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Friday, June 21, 2013

2014 FIFA World Cup play-offs: FIFA ranking used to seed teams

Last Saturday, FIFA made an unexpected (though welcome) announcement.



The CAF play-offs will be seeded using the September 2013 FIFA World Ranking, while the UEFA teams will be seeded using the October release.

Usually I write about the errors in the FIFA ranking, but today I very much want to applaud this initiative. As far as I can remember, this is the first time FIFA have announced in advance how they will seed the teams for the World Cup play-offs.

I hope they will go one step further and announce the seeding procedure for the 2014 FIFA World Cup final draw. Yes, I know - this is a sign of incurable optimism :)

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