Seeds set by FIFA rankings for World Cup draw

In a press release, FIFA delivered the terms of the draw for the World Cup organized in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. It confirms our revelations: the FIFA ranking will be used to place the 32 teams in four different pots for the draw. “Under the procedure approved by the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, the 28 teams already qualified will be distributed according to sporting criteria in hats numbered from 1 to 4 on the basis of the edition of the FIFA world ranking which will be released on March 31, 2022, at the end of the March international window”, is it indicated.

Qatar seeded

Only Qatar will be entitled to special treatment: “ As host country, Qatar will be seeded (position A1) in Pot 1, where they will be joined by the seven highest-placed qualified teams in the world rankings. The next eight teams in ranking order (teams 8 to 15) will go into Pot 2 and teams 16 to 23 will go to Pot 3. Finally, hat #4 will feature teams 24 to 28 as well as the two teams’to be determined ” corresponding to the winners of the intercontinental play-offs and the team ”to be determined” corresponding to the winner of the last UEFA play-off. »

France currently third

France, currently 3rd in the latest FIFA ranking published on February 10, pending the March 31 update, will be in pot 1. It is also specified that “Teams from the same confederation cannot be placed in the same group – with the exception of UEFA, which will have 13 representatives. Thus, five of the eight groups will have two European representatives”.

In details, “The 2022 World Cup group stage will last 12 days, with four matches per day. » FIFA also states that “While the final draw will determine the group stage fixtures, the final match schedule will not be known until a stadium and kick-off time have been assigned to each match. »

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