Right now, nations are focusing on qualification for the FIFA World Cup which will take place in Brazil next year, in 2014.
Plenty of the usual suspects—Italy, Holland, Spain, Argentina, etc—will be present and correct, but there are a number of ever-growing football nations who will also hope to have an impact. Belgium's talented group of players looks set to see the country again have a huge impact on the international scene over the next few years, while Colombia also look set to finally return to the big stage after an overly lengthy absence.
It's not just the traditional nations, though, who we should be watching out for.
Qualifying for the 2014 tournament has offered some fascinating glimpses into the future for those who care to look properly.
In Europe, Montenegro lead their qualification group despite being in only their second ever qualification campaign as a sole nation following the split from Serbia, and despite having a total national population of only around 600,000.
There is also Venezuela in South America, right on the cusp of qualification as things stand, looking for a maiden appearance at the World Cup finals. Over in North/Central America, Panama lead the "Hexagonal" at the halfway stage, just three matches from a first ever appearance at the finals themselves.
And what about Uzbekistan?
The Asian nation have never qualified for a World Cup finals (since splitting from the former Soviet Union) but now lead their AFC qualifying group. As a nation with an explosively increasing population, up to 30 million now from just eight million 50 years ago, and with major footballing investment in the country, this is potentially one of the new biggest superpowers in the Asian region of the sport.
If they qualify for the 2014 finals, it could only be the start of something amazing and impressive.
They all have another decade before them to continue to grow as footballing nations and teams, and to bring a very real, new and interesting element to the stage of the World Cup. A decade from now, all these teams and more could be seen as major players, with Qatar the stage in 2022 to showcase their talents to the world.