Russia has been banned from the IFCPF Men's World Cup ©IFCPF

The teams entering the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) Men’s World Cup are geared to claim the title following the exclusion of defending champions Russia.

The IFCPF banned Russia from the competition after the country invaded Ukraine.

It has been confirmed that Ukraine, who are ranked second in the world, have arrived for training as they prepare in the first CP Football tournament since 2019 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, their participation seemingly hinges on whether they raise enough funds to cover the costs of the competition.

The IFCPF has campaigned to ensure Ukraine receive the required support to attend the event.

The Ukraine team has been scheduled to play Spain, Northern Ireland and Argentina in Group D.

For the teams confirmed for the tournament, Brazil, England and the United States are anticipated to be the strongest.

Brazil are currently placed third in the rankings, though they could stiff resistance from Dillon Sheridan’s and Gary Messet’s Ireland in Group B.

Thailand and Germany have also been drawn into their group.

England - ranked fifth in the world - are expected to be seeking to improve upon their fourth-place finish in 2019.

Matt Crossen’s side are due to play Venezuela, The Netherlands and Canada in Group A.

The United States, who won bronze at the Parapan American Games 2019, came sixth at the previous World Cup and are expected to use it as a platform to go further this time around.

To get out of their three-team group, Stuart Sharpe, the head coach, is aware of the threat world number four Iran and would number 10 Australia may pose.

"Both Australia and Iran are well-coached sides who have had a lot of turnover since their last time on the pitch, so they’re a little bit of an unknown quantity," he said.

"Therefore, we are taking nothing for granted and have been preparing for whatever challenge comes our way."

Meanwhile, Spain, Northern Ireland and Argentina could face a tough ask of establishing themselves as the dominant side in Group D if the number two ranked team can compete.

The quarter-finals are due to be held on May 9 with the semi-finals set to follow on May 12.

The tournament is due to start tomorrow, and run through to May 16, with matches being held at the Futbol Salou Sports Complex in Salou, which is outside Barcelona.

The Women’s World Cup is planned to start during the men’s tournament on May 7.

This event is expected to conclude on May 18 and is set to be staged at the same location.