The situation surrounding the best third-place finishers is not yet determined entering the final day of group-stage matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009. Germany and New Zealand are both through to the Round of 16 as two of the best third-place teams, but there are still two slots yet to be filled.
There is still all to play for in Groups E and F, and now is a good time for a quick recap of the rules governing who goes through and who goes home.
The first determining factor is goal difference. The second is the number of goals scored. If, at this stage, teams are still level, then Fair-Play ranking will be used as the third criteria. This ranking is as follows: -1 for yellow card, -3 for a red card (straight or 2 yellows in the same game), -4 in case of a yellow card followed by a straight red card in the same game. And if the teams are still even at this point, a drawing of lots will determine the qualified team(s).
The draw, if needed, would take place on Sunday 1 November in Kaduna at 21h30 local time.