I’m bringing up all of these rankings because the rankings are likely to affect the seeding for the group draws on December 6. That is if FIFA uses the same method as they did for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. What I’m going on about is how FIFA decides what teams are in what groups for the first round (group stage) of the World Cup. To determine the groups, each qualifying team is divided between four pots (four groups of 8) based on continent. Then one-by-one teams are pulled out of each of the four pots. Each group is composed of a member from each pot. The rankings apply to the members of the first pot. The first pot is the exception and consists of the top 7 ranked teams as well as the host country. So for the current rankings it would be the top 8. In theory, it pays to be in the first pot because that would mean you wouldn’t have one of the other top ranked team in your group. Of course anything can happen and there are a lot of really, really good teams in the top 20 and beyond. However, if this means not having to play Spain in the group stage then you might be in luck. I wouldn’t mind playing Spain in the group stage because if, and that’s a very big if, you come through the group stage you’d be on opposite sides of the bracket from Spain and wouldn’t see them until the championship game. Just my thoughts.
Random tangent time: for those of you who stayed up late to watch the Wisconsin-Arizona State game…what in the world?!?!? That might be one of the weirdest finishes I’ve ever seen. I mean the band wasn’t on the field but lost-for-words weird and downright bizarre.
Alright back on track. In theory, it’d be ideal for the US to jump up 6 spots to get into pot 1. However, they’d have to do it in the next month as FIFA will most likely use the October 17th rankings for the December draw. Which, to be honest, is practically impossible. Using FIFA’s ranking calculator, if the US were to win both games (against Jamaica and at Panama) they would net another 65 points boosting them to 1061 total. 7th ranked Uruguay sits at 1126, so we really don’t have much of a shot…at all. I don’t know the complete ends and outs for the draw but to me it appears it would take a miracle.
On that note, I don’t expect the US to play they’re top lines in these final two games as they are moot points. These two games will give Jurgen Klinsmann a chance to make some final decisions on bubble players. The US also have a friendly against Scotland in Glasgow on November 15, so don’t expect to see the top line then either. As of now though, the Yanks are headed to Brazil and I couldn’t be more excited. If only I had the money to go. Here’s hoping for a deep run in the tournament!
OK that’ll do if for me. Good luck to all of you fantasy footballers today. I hope all of you have a great week. For you fellow Coloradans, stay high (not that kind of high, people, geez) and dry and it’ll all dry out soon. Thanks as always for reading.