A top union official said on Wednesday that the union is on track to overtake the European football team in terms of its global rankings.
Efforts to put together the FIFA rankings have been underway for almost a year but were delayed after the collapse of the U.S. election campaign.
However, on Tuesday, a top FIFA official announced that the European soccer rankings were completed and that the top eight teams were confirmed, according to the Reuters news agency.FIFA spokesman Edzard Ernst said the rankings were published for the first time on Wednesday and would be updated with more information as it becomes available.
He said the European league was set to be the first to be released on Thursday.
“The European leagues will be published in the coming weeks,” he said.
“There will be a lot of discussion about what the future of European football looks like.”
Last week, a leaked FIFA executive summary revealed that soccer’s governing body is planning to release the rankings in 2018.
The document revealed that the rankings would be released in a single edition of the FIFA calendar, which would then be posted online.
It also revealed that FIFA was planning to publish the rankings for 2018 in the same way it publishes its football World Cup and Uefa Champions League rankings.
“We believe that the FIFA ranking structure is a good way to improve transparency and accountability of the rankings process,” Ernst said in a statement.
Fifa has said that its rankings process has already led to changes in the rankings of some teams, notably Manchester United and Real Madrid, while some of the other top leagues have seen major changes.
The European league is due to be published on Thursday, and the European clubs will be released later this month.
“In the future, we will work with the clubs to improve the process, particularly for the clubs that have the most active and committed clubs,” Ernst added.