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.
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.
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)
Group B – Edinburgh (Easter Road & Tynecastle)
Group C – Inverness & Aberdeen (Caledonian Stadium & Pittodrie)
Group D – Dundee (Tannadice & Dens Park)
Group E – Glasgow & Motherwell (Firhill & Fir Park)
Group F – Perth & Stirling (McDiarmid Park & Forthbank Stadium)
Group G – Kilmarnock & Ayr (Rugby Park & Somerset Park)
Group H – Dunfermline & Cowdenbeath (East End Park & Central Park)
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.