Federation Internationale de Football Association has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw.
The teams, which already qualified for the next year's championship are hosts Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.
The Indian football team rose two spots to 105th position in the FIFA rankings released on Monday. The same procedure will then be repeated for the remaining balls in the two pots.
Eleventh placed Switzerland is the highest ranked nation in the European play-offs, with Italy (15), Croatia (18) and Denmark (19) closely behind. The second pot will contain Northern Ireland (23rd), Sweden (25th), Republic of Ireland (26th) and Greece (47th), so Northern Ireland and the Republic can not play each other.
Wales, who missed out on the World Cup and are trying to convince Chris Coleman to remain as boss, slip to 14th while Scotland, who also failed to qualify and are looking for a replacement for Gordon Strachan, are 29th.
Who will be the team for Northern Ireland and the Republic to avoid? The first ball drawn determines which team plays the first leg at home, and the second one decides who'll host the return leg.
We'll be able to properly simulate and speculate after the conclusion of November's qualifiers and qualifying playoffs, but until then, at least we have some semblance of how the World Cup could look in Russian Federation next summer.