Rethinking the FIFA World Cup Final Draw

Julien Guyon

Bloomberg L.P.

August 22, 2014

In this article, we investigate a number of flaws in the current procedure for the final draw of the FIFA World Cup. These flaws result from FIFA's inability to enforce the geographic constraints that they put on the draw in the most fair manner. We suggest three new tractable procedures that are fair to all teams, produce balanced and geographically diverse groups, and, for the last two, give equally likely outcomes.

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Keywords: FIFA World Cup, draw procedure, geographic constraints, fairness, balancedness, uniform distribution

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Date posted: April 13, 2014 ; Last revised: September 4, 2014

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Guyon, Julien, Rethinking the FIFA World Cup Final Draw (August 22, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2424376 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2424376

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New York, NY 10022
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