(MENAFN - Jordan Times) AMMAN - Teams are now finalising their coaching staff, and lineups with less than three weeks remaining before action returns to the pitch for the opening of the 2010/11 football competitions starting end of July.
With regional events quite distant, Wihdat went up to 275th and Shabab Urdun 284th in the latest edition of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) ranking.
Both teams eagerly await the kickoff to the new season. Last year, Wihdat won the Jordan Cup and the Cup Winners Cup after they conceded the Jordan Football Association (JFA) Shield and finished runner-up in the Jordan Professional League behind Faisali.
Shabab Urdun did better regionally. Although they finished third in the league, they made it as far as the Round of 16 in the 7th Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup. Faisali are still out of the top 350 this month.
The JFA has set JD500,000 prize money for the four main events with the winner of the Professional League getting JD80,000, the Jordan Cup JD40,000, the Shield champ JD15,000 and Cup Winners Cup JD10,000. The First Division champ will receive JD15,000.
The local agenda will fit in preparations of national teams for their respective Asian events as well as the 6th West Asian Championship on September 24 in Amman.
The IFFHS list is now led by Spains FC Barcelona and Italys FC Internazionale Milan, followed by Germanys FC Bayern Munchen, Argentinas Club Estudiantes de la Plata, Italys AS Roma, Germanys SV Werder Bremen, Englands Fulham FC and Chelsea FC, Spains Athetico Madrid and Frances Olympique Lyonnaise.
The top 10 Arab clubs are Algerias ES Setif in 78th spot, followed by Sudans Hilal Omdurman (95), Syrias Karama Homs (99), Egypts Sawahel Alexandria (124), Kuwait Club (128), Sudans Marrikh Omdurman (129), Egypts Ahli (131), Saudi Arabias Hilal (137), Egypts Ismaili (152) and Bahrains Rifaa (171).
The top 10 Asian clubs are South Koreas FC Pohang Steelers (75th), followed by Syrias Karama Homs (99), South Koreas Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma FC and Uzbekistans Bunyodkor Tashkent (109), Japans Gamba Osaka (126), Kuwait Club (128), Japans Kashima Antlers FC (136), Saudi Arabias Hilal (137), Vietnams Becamex Bnh Duong (154) and Uzbekistans Pakhtakor Tashkent (162).
Initiated in 1991, the Club World Ranking is a classification showing the level of the clubs and the level of international performance for each country. Competitions not organised by a continental confederation, or any intercontinental events not recognised by FIFA are not taken into consideration.