Wednesday, December 02, 2009

World Cup 2010 Draw Rules

Here are the groupings for Friday's World Cup draw. Seeding for the top 8 were strictly set on the top teams from the October 2009 FIFA World Rankings. Only the top 7 will be included, as the host South Africa gets the 8th top seed. One team will then be drawn from each pot to make up the 8 groups of 4 teams each. There are also going to be zonal considerations taken into effect when pairing teams up. Here is the note from FIFA on how that will work: "Geographical criteria will also be respected, meaning that no two teams from the same confederation will be drawn in the same group (except European teams, where a maximum of two will be in a group). For example, South Africa cannot play the African teams from Pot 3 and Argentina and Brazil cannot be drawn against the three remaining South American teams."

The pots:

1: Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, & Spain

2: (Teams from Asia, CONCACAF & Oceania) Australia, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North Korea, South Korea & USA

3: (Teams from Africa & CONMEBOL) Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Paraguay & Uruguay

4: (Teams from Europe) Denmark, France, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia & Switzerland

Sadly my prediction (see very bottom of the site for all my bold predictions) of the USA & North Korea being in the same group now cannot come true. So much for the possibility of me being Brustradamus.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Elliott said...

I'm kinda hoping for an England, US, and New Zealand/Australia group, just so we can exact some revenge on our colonial masters....or lose miserably

9:44 AM  
Anonymous shane said...

How's this for a potential "Group of Death:"

[Insert Seeded team other than South Africa], USA, Ivory Coast, France/Portugal.

Lovely.

10:41 AM  
Blogger hemanth said...

With 32 names in the bag (regardless of how they got there) thoughts can now turn to the subject of the draw for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. The draw takes place on Friday 4th December 2009.

http://www.clbuzz.com/fifa-world-cup-2010-seeds-world-cup-2010-draw/

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

England
France
Nigeria
Australia

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weren't Honduras and Chile (Both South-American) supposed to be kept separate at group stage?

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honduras is CONCACAF, not CONMEBOL (South America)

8:16 PM  
Blogger Chris Bertone said...

why did ivory coast drop all the way to group G when selected? I understand that they couldn't play South Africa, but why weren't they just shifted over to group B with Argentina and South Korea?

8:36 PM  
Blogger Chris Bertone said...

sorry i mean why weren't they placed in group C with England and USA. I was mistaken in Saying Group B...that spot went to Nigeria

8:38 PM  

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