This was different from previous draws, when only pot 1 was based on FIFA rankings while the remaining pots were based on geographical considerations.
The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years.
It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.
For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of October 2017.
Pot 1 contained the hosts Russia (who were automatically assigned to position A1) and the best seven teams, pot 2 contained the next best eight teams, and so on for pots 3 and 4.