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  1. Any friendly between two national teams counts for the rankings. Of course, teams are free to play against clubs. Bulgaria played against Shakhtar Donetsk, after their friendly against Bolivia was canceled. However, most of the time national teams will play against other national teams.
  2. Not 100%. Costa Rica/Honduras could have an off year at some point with some bad results and have a bad ranking. For instance, if CONCACAF had chosen the November 2007 ranking for seeding (with Canada 4th) instead of the May 2007 ranking (Canada in 11th), this is how the first group stage would have looked like: Group 1: USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba Group 2: Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Guatemala Group 3: Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Costa Rica were 7th in CONCACAF at that time. You need to be 3rd to avoid a Mexico-USA/Honduras-Co
  3. You need to be 3rd in order to be top seed.
  4. Try to get in the top 3 (or at least top 6) of CONCACAF, in case the FIFA ranking will be used for the draw. I'm already helping a CONCACAF team improve their ranking for the 2011 draw (for the 2014 World Cup).
  5. I know he's CSA president. Nothing besides that though
  6. Teams available on Sep 5: Serbia Lithuania Wales Jamaica Libya Uganda Panama Uzbekistan Senegal Qatar Korea DPR Cuba Congo Tanzania Albania Syria Congo DR Gambia Fiji Angola And on Sep 9: Switzerland Australia Côte d'Ivoire Egypt Nigeria Algeria Korea Republic Tunisia Burkina Faso Morocco Latvia Guinea Mali Iran Jamaica Togo Libya Uganda Zambia Panama
  7. Thanks Not quite true. You need to play and win against: a) an UEFA team ranked higher than 27th OR a CONMEBOL team ranked higher than 25th OR c) a CONCACAF/AFC/CAF/OFC team ranked higher than 12th Looking at the July 2009 ranking, these countries fit the description: Brazil Spain Netherlands Italy Germany Russia England Argentina France Croatia Greece Switzerland Serbia Denmark Portugal Ukraine Uruguay Czech Republic Paraguay Bulgaria Scotland Israel Romania
  8. How will you seed non-FIFA CONCACAF members such as Guadeloupe and Martinique?
  9. There's no way a friendly tournament will bring you the same amount of points as qualifying through CFU/UNCAF. You mentioned "FIFA-sanctioned". FIFA will still consider those matches as friendlies for ranking purposes. There's also the option of having a confederation wide qualifying process as suggested by footballfreak on BigSoccer. It would look like that: http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showpost.php?p=18193095&postcount=13 That's highly unlikely though.
  10. Qualifying through UNCAF or CFU is a very good idea. I think the CFU is better options because you'd have more games. In UNCAF you have a minimum of 3 games and you'd need to finish 3rd in your group (6 GC spots available for 8 teams). In CFU you'd have at least 4. 3 in the final group stage (if you reach that stage of course) and one for the 5th place play-off. There would be 5 places available for 8 teams. On top of that you'd have to qualify for the final group stage, so add 2-3 games to that. See the setup of the Caribbean Championship 2008. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki
  11. That's not a FIFA tournament - those matches are not considered "A" internationals. Canada will gain 18 points in the April ranking and will most likely jump 7 places. http://www.football-rankings.info/2009/03/fifa-ranking-april-2009-preview-i.html http://www.football-rankings.info/2009/03/fifa-ranking-april-2009-probable.html
  12. In 2008, the best time to schedule this tournament would have been May 31st - June 4th. It would have been: Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti and an invitee. Available at the time: Argentina, Brazil, England etc. No matter what you do - you can't make it count for the FIFA ranking - except as friendly matches, of course.
  13. http://www.football-rankings.info/2009/01/fifa-ranking-february-2009-preview-ii.html Costa Rica really moving up.
  14. You will probably drop on spot in February. FIFA Ranking: February 2009 preview (I) http://www.football-rankings.info/2009/01/fifa-ranking-february-2009-preview-i.html FIFA Ranking: February 2009 probable ranking (I) http://www.football-rankings.info/2009/01/fifa-ranking-february-2009-probable.html
  15. Edgar

    Feb. 11

    Thanks squizz! From those ten teams, only Burkina Faso, Senegal, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea, Lithuania and Bolivia are still available. Bosnia might play against Uruguay on Feb 11. No, that's a really bad way to start. You need to play higher ranked teams, especially from UEFA/CONMEBOL/CAF. It's about effort/FIFA points ratio.
  16. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail sent to Mr. Maestracci How would the groups have looked like with the November 2007 ranking? The pots: Pot A (byes to 2nd round) Mexico USA Honduras Pot B (byes to 2nd round) Canada Panama Haiti Pot C (byes to 2nd round) Costa Rica Cuba St. Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad and Tobago Guyana Jamaica Pot D (byes to 2nd round) Guatemala Pot E (1st round) Barbados Bermuda El Salvador Dominican Republic Suriname Antigua and Barbuda St. Kitts and Nevis Nicaragua Grenada
  17. It would be better to be in the top 3 actually, because this means you'll avoid Mexico and the US. 4th is not enough. If CONCACAF had chosen the November 2007 ranking for seeding (with Canada 4th) instead of the May 2007 ranking (Canada in 11th), this is how the first group stage would have looked like: Group 1: USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba Group 2: Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Guatemala Group 3: Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Only a slight improvement. You'll probably remain 90th in the next http://www.football-rankings.info/2
  18. Canada should have tried to get invited to the UNCAF Nations Cup. I did write to the CSA, but there was no interest. http://www.football-rankings.info/2008/11/canada-set-fifa-ranking-target.html
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