The United States Soccer Foundation are toying with the idea of an international tournament next summer for those including themselves who missed out on the World Cup.
This concept is sure to be received with a mixed response from those countries including the Republic of Ireland who failed to make Russia. However with heavyweights such as Italy, Netherlands and Chile also missing out, their inclusion could attract lesser sceptical nations.
According to the BBC, the idea is at a preliminary stage but football’s world governing body have stated they would not stand in its way as long as it followed the usual rules and regulations of international football.
While the idea may be a money-spinning one the inclusion of star names including Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, Welsh star Gareth Bale and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez could make this idea possible.
African giants Ghana, Ivory Coast and Cameroon along with New Zealand have also missed out on the world’s biggest stage in Russia next year and may be interested in the USSF’s proposals.
Other nations that could take part include Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, Greece, and Northern Ireland who narrowly missed out to Switzerland in the playoffs.
While this idea may not seem that appealing to those countries who will be needed to take part, the idea might be less appealing to travelling fans who will find it hard to generate a positive vibe in a tournament no country will want to be in while the real action is taking place in Russia.
The idea may seem a little crazy but with countries likely to take part it including China and India it could attract a worldwide TV audience.
It remains to be seen if this idea can get off the ground. However, the main event in Russia kicks off on June 14, 2018, with the final on July 15.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena
Check out the latest episode of The Mixer where we spoke with Stephen Henderson as we dissected Ireland’s 5-1 loss to Denmark.