Commonwealth Games Football Tournament

After writing a post about what a World Cup for the 33rd to 64th best teams in the world would look like (you can read that post via this link), it was suggested to me that I should do similarly for the Commonwealth Games.

As there appears to be no official rankings for Commonwealth football sides I decided to use the FIFA World Rankings to select the 32 sides that would compete in these games. (32 chosen to mirror the FIFA World Cup). In order to organise this tournament we’ve had to stretch to 151st in the World Rankings to pick out Malaysia and India who currently hold that place jointly.


 

Seeds

The top seeds are chosen via FIFA World Rankings and he following three pots come from Africa, North America and then a mix of Asian and African sides. This should ensure that the groups are geographically mixed as possible. World Ranking in brackets after team.

First Seeds

  • England (20)
  • Scotland (27)
  • Nigeria (34)
  • Ghana (38)
  • Wales (44)
  • Cameroon (53)
  • Sierra Leone (64)
  • South Africa (66)

Africa

  • Zambia (77)
  • Uganda (87)
  • Kenya (95)
  • Botswana (99)
  • Tanzania (106)
  • Rwanda (109)
  • Namibia (112)
  • Mozambique (114)

Asia & Africa

  • Australia (76)
  • Malaysia (151)
  • India (151)
  • Northern Ireland (89)
  • Cyprus (139)
  • Malta (150)
  • Malawi (121)
  • Lesotho (131)

North America & Caribbean

  • Jamaica (83)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (84)
  • New Zealand (101)
  • Canada (118)
  • St Vincent (135)
  • St Lucia (138)
  • Grenada (142)
  • Antigua & Barbuda (149)

 

 Groups

I’ve laid out how the groups could look. Scotland, as hosts,  have a base in Glasgow (the location for this year’s Commonwealth Games). I’ve attempted to choose other Scottish cities using a terrible knowledge of Scottish football stadia and geography.

Group A – Glasgow (Ibrox & Celtic Park)

  • Scotland (Hosts)
  • Mozambique
  • Australia
  • Jamaica

Group B – Edinburgh (Easter Road & Tynecastle)

  • England
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • St Lucia

Group C – Inverness & Aberdeen (Caledonian Stadium & Pittodrie)

  • Nigeria
  • Uganda
  • Malaysia
  • Trinidad & Tobago

Group D – Dundee (Tannadice & Dens Park)

  • Ghana
  • Namibia
  • India
  • New Zealand

Group E – Glasgow & Motherwell (Firhill & Fir Park)

  • Wales
  • Rwanda
  • Lesotho
  • Canada

Group F – Perth & Stirling (McDiarmid Park & Forthbank Stadium) 

  • Cameroon
  • Tanzania
  • Northern Ireland
  • St Vincent

Group G – Kilmarnock & Ayr (Rugby Park & Somerset Park)

  • Sierra Leone
  • Botswana
  • Cyprus
  • Antigua & Barbuda

Group H – Dunfermline & Cowdenbeath (East End Park & Central Park)

  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Grenada

I’ve somehow managed to organise a football tournament where Malta will play Grenada at Cowdenbeath. It would no doubt be available via the BBC Three red button.

 


 

Thank you to Chris Oakley from the excellent Football Attic and the tactically astute Zonal Marking for the idea.