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Thursday, May 10, 2018

FIFA Ranking: May 2018 final preview

FIFA will publish the ranking on May 17th. It was a quiet month with only 6 friendlies played.

Best movers:

9 - Grenada
6 - Benin, Botswana

Worst movers:

-5 - Palestine, St. Lucia
-4 - Jamaica, Iraq, St. Kitts and Nevis


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Asian Nations Cup 2019 simulations (May 2018)

Last week was the draw for the Asian Nations Cup 2019, played next January in the United Arab Emirates. The format is expanded to 24 teams, playing in 6 groups of 4. Group numbers 1 and 2 qualify for the first knock-out round, together with the four best group numbers 3. The placing of the qualified teams in the round of 16 follows the same system as the EURO 2016 tournament.

The seeding for this draw was based on the April FIFA ranking, but with a small twist: the 12 teams that qualified first in the second qualifying round populated the first two pots, ordered by this ranking. The other 12 teams that qualified later on via the third qualifying round populated pots 3 and 4, once again ordered by this ranking.