Remember Voros McCracken's "Road to South Africa"? I was a very faithful reader, but Voros seems to be out of the picture for now. On 1 September 2011, he announced he will be writing for ESPN Insider.
I really wanted to do something similar for the 2014 FIFA World Cup final draw seeding, but I never had the time to create an offense / defense rating system to use it to generate results. Three weeks after Voros made the announcement regarding ESPN Insider, Håkon (one of my readers) suggested calculating the expected goals from the Elo expected winning percentange.
Two weeks ago I ended up on Sim the World (Amir's blog) and found this post where Amir explained the expected goals formula, its author being Lars Schiefler from ClubElo.com.
The formula is explained in this article. Thanks Lars for sharing the formula!
Assuming the October 2013 FIFA ranking will be used to seed the teams for the final draw, I had to simulate all the matches between now and October 2013. Add to that the play-offs in order to determine all the qualified teams. This means I had to simulate the Confederations Cup, the Gold Cup, the World Cup qualifiers and all the friendlies.
I've made a couple of assumptions besides the one above:
- Northern Ireland - Russia will be played on 11 June.
- The African play-offs will be seeded using the September 2013 FIFA ranking
- The European play-offs will be seeded using the October 2013 FIFA ranking
It was an interesting exercise (for me at least) and, God willing, I will update it after each match day.
Here's the outcome:
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup simulations
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup simulations
2014 FIFA World Cup seeding simulations for the African play-offs
2014 FIFA World Cup seeding simulations for the European play-offs
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification chances
2014 FIFA World Cup final seeding simulations
and as bonus
2016 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw pots simulations