World Cup 2014 Draw
Scott Goldman: 
Good morning, soccer fans! I'm Scott Goldman, National Desk director for Advance Digital. And we're set to bring you live coverage of the 2014 World Cup draw as it happens.
Friday December 6, 2013 10:33 Scott Goldman
Scott Goldman: 
We'll be bringing you live tweets from soccer experts around the country, as the groupings for the 2014 World Cup are set. We'll begin around 11:15 am eastern time, with the draw actually set to begin around 11:30 am.
Friday December 6, 2013 10:34 Scott Goldman
Somebody told us this guy used to play soccer? #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 10:35 ussoccer
The participants are making there way into the main hall. It's a who's who of top managers #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 10:36 ussoccer
You better believe this former #USMNT head coach is #atDraw too. #Bora!
Friday December 6, 2013 10:39 ussoccer
Coincidentally, the #usmnt delegation is seated next to the Mexican Federation. Right behind is Fabio Capello and the Russian group #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 10:41 ussoccer
Friday December 6, 2013 10:46 ussoccer
ONE HOUR until the #TimmyTakeover... Submit questions with the hashtag and get Tim Howard’s reaction as the World Cup Draw unfolds LIVE.
Friday December 6, 2013 10:47 espn
RT @AlexKunawicz Just time to watch Alan Partridge preview 1994 World Cup - 20 years on and as fresh as ever…
Friday December 6, 2013 10:57 MenInBlazers
32 Hopeful Nations. 8 Groups of Destiny. 1 Iconic Trophy. RT if you're ready for the #WorldCup Draw!
Friday December 6, 2013 10:57 SOCCER.COM
Realistically though this could be any photo of him. RT @BrooksDT Big Papa Sepp has arrived...
Friday December 6, 2013 10:58 runofplay
The countdown clock is rolling on the main screen. Two minutes to show time! #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 10:58 ussoccer
Friday December 6, 2013 10:59 JorgeMondacaFOX
It's #DrawTracker time! Excited? We are! We'll have coverage here alllll day. Where are you watching from? Send us a photo!
Friday December 6, 2013 11:02 ussoccer
Scott Goldman: 
The World Cup draw show is beginning now. The actual draw starts around 11:30, just FYI.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:02 Scott Goldman
What if someone forgot to bring the team balls for the World Cup Draw and they just had to apologize and cancel the World Cup
Friday December 6, 2013 11:02 runofplay
In summary: We're at #SoccerHouse in Chicago (woot!) and we've got people on the ground in Brazil and they'll be tweeting with #atDraw...
Friday December 6, 2013 11:03 ussoccer
We'll also have Michael Bradley closer to the draw to answer questions and provide commentary on the #FinalDraw. #DrawTracker
Friday December 6, 2013 11:04 ussoccer
A special video honoring #Mandela is being shown to thunderous applause. #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 11:04 ussoccer
The opening video showed the entrance of five coaches: Scolari, Lowe del Bosque, Capello & @J_Klinsmann #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 11:06 ussoccer
Nervous. Feel like we are about to attend a circumcision
Friday December 6, 2013 11:06 MenInBlazers
We have never wanted Skip Bayliss and Steven Asmith to get off our television more
Friday December 6, 2013 11:09 MenInBlazers
About to watch this #WorldCup draw, join me, @SachaKljestan, and @Budweiser in a live chat. Go to
Friday December 6, 2013 11:09 BrekShea
Lots of peeps watching #FinalDraw from class today! @ussoccer would like to remind you: Education is Important. (but we'll keep u posted!!)
Friday December 6, 2013 11:09 ussoccer
The show has started. Watch on ESPN3 and @Univision. ESPN2 coverage starts in 20 minutes. #DrawTracker
Friday December 6, 2013 11:10 ussoccer
Follow all the twists and turns of the #worldcup #FinalDraw with our LIVE Blog here! -
Friday December 6, 2013 11:11 FIFAcom
Friday December 6, 2013 11:11 MenInBlazers
"Applause please!" -- Sepp Blatter to audience. I'm pretty sure that's not how applause is supposed to work.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:13 NutmegRadio
Friday December 6, 2013 11:13 ussoccer
Sepp Blatter quote of day, to crowd "Applause Please"
Friday December 6, 2013 11:16 MenInBlazers
#FinalDraw @SeppBlatter & @dilmabr lead a moment of silence in memory of Nelson Mandela. Follow our Live Blog here -
Friday December 6, 2013 11:17 FIFAcom
How is Sepp Blatter in charge of the game we love?
Friday December 6, 2013 11:18 MenInBlazers
Preparing to go on stage. The World Cup begins now! #SorteioCopa2014
Friday December 6, 2013 11:20 officialcafu
A properly monetized and respected Pele would own half of Brazil and have a small army.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:23 NutmegRadio
One of our correspondents has gained access to the convention room floor. Get after it @ussoccer_Frog! #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 11:24 ussoccer
Friday December 6, 2013 11:24 MenInBlazers
Del Bosque is onstage to "return" the World Cup Trophy. #atDraw
Friday December 6, 2013 11:25 ussoccer
Scott Goldman: 
OK, so if you want to pop open another window from this chat, here's where FIFA will track the official draw:
Friday December 6, 2013 11:25 Scott Goldman
ESPN2 coverage coming in about 5 minutes. The actual picking starts closer to 12 ET. #DrawTracker
Friday December 6, 2013 11:26 ussoccer
#FinalDraw: @dilmabr believes the 2014 #worldcup will be "the World Cup of all World Cups" -
Friday December 6, 2013 11:26 FIFAcom
Scott Goldman: 
A little bit of the basics here:
How are the pots distributed?
Pot 1 (seeds)
Pot 2 (CAF and CONMEBOL teams)
Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Chile and Ecuador
Pot 3 (AFC and CONCACAF teams)
Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and USA
Pot 4 (UEFA teams)
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:27 Scott Goldman
Friday December 6, 2013 11:28 AndrewOrsatti
Scott Goldman: 
How will the draw be carried out?

The teams in Pot 1 will be automatically assigned position 1 in the groups in which they are drawn. Brazil will go automatically into position 1 in Group A.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:28 Scott Goldman
Scott Goldman: 
The first step of the draw will be to pick out a team from Pot 4 – the only one with nine teams – and put that side into Pot 2, in order to ensure each zone has eight balls. Then it will be back to Pot 1 and Brazil will be placed into Group A, with the rest of the seeds drawn in position 1 of the remaining groups, consecutively up to the letter H.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:28 Scott Goldman
The #WCdraw starting right now on #ESPN2.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:28 AlexiLalas
Scott Goldman: 
Clear as mud, right?
Friday December 6, 2013 11:28 Scott Goldman
When does it get announced that Qatar are going to be allowed into "Pot X"?
Friday December 6, 2013 11:28 MenInBlazers
@MenInBlazers Stephen A and Skip will be excited about ratings jump until they realize no one cares about their opinions. We want the draw
Friday December 6, 2013 11:29 ashipp13
#England manager Roy Hodgson awaits #WCDraw in Bahia with @FA chairman Greg Dyke and general secretary Alex Horne
Friday December 6, 2013 11:29 FA
Scott Goldman: 
And then the finale:

Pot 2, now with teams from three different confederations, increases the risk of breaking the rule of geographical separation. In order to avoid a group with three European teams, there will be a Pot X featuring the four seeded South American teams. One ball will be drawn from this pot and this will determine the group for the sole European team in Pot 2. Then, Pot 2 will be drawn. The European team will go into the group already established, with the remaining sides fitting sequentially into Groups A to H.

It is also worth noting that some groups may be skipped to respect the rule of geographical separation, in order to avoid Chile and Ecuador going into sectors featuring South American seeds.

Pots 3 and 4 will then be drawn.

There. Simple.
Friday December 6, 2013 11:30 Scott Goldman
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