Have not seen this in the other threads here.
32 is a ridiculous number to have. They only have that many becuase FIFA presidents have to promise more places to get elected.
Almost everyone said it was a mistake to go to 24 in 1982. It was. 32 is just crazy. The tournament is too long and there are at least 10 teams that have no chance of winning. They get listed at 500-1 chances. They should be at a million-1. Teams like Costa Rica , Togo, and Saudi Arabia. All of them can put up a few good performances, but they should not be there.
The sheer number of games is exhausting.
The format I most like ran from 1958 to 1970. 4 groups of 4. Top 2 go to quarterfinals.
Problem is that I see there must be more than 16 teams, but certainly much less than 32.
I would say 3 teams from Africa,3 from Asia(all Oceania in here also), 2 from North/Central America, 4 from Sth America and 8 from Europe. Problem is how to deal with 20 teams. Maybe 5 groups of 4. Top team, plus 3 best runners-up make it to quarter-finals. That makes 37 games. It also makes every game important. Rather than getting games like Germany and Ecuador just recently when Ecuador did not even bother to play to win.
Not of course forgetting to eliminate the 3/4th play-off.