COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — The draw to divide the 32 World Cup teams into eight groups of four is expected to take about 35 minutes. Here's a quick look at how it will work on Friday:
STEP 1: From the pot containing 9 European qualifiers, known as Pot 4, one team is picked at random. It is put in Pot 2, which has the 5 teams from Africa, plus Chile and Ecuador. This ensures that all 4 pots now have the same number of teams: 8.
STEP 2: The 8 teams in Pot 1 — containing host Brazil plus the top 7 seeded teams — are picked out one after another, starting with Brazil, and then divided into 8 groups, labeled A to H, with 1 team in each group.
STEP 3: One of the South American teams that was in Pot 1 — either Brazil, Argentina, Colombia or Uruguay — is designated at random.
STEP 4: The European team in Pot 2 is now put into that South American team's group.
STEP 5: Pot 2 is emptied, with its 7 remaining teams picked out one after another and divided into the groups, with one in each group.
STEP 6: The 8 teams in Pot 3 are drawn and put into the groups.
STEP 7: The 8 teams in Pot 4 are drawn and put into the groups.
Groups A to H now all have 4 teams.