The draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals will take place in December, by which time we'll know the identities of the 31 nations set to join hosts Brazil in June and July next year.
We'll also know the seedings for the draw, which can play a big role in determining the strength of the group a team is drawn into.
Based on how FIFA set up the World Cup 2010 draw, we should expect four pots of eight teams to be laid out. The first will be made up of Brazil plus the seven highest-ranking teams in the world.
FIFA used the October 2009 rankings for the 2010 draw to take into account the full qualifying process.
The other three pots will be split geographically, to keep teams away from those from the same qualifying region during the group stage. In the case of Europe, which will send 13 teams to Brazil, there will likely be a limit placed of two teams in a group.
Based on a combination of current standings, form and guesswork, here's how the pots might line up for the draw in December. I've also configured a random draw to illustrate how things might work.
FIFA.com used for rankings data, qualifying format information and more.