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jason voorhees
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I reckon a 16-team Euro bracket would work. It would pretty much guarantee at least 8 South American teams along with Mexico-US-Costa Rica, with the last 5 spots to be battled out by Canada-Jamacia-T&T-Honduras-El Salvador-Venezuela-Panama-Cuba & Haiti.

And the almighty Netherlands Antillies.

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A question I have - is there any sort of qualification stage for Copa America (is there one for the Gold Cup?)

I think a New World Cup would be a cool event, but even with by expanding the two confederations, I don't think there'd be enough quality teams for the qualifiers to be interesting. Maybe that's ok.

I also think there should be a micro World Cup where really small nations can play. I think it was Dominique or one of those that that less than 100 players in their whole federation.

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No qualification for Copa America. There's only 10 teams in CONMEBOL, so no need. It wasn't until the 90's that they took to inviting foreigners to make a more even 12 out of it, and that was mostly because they wanted Mexican TV money.
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Apparently there are 40 member nations of CONCACAF, five of whom curiously aren't members of FIFA.

A sixteen-team New World Cup would seem to be in order.

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How come Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana aren't in CONMEBOL?
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jason voorhees
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They've always identified with the Caribbean. Or at least I think someone told me that years ago.
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Surinam is Dutch, and French Guiana is not a misnomer. Florent Malouda is from there, as was former PSG/France goalie Lama. So those territories don't compete for the world cup, although I think they sometimes play for regional tournaments (Guadeloupe and Martinique are also territories, but they field teams in regional competitions).
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As Linus points out, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana (and Reunion in the Indian Ocean) are Departments Outre Mer (the "DOM" in "DOM-TOM") and are considered an integral part of France (they have representatives in Parliament, can vote for the European Parliament, etc).

In football terms, in addition to supplying a disproportionate number of internationals (Tresor, Thuram (both Guadeloupe), Dhorassoo (Reunion), etc.) they are probably most widely known for each having one club parachuted into the first round proper of the French Cup, where the usual case is that two French teams get nice trips to play on an island in the middle of the French winter, while two DOM teams get trips to France, where their matches (often played at St. Ouen, Colombes or one of the other "suburban" Parisian stadia) attract large and very animated crowds of emigres. One of the better days out in French football, those.

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Guyana's Caribbean outlook can be seen by it's attitude to cricket. Boruda in Georgetown is the only Test cricket venue in South America, and Guyanese like Chanderpaul and Sarwan play for the West Indies side.

So there is that sort of cultural hertiage behind Guyana's membership of CONCACAF. There may also be good football reasons for prefering to play against CONCACAF sides rather than the likely pain of entering the CONEMBOL qualifying series.

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