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Friday, September 16, 2011

2014 World Cup seeding: AFC 4th round (16 September 2011)

Next update: 14 October 2011 or later.

AFC have announced the draw for the 4th round will also be based on the FIFA rankings.

2014 F1FA World Cup Brazil™ - Asian Qualifiers Round 4 - Draw
The Committee decided to take the latest FIFA/Coca Cola rankings at the time of the Draw for Round 4 as F1FA Ranking has already been implemented for Round 3.

Yes, it's F1FA, not FIFA :)

The last match day of round 3 takes place on February 29, while the first match day of round 4 is scheduled for June 3.

I think the draw will take place in March, using the March FIFA ranking that will be released based on my calculations on March 15.

4 years ago, the 4 lowest seeded teams of the 10 qualified for the 4th round were placed in a single pot.

Here's the March 2012 FIFA ranking, counting scheduled games as defeats:


1 Australia 708
2 Japan 644
3 Korea Republic 573
4 Iran 471
5 China PR 430
6 Jordan 383
7 Uzbekistan 359
8 Kuwait 353
9 Bahrain 323
10 Saudi Arabia 319
11 Iraq 305
11 Qatar 305
13 Oman 291
14 Thailand 228
15 United Arab Emirates 226
16 Korea DPR 209
17 Tajikistan 196
18 Indonesia 164
19 Singapore 143
20 Lebanon 111

Pot 1: Australia, Japan
Pot 2: Korea Republic, Iran
Pot 3: China PR, Jordan
Pot 4: Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

Jordan replace Saudi Arabia in the third pot.

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