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Friday, May 4, 2012

2014 FIFA World Cup seeding update (4 May 2012)

Next update: June 2012.

Include matches up to and including May 4th 2012.

See more info in the original 2014 FIFA World Cup seeding post.

This is the top 20 of the intermediate October 2013 FIFA ranking:

1 Spain 417
2 Uruguay 396
3 Netherlands 390
4 Germany 385
5 Côte d'Ivoire 366
6 Argentina 326
7 Ghana 320
8 Portugal 318
9 England 312
10 Chile 310
11 Brazil 299
12 Croatia 287
13 Italy 286
14 Denmark 284
15 Greece 283
16 Zambia 278
17 Sweden 271
18 France 263
19 Japan 262
20 Russia 260

Australia (21), Mexico (29), USA (48).

No changes in the list of seeds.

Right now, the seeds for the 2014 World Cup would be:  Brazil, Spain, Uruguay, Netherlands, Germany, Côte d'Ivoire, Argentina and Ghana.


  1. Argentina were only 6th at the last WC draw, and that was after coming 2nd in the Copa. Am I wrong in thinking they'll probably miss out on a seeding this time?

  2. @ MV

    Depends if they have a strong qualifying campaign or not. There are still a lot of points up for grabs for Argentina. And they still have a World Cup quarter final appearance in their back pocket too.

  3. Hi Edgar,thank you for the unexpected seeding updates,i am always exicted to catch a glimpse of a nations possible path to the Jules Rimet.i do have one question about the awarding of FIFA ranking points to team GreatBritain and their respective federations at the Olympics.How does FIFA distribute the points amongst British federations?I'm sure there is a rule I am just not aware of,but I have faith that EdgartheGreat will enlighten me.
    Thanks Edgar,you are the best

  4. @ Alancito

    Automatic top seed as host, like any host would be, then the team will go back to not existing again.

  5. @Alancito

    The men's Olympics matches are not official FIFA internationals, and therefore do not count for FIFA ranking points. This is because there are age restrictions on the Olympic teams.

    (Lorric: I read his question slightly differently than you)

    1. Thank you for the responses gentlemen.
      Yes I was referring to the impact on the FIFA ranking to which I now understand is non-existant.
      Thank you both again.

      P.S....Matches I would like to see before October 2013

      Chile - Cote D'Ivoire
      Chile - Italia
      Chile - England

      P.P.S .....I had a dream Europe secured only four seeds......could I possibly be a Clairvoyant?

  6. Hi Edgar,I was just wondering if you might be publishing an update of the final seeding before the start of the 2012Euro.
    It would be very interesting to see the before and after picture and the immediate impact on the seedings it can have.
    I know you're a busy man and if its not possible I will understand.
    You still provide a heck of alot more insight and information than that fifa website,thanx again

    VOTE EdgartheGreat for FIFA General Secretary

    1. A job at FIFA's Content Management department would be my choice, not general secretary :)

      Here's the update:

      2014 FIFA World Cup seeding update (8 June 2012)

    2. Someone told me once.....Ask and ye shall receive.

      Edgar you are a GOD......or at least a Demi-God

      thanx Edgar,you never disappoint and you always surprise

    3. Now, now... I'm human. There's only one God.

      Ask and ye shall receive is from the Bible: