Understanding the 2021 World Cup Qualifiers

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  1. Force

    Force Juniors

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    Asia need to move to Middle East/Africa. They only have two Nations in their region or add some of those teams from Europe like Latvia or even Russia. Having only two Nations in a confederation is poor.
     
  2. adamkungl

    adamkungl Immortal

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    Agree

    Short term 4 federations,
    Pacfic/Oceania
    Europe
    Asia-Africa
    Americas

    Long term split into 6 continents if/when its actually meaningful to do so
     
  3. bowes

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    I'd probably add one spot for Middle East/Africa as an automatic qualifier and then have the following 6 teams playing off for 2 spots in an Emerging Nations tournament:

    Americas 2
    Americas 3
    Asia-Pacific 7
    Europe 7
    Europe 8
    Middle East/Africa 2

    It would almost certainly be Asia-Pacific 7 and one of the Americas sides that qualify but would at least gives teams the chance to break through
     
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  4. hutch

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    There are so many people on here thinking of great ideas that nobody who works in rugby league would even begin to think about. Why is that all the passionate international fans who want what is best for the sport don't have the capacity to do so.
     
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  5. PaulyTom

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    My 16 teams for W.C

    Australia
    Nz
    Fiji
    Samoa
    Tonga
    Png

    England
    France
    Wales
    Scotland
    Ireland
    One of - Italy / Czech / Spain / Russia or another European nation

    Usa
    Canada
    Jamaica or South Africa

    Lebanon or Cook Islands
     
  6. adamkungl

    adamkungl Immortal

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    Netherlands may be eligible for qualification, having reached RLEF Affiliate status.

    Hopefully Europe at least sees a robust and competitive qualification series.
     
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  7. adamkungl

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    Nice article here from Latin Heat director and journo Rob Burgin. He's putting up a lot of good international stuff on the usually garbage Roar. Give it a comment or a like and show them there's an appetite for International Rugby League

    http://www.theroar.com.au/2017/11/01/will-contest-next-rugby-league-world-cup/

    Hopefully the next qualifiers are given the attention and promotion they deserve, potential to be one of the biggest drivers of international Rugby League and it's fascinating to see who can crack the big time.

    None of the suggestions in the article are completely impossible but some are definitely longer shots than others. Also missing some up and comers like Thailand, Spain, Hungary and Netherlands which have all put a lot of work into their domestic programs.

    Some mentioned in the article like Malta and Philippines have strong teams which could definitely compete on a high level but have little to no domestic progress.
     
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  8. titoelcolombiano

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    So with the likely WC Quarter Finalists being:

    Asia Pacific:
    Australia
    New Zealand
    Tonga
    Samoa
    Fiji
    PNG

    Europe:
    England

    Middle-East / Africa:
    Lebanon (confusing because they are an RLEF member)

    Qualifying for Asia Pacific and Middle-East / Africa are now locked out. The only spots available are in Europe (France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Serbia battling it out for five spots) and the Americas (USA, Jamaica and Canada battling it out for two spots).

    Maybe next time there should be no auto-qualifiers from the previous world cup or make it semi-finalists only.
     
  9. Irish-bulldog

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    Surely Middle East can't be locked out ?? How stupid ? These countries need something to play for ? Why couldn't they play off against the second American QF ?
     
  10. Springs09

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    You've only listed 7 spots. The last spot is reserved for the winner of the play-off tournament. From the original RLIF statement:
    "Should 6 teams pre-qualify via the Quarter- Finals from Asia Pacific and Lebanon qualify via the Quarter Finals in 2017 that a play-off be held hosted by Middle East/Africa between the highest placed team in Middle/East Africa excluding Lebanon, the 3rd placed team in the Americas and the 7th placed team in Asia-Pacific."
    http://rlif.com/article/8247/statement-from-the-rlif-board-meeting---march-th-

    So likely South Africa v Jamaica v Cook Islands.
     
  11. Irish-bulldog

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    Well that makes more sense , cheers.
     
  12. bowes

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    This isn't right either. Somewhat bizarrely Europe get 7 spots including England. I can only imagine that they meant to say the 2nd place team in the Americas enters the playoffs, as entering the 3rd place team would be quite arbitrary and also lead to 17 teams in the World Cup. Hopefully if Scotland get the boot then Europe will lose a spot then you have 2nd in Americas qualify automatically and Cook Islands play South Africa
     
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  13. DlEHARD

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    Asia deserve their own slot and shouldn't be bundled with Pacific.
     
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  14. bowes

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    Only if you include Lebanon, otherwise it would be silly
     
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  15. langpark

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    You can't be serious! Tell me their strongest team, Thailand?!?! There are tier 3 nations that would put a cricket score on them and you want them to get direct passage into the World Cup!?
     
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  16. adamkungl

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    We already have an Asian team with direct passage to the World Cup.. Lebanon just had to beat South Africa.
     
  17. siv

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    I beleive as a TV product Auto qualification should be only for Winners, runners up and hosts

    While I am enjoying this RLWC - we should allow NZ to be a standalone host

    Just like France should be a standalone host
     
  18. parrawentyfan

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    Surely Serbia as one of the other European nations?
     
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    I think both teams could be great hosts. You could ask them to share the workload with neighbours (eg PNG and England) so they aren't overloaded with matches.

    But they should be the main hosts. Would love to see:
    NZ WC
    - opener in Wellington. Final in Eden Park.

    France WC
    - opener in Toulouse. Final in Parc des Princes (big enough to look good and prestigious but small enough to try and fill)
     
  20. Springs09

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    Yes, it is right.

    The Europe - 7, Asia/Pacific - 6, Americas - 2 doesn't count if Lebanon and 6 Asia/Pacific teams qualify automatically.

    Since they have stated that the play-off series will involve Middle-East/Africa 2, Americas 3 and Asia/Pacific 7 if Australia, NZ, PNG, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Lebanon all auto-qualify then that means Europe's 7th spot has to go to Lebanon.

    They'd stick to having 2 Americas teams auto-qualify I'd imagine as they host 2025.
     

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