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 :)