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FIFA Explain The World Cup Draw

posted 4 Dec 2013, 08:50 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 4 Dec 2013, 08:50 ]

FIFA's Secretary General Jerome Valcke explains the procedures governing the 2014 World Cup draw.

COSTA DA SAUIPE, BAHIABRAZIL (DECEMBER 3, 2013) (REUTERS) - 

 JEROME VALCKE, FIFA SECRETARY GENERAL

"The draw, you know, we have 32 teams playing at the World Cup 2014. 13 teams from Europe, six from South America, five from Africa, four from Asia and four from North and Central America andCaribbean.

"These 32 teams are divided in four pots. The four pots, if you have a picture in mind, the four pots will be on my left, and on my right, there will be eight pots which correspond to the groups.

"So you see that on the Pot One, we will have the seeded teams - the seeded teams are Brazil, and the seven top teams based on the FIFA-Coca Cola world ranking of 2013, as it was decided by theFIFA Executive Committee in October. It is four European teams: BelgiumGermanySpain andSwitzerland, and another three South American teams: ArgentinaColombia and Uruguay; so here you have the Pot One.

"We go to the next slide - you will see the first Pot as I said, and then you will see the second Pot, the second Pot will be the five African teams; AlgeriaCameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, GhanaNigeria and the two remaining South American teams; Chile and Ecuador.

"To Pot Three, will be the teams from AsiaAustralia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic; and the teams from CONCACAF; Costa RicaHondurasMexico and USA.

"And the fourth Pot, it's the European one with nine teams; I will explain later. With Bosnia and HerzegovinaCroatia, England, FranceGreeceItaly, Netherlands, Portugal and Russia.

"The principles, you know them. The principles, they are the same, meaning that teams from the same qualification zone cannot be drawn in the same Group with one exception: Europe, having 13 European teams. The maximum of two European teams may populate any one Group.

"The order of the draw will empty from One to Four and will fill from A to H. We will potentially have to skip some of the Groups in order to maintain the principle of the geographical separation.

"The positioning of the teams: the teams from Pot One will automatically be assigned in the Position One, starting with Brazil as the hosts, so Brazil will be A1, and then we will draw all the balls from Pot One and put all the remaining seven teams in the Position One of the remaining seven groups.

"The non-seeded teams, meaning the teams from Pot Two, Three and Four, will have the position randomly drawn as it is always done.

"Now, we have, let's say, a specific situation, with this Pot Two and nine Europeans. So, we see on the next one (slide, or maybe it's not a slide it's only information...) So, in order to create a flow which is a normal flow between Pot One and Four, as you have seen, (so if I can come to the next one), you see that on the Pot Two you have only seven teams, so in order to have eight teams per Group, we will draw one European team from the Pot Four. So the ninth European team which is in the Pot Four will be drawn and added into the Pot Two, which means that before we are starting the draw, we will have eight teams in each of the Pots; eight teams in Pot One, eight teams in Pot Two with the five African, the two remaining South Americans and one European, the Asian and the CONCACAF, and Pot Four with the eight Europeans. We have four Pots with eight teams each.

"In order to avoid, I would say, a risk of relating the principle of the geographical separation. In order to avoid any mistake of having in Pot Two, three Confederations, which mean that none of the South American teams can end up into a Group with a South American team, so they have to be in a European team Group, and the European cannot be in a European Group, has to be in a South American, we have decided - or the Organising Committee of the FIFA World Cup of 2014 has decided - to create a Pot X.

"The Pot X is composed of the four South American teams which have been drawn fron the Pot One; BrazilArgentinaColombia and Uruguay. We will then draw the ball, the European ball from Pot Two and we will, right after, draw a ball from the Pot X to immediately allocate the European team into one of the Groups with the South American team which means we don't have anymore the risk to end up with a lack of space for this European team and fill the other ones.

"So again, I repeat - the European team that is in Pot Two, will be drawn, and then we will draw a ball from the Pot X where you have the four South American teams which are BrazilArgentina,Colombia and Uruguay to determine in which group this European team from Pot Two will play. Having done that, we will empty the Pot Two, making sure that again we don't have these two South American teams - Chile and Ecuador - with BrazilArgentinaColombiaUruguay - and make sure they will be with a European team seeded in Pot One. And then we will empty Pot Three and then we will empty the Pot Four, so the only challenge or risk is to make sure that this Pot Two is at the end with the right teams in the right Group to protect this FIFA principle of the draw.

"It is not easy to understand it the first time, I agree with you. It took me some time to be sure tha I have the right explanation, but I can tell you that it means that it is a draw, and all the balls are drawn, and there is no team, excepted the first eight, which are the seeded teams, which are immediately or automatically playing in one of the Groups. We are just drawing permanently the teams to make sure they are in these different groups."


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