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2014 World Cup Draw Pots Revealed, Updates on Prize Money

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 20:  FIFA World Cup Trophy is presented after the FIFA Executive Committee Meeting on October 20, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. During this third meeting of the year, held on two days, the FIFA Executive Committee will approve the match schedules for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

FIFA officially announced the pots for this week's World Cup draw as well as the prize money on the line in next summer's international football showcase. The draw itself, which will place the 32 teams into eight groups, is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6.   

Pot 1 is headlined by the top four contenders: Brazil, Spain, Germany and Argentina. Pot 2 has only seven teams for the time being, but a European team for Pot 4 will eventually fill the void. The United States and Mexico headline Pot 3.

Following are the results of Tuesday's meeting of the World Cup organizing committee. Click here to watch the live press conference that follows the meeting.

 

Pots for 2014 World Cup Draw

Pot 1
National TeamFIFA Ranking
Brazil10
Spain1
Germany2
Argentina3
Colombia4
Uruguay6
Switzerland8
Belgium11
FIFA

Pot 1 is comprised of host nation Brazil and the seven top-ranked teams from FIFA's October rankings. These will be the headline squads for each group, and those outside it will likely be rooting for a spot alongside Switzerland, or at least to avoid Brazil, Spain, Germany or Argentina.

 

Pot 2
National TeamFIFA Ranking
Algeria26
Cameroon51
Ivory Coast17
Ghana24
Nigeria36
Chile15
Ecuador23
FIFA

At the outset, Pot 2 only has seven teams, made up of national teams from Africa and the South American squads not in Pot 1. Eventually, another European team will be drawn into this pot, but there will be a separate “Pot X” created to avoid three teams from UEFA ending up in the same group.

The Telegraph tries to sort out the complicated process:

Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph provides this quote from Sepp Blatter, who explains why France wasn't placed into Pot 2 automatically:

The decision was taken by Fifa’s executive committee, all the confederation presidents. We are at a draw and we should have a draw. It’s easy to say it. Let us draw all the teams, and not pick one out.

 

Pot 3
National TeamFIFA Ranking
Australia59
Iran45
Japan48
Korea Republic54
Costa Rica31
Honduras41
Mexico20
United States14
FIFA

Pot 3 is straightforward. It's comprised of teams that qualified from the Asian and North American regions, which includes the United States and Mexico. Teams from this pot will need luck in order to avoid a very difficult draw.

 

Pot 4
National TeamFIFA Ranking
Bosnia and Herzegovina21
Croatia16
England13
France19
Greece12
Italy7
Netherlands9
Portugal5
Russia22
FIFA

Finally, the fourth pot is all of the remaining European teams. Since there are nine sides, it creates an imbalance that will get sorted out when one is drawn into Pot 2. But again, FIFA is going to immediately draw a South American team from "Pot X" and European team together to avoid three UEFA teams ending up together, as explained during the press conference.

Paul Carr of ESPN provides a graphical look at the breakdown:

 

Updates on Prize Money for 2014 World Cup

Mark Bisson of World Football Insider provides the confirmed prize money:

Bisson previously reported on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at least a 33 percent increase on the amount of prize money available in 2014 over the totals from 2010, when $420 million was up for grabs.

 

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