World Cup seeding to be determined by October rankings

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

The seedings for the 2014 World Cup will be based on October's world rankings, FIFA announced Friday.

The rankings are due to be released Oct. 17.

Though the November rankings would be in closer proximity to the draw, which will be in early December, FIFA wanted to guard against teams getting an unfair advantage by playing November qualifiers.

The eight seeds in the first pot will consist of Brazil, who gains an expemption as host, and the top seven qualified teams in the world rankings. Currently, the top seven teams are Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay.

According to FIFA, the other three pots of the 32-team tournament will be determined by "geographic and sports criteria."

The United States are No. 13 in the latest rankings, though they have two matches before the final rankings are released. Still, they'd need some help if they are going to break into the top eight.

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