FIFA revealed on Tuesday the eight pots that will be used for Friday's draw to determine next year's World Cup finals groups. The 32 teams will be divided into eight groups of four teams on Friday.
Pots are used to keep certain geographic teams from facing each other in the group stage. Pot 1 consists of the eight seeds, the top eight teams in the world.
A pre-draw will be held to move one of the nine European teams in Pot 4 over to Pot 2, in order to balance out eight pots of four. One group in Brazil will end up having two teams from UEFA.
The United States and CONCACAF foes Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico were drawn into Pot 3 along with Asian teams Australia, Iran, Japan and South Korea.
Pot 1: Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay
Pot 2: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador
Pot 3: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras
Pot 4: Bosnia, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, France