The World Cup draw is Friday at 11 in Brazil (TV: ESPN2, Univision. Internet: ESPN3). The Post’s Steven Goff broke down the (possibly bleak) prospects for the U.S. men’s soccer team in Friday’s paper, and Soccer Outsider Jeff Maurer has already prepared his reactions to the Americans’ possible fates.
Here’s how it will go down.
The 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup have been put into four pots, with Pot 1 featuring the eight FIFA-seeded teams. Before the draw is conducted, one of the nine European teams in Pot 4 will be randomly placed into Pot 2 to achieve balance. FIFA has procedures in place to make sure teams from the same qualification zone are not placed in the same group, with the exception of the European teams (one group will feature two European teams). Brazil, the host, automatically has been placed in Group A. The rest of the groups will be filled out by random draw, one team from each pot.