new qualifying system: in group stage, all teams will play 2 matches within int'l matches week
players will spend many hours in travel
Teams will play one home match and one away match in each round of fixtures. The problem is that all matches are in 3 consecutive months (Sep, Oct, Nov), so they will travel to 3 different countries and back within 3 months, and for the Asian and European-based players, there will be even more travel. The FAs will get some of the money back from gate receipts. But at least the matches are during international week - that's a good thing, as the teams can select their best players. Even if the matches were spread out, the FAs would still need to find the same amount of money and do the same amount of travel - it's just that they would have more time to do it.