UEFA said Thursday that it applied the same draw proposal to 2016 European Championship qualifying. Then, the single five-nation group got Portugal as its main attraction. The other eight groups were made up of six teams.
FIFA’s World Cup organizing committee must approve the proposal one day before the draw in St. Petersburg.
The panel should also agree that European seeding will be judged by FIFA ranking alone.
That would send France and Italy into the second-seeded pot, setting up potential blockbuster groups with top-seeded Germany and Spain.
Romania and Wales entered the top 10 on FIFA’s rankings on Thursday after going unbeaten to lead their Euro 2016 qualifying groups. Both are likely to be seeded by FIFA despite neither playing at the World Cup since 1998 and 1958, respectively.