking a lot about the quality of some of the teams left out of major competitions so I decided to put pen to paper and look at what a 64 team world cup would look like. I'm assuming they would go with 16 groups. First, You double the groups therefore doubling the number of groupstage games. More of these could be played concurrently so the timeframe wouldn't really need to be expanded. This would require more venues however. Poorer nations might not be able to host. South Africa probably wouldn't have gotten the bid under this system. In terms of total number of games. Each group plays 6 matches in a four team round robin. 6x8 = 24 games at present. Doubling it obviously means there would be 48 group stage matches. From there you have 32 teams in the knockout stage which means 32 matches. Each team is eliminated once and a 3rd place match is played. Rather than 64 games at the world cup you would be looking at 80 matches. Not that many more assuming I did my math right. In terms of alocated spots. We wouldn't see the Netherlands sitting at home on the couch as in '02. To stay with the current pace of UEFA getting just under half of the seeds I estimate they would get about 27 spots. My recommendation would be to give them 24 spots and have three teams play a playoff against another confederation. The top seeded team could play OFC's winner. UEFA's 26th and 27th could play CONMEBOL's 10th and 9th. So: UEFA - 24 spots & 3 playoffs CONMBEOL - 8 spots & 2 playoffs OFC - 1 playoff spot - UEFA 25th vs OFC 1st - UEFA 26th vs CONMEBOL 10th - UEFA 27th vs CONMEBOL 9th CONCACAF - 7 spots AFC - 8 spots CAF - 13 spots Numbers could be adjusted with more intercontinental playoffs to decide the exact number that gets to go. The teams I had in mind when I came up with these numbers are listed below. Teams in () are the teams I expected might get a playoff spot. Of course there is no way to know unless the games were actually played. Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Colombia, (Bolivia), (Chile) Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Croatia, England, Turkey, Romania, Scotland, Bulgaria, (Denmark), Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, (Slovakia), Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, (Wales) (New Zealand) USA, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Australia, Korea Republic, China, Qatar, Uzbekistan Angola, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Mali, Egypt, Congo DR, Guinea, Morocco, South Africa Anyway, I fully understand that FIFA isn't likely to do this any time soon. Maybe years down the road. But I thought I would throw the thought out there and see what people thought of the idea. They had talked about going to 36 teams or something but it really wouldn't make a difference in my opinion. Discuss!