Holland v San Marino; Spain v Faroe Islands; Italy v Moldova. Yes, it's World Cup qualifying time again, and, while the above-mentioned fixtures are not actually taking place this weekend, they will happen at one time or another on the long road to France 1998. There are two ways of looking at these type of matches, which, in most cases, turn out to be mis-matches. The first is that they are good for the game, giving the smaller nations the chance to test their skills against the leading football powers in the world; they also help to promote the game in general in all corners of Europe - and there are now 49 countries in nine groups chasing 14 European places in France. The second way to view them is that they are a complete waste of time for all concerned as the minor teams are out-classed and the major ones are merely put through a one-sided training game. On top of this, the preparation and travel involved cause major disruption to the league schedules around the continent and increase the number of matches for the top players, who already have domestic league and cups and now Champions' League commitments. So what can be done to produce a leaner qualifying system, one which results in fewer mis-matches and emphasises quality rather than quantity? One answer could be a separate qualifying tournament for the minor nations, pitting the likes of Moldova against San Marino and the Faroe Islands. Having proved themselves to be the best of the rest, the leading minnows would then have earned the right to play the likes of Germany or Italy and would be treated with more respect by the international game in general. What do you think? Write to Premier Postbag, Premier Soccer, 28th Floor, Dorset House, 979, King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Or send a fax to 2811 1278 or 2811 1048. The deadline for next Friday's Premier Soccer is noon, Wednesday.