October FIFA Ranking Provides Glimpse Into World Cup Draw Possibilities

The current frontrunners in FIFA's top-ten rankings are reigning World Champions Germany (1,631 points), followed by Brazil (1,619), Portugal (1,446), Argentina (1,445), Belgium (1,333), Poland (1,323), France (1,226), Spain (1,218), Chile (1,173) and Peru (1,160). The seeded teams have been decided by October's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, published today.

Nigeria have risen three spots to 41 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings announced today, but they still face a hard first round draw for next year's World Cup in Russia because they look set to be in Pot 4 made up of the weakest teams for the tournament.

First of all, a team will be drawn from pot 1, and then another from pot 2. The eight best second-placed teams (Slovakia missed out despite finishing runners-up to England in Group F) will battle for the four remaining qualifying spots. Therefore, the Russian national team is playing friendly football matches in the run-up to the much anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup.

No disrespect to Russian Federation or Poland, but there's a clear desired destination for teams in Pots 2-4: Whichever group is headed by Russian Federation or Poland. Northern Ireland, Sweden and Republic of Ireland will look to change that by winning their playoffs, while Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran, DR Congo, Australia, Nigeria, Serbia and Japan could all land here, too. After that, it all comes down to the playoffs and remaining African qualifiers.

The World Cup European play-off draw takes place at FIFA's Zurich headquarters on Tuesday at 1300BST.


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