The 2014 FIFA World Cup draw explained

The World Cup draw will be made in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. Photo: PA

The 32 countries will be split into four pots, and drawn into eight groups each containing four teams.

Pot One is the top seeds: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

Pot Two contains the unseeded South American countries and the qualifiers from Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Ghana and Nigeria.

Pot Three is the teams from north and central America and Asia: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, United States.

Pot Four contains the nine unseeded European teams: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Russia.

:: At the start of the draw, one European team from Pot Four will be selected at random and added to Pot Two to make it eight countries in each pot.

:: The four seeded South American teams will be put into a temporary pot (Pot X) and the European team from Pot Two drawn in the same group as one of them.

:: The draw will then proceed with Pot One being emptied and the teams allocated to position one in the Groups A-H in turn.

:: Pots Three and Four will then be emptied in order but no South American teams can be in the same group, and a maximum of two European teams.

Teams from Pots Two, Three and Four will have their positions in the group drawn randomly.

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