U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed his frustration with the system FIFA is using to seed the top pot for December’s World Cup draw. For the second straight World Cup, FIFA has chosen to use its ranking system as the only measure for seeding teams in the top pot. According to Klinsmann, past World Cup experience should matter, as the current system could lead to several unbalanced groups.
“Looking at Pot No. 1 and the seeding of the World Cup, it kind of makes you think a little bit, if this is the right way to do it," Klinsmann told USSoccer.com on Tuesday. "You have to find a way hopefully to make everybody happy. It’s not going to happen, nobody will be happy with everything. But, when you have a Pot No. 1, you expect countries in there that really proved it in World Cups, in the history of the World Cup. Now you see teams that haven’t really done that much in previous World Cups and you wonder ‘Why is it that way now?’”
He added: “The consequence is that you will have a couple of groups getting drawn on Dec. 6 in Brazil that are Groups of Death that will be killer groups; there’s not even one easy team or whatever. Then you will find maybe two or three groups that are much easier, at least on paper easier. It’s unbalanced now with that seeding procedure and it will cause a lot of question marks, a lot of discussion and debate once the groups are finalized. It is what it is, but I’m not very happy with it.”
The seeded teams in Pot 1 for the Dec. 6th draw will be Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland. Uruguay will also become a seed if it gets by Jordan in its intercontinental playoff series. If it does not, then the Netherlands would be the final seed.