Indian football team gains two places in FIFA rankings

Federation Internationale de Football Association uses its October World Ranking to decide all four seeding pots, despite nine places in the 32-team World Cup line-up still to be decided in November.

Northern Ireland have fallen three places to 23rd in this month's Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, meaning they will not be seeded for the World Cup play-offs. 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. Joining Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the draw are: Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Greece and Croatia.

Northern Ireland join the Republic of Ireland as an unseeded country in the draw, but have fallen to 23 in the latest standings.

When and where does the draw take place?

The October ranking was also used to determine the pots for the UEFA playoff round, with the top four teams based on ranking going into Pot 1, and the next four in Pot 2.

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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).

Both balls will then be placed into a third pot and will be drawn one after the other.

The first legs will take place between November 9 and 11, with the return matches scheduled from November 12 to 14.

Tunisia (CAF 1), Senegal (3) and DR Congo (4) will most likely get more favourable draws should they qualify next month for the World Cup.

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