WORLD CUP 2018 SEEDING: POTS AND ALL DUE PROCEDURES

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The 2018 World Cup is just over six months away and all 32 finalists are now known.

Before the tournament kicks off next June, the participating teams will be divided into eight groups by way of a draw and managers will then be able to begin preparing for their opponents.

Teams will be placed into seeding pots for the draw, which is set to take place in December.

We will discuss how it is going to go down.

WORLD CUP 2018 SEEDING

How is the seeding decided?

The seeding for the 2018 World Cup draw is based on the FIFA ranking for October 2017. There will be four seeding pots, each containing eight teams.

Pot 1 will contain hosts Russia and the highest ranking teams, with the next eight highest ranked teams in Pot 2 and so on.

World Cup 2018 qualified teams & seeding pots

WHEN IS THE 2018 WORLD CUP DRAW?

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The draw for the 2018 World Cup will take place on Friday, December 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

A number of high profile figures will be involved in the draw, including the all-time World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose, who will carry the trophy onto the stage.

One of the eight draw assistants will be Nikita Simonyan, who reached the quarter finals of the 1958 World Cup with the USSR. The remaining seven assistants have yet to be revealed.

You can check out our full breakdown of the draw here .

World Cup draw procedure

The 32 qualified finalists will be drawn into eight groups of four, which will be labelled from A to H. Seeding Pots 1 to 4 will be completely emptied by allocating each of their eight teams to a different group.

FIFA confirmed in September that the principle of keeping teams from the same confederation apart would be retained. So, for example, Brazil, who are in Pot 1, cannot be paired with Colombia, who are also part of CONMEBOL (the South American confederation).

An exception applies to UEFA teams, with FIFA ruling that up to two teams from the European confederation can be drawn in the same group.

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