FIFA release October World Rankings


FIFA have released their final World Rankings update ahead of the 2018 World Cup play-off draw in Zurich at 14:00 CET on Tuesday.

These rankings hold more significance than usual, as they will determine the pots for the December 1st draw for the 2018 World Cup Finals.

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2014 World Champions Germany lead the way in Pot 1 alongside 2018 hosts Russia, five-time World Champions Brazil, UEFA Group H winners Belgium, UEFA Group E winners Poland, EURO 2016 winners Portugal, 1998 World Cup winners France and two-time World Cup winners Argentina.

With Pot 1 confirmed, Spain (ranked 8th), England (12th), Colombia (13th), Mexico (16th) and Uruguay (17th) are five teams guaranteed Pot 2 spots.

Peru (10th), Switzerland (11th) and Italy (15th) are next in line for a Pot 2 berth, but must pass the two-legged play-off hurdle in November.

Croatia (18th), Denmark (19th) and Iceland (21st) are the next best ranked sides, meaning all three of them have the potential to be in Pot 2, but would need all of Peru, Switzerland and Italy to slip up in their respective qualifying matches in order for that to happen.

Things become a little vague moving into Pot 3 and Pot 4 possibilities with numerous play-off scenarios impeding the ability to foresight World Cup groups, though Croatia, Denmark and Iceland seem most likely to end up in Pot 3 – so long as they make it out of next month’s play-off.

We know that World Cup qualified nations Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, Serbia and Japan will most likely earn Pot 3 spots, though this is not yet confirmed.

Costa Rica (22nd) looks set for Pot 3, while European play-off sides Northern Ireland (23rd), Sweden (25th) and Republic of Ireland (26th) will land a Pot 3 spot if they qualify.

We know that South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Panama will be in Pot 4, but the likes of Morocco, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, South Africa, Honduras and New Zealand are still in with a shot of making it despite not yet securing qualification, while Pot 4 will have to do for lowest ranked European side Greece (47th) if they survive the play-off.


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