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Pots Confirmed For FIFA World Cup Draw

FIFA today confirmed the pots for Friday’s World Cup Draw. The soccer organizing committee decided to put all nine European teams as unseeded countries (rather than ranked according to their FIFA ranking) into Pot 4, with one Pot 4 team will be drawn into Pot 2.

The United States is placed in Pot 3. They have a 25% chance of being selected into the Group of Death.

The pots are:

Pot 1
Brazil
Spain
Germany
Argentina
Colombia
Belgium
Uruguay
Switzerland

Pot 2
Chile
Ecuador
Ivory Coast
Ghana
Algeria
Nigeria
Cameroon

Pot 3
Australia
Iran
Japan
South Korea
Costa Rica
Mexico
Honduras
United States

Pot 4
Bosnia
Croatia
England
France
Greece
Italy
Netherlands
Portugal
Russia

The draw will be organized so that there will be no more than two European teams in any group of four countries, and all the South American teams will be kept apart. Also, all of the CONCACAF teams are in the same pot, so the United States won’t be drawn into the same group as Mexico, Costa Rica or Honduras.

A pre-draw will be held to move one of the nine European teams into Pot 2. That European team will then be drawn against one of the four seeded South American teams.

Run The Guardian’s World Cup Draw simulator to see how the draw could look on Friday.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. bennett311

    December 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Just let us avoid Ghana, please.

  2. Scrumper

    December 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Can anyone understand this nonsense? Too many people at FIFA with too much time on their hands.

  3. Matt

    December 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    “nice” to see FIFA change their procedure when it comes to 9 unseeded UEFA teams. When this happened in 2006 the European team selected was the lowest ranked (Serbia). Now it is France and they change the rules.

    Pretty certain the Euro team which will go to Pot 2 will be one of Greece, BiH or Croatia…can see it already

  4. Matt

    December 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Pray for Switzerland or Columbia.

  5. Proud Eurosnob

    December 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I hope the U.S. team gets drawn into the Group of Death, just so I could see how much ‘murica garbage (as seen in Columbus against Mexico) could be substantiated when they go against the real national teams like Argentina and The Netherlands.

    • Dean Stell

      December 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      I was at Columbus and I’m not sure what you’d find fault with. It was just fans supporting their national team. I didn’t hear anyone chanting, “We want Spain!” or anything delusional. I think most US fans would just be happy to get out of the group and – failing that – wouldn’t be totally disappointed unless they finish last.

  6. dust

    December 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    one of the teams that qualified from winning a playoff should be put in pot 2 not a group winner…chances England get put in there tho?

  7. Taylor

    December 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Best hope for US: Colombia, Ecuador/Chile, Greece

  8. dust

    December 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    FIFA LOL…so 7 in pot 2 and 9 in pot 4…this means that someone from pot four is gonna be put into pot 2?

    Such a sham… this means a european team is likely to face 2 other european teams which is not supposed to happen…

  9. CR7

    December 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    You made a mistake while publishing this article. Cameroon cannot be in two pots(2 and 3). The Third pot has United States instead.

    • Christopher Harris

      December 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks for pointing out the typo. It’s now been corrected.

  10. Marc

    December 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

    It’s time for countries, clubs, supporters, to boycott Fifa for the corruption that it has become.

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