7 Nov 2013

Blatter doesn't like World Cup playoff ties

5:59 am on 7 November 2013

The FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to get rid of World Cup qualifying playoff ties in future, saying it is a hard way for teams to miss out on the finals.

Twenty teams, plus hosts Brazil, have qualified for next year's tournament via round-robin groups but the remaining 11 places will be decided this month, all in two-legged playoffs.

That includes New Zealand's tie with Mexico starting next week. The All Whites qualified for the last World Cup with a playoff victory over Bahrain.

Blatter says while it may be good for television, he's not sure about the system.