FIFA Confirms Super Eagles As Youngest Squad During 2018 W/Cup Qualifiers

FIFA Confirms Super Eagles As Youngest Squad During 2018 W/Cup Qualifiers

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) says Nigeria paraded the youngest players during the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

This was announced on FIFA’s official website on Tuesday by a Switzerland-based independent study Centre International d’Étude du Sport (CIES) in it’s issue number 30 of Observatory Monthly Report.

The CIES Football Observatory is a research group founded in 1995 by FIFA in partnership with the canton and town of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

World Cup champions Germany emerged as the second country that had the youngest squad, while England were third.

A statement on FIFA’s website reads: “The CIES Football Observatory and FIFA have joined forces to analyse the profiles of the players who were fielded by the 32 qualified teams on the road to Russia. The analysis highlights the diversity of the squads in terms of both age and height, as well as the importance of migration with almost two thirds of players currently playing for clubs outside of the association they represent.

“While Nigeria fielded the youngest players (with an average age of 24.9 years) in the qualifiers, followed by title-holders Germany (25.7) and by U-17 and U-20 world champions England (25.9), at the opposite end of the spectrum were two newcomers Panama (29.4 years) and Iceland (29.0), as well as 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica (29.0).

“There were also considerable differences among the teams in terms of the average height of players. At one extreme, seven associations fielded players with an average height of less than 180cm: Peru, Argentina and Uruguay (CONMEBOL), Saudi Arabia and Japan (AFC), Mexico (CONCACAF), and Spain (UEFA). At the other extreme, the average height of the players fielded by four European nations – Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Serbia – was at least 185cm.

“The study also revealed that about 9% of players were born outside of the association they represent. Only seven of the 32 teams did not field any players born abroad. The number of footballers playing for clubs outside of the association they represent also revealed the importance of migration in football. In total, 64.6% of footballers play abroad: from 0% for England and Saudi Arabia, to 100% for Croatia, Sweden and Iceland.”

The Super Eagles who are in Pot 4, will know their group stage opponents when the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup holds on Friday, December 1st, in Russia.


  • Let them mix with old players,Martin’s should be invited,world cup is not under 23

  • they buy our latest rankings.

  • Who are we goin to face in the group stage at the world cup

  • Is that reason you gave us such dubious ranking

  • If I hear…. Youngest ni ko.

  • yes very rights Iwobi indidi kelech iheanacho henry onyekuru

  • U sure say em dy work

  • Moses Ayeni 1 year ago

    Am unhappy with the fifa ranking

  • Yes we are happy

  • One of the reasons of the pleasant results.
    I thought they said Zambia team were the youngest .

    • Kester 1 year ago

      Youngest team among the 32 that qualified. Not the youngest in the qualifiers.

    • Ikeben 1 year ago

      Fifa Analysis was on the 32 countries that qualified for the world cup. So Zambia did not qualify so are not included. Nigeria is youngest of the qualified countries. Although our players are young but we also know football age factor is also part of it.

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  • May be that was the reason why they place us low in FIFA ranking.The National team must be men or mixture of men and young ones. The world cup is for men and not boys.

  • So,ar u giving point for dis

  • it is not understandable instand of we going up instead we are going down in our fifa ranking even after defeating argentina and our unbeaten run,it’s just weird.

  • Iwobi, Iheanacho, Ndidi, Onyekuru, Balogun, Troost, Shehu Abdulahi, Victor Moses. These guys are young indeed. Nothing like football age. Those born abroad have their date of birth registered and any change in date will affect them in school, work, security, driving, etc. Fifa are right in this about Nigeria but definitely not in the ranking. That was rubbish. I heard they will refine the ranking method. We should start with the present WC qualified team. 1st-32nd team should be ranked putting Nigeria in the 26th position in the world and 4th in Africa. Everyone will be happy thereafter.

  • Achi 1 year ago

    No problem with FIFA ranking. Even higher ranked countries are afraid of having the Super Eagles in their group, ask Argentina oo la la!

  • I am very Grateful, to God.

  • Remove us from your ranking and rank other country, we don’t want ur ranking, its discouraging.