Latest blind football world rankings updatedParalympic and world champions Brazil remains the top-ranked team in the world, followed by South American rivals Argentina, Spain, China and France. 02 Aug 2016
The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has released an updated version of the football 5-a-side world rankings, ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Paralympic and world champions Brazil continue to lead the world rankings and will be the firm favourite to win Paralympic gold on home soil this September.
The Brazilian football 5-a-side team maintains a 100 per cent record at Paralympic Games, having won every edition since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic programme at Athens 2004, and has not lost at a major tournament since 2007.
Argentina are ranked second and will try to take revenge from South American rivals Brazil, to whom they lost in the 2014 World Championships and the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games finals, and the London 2012 semi-finals.
Spain and France, who won bronze and silver at the 2012 Paralympics, respectively, are ranked third and fifth, even though they did not qualify for Rio 2016.
China are fourth and Turkey sixth, followed by Japan, Great Britain, Iran and South Korea.
In Rio, Brazil will be joined by the three other continental champions in Group A: Turkey, Iran and Morocco. Argentina were drawn in Group B together with China, Russia and Mexico.
The full rankings can be found on IBSA’s website.
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)
The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.
Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.