Our current FIFA ranking also helps us get foreigners from low-ranking countries who might have aspirations to play in some of the upper-tier leagues in Europe. Some countries, like England, won't immediately grant a work permit for a foriegn national unless they're a member of a national side ranked in the top 75 in the FIFA rankings. So Mwanga, for instance, will have an easier time getting a WP as member of the USMNT (ranked 18th) than the Congolese Mens team (ranked 124th). A guy like Zakuani, however, would not have to worry about this since he already carries an EU passport. So that's another twist.