FIFA World Cup seeding
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The format of the final tournament and allocation of slots for each confederation is same like at previous FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. From qualifying group phase, Europe (UEFA) will be represented by 9 teams, Africa (CAF) by 5 teams, Asia (AFC) and South America (CONMEBOL) by 4 teams and North America (CONCACAF) by 3 teams. 1 place is reserved for host (Russia) and last 6 places are reserved for they play-offs winners: 4 winners of European play-offs, winner of CONCACAF/AFC play-offs (4th team vs Australia or Syria) and winner of CONMEBOL/OFC play-offs (5th team vs New Zealand). Seeding in European play-offs, containing best 8 teams on second places, will be based on the October version of Coca-Cola Ranking FIFA (the September version is here). The Play-offs draw will take place on 17 October.
Final tournament will play 32 teams (Russia as a host and 31 qualified teams). As usual, 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups by 4 teams. Top two teams from each group will qualify for knockout stage. According to this article, seeding will be based on the October version of Coca-Cola Ranking FIFA (version from September is here). Top 7 teams + host will be in Pot 1, another best 8 teams will be in Pot 2 and so on. No team from same confederation can be drawn into the same group (except UEFA, which could have up to 2 teams in one group). The draw will be held 1. 12. 2017. You can find all possible combination of results and the respective points in the October Ranking at World Cup scenario page.
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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