FIFA MOVES REGIONAL OFFICE TO BARBADOS
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 11, 2017
FIFA will be moving its regional office to Barbados.
Football’s world governing body will move its office from Jamaica to Barbados by the end of February.
The announcement was made last Thursday by Barbados Football Association (BFA) President Randy Harris at the BFA headquarters.
President of the Barbados Football Association (BFA), Randy Harris, said “when a FIFA office is in the region, the purpose of that office is to see about the needs of the associations”, so he hopes the countries of the Caribbean region will get more assistance than they have in the past.
2 days before announcing the move, FIFA officials announced the decision to increase the number of World Cup Finalist teams by adding 16 new nations to the existing 32.
The current 48-team plan consists of 4-team groups and an opening playoff round that sends 16 “one-and-done” teams home early.
In a new format – unanimously approved by the FIFA Council, 48 teams will compete in 16 three-team groups with a simple progressive knockout bracket and penalty shootouts for games that end in draws. Matches will increase from the current 64 to 80.
Adding the 16 teams gives CONCACAF nations a better chance of advancing past the early rounds, however they won’t be added until 2026 World Cup qualifiers in 2024.