User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
FIFA rankings to reveal WCup top seeds

GENEVA (AP) - Brazil vs. Italy. Twice a World Cup final, it could be the opening match of the World Cup.

Advertisement
And the second match the next day could be a 2010 final repeat: Spain vs. the Netherlands.

The tournament's top eight teams will be separated so they can't meet until the knockout stage of the soccer tournament. Those teams will be chosen based on the FIFA rankings that come out on Thursday.

Host Brazil will be the seed in Group A, and the next seven will be taken from the top of the rankings. That means less prestigious teams such as Switzerland, Belgium and Colombia are likely to be considered the ``top'' teams in their groups, while 2006 champion Italy and 2010 runner-up the Netherlands will not.

Other likely seeds include Spain, Germany, and Argentina, plus Uruguay if the 2010 semifinalists can qualify by beating Jordan in a playoff.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Maxtone-Smith: CL Best Bets - Tuesday
Pearson won't manage next match
Allardyce the latest dealing in controversy
Sam Allardyce's England job on the line
Asian election for FIFA Council delayed
Greener grass coming to Spanish league
Thorns clinch NWSL Shield, top Sky Blue
Lloyd shows human side, including rift
Southampton blanks West Ham, 3-0
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership