World Cup hosts Brazil, defending champions Spain, plus Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, and Switzerland are all guaranteed a place in Pot 1 for the World Cup draw on Dec. 6, FIFA announced today.
Uruguay, currently ranked sixth in the world, needs to beat Jordan in an inter-continental playoff in order to clinch Pot 1 status.
If Uruguay were to lose to Jordan, the eighth and final spot in Pot 1 would be awarded to either Holland or Italy.
There are four different pots at the World Cup draw, all containing eight teams. Pot 1 contains the tournament's host, plus the seven best teams in the world according to the Oct. 17 FIFA World Rankings.
The other three pots are divided based on geography in order to avoid continental clashes at the World Cup. This prevents there being two African countries in the same group, for example. Because 13 European teams qualify for the World Cup, continental clashes among European teams are almost unavoidable.
Many teams are in Pot 1 for this World Cup that haven't been in decades- or ever. Switzerland made its way into Pot 1 after jumping into seventh place in the world from 14th. Meanwhile, Belgium has experienced a renaissance in soccer in the last four years and finished first in its qualification group, unsurprisingly putting it in Pot 1.
Uruguay has done a fine job of competing in South America's even field throughout qualification and has been within the top 10 of the World Rankings since the last World Cup. Colombia has had similar prosperity, though it finished second in South American qualification which is why it's ranked fourth.
With Brazil qualifying automatically as hosts, Holland, ranked eighth, got bumped out of Pot 1.
The US was believed to have a shot at cracking Pot 1, but was unable to compete with European and South American teams with tougher schedules. The US did finish atop CONCACAF's qualification with seven wins, but its most recent wins against Panama and Jamaica didn't carry enough weight to push it into the top 10. The US remains in 13th, their highest rank since being 4th in Apr. 2006.
Revolution's Sene undergoes ankle surgery
Saer Sene had surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday. He will miss the rest of the 2013 season and will be out for at least six months.
Surgery consisted of repairing his broken left fibula and stabilizing his dislocated ankle.
Sene has notched five goals and five assists this season. Reports from France earlier this summer said he might sign for a French team in the off-season.
Two Brandeis coaches honored
Brandeis University men's soccer coach Mike Coven and women's soccer coach Denise Dallamora were honored earlier this week for 75 years of combined service to the school. Coven has coached the Judges for 41 years while Dallamora is in her 34th year.
Coven led Brandeis to a national title in 1976. Some of his former students include Cleveland Lewis, Jim McCully, and Shawn Oliver.
Dallamora began the women's soccer program in 1980. She's led the Judges to the NCAA tournament twice.
Coven is the most tenured Head Coach among Massachusetts' college soccer teams. Lasell College's Giovanni Pacini, who has coached there for 32 years, is the second-most tenured. He beats out Dallamora by one year.
Last Saturday, the 1984 men's soccer team, which finished second in the NCAA tournament, was inducted into Brandeis' Athletic Hall of Fame.
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