Thailand at the FIFA World Cup? – Not yet, but maybe 2026 is their year

Don’t get too excited. This is far from likely just yet. But Thailand have recently joined a growing list of countries praising the decision of football’s international governing body, FIFA, to expand the 2026 World Cup to a total of 48 teams.

This far from guarantees a place at the 2026 World Cup for Thailand, but it seems that the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) believe that this will greatly increase the chances of us seeing the War Elephants at the World Cup. The president of FAT Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang hopes that Asia will benefit most from this recent decision.

This will increase the number of teams at the finals by 16, which is an increase of one third, from 32 to 48. Somyot was quick to point out that Thailand have already made it to the 12-team final Asian stage of the World Cup qualifiers for the tournament in 2018.

Currently, Asia is guaranteed just 4 spots at the finals, compared to 13 for countries from Europe. It appears FIFA have made the decision already and the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, has commented on how the size and economic growth of Asia merits more than its current allocation of four teams at the finals.

Critics suggest that such an increase in teams will dilute the quality of football on offer at this global spectacle, however, the move has been supported by economic superpower China who want to get back in the action. Many other countries have also hailed the decision that will likely result in an estimated cash boost of around $640 million USD, when compared to projections for Russia 2018.

Can the War Elephants, currently ranked at 126 by FIFA, use this opportunity and make it to the big stage? We’ll find out in 2026.

Avatar
Real Life Phuket

RL Phuket is the only 100% Phuket focused lifestyle publication on the island accessible to both English and Russian language speakers. RL Phuket helps you get the best out of your life in Phuket by providing you with the best in Phuket’s lifestyle, dining, events, art, culture, real estate, travel…and much, much more!


Warning: Parameter 2 to qtranxf_excludeUntranslatedPostComments() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/385949.cloudwaysapps.com/quuvqscsxw/public_html/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 287
""
1

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to get the best of Phuket

Your Nameyour full name
Previous
Next
FormCraft - WordPress form builder

47 Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 84 84 55 111, Fax: +66 (0) 76 32 44 48

Copyright © 2018 Railand Media Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

Privacy Policy

Join the RL Newsletter!

Join RL’s Exclusive Mailing List

RL’s bi-weekly newsletter brings all the latest uplifting and positive news in and around Phuket straight to your inbox. Sign up now!

""
1

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to get the best of Phuket

Your Nameyour full name
Previous
Next
FormCraft - WordPress form builder

Join the RL Newsletter!

Join RL’s Exclusive Mailing List

 

RL’s bi-weekly newsletter brings all the latest uplifting and positive news in and around Phuket straight to your inbox. Sign up now!

""
1

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to get the best of Phuket

Your Nameyour full name
Previous
Next
FormCraft - WordPress form builder

 
Send this to a friend