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

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The top seven teams joining Russian Federation in the top pot are: Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France. The rankings will be determined by the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking published on 16 October 2017.

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.

Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark will be seeded for November's World Cup qualification play-offs after the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings were published on Monday.

In the draw, which is live on RTÉ Player on Tuesday from 1pm, a seeded team will be drawn from pot 1 and then an unseeded side from pot 2. The 2010 World Cup champion just misses out as the eighth-ranked team on the planet. The same procedure will then be repeated for the remaining balls in the two pots. So far, the nine group winners, France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Iceland have qualified directly, while the eight best second-placed teams will now fight it out for the four remaining spots.

Regardless, Spain, England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay will be in this pot, and when you start to combine them with the teams in the seeded pot, thing start to get a bit death-y.

Who will be the team for Northern Ireland and the Republic to avoid?

As always, teams from the same region must be kept separate in the draw, aside from UEFA, where up to two European nations can be in the same group.

The "Blue Tigers" were ranked 107th last month but they are now at 105th in the latest rankings, courtesy their win over Macau in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers last week.

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