Scotland will be among the fourth seeds in the qualifying draw for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro on 30 July.
Europe's 53 member associations will be split into nine groups.
Group winners qualify directly, while the eight best runners-up will contest a two-legged play-off to determine the remaining four teams going to Brazil.
Scotland have not played in a World Cup finals since France hosted the tournament in 1998.
Four years ago, Scotland were in the second batch of seeds in the race to reach South Africa in 2010 but finished a disappointing campaign in third place behind eventual runners-up Netherlands and Norway.
Brazil, who are five-time world champions, previously staged the World Cup in 1950. The finals were last held in South America when Argentina were hosts in 1978.