Seeded pot set for World Cup draw with release of latest FIFA rankings

Italy will have to settle for an unseeded pot, while the Netherlands is also unlikely to be seeded for next year's tournament in Brazil barring a Jordan playoff upset of Uruguay.
Italy has missed out on Pot 1 for the 2014 World Cup draw in December after failing to make the top seven of the latest FIFA world rankings, with the Netherlands also likely to be unseeded.

FIFA's Executive Committee announced that it would base the seedings solely on its ranking system as it stands on Oct. 17, meaning that both the Netherlands, the 2010 World Cup runner-up, and Italy, the Euro 2012 finalist, will be unseeded unless Uruguay fails to beat Jordan in their intercontinental playoff, in which case Netherlands will its place among the seeded teams.

Host Brazil (11th in the FIFA rankings) will be joined in Pot 1 by reigning world champion Spain (first), while Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland round out the top seven teams, respectively.

Ottmar Hitzfeld's Switzerland is arguably the biggest winner of the latest FIFA ranking, as it jumped from 14th position to seventh, while Italy will feel aggrieved at having dropped four places in the past month.

England climbed seven places to enter the top 10 once again but also misses out on a place among the World Cup seeds. Ivory Coast is the highest ranked African team in 17th, while Ghana, which holds a five-goal edge over Bob Bradley's Egypt in their African playoff, climbed one place to 23rd.

The USA finished the CONCACAF Hexagonal in first place and is the region's top-ranked side, holding firm at 13th overall, while Mexico, which barely sealed a playoff place against New Zealand, dropped three places to 24th overall.

Japan remains Asia's top side in 44th position, five places ahead of Iran, while Australia settled for 57th.

The latest ranking table has also confirmed the seedings for the European playoff draw, which takes place in Zurich on Monday.

Portugal, Greece, Ukraine and Croatia make up the top pot, while France, Iceland, Romania and Sweden enter pot two.

The next FIFA rankings will be published on Nov. 28 after the playoff ties have been completed, prior to the World Cup group stage draw on Dec. 6, but they will hold no significance in terms of the draw.