Sign up for the free daily World Soccer Talk email newsletter for news and soccer TV schedules »

SUN, 11:45AM ET
TUES, 12:30PM ET

France Says the World Cup Playoff Seed Process Is Unfair

france France Says the World Cup Playoff Seed Process Is Unfair

France has complained that the World Cup Playoff seed process is unfair, and they’ve asked FIFA to review it ahead of next week’s draw.

Spain is an almost certain to finish in first place in the World Cup qualifying group, and if they do, France will finish in second place, which means they’ll have to defeat their opponent in a playoff match in order to qualify for World Cup 2014.

During next week’s draw to determine who plays who in the playoffs, the playoff seeds will be determined by FIFA rankings. France, currently ranked number 25 in the world, will likely face a tough opponent.

France’s chief complaint is that their Group I along with Spain had only five teams in the group compared to all other groups that had six teams. As a result of playing fewer matches, France had fewer ranking points available.

“We’re going to contact (FIFA),” said French Federation president Noel Le Graet. “There is a little injustice between the group of five and the groups of six.

“Our rivals from other groups have been able to score more points … that’s a fact.”

Still, few people will have much patience for France after French striker Thierry Henry blatantly handled the ball that led to a goal against Ireland in 2009. France went on to qualify for World Cup 2010 via the playoff after defeating Ireland.

This entry was posted in France, World Cup, World Cup 2014. Bookmark the permalink.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
View all posts by Christopher Harris →

4 Responses to France Says the World Cup Playoff Seed Process Is Unfair

  1. EDub says:

    Hey … what is the photo source? Looks like an awesome jersey …

  2. Dust says:

    its not unfair…whats unfair was you cheating Ireland out of place a few years back with from a cheating Henry handball.


  3. Pakapala says:

    The other #2 teams might argue that it’s more unfair that they had to play more games than France during the qualification group stage, then see two of their games (against the worst team of their group) being erased to determine which teams go to the playoff stage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>