According to Google’s John Mueller, there is no requirement for a page to rank in the top 10 search result positions in order to be considered for a featured snippet position.
Shubham Davey posed the question, writing, “If a page isn’t ranking in the top 10 on SERPs, are those pages eligible for featured snippets?”
On Twitter, John Mueller said, “I don’t think there’s any hard rule like that; that would be weird.”
Here are the tweets in question:
I didn't read the link, but I don't think there's any hard rule like that; that would be weird.
— John Mueller (official) · #MaybeABot (@JohnMu) August 22, 2023
Pete Meyers from Moz also added his thoughts:
I did a study to try to replicate this after, but it's 1-1/2 years old and involved measuring something we can't observe without connecting SERPs across days (i.e. it's complicated) — https://t.co/kLAei9CdGU
— Dr. Pete Meyers (@dr_pete) August 22, 2023