2014 Soccer World Cup Groups

The Soccer World Cup Finals are organised on a Group basis. The 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four. The four teams within each group play each other once, and the two teams with the highest points progress.

The World Cup Trophy. Source: All Voices

Two points are allocated for a win, and one point is allocated for a draw. Should two teams be even and need to be split in order to determine who goes on, goal difference will be taken into account. Goal difference is the margin between goals a team has scored and the goals they’ve had scored against them. For example, a team who scores 10 goals overall and concedes 6 will have a goal difference of +4.

Soccer World Cup Groups are determined based on a draw. The draw is not entirely random; there is always some effort made to ensure that groups are not split along continental lines. A system of four “pots” is used, with the goal being to limit the number of European teams in any Group to two, and split all South American, North American and Asian teams across the eight Groups.

Listed below are the eight Groups at the 2014 World Cup Brazil.

Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon
Group B
Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia
Group C
Colombia
Greece
Côte D’Ivoire
Japan
Group D
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy
Group E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras
Group F
Argentina
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Iran
Nigeria
Group G
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA
Group H
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea Republic