2010 Seeding Formula: August 2007 update
|The new FIFA rankings are out for August, so it's once again time to look ahead to the next World Cup. This will start to get really exciting with the December edition, after the qualifying draws are done in late November. That's also the first month of the three that get locked into place for the rankings half of the formula.|
Top 7 teams seeded
(South Africa automatically seeded as hosts)
Tunisia and Saudi Arabia are in the formula this month in place of Ghana and Uzbekistan.
Portugal's slight drop in the FIFA rankings causes them to drop to 8th. Their draw against Armenia can't help for next month.
Teams like Croatia and Czech Republic may be high in the formula, but they have no real shot due to their poor World Cup performance. They're about as high as they can get currently.
For an FAQ on these rankings and links to previous editions, see this link.
Probably the biggest thing that can affect this rankings is the UEFA pots for the November draw. For instance, Spain right now would be in the second pot which means that they could easily draw Italy, England, France, or Germany. UEFA qualifying involves lots of good teams and not a lot of games. For more on the pots as they stand now, click here.
Pot 1: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain
Pot 2: Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine
Pot 3: Cameroon, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Tunisia, Uruguay
Pot 4: Australia, Costa Rica, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, USA
Group A: South Africa, Ukraine, Colombia, USA
Group B: Spain, Czech Republic, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia
Group C: Germany, Serbia, Morocco, Costa Rica
Group D: Argentina, Netherlands, Cameroon, Japan
Group E: England, Croatia, Uruguay, Mexico
Group F: Italy, Greece, Cote d'Ivoire, Australia
Group G: France, Romania, Paraguay, Korea
Group H: Brazil, Portugal, Tunisia, Iran