How to Make All World Cup Matches Knock out While Still Guaranteeing a Minimum of Two Games to Each Country

Okay so the world cup has got to the interesting bit – the knock out stages and I have started watching. All the meaningless tedium and those nil – nil draws are over and every match is win or go home. Imagine if the World Cup could be like this right from the first match.
Well here is how it could be.
Step one, increase the number of teams to 40. The opening round then consists of 20 matches between these 40 teams. This gives us 20 winners who automatically qualify for the next round and 20 losers. The losers then play off in a “repechage” ( I borrowed the word from rowing). This consists of 10 matches between the first round losers. The winners of these matches go forward to the next round to give a total of 30 going through with 10 hoping for a wild card slot. There are two wild card slots required to bring the numbers in the next round up to 32.  One of these wildcard slots is reserved for the hosts should they need it. They simple take the slot if they lose either of their first two matches. In this way the hosts are guaranteed 3 matches. The remaining wild card slot (or 2 if the hosts do not need the benefit of it) goes to the first and second round losing team with the best record as determined by a formula.
A simple formula would be the number of points won by the team based on performances in normal time. IE, a country that goes into extra time twice in the first two matches would have two points. Goals scored would then be used as a tie breaker.
Naturally, if you lose your first match, you are more likely to face a strong team in the next round.
So what are the advantages. Well here is my cut.
1.       – An extra 8 countries in the world cup.
2.       – Total matches reduced from 79 to 61.
3.      –  Best case is only 6 matches required to win the tournament, down from 8.
And best of all, no draws. Every match has a winner – and the stakes are much higher. After the frist match, if you lose, you are most likely to be going home.
Shane
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More Acquisitions in the Vacation Rental space: TripAdvisor Buys HolidayLettings.co.uk

The M&A activity in the Vacation Rental sector continues apace.

HolidayLettings.co.uk was just bought by Tripadvisor. See here

This comes on top of Homeaways recent purchase of BedAndBreakfast.com and subsequent launch of language versions of this site in Europe.

The articles here are good and worth reading.

Shane

This is an Incredible Video on the Power / Prevalence of Social Media

Its form Eric Qualman author of Socialnomics

Here are some money quotes

– 1 out of 8 couples marrying in the US met via social media.

– If it were a country, Facebook would be the third largest, but it is an also ran in China.

– 50% of the mobile internet traffic in the UK is for Facebook

– What happens in Vegas stays in …. Facebook

– We will no longer search for products and services, they will find us via social media.

– The ROI of Social Media is your business will still exist in 5 years.

TripInquiry helps the vacation home industry reach out to consumers through social media.

Shane

Traffic to Social Media Sites Overtakes Search Engine Traffic

According to Hitwise via Tnooz, web traffic to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter just edged past traffic to search engine sites.

This comes in the same week that Steve Jobs had a go at the the Search Sovereign (Google) saying

“If you are looking for a place to eat, will you search on your phone or open the Yelp application”?

Here at TripInquiry, we firmly believe that social media is going to replace search for many things – not least of which: finding a vacation rental home to stay in.

Shane

Inspiration, Recommendation, Discovery (and a List). The Essential Preludes to a Successful Travel Transaction

There is an interesting article from Tnooz here on developments and innovation in the travel sector. They make the point very well, that well in advance of a travel transaction, there is Inspiration, Recommendation and Discovery.

At TripInquiry, we believe that social media sites, such as Facebook, are ideally suited to inspiration, recommendation and discovery. After all, who better to inspire you, recommend to you and help you discover, than your friends. 
However once you have done all that you need a simple, easy to use tool to organise your thoughts.
This is what has inspired Tripinquiry
Shane