On Wednesday, 12 October 2005, the Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey sealed their place in the play-off draw, after coming second in their group in the qualifying competition of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in the European zone but without ranking as one of the two best runners-up.
The pairings for the three play-off matches will be drawn at FIFA headquarters in Zurich at 12.00h CET tomorrow, Friday, 14 October 2005.
The draw ceremony will be held in the presence of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and representatives of the six associations concerned (see attached document). The president of the Local Organising Committee of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Germany, Franz Beckenbauer, will be part of the draw.
The draw for the six remaining teams will be conducted as follows:
The names of the three best-placed teams in the September 2005 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Czech Republic (4th), Spain (8th) and Turkey (12th) will be allocated to pot 1, whereas the other three - Norway (37th), Switzerland (38th) and Slovakia (45th)- will be placed in pot 2.
One name will be drawn from each pot to determine the pairings. Subsequently, the names of the paired teams will be put into another pot to decide which team will play the first leg at home.
The play-offs will be played on Saturday, 12 November 2005 and Wednesday, 16 November 2005.
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