To calculate the seeding for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, FIFA used the FIFA World Rankings in combination with performances of national teams in the three previous World Cups.[1] The formula is virtually identical with the one used for the 1998 FIFA World Cup seeding.

For the ranking part, points were allocated on the basis of 32 for the best achieving of the 32 qualifiers for 2002 FIFA World Cup in each of the three fields considered, down to one for the lowest ranking.[2]

For the World Cup performance part, points were allocated as follows:

The seedings table uses these points obtained from the 1990 FIFA World Cup, 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1998 FIFA World Cup averaged in a 1:2:3 ratio respectively, added to the average number of points derived from the World Rankings at three given dates (at ratio 1:1:1), December 1999, December 2000, and November 2001. All totals are rounded.

Seed Country 1. FIFA World Cup Finals 2. FIFA World Rankings Total Points
Italy 1990
(16.7%)
USA 1994
(33.3%)
France 1998
(50%)
Avg.
Points
Dec 1999
(33.3%)
Dec 2000
(33.3%)
Nov 2001
(33.3%)
Avg.
Points
Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Rk Pt.
1  Brazil 9 24 1 32 2 31 30 1 32 1 32 3 30 31 62
2  Argentina 2 31 10 23 6 27 26 6 28 3 30 2 31 30 56
3  Italy 3 30 2 31 5 28 29 14 23 4 29 6 28 27 56
4  Germany 1 32 5 28 7 26 28 5 29 11 25 11 24 26 54
5  France 0 0 1 32 16 3 31 2 31 1 32 31 47
6  Spain 10 23 8 25 17 9 17 4 30 7 27 7 27 28 45
7  Mexico 0 13 20 13 20 17 10 26 12 24 9 26 25 42
8  England 4 29 0 9 24 17 12 24 17 22 10 25 24 41
9  Croatia 0 0 3 30 15 9 27 18 21 19 19 22 37
10  Denmark 0 0 8 25 13 11 25 22 17.5 17 21 21 34
11  Paraguay 0 0 14 19 10 17 20 9 26 14 23 23 33
12  Sweden 21 8 3 30 0 11 16 21 22 17.5 16 22 20 32
13  United States 23 8 14 19 32 8 12 22 18 16 23 20 17.5 20 31
14  Belgium 11 22 11 22 19 9 16 33 13 27 15 20 17.5 15 31
15  Portugal 0 0 0 0 15 22 6 28 4 29 26 26
16  Republic of Ireland 8 25 16 17 0 10 35 12 31 13 18 20 15 25
17  Russia 17 9 18 9 0 5 18 19 21 19 22 16 18 23
18  Nigeria 0 9 24 12 21 19 76 3 52 5 40 4 4 23
19  Saudi Arabia 0 12 21 28 8 11 38 11 36 10 30 11 11 22
20  South Africa 0 0 24 9 5 30 16 20 20 34 8 15 19
21  Tunisia 0 0 26 8 4 31 15 26 16 28 12 14 18
22  Cameroon 7 26 22 8 25 8 11 58 6 39 8 38 5 6 17
23  Turkey 0 0 0 0 29 17 30 14 23 15 15 15
24  Uruguay 16 17 0 0 3 45 9 32 12 24 14 12 15
25  South Korea 22 8 20 9 30 8 8 51 8 40 7 43 3 6 14
26  Japan 0 0 31 8 4 57 7 38 9 35 7 8 12
27  Slovenia 0 0 0 0 40 10 35 11 27 13 11 11
28  Poland 0 0 0 0 32 14 43 6 33 9 10 10
29  Costa Rica 13 20 0 0 3 64 5 60 3 31 10 6 9
30  Ecuador 0 0 0 0 65 4 53 4 37 6 5 5
31  China PR 0 0 0 0 88 1 74 2 55 2 2 2
32  Senegal 0 0 0 0 79 2 88 1 67 1 1 1
Seed Country Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Avg.
Points
Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Rk Pt. Avg.
Points
Total Points
Italy 1990
(16.7%)
USA 1994
(33.3%)
France 1998
(50%)
Dec 1999
(33.3%)
Dec 2000
(33.3%)
Nov 2001
(33.3%)
1. FIFA World Cup Finals 2. FIFA World Rankings

South Korea and Japan were seeded as hosts, France as defending champions. The other seeds were: Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany and Spain.

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