2014 World Cup seeds to be determined by FIFA rankings

Laurence Griffiths

The FIFA world rankings will once again determine the World Cup seeds.

The seeds for the 2014 World Cup will be determined by the FIFA rankings just like they were four years ago, the world's governing body announced on Friday. Brazil is guaranteed a seed as the host and the rest of Pot 1 will be made up of the top seven teams in the world rankings.

Because some teams will be playing play-offs in November and have an opportunity to boost their rankings while teams that have already qualified won't (qualifiers, play-offs included, are worth more than friendlies), FIFA will use the October rankings to seed teams. The October rankings will be released on October 17, setting the seeds seven weeks before the December 6 draw for the qualified teams.

Only the top seven teams plus Brazil are seeded for the World Cup draw. After those eight teams, which are placed in Pot 1, the 24 remaining teams are placed in pots based on geography so being the highest ranked team not be seeded is treated the same as the worst ranked team in the tournament.

Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay are the top seven teams in the September FIFA rankings, putting them in the drivers' seats for seeds in Brazil. The tournament hosts are ranked eighth, not that it matters because they are guaranteed a seed, and the Netherlands is nine with Croatia right behind them.

Argentina, Italy and the Netherlands have all clinched spots in the World Cup, while Spain, Germany, Colombia and Belgium are all in good position to do so in the final two days of qualifying. Uruguay are not nearly as comfortable, sitting fifth in CONMEBOL at the moment, which would only get them into a play-off with Jordan for a place in Brazil, while Croatia also look play-off-bound, albeit against another European team.

The United States is ranked 13th after a six-spot jump from August to September, but it appears unlikely that they will be able to leapfrog five more teams to earn their first ever World Cup seed. At least the Americans have qualified for Brazil, something England and South Africa have yet to do after being seeded four years ago.

Follow @SBNationSoccer on TwitterLike SB Nation Soccer on Facebook

More in Soccer:

Mesut Özil the key to Arsenal’s comfortable win over Napoli

Celtic, Dortmund hit crossroads

Tactical analysis: Pep and Pellegrini meet again

Beckham’s MLS bid may have competition

DC shock RSL to win US Open Cup

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.