2014 FIFA World Cup seeding

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The final draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup took place on 6 December 2013 at the Costa do Sauípe Resort, Mata de São João in Bahia,[1] at 13:00 local time (UTC−3).[2] The ceremony determined the group in which the 32 participating teams will begin the final tournament. The teams have been divided in advance by FIFA into four pots based on seedings and geographic regions.

Seeding[edit]

Rodrigo Hilbert, Dilma Rousseff, Joseph Blatter and Fernanda Lima at the World Cup finals draw in Brazil

Seeding for the draw is based on the October 2013 version of the FIFA World Ranking.[3] Although the November 2013 rankings were the most current at the time of the final draw, the usage of those rankings would advantage those teams who had played additional play-off matches in order to qualify.[4] Brazil were not among the top eight seeded teams at the time but, in keeping with usual FIFA World Cup procedure, were seeded by virtue of being the host nation.[5] The top seven teams in the October 2013 FIFA World Ranking filled the remaining seeded positions.

Team FIFA Ranking
October 2013
 Brazil (hosts) 11
 Spain 1
 Germany 2
 Argentina 3
 Colombia 4
 Belgium 5
 Uruguay 6
  Switzerland 7
 Netherlands 8
 Italy 9
 England 10
 Chile 12
 United States 13
 Portugal 14
 Greece 15
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 16
 Ivory Coast 17
 Croatia 18
 Russia 19
 France 21
 Ecuador 22
 Ghana 23
 Mexico 24
 Costa Rica 31
 Algeria 32
 Nigeria 33
 Honduras 34
 Japan 44
 Iran 49
 South Korea 56
 Australia 57
 Cameroon 59

The draw[edit]

In preparation for the final draw, the 32 participating teams were organized into four pots based on seedings and geographic regions. It was announced in October 2013 that the eight seeded teams to feature in Pot 1 would consist of the host nation Brazil and the seven highest-ranked teams as of that month's FIFA World Rankings (see above).[5] Following a meeting of the competition's organising committee on 3 December, the composition of the other three pots were announced:[6]

Pot 1 (Seeds) Pot 2 (Africa & South America) Pot 3 (Asia & North America) Pot 4 (Europe)

 Brazil (hosts)
 Argentina
 Colombia
 Uruguay
 Belgium
 Germany
 Spain
  Switzerland

 Algeria
 Cameroon
 Ivory Coast
 Ghana
 Nigeria
 Chile
 Ecuador

 Australia
 Japan
 Iran
 South Korea
 Costa Rica
 Honduras
 Mexico
 United States

 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Croatia
 England
 France
 Greece
 Italy (drawn into Pot 2)
 Netherlands
 Portugal
 Russia

The draw procedure was as follows:[7]

  1. One European team was first randomly drawn from Pot 4 and placed into Pot 2, in order to create four even pots of eight teams (in the draw Italy were drawn out).[8]
  2. The draw then proceeded with the drawing of the other seven seeded teams from Pot 1 into Groups B–H, with Brazil having been predetermined to be in Group A.
  3. To maximise geographic separation, an ancillary pot ("Pot X") was created during the draw into which the four seeded South American teams (from Pot 1) were placed. One of these four teams was then drawn out (in the draw Uruguay were drawn out).
  4. The sole European team from Pot 2 was then automatically placed into the group of the South American team that was drawn from "Pot X" (Italy were therefore placed into Uruguay's group); This process prevented three European teams being grouped together.
  5. All remaining teams were then drawn sequentially from the pots (i.e. Pots 2, 3, then 4) into the groups in alphabetical order (i.e. Group A, then Group B etc). During the drawing of Pot 2, groups could be skipped over as the two South American teams in Pot 2 were not permitted to be drawn into the (remaining three) groups headed by South American seeds.
  6. The positions within the eight groups were then drawn for the non-seeded teams, in order to determine the order of the fixtures within each group. The eight seeded teams were automatically designated the position of Team 1 within their group (i.e. Brazil would be A1).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key issues addressed at Brasilia meeting". FIFA. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "2014 football World Cup draw to be known December 6". IBN Live. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "FIFA sets 2014 seeding parameters". ESPN. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "World Cup 2014: England will not be seeded in Brazil next summer". BBC Sport. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Pot 1 seeds set for Brazil 2014 draws". FIFA. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Draw procedures approved". FIFA. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Final draw procedures". FIFA. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Final Draw - Live commentary". FIFA.com. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.