FIFA World Cup seeding
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This page shows all important information (including seeding) about FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. All information are based on the official regulations and articles published by FIFA. For info about European qualification, click here.
Final tournament will play 32 teams (Russia as a host + 31 qualified teams). As usual, they will be drawn into eight groups by 4 teams. Top 2 teams from each group will qualify for knockout stage. Seeding will be based on the October version of World Ranking FIFA. Top 7 teams + host will be in Pot 1, another best 8 teams will be in Pot 2 etc. No team from same confederation can be drawn into the same group (except UEFA, which could have up to 2 teams in one group). Date of draw: 1. 12. 2017
All teams will play 3 matches in group stage (once against each other). In case of equal points, the criteria are following: 1) goal difference 2) goals scored 3) points from matches between teams in question 4) goal difference in matches between teams in question 5) goals scored in matches between teams in question 6) fair play points (yellow card 1 point, second yellow card 3 points, direct red card 4 points) 7) draw..
All times are in CET. Russia has position A1 as a host.
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