Friday 27 April 2018

Seedings for world cup draw

Pot one

Spain, Holland, Germany, England, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Norway, Greece.

Pot two

France, Montenegro, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia, Slovakia.

Pot three

Switzerland, Israel, Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary

Pot four

Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Lithuania, Albania, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Poland

Pot five

Armenia, Finland, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Moldova, FYR Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands

Pot six

Wales, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malta, Andorra, San Marino

Estimated worth

of top seeds

Germany €8m, England €8m

Italy €5m, Spain €4m

Netherlands €1.5m

Portugal €800,000

Norway €300,000

Croatia €200,000

Greece €200,000

How the draw

will work

n Eight groups of six will be drawn, with one group of five.

•The nine group winners will qualify automatically; the eight best runners-up will go into two-legged play-offs.

•The European qualifying round starts in September 2012 and ends in October 2013.

•Globally, there are 832 qualification games, with 175 nations (of 203 initially) still in the running.

•The draw will be shown live on RTE2 from 8.15 tonight.

•The FAI will be represented by chief executive John Delaney, president Paddy McCaul and honorary secretary Michael Cody.

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