The 2019 FIFA World Cup is just two months away, but it’s the start of a new season that will determine the strength of the country’s top-four teams and the nation’s place in the World Cup tournament.
The best of the best are already vying for the chance to represent their countries at the 2018 tournament.
But they’ll also be looking to secure a spot in next year’s tournament with a top-three finish in their respective competitions.
Here are five things to look out for as we prepare for the World Football 2019.
How many players will make the World XI?
Nigeria is one of the most talented football nations in the world, but this year the country has only managed to field just four World XI players.
That’s a drop from the team’s previous World Cup squad, which featured 17 players from the 2017 tournament.
However, Nigeria is the first team to feature just two World XI members since Brazil in 2014, with the next World XI featuring seven players from Brazil.
In 2019, the nation will also see the arrival of five players who played for their national side in previous World Cups, with five of those being players from Nigeria’s Under-20 side.
How much does a World XI cost?
Nigeria’s current World XI consists of 11 players from three teams.
The next World XV, featuring 14 players from four teams, is set to take shape later this month, but the next round of World Cup qualifiers, which will take place in October, are not expected to be announced until December.
Nigeria’s next World Cup qualification group will also feature seven players who have represented their country in previous tournaments.
The final four World XV teams are expected to feature 12 players, and will likely be the strongest of the group, with 13 of those coming from the national side.
Nigeria currently sits on 16 points from six games, which is enough to qualify for the next phase of the World Champions League, the competition that will decide the winner of the 2019 tournament.
Who are the top three players in the national team?
In the past, Nigeria has fielded just one player from each of its three national teams.
In 2018, the Nigerian National Team’s first-choice striker was the first Nigerian to score a hat-trick in a FIFA World Youth Championship.
The 19-year-old scored a brace in Nigeria’s 6-0 win over Cameroon in October 2019.
That performance helped Nigeria secure the right to play in next summer’s World Cup and ensured that Nigeria’s World XI will be full of talented players.
There is also an obvious gap in the squad when it comes to the calibre of players who could make the squad for the 2019 World Cup, with only three Nigerian players to date playing in the Premier League.
What will happen to the players who were not in the 2018 World XI squad?
The players who did not play in the Nigeria National Team are not going to be eligible for the 2018 FIFA World XI, which was made up of all those players who qualified for the 2017 FIFA World Tournament.
This is the third time in the past four years that Nigeria has lost the right of selection to the national squad.
In the 2017 World Cup when Nigeria was eliminated from the tournament, it was decided that the remaining players in its squad were not eligible to represent the country in the 2019 FIFA tournament.
Five of the 19 players on the national youth team who were unable to make the cut were all selected for the Under-17 World Cup in Russia, and the other four players were part of the Under 17 World Cup final squad that was defeated by Portugal in a final that was a draw.
Five more players, including the five players on Nigeria’s under-18 side, have also played in the Under 19 World Cup finals.
However the Nigerian players who missed out in 2018 have not been forgotten.
Two of the players from that squad have also made it into the Under 20 World Cup squads for 2019, with a trio of players from those squads, including Nigeria’s best ever goalscorer, Lamine Kone, also being selected for that tournament.
Can Nigeria’s stars shine in the future?
One of the biggest questions heading into the 2019 Fifa World Cup will be how well Nigeria’s young players will fare under the tutelage of former boss Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Boubace’s team finished last season in 11th place, one place above the fourth-placed Ivory Coast, and Keita’s squad finished fourth in 2019.
Nigeria has struggled to make its mark on the field, and is not likely to repeat that form of poor form this season.
However there are signs that the Nigerian coach is already working hard to get the best out of his squad, with former player Naji Korkunya already signing for a new club in the Gulf.
Nigeria is also hoping that Nigeria is a strong contender in next season’s