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Potential World Cup 2010 Seeding

Now that we have the official list of thd 32 nations taking part in next summers World Cup Finals, all eyes are on the draw December 4th and how teams will be seeded for that draw.

There will be eight groups of four teams, so FIFA needs to split the 32 countries into 4 categories. According to FIFA’s regulations:

“The FIFA Organising Committee forms groups for the final competition by seeding and drawing lots whilst taking sports and geographic factors into consideration, as far as possible. The decisions of the FIFA Organising Committee on the group formation and the duration of the final competition are final.”

What is known is that South Arfica will be seeded in position A1 in the draw, leaving space for seven other seeds. A decision on who those will be will not be made until the committee meets on December 2.

Ives Galarcep of Soccer by Ives has looked at the FIFA regulations and believes that the four categories will be:

POT 1-Brazil, Spain, Argentina, France, England, Italy, Germany, South Africa
POT 2- Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, Slovenia, Greece, Slovakia, Serbia, Switzerland
POT 3- USA, Mexico, Honduras, South Korea, North Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand
POT 4- Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria

That seeding structure could throw together a potential “Group of Death” of Brazil, Holland, Honduras and the Ivory Coast. It could also potentially throw up a group of South Africa, Switzerland, USA and Uruguay. I would fancy the U.S.’s chances of progressing in that group.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • HOHN M KWETUKIA December 7, 2009, 7:02 am

    On my side group D is death group.The rest of the groups are fairly arranged.Let us wait for the match

  • psychokom@ November 20, 2009, 9:18 pm

    Greetings all.
    On the previous WC2006. keeping european teams appart was done somewhat differently.
    It involved that one european team had to be put into a special pot and drawed first in one of the Groups. (in that case it turned out to be then Serbia&Montenegro, as the lowest ranking euro team). This meant that this team would guaranteedly face Argentina or Mexico as a top seed in that group. Turned out to be the Group of Death, C, with Holland and Ivory Coast joining Argentina and Serbia&Mont.
    This decision was also made at the last moment. Heidi Clum did the rest, maybe with the balls from the fridge (“pull out the colder, Heidi”) 🙂
    Anyway, If this was to be repeated in this WC, then Slovenia would be in that situation now.

    As for the Pot’s 2, 3, 4, they were made by an geografical criteria. All this surely was felt unfair.
    This was made to avoid following conditions:
    Maximum 2 Teams from the UEFA zone in a Group
    Maximum 1 Team from the (other) same FIFA zone’s in a Group.

    But if the Pots 2, 3 ,4 also like Pot 1, wouldn’t be consisted by an regional criteria, but achievments, (past 2 WC’s and FIFA Rankings) in that situation, I think those conditions could also be kept by a directed draw- (removing a team or more from the momentary draw of a particular Group when facing a possibility of breaking one of above rules)*

    As it seems, now the Host, South Africa, will be put into Pot 1. That is understandable, considering that is in the economical and public interest that the Host team go as far as possible. If you follow past World Cups, from the last 4 decades, and 10 World cups, the Host made it through the Group Stage. Even when the Tournament had started to play out in somewhat egzotic football places. This time, though, it would be hard to see S.Africa to go through, considering that through achievements they would be in the last Pot 4. So, they have been granted an even bigger chance then some previous Hosts.

    So, if the Pots 2, ,3 ,4 also like Pot 1, wouldn’t be consisted by an regional criteria, but achievments, (past 2 WC’s and FIFA Rankings) then the Pots would be look like this:

    POT 1
    S.Africa, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Argentina, France

    POT 2
    Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico, USA, Switzerland, Paraguay, Ghana, R.Korea

    POT 3.
    Cameroon, Japan, Australia, Greece, IvoryC, Serbia, Denmark, Nigeria

    POT 4.
    Uruguay, Chile, Honduras, Slovakia, Slovenia, Algeria, N.Zealand, Korea DPR

    Possible groups in a random (directed*) draw of these Pots:

    A
    S.Africa
    USA
    Serbia
    Slovakia

    B
    Argentina
    Mexico
    Danemark
    Slovenia

    C
    England
    Ghana
    Japan
    Uruguay

    D
    Germany
    Portugal
    Cameroon
    N.Zealand

    E
    Spain
    Paraguay
    Iv.Coast
    Honduras

    F
    Italy
    Switzerland
    Australia
    Algeria

    G
    Brasil
    R.Korea
    Greece
    Chile

    H
    France
    Holland
    Nigeria
    DPR Korea

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