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

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What that means is aside from host Russian Federation, which is ranked 65th in the world, the remaining 32 teams are distributed in order of their October ranking.

The draw will be staged on December 1 in Moscow.

Federation Internationale de Football Association uses October rankings to decide all four seeding pots despite nine places in the 32-team World Cup finals lineup to be decided in November. 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.

The eight teams to make it through to the play-offs are Sweden, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Greece and Croatia. The seeded teams have been decided by October's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, published today.

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Chile stayed in ninth despite missing out on World Cup qualification and Peru rose into the top 10 for the first time after qualifying for the intercontinental play-off against New Zealand.

Denmark will instead be seeded, along with Switzerland, Italy and Croatia, after rising seven places in the rankings. Northern Ireland, Sweden and Republic of Ireland will look to change that by winning their playoffs, while Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran, DR Congo, Australia, Nigeria, Serbia and Japan could all land here, too. Both balls in pot 3 will then be mixed up again and then drawn one after the other.

When and where does the draw take place? The first ball drawn determines which team plays the first leg at home, and the second one decides who'll host the return leg.

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