If you are a football fan, Friday should be a bit bittersweet.
On the one hand, you can watch a fantastic international match at almost any point in the day, with both nations attempting to work their way to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On the other, there is absolutely no chance you will be able to catch all of the action, what with an incredible 36 matches occurring within the 24 hours.
Thus, decisions must be made as to which matches to watch and which to merely watch on highlights (if that).
So how should you make these decisions?
Well, for one thing, some matches are just more important than others. You see, because each continent goes through a different qualification procedure, each are currently in different points in their respective processes. Hence, while Europe is just starting their process and each match isn't make or break, North America is just reaching the end of a group stage and each match could spell the end of a team's World Cup dream.
If you want to know more about each process, check out my article from last month describing the current standings.
So how important is each match?
Let's rank the matches by significance.