FIFA has had a busy day of inconsequential voting.
The vote for 2014 qualifying slot allocation took place and FIFA voted to do nothing.
So, the allocation for Brazil will be the same as that for 2010. So Asia keeps it’s 4.5, as do Oceania its .5 place, CONCACAF its 3.5 slots, Africa its 5, CONMEBOL its 4.5 and UEFA 13. Brazil is in as hosts (basically an extra South America team will get to travel across the continent as Brazil was likely to take one of the 4.5 slots for CONMEBOL).
We’re a little miffed by this decision because as we argued last week, UEFA is probably over-represented.
Additionally, the vote for next women’s World Cup was held. Canada won. It was either Canada or not have it as there were no other countries in the running. Zimbabwe had been bidding but dropped out the day before the vote due to lack of infrastructure. That’s curious because lack of infrastructure didn’t stop Qatar from bidding and winning.
The governing body probably couldn’t be bothered to care much about either vote as its members were likely busy daydreaming about the hookers they were going to bang on their piles of cash. FIFA also reported that it’s still swimming in money, having made a $631M profit—not bad for a registered non-profot—in the four years cycle to the 2010 World Cup (about a third of the money came from last year alone).
Clearly FIFA is gouging fans with outrageous ticket prices.
Not really… Tickets for the World Cup final were actually cheaper than those for the upcoming Champions League final. The bulk of Sepp’s war chest—$4.19B—comes from broadcast rights and commercial deals.
Football makes money. Lots of it. This should surprise nobody.