19 Oct 2013

Italy misses out on seedings for World Cup draw

1:12 pm on 19 October 2013

Italy has missed out on the seedings for next year's FIFA World Cup following the release of the latest world football rankings.

Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December after they leapt to seventh in the latest rankings.

Spain, Argentina, Germany, Colombia, Belgium and hosts Brazil will also be seeded, as will Uruguay, if they beat Jordan in a two-leg playoff next month.

If Uruguay do not qualify, Netherlands, joint eighth with Italy in the rankings, will take their place among the seeds.

FIFA previously ruled that Brazil (ranked 11th on Thursday) plus the top seven ranked teams would be seeded for the draw.

The Swiss, who completed their World Cup qualifying group unbeaten to reach the finals for the third time in a row, leapt seven places thanks to their wins over Albania and Slovenia this month.

FIFA have said that second, third and fourth seeds would be determined later with the remaining pots will be based on geographic and sporting criteria.

Meanwhile New Zealad has dropped 12 places to 79 in the world.