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Besides Kosovo, any news on nations that applied for fifa membership in 2016? Apparently Sint Maarten was going to apply this year, along with Zanzibar, Tuvalu, and Kiribati.
With Tuvalu and Kiribati, the situation is kind of difficult. I feel if the two countries had an adequate stadium and headquarters that they would be admitted to FIFA, given that they are part of the UN and are independent countries. However, the two countries aren't going to be able to fund these projects by themselves, so they need FIFA or OFC to help them. Think we all know OFC aren't gonna be too much of a help.
For Sint Maarten, if they did actually apply, they should have been admitted into FIFA. They have a stadium that could host tournaments, so I don't see it being an issue of being able to host a world cup qualifier. However, maybe FIFA wants to see them continue to be active before admitting them into FIFA.
As for Zanzibar, I read that they are asking permission from Tanzania, but I do not see them being admitted to FIFA because they aren't an independent nation and they already tried this several times before. Im not sure if Tanzanias permission will help at all.
Finally for Kosovo, I just don't see them getting in. I just believe theres going to be too much backlash from neighboring countries.