FIFA research points to 3-team groups at WCup

first_img FIFA also wants to please fans and broadcasters in “major markets” by creative scheduling of kickoffs in their prime time back home rather than in the host nation. Revenue could rise almost 20 per cent to $6.5 billion, using the projected $5.5 billion income from the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a base comparison. Though organising costs would also project to rise, from around $2 billion to $2.3 billion, the potential profit would increase by $640 million, the research said. Still, FIFA cautions ahead of its ruling Council’s planned January 10 vote in Zurich that “it should not be a financial decision”. “Instead, the goal of expanding the FIFA World Cup is to further advance the vision to promote the game of football, protect its integrity and bring the game to all,” the document noted. However, it does not specify a detail that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin asked for how the 16 extra places would be shared among six continental confederations. UEFA now has 13 qualifying slots and could be in line for 15 in a political process set to best reward Africa and Asia. FIFA acknowledges that quality of play could drop by adding 16 more of its 211 member federations. The “absolute quality” of football with high-ranked teams playing each other most often is achieved by the 32-team format being used in Russia and at the 2022 event in Qatar. FIFA said it made 10,000 tournament simulations to reach that conclusion. Keeping the 32-team format is one option, but FIFA’s research shows clear intent to change that was promised during Infantino’s election. He campaigned for a 40-team tournament that would give Europe a new quota of 14. Infantino now points to “16×3” being the most popular option. “The big, big, big majority is in favour of the 48 teams with the 16 groups of three,” the FIFA leader said after a December 7 meeting of some members in Singapore. Infantino previously promoted 48 teams with an opening playoff round involving 32. That idea failed to persuade FIFA members and commercial partners who want more certainty, less short-notice travel for fans, and a minimum of two matches per team. Expansion for the first time since 1998 is “viable without major concessions on the sporting aspects of the tournament”, FIFA insisted. The biggest change a 16×3 format could force is penalty shoot-outs after drawn group games to ensure there is a ‘winner’. That radical change to football rules, first reported by the AP, would help stop teams conspiring to arrange a favourable result in the final group game. FIFA has sent the research document to Council members and member federations who want more World Cup slots to help encourage young players and sponsors at home. CREATIVE SCHEDULING GENEVA (AP): The best and most profitable way to expand the World Cup is a 48-team tournament of 16 three-team groups, according to FIFA’s in-house research, which accepts that the current 32-nation format produces the highest quality football. The preferred format announced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino this month rates highest in a 64-page analysis of five options for the 2026 World Cup, the first when change can be made. FIFA concludes that “the 48-team (16×3) format would appear to offer the most tangible and intangible value”, in the document seen by The Associated Press (AP). With extra knockout games in a new Round of 32, the format of 80 matches each in an exclusive time slot over 32 days appeals to broadcasters and sponsors and would raise income, FIFA suggested.last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE NOTES

first_imgTEA DANCESThe Family Resource Centre has been contacted by a number of people regarding the running of morning time tea dances as a social outlet. Therefore, the Centre would like to hear if there is sufficient interest for such a pursuit. We would also like to hear from anyone willing to help out, provide suitable live music or donate/loan CDs or records. If there is enough interest it is likely that the tea dances will start in early June and on a Thursday morning from 11am-1pm. For further information and to register your interest please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796. ASISTFor each of the past 3 years the Family Resource Centre has hosted the ASIST Suicide Awareness Training and again in 2012 we are proposing to host the training. The training which is for 2 full days is for parents, caregivers, youth workers, volunteers, teachers, sport coaches and anyone living or working in the community who wish to feel more competent, confident and comfortable in reducing the risk of suicide. The ASIST training is planned for Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th June. For further information or to book a place, please contact 0749145796.Safe TALK Training The Family Resource Centre is proposing to host the safe TALK training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called ‘suicide alertness’. The half-day training is suitable for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become ‘suicide alert’.For further information or to book a place on the training programme please contact 0749145796.WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre offers a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service is for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. The service operates on an appointment basis only.Please contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m. RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMESTuesday: 3rd & 4th class 3.00-4.00pm5th & 6th class 4.00-5.00pmWednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm 1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Café 1st -3rd Year 7.15-9.00pmThursday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pmYouth Café Transition, 4th & 5th Year 7.00-9.00pmRegistration forms are available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. We are open every Wednesday morning from10.30 – 12 noon. Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults. It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.RAPHOE MAY FAIR 2012The 7th Annual May Fair will be held on Saturday 19th May in the Diamond, Raphoe from 1.00pm- 5.00pm with Vintage Machinery, Classic Cars & Motorbike Parade from Mart car park to the Diamond at 1.00pm. Community Parade, led by Raphoe Pipe Band from Raphoe Presbyterian Church car park to the Diamond at 1.30pm. Other attractions include:- Face Painting, Live Music, The Journeymen (Artisans & Master Tradesmen), Craft Stalls, Jiving Competition, Fancy Dress, Scottish Dancing, Irish Dancing, Bird of Prey, Story Telling. FLOATS WELCOME. All local community groups/organisations and projects are invited to take part in the parade, or if you can do any crafts, Arts, music, or have any ideas for an activity please get in touch. Would you like to help on the day please contact Lisa at the Volt House reception on 91 73966 or leave a message and we will get back to you.This event is organised by Raphoe Community In Action in association with Raphoe Reconciliation Project, Volt House, Raphoe. Contact No: 074 91 73966 or Email: Volthouse@eircom.netRUNNING GROUPA new running group is starting in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm.This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners.For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980.CROCHETING CLASSESCrocheting classes commence in the Volt House Hall, Raphoe on Monday 14th May 2012 at 7pm. Facilitator- Pearl Millar. Anyone interested, can come along on the night or contact Tel. No. 074 91 45941. Raphoe Kurling Club.MINISTER FOR EDUCATION TO PRESENT AWARDS AT ST EUNAN’S The Minister for Education & Skills Mr. Ruairi Quinn T.D. will visit St Eunan’s on May the 18th to present a number of awards. The children and staff would love to see as many of the Raphoe Community present as possible. Everyone welcome.OAKFIELD PARKThe gardens at Oakfield Park will be open again for the summer from Wed 2nd May. As always the trains will be running every weekend. The gardens are open from 12 – 6pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. Come along with the family & friends and bring a picnic. Maybe you’ll meet our new Black Swans on the lower lake! See the website, find us on facebook or call our enquiry number 9173068 for more info.ART EXHIBITIONRaphoe Heritage Project presents Round about Raphoe. A new historic photograph and art exhibition at the Central Hotel, Raphoe on the 18th and 19th May 2012. All welcome, admission free.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.TEEN TOURS SUMMER PROGRAMME NOW TAKING BOOKINGS:Day 1- Team Building out door pursuits to allow teens to get to know each otherDay 2- Rockhill Holiday Park-Teens will do the following: Forest Challenge getting mucky through obstacle course, Archery/ Sumo Suits, Water sports, games and FoodDay 3- Bowling/Cinema – An evening of fun and games with prizes and food includedDay 4 – Funtasia Bettystown Co Drogheda – Splash, soak, slide in the water park for 2 hrs/ Challenge the aerial adventure course 60m long by 15m high and Bowling/crazy golf/roller-skating and FoodYou won’t find a better value package for teens anywhere: This package totals 30 hrs of Fun costing you less than €4.20 per hour for your teen to have a summer adventure to remember. Book on line today/ Payment by instalments also available. Check out www.teentours.eu for more information.BOXERCISEMixed Boxercise Fitness Class @ Cathedral Hall, Raphoe. Thurs 6-7pm. Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups (16+). Female Instructor. Excellent all over body workout, which burns between 400-900 cals in one hr session? More info @ 086 3238437.SELF MANAGEMENT COURSEThe HSE is providing a self management course for people with long term conditions and Carers of people with long term conditions that promotes self care. Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just your condition. The course is free of charge and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are being provided across the county. If you would like some more information on this course or would like to book a place on a course, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email paula.quinn@hse.ie. All enquiries are welcome.GLENMAQUIN NATIONAL SCHOOLIt’s still not too late to enroll at Glenmaquin NS!We are a 2 teacher school with one part-time Teaching Assistant and one part-time Learning Support Teacher. We are located conveniently to Raphoe, Convoy (3.5miles) and Letterkenny.As we are a small school, all our children get great individual attention alongside the ability to take advantage of lots of trips, e.g. theatre, workshops, libraries, cooking, gardening, crafts and lots more! These trips are all funded through the schools various fundraising activities e.g. Christmas Bazaar.Please call into the school for a brochure or call 074 9147599 to arrange a visit with Debbie Browne our Principal or Sandra Curran Deputy Principal. We are very much a community based school and welcome children of all faiths or none.RAPHOE PEOPLE NEWSLETTERCommunity News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at volthouse@eircom.net or to Lisa at raphoetidy@eircom.net Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE NOTES was last modified: May 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RAPHOE LOCAL NOTESlast_img read more