The eyes of the footballing world will be on Rio de Janeiro on 30 July at 3.00pm local time when the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Preliminary Draw, the first major Kick-Off Event ahead of the tournament itself, takes place.
The ceremony will be held close to the beautiful Copacabana beach, where four kilometres of white sand stretch across one of the most recognisable districts of Rio. Guests from around the world will convene at the Marina da Gloria harbour to watch the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, a total of 203 nations have signed up to participate in the campaign. Brazil qualify automatically as hosts and will therefore not be involved in the Preliminary Draw. Bhutan, Guam, Mauritania and Brunei Darrussalam have not registered for the competition.
Same number of places
There will be no changes with regard to the allocation of places at Brazil 2014. As the FIFA Executive Committee confirmed at the beginning of March, Europe will receive 13 places, Africa 5, South America 4.5, Asia 4.5, North, Central America and Caribbean 3.5 and Oceania 0.5. There will however be a change to the draw for the play-offs between confederations. The draw for these play-offs will now take place during the Preliminary Draw Show on 30 July in Rio.
Five regions in the draw
The preliminary competition formats and draw procedures, which had been presented by the six confederations, were confirmed by the FIFA Executive Committee on Monday 30 May 2011. Given that Brazil, as the Host Nation, do not need to qualify, the South American Zone will consist of nine teams competing for 4.5 places from a single group. The qualifying draw for the five other confederations will be made in Brazil. The preliminary formats for the five confederations can be viewed by clicking on the individual links to the right.
Experience it LIVE with FIFA.com
FIFA.com will be providing extensive coverage of the preliminary draw in Rio de Janeiro. As well as a Live Draw Application and the popular Fanchat, which allows fans from around the world to share their opinions, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil website will be offering exclusive interviews with stars from the worlds of sport, politics and show business, as well as all the necessary information regarding the draw and colourful reports from in and around Rio.