The field for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is set, the seedings are determined, and on Friday in Moscow the draw for the tournament next year will take place.
The draw will be televised in the United States on FS1, with coverage beginning at 9:30 am ET on Friday morning. TSN will begin their broadcast coverage in Canada at 9:50 am ET.
Here are the pots for the draw:
While the draw will largely follow the same procedures as in recent World Cups, with a team taken from each pot for each of the eight groups at Russia 2018, the seeding for the various pots differs this time around, with all of the teams aside from the host country, Russia, placed based on the FIFA Rankings from October 2017. In the past, only the Pot 1 teams were seeded based on rankings, with the other three pots determined along geographic lines.
One longstanding caveat to the draw that will carry over for the 2018 World Cup is that no group will include multiple teams from the same confederation, aside from Europe, which will have a maximum of two teams in a group because there are a total of 14 teams qualified from UEFA.