2014 Brazil World Cup seeds to be determined by FIFA rankings

Beijing, Oct 5 (ANI): October's football rankings would decide group seedings for next year's World Cup, the sport's governing body FIFA said on Friday.

According to China Daily, the decision means the seven best-ranked sides and host nation Brazil will be in separate groups for the June 12 to July 13 tournament.

Under the current rankings, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay would be the seven teams chosen, the report said.

FIFA had originally planned a complex seeding system that also considered previous World Cup performances, the report added.

The other three draw pots in the tournament's eight-group tournament will be decided by geographic and sports criteria, FIFA added.

The latest rankings are due to be published on October 17, the report further said.

FIFA will announce the World Cup draw on December 6 at the beachside resort of Costa do Sauipe in Brazil's northeast, according to the report. (ANI)


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