Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings keep Ireland and Northern Ireland apart

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Federation Internationale de Football Association has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations, who will join hosts Russia as the top-seeded teams in the 2018 World Cup draw.

The draw will be staged on December 1 in Moscow.

FIFA's world ranking for October was released, and while most roll their eyes at the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings (the US actually improved by a position after being eliminated from World Cup contention, so.), they hold a significant role in the World Cup. Russian Federation goes into the top pot, followed by the top seven-ranked teams, and the remaining 24 teams are spread into the three subsequent pots in order. Northern Ireland, Ireland, Sweden and Greece will be the unseeded teams in the draw, which takes place tomorrow.

This is straight from FIFA.com website: The eight teams will be divided into two pots, with the four best-ranked teams in one of the pots. Slovakia, as the worst-ranked second-placed team, miss out.




Denmark will instead be seeded, along with Switzerland, Italy and Croatia, after rising seven places in the rankings. Based on these rankings, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark will be in Pot 1, while Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece will be in Pot 2. The team drawn first will be at home in the first leg.

Four two-legged ties will be played, with the first leg taking place between 9 and 11 November and the return between 12 and 14 of the same month.

The Austrians are one of the four new entries to the top 50, where they are joined by Czech Republic (46), Morocco (48) and World Cup qualifying sensation Panama (49).

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