2018 FIFA World Cup seeding

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The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place on 1 December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia [1] to determine the groups in which the 32 qualified national teams will play in at the start of the tournament. The teams were put into four pots of eight, with one team selected from each pot to form a group. The draw sequence started with pot 1 and ended with pot 4.[2]

Seeding[change | change source]

All teams were seeded using the October 2017 FIFA World Rankings,[3] which numbers in brackets show, released on 16 October 2017.[4]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Russia (hosts) (65)  Spain (8)  Denmark (19)  Serbia (38)
 Germany (1)  Peru (10)  Iceland (21)  Nigeria (41)
 Brazil (2)  Switzerland (11)  Costa Rica (22)  Australia (43)
 Portugal (3)  England (12)  Sweden (25)  Japan (44)
 Argentina (4)  Colombia (13)  Tunisia (28)  Morocco (48)
 Belgium (5)  Mexico (16)  Egypt (30)  Panama (49)
 Poland (6)  Uruguay (17)  Senegal (32)  Korea Republic (62)
 France (7)  Croatia (18)  Iran (34)  Saudi Arabia (63)

Final draw[change | change source]

1 2 3 4 Total Points
Group A  Russia  Saudi Arabia  Egypt  Uruguay 2,991
Group B  Portugal  Spain  Morocco  Iran 4,128
Group C  France  Australia  Peru  Denmark 4,101
Group D  Argentina  Iceland  Croatia  Nigeria 4,099
Group E  Brazil  Switzerland  Costa Rica  Serbia 4,415
Group F  Germany  Mexico  Sweden  Korea Republic 4,151
Group G  Belgium  Panama  Tunisia  England 3,953
Group H  Poland  Senegal  Colombia  Japan 3,944

According to the FIFA rankings,[4] the strongest group is E (combining for 4415 points), followed by F (4151), B (4128), C (4101), D (4099), G (3953), H (3944) and the weakest by far is the host nation's group A (2991).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Final Draw to take place in State Kremlin Palace". FIFA.com. 24 January 2017.
  2. "Close-up on Final Draw procedures". FIFA.com. 27 November 2017.
  3. "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 FIFA.com. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - October 2017 - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 16 October 2017.