With just over a year remaining before the 2014 World Cup, the football world is starting to look forward to the world's most famous tournament.
However, even for ardent fans, the qualification process and all of its intricacies can be quite daunting.
After all, every continent has a different process, with some teams qualifying outright and others entering playoffs with nations from other continents.
As a result, many fans are unable to become too interested in these early stages of the World Cup, instead waiting until the field is clearer before really following the pursuit of the trophy.
Rather than waiting for that, though, let's analyze the standings and predict the 32 nations that will take part in the tournament next summer.
So where does every nation stand at this point in the World Cup qualification process?
Here is a complete breakdown of the qualification standings heading into the 2014 tournament in Brazil.