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Friday, December 10, 2010

2014 FIFA World Cup seeding for CONCACAF teams (10 December 2010)

Next update: 28 January 2011

The qualifying format has been approved by FIFA and the May 2011 FIFA ranking will be used to seed the teams.

The May 2011 FIFA ranking will include matches played between May 2007 and May 2011. We already 50% of the final ranking. Not many changes from now on: only one tournament - 2011 Central American Cup and friendlies.

This is the May 2011 ranking (for CONCACAF only) using matches played up to and including December 9th, 2010 and matches scheduled up to May 2011 (only those on fifa.com).

The "1.0" part is computed this way: points gained / (number of matches played + scheduled).

Despite the 2010 Caribbean Championship final tournament, there's not much movement, only Cuba replacing Trinidad and Tobago in the first pot.

Best movers:

7 - Cuba
4 - Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda
1 - Grenada

Worst movers:

-2 - Honduras, Costa Rica, Canada, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti
-1 - Guyana, Suriname, El Salvador, St. Kitts and Nevis

Most points gained:

234 - Jamaica
224 - Cuba
83 - Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda

Most points lost:

-7 - Costa Rica

Rank - Previous rank - Team - Total points
 1  1 USA                            855
2 2 Mexico 773
3 7 Jamaica 596
4 11 Cuba 510
5 3 Honduras 485
6 4 Costa Rica 443
7 5 Canada 391
7 5 Panama 391
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9 10 Grenada 384
10 8 Trinidad and Tobago 353
11 9 Haiti 348
12 16 Antigua and Barbuda 322
13 12 Guyana 284
14 13 Suriname 267
15 14 El Salvador 257
16 15 St. Kitts and Nevis 247
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17 17 Guatemala 194
18 18 Dominica 193
19 19 Puerto Rico 180
19 19 Barbados 180
21 21 Netherlands Antilles 121
22 22 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 116
23 23 Cayman Islands 90
24 24 Bermuda 80
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25 25 Dominican Republic 66
26 26 Nicaragua 53
27 27 Belize 44
28 28 British Virgin Islands 38
29 29 St. Lucia 31
30 30 Turks and Caicos Islands 13
31 31 Bahamas 8
32 32 Aruba 7
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33 33 US Virgin Islands 3
34 34 Anguilla 0
34 34 Montserrat 0

5 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Grenada. I called them a minnow in a previous post, but they've surpassed Trinidad and Tobago in the past two Caribbean tournaments and that is now reflected in the rankings. The country is tiny. To qualify once for the Gold Cup is remarkable. To do it twice in a row is extraordinary.

    As for this draw, why can't CONCACAF hold off a month until the Gold Cup is complete? Surely then they would have a far better and more accurate ranking to work with.

    The CONCACAF format excites me. There will be some tremendous beatings, but I love underdogs, and there will be one in most games.

    Cuba taking full advantage of the fact Guadeloupe is not a FIFA nation. I'm sure everyone will want Cuba as their top seed if they hold the spot.

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  2. Oh my! I didn't realise Cuba had rocketed up the table like that! They'll be top seeded for sure now!

    Imagine something like

    Cuba
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    Minnow
    Minnow

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  3. No, no, that's not realistic. The group will be:
    Cuba
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Minnow
    Minnow

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  4. @ Anonymous

    What do you mean? SK+N are in Pot 2. It could be anyone there or nearby.

    Or it could be Cuba, T+T, Guatemala, Minnow.

    That would be a real fight.

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  5. Anonymous thinks Trinidad and Tobago will end up in an easy group, no matter which pot they are in. :)

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