A 48 team World Cup, with a group stage where two qualify from three out of every group. What an absolute farce this is going to be. Potential problems: The groups could be hugely unbalanced, meaning it will be almost impossible for the big sides to get knocked out. Group A - England, Argentina, Fiji. Hmmm, I wonder who'll go through from that. Teams could potentially go through with one point! One team wins both games, the other two draw. A lot of potential for teams all having identical records, leading to teams could get knocked out by the drawing of lots - hugely unfair. Odd number of teams in groups means the teams playing the final match have a huge advantage in already knowing what they need to do. I can envisage a large number of draws being played out to ensure qualification. The only solution I see to retain any excitement in the group stages would be to do away with seeding completely. A group with Brazil, Germany and Spain. Two go through, one goes out. Any slip-up could be fatal. Now that would be exciting, although it doesn't negate the other issues mentioned. But they'd never go for it anyway, there would be uproar from the big sides. Overall, it seems very poorly thought through. Or maybe FIFA just doesn't care.