This is not correct. FIFA does not consider these friendlies for rankings. They will affect rankings. And that is ultimately my concern that I don't think is being taken nearly seriously enough, since those rankings will affect seedings/pots for world cup selections, which can greatly impact the likelihood of being placed in a 'group of death'. And the cumulative results of a region can 'snowball'/create a sustained downturn. Or improvement - I acknowledge that's also a possibility - I just don't think it's nearly as likely without true home games.