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Friday, October 21, 2011

2014 World Cup seeding: AFC 4th round (21 October 2011)

Next update: 18 November 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 753
2 Japan 694
3 Korea Republic 619
4 Iran 510
5 China PR 418
6 Jordan 401
7 Uzbekistan 393
8 Iraq 355
9 Kuwait 349
10 Qatar 331
11 Saudi Arabia 318
12 Bahrain 305
13 Oman 280
14 Thailand 234
15 United Arab Emirates 208
16 Korea DPR 203
17 Tajikistan 195
18 Indonesia 159
19 Singapore 148
20 Lebanon 122

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

2 comments:

  1. Is there any way australia could drop to 3rd in AFC (and Pot 2) so miss out on "position 1" in the draw ? Position 1 would presumably get a bye in the first round of matches (3rd June on the AFC Calendar). Australia has just scheduled a friendly against Denmark on 2nd June in Copenhagen. your answer may make our FFA look either Dumb, or Arrogant, or Lucky, or maybe they've even asked the AFC (or Clever).

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  2. I'm pretty sure there's no way.

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