Iran fall in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force touring potential host cities

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force touring potential host cities

Meanwhile, the Football Ferns dropped 15 points and one position to 20th in the Fifa women's world rankings in March.

However, Maldives and Bhutan languishing in 150th and 188th positions in last month's ranking moved four and three positions up respectively in this month's ranking.

The team's rise in the latest ranking published on FIFA's official website on Thursday will have been influenced by their performance in two pre-World Cup friendlies last month.

The last World Cup expansion was introduced back in 1998, when the 24-team tournament was increased to the current 32-team event, with 13 slots now available for European nations and a 14th added this summer as Russian Federation are hosts.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has been asked by South America's footballing governing body to expand the 2022 World Cup finals to include 48 teams.

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Scotland's Ross Murdoch eased into the men's 200m breaststroke final after cruising through his heat to qualify fastest. Uganda started with a 5-0 loss to England in Group C at the Carrara Sports Arena in a mixed team Badminton event.

Tunisia (14), Senegal (28), Congo DR (38), Morocco (42) and Egypt (46) are all above Nigeria (47) in the African Ranking.

Switzerland, France, Spain, Chile and Poland make up the top 10.

CONMEBOL now get five guaranteed spots for the 32-team World Cup, and that number will rise to six - or 60 percent of all member nations - at a 48-team tournament.

World Cup holders Germany remain number one, with Brazil in second, Belgium third, Portugal are in fourth and Argentina fifth.

Iceland also made a downward movement, falling four places from 18th to 22nd.

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