European champions Spain continue to lead the way in the June edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, and they still hold a comfortable lead at the top.
Within the top ten, there is movement directly behind the Iberians, however, as the Netherlands have overtaken Germany and reclaimed second place in the Ranking for the first time since October 2005. Other teams to have traded places are Italy (4th, up 1) and Brazil (5th, down 1), as well as England (6th, up 1) and Argentina (7th, down 1).
A quick glance at the table reveals that several teams have added to their points tally in recent weeks without playing a single match. This is due to a devaluation of results from over a year ago. Burkina Faso (50th, up 7), Gambia (65th, up 4), Grenada (102nd, up 1) and Montenegro (110th, up 7) are all in their highest-ever position since the introduction of the Ranking in 1993, despite not playing at all in the past month.
Of the teams that have played over the course of the last month, the biggest movers are Japan (31st, up 4) and Canada (83rd, up 6).
The 21 'A' international matches taken into account in this edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking were all friendly matches. This will change in the next edition, however, with the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 unfolding and qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ resuming. This will no doubt lead to movement in the ranking.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 1 July 2009.
Calculation of points for a single match
P = M x I x T x C
M: points for Match result
Teams gain 3 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat. In a penalty shoot-out, the winning team gains 2 points and the losing team gains 1 point.
I: Importance of match
Friendly match (including small competitions): I = 1.0
FIFA World Cup™ qualifier or confederation-level qualifier: I = 2.5
Confederation-level final competition or FIFA Confederations Cup: I = 3.0
FIFA World Cup™ final competition: I = 4.0
T: strength of opposing Team
The strength of the opponents is based on the formula: 200 – the ranking position of the opponents.As an exception to this formula, the team at the top of the ranking is always assigned the value 200 and the teams ranked 150th and below are assigned a minimum value of 50. The ranking position is taken from the opponents’ ranking in the most recently published FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
C: strength of Confederation
When calculating matches between teams from different confederations, the mean value of the confederations to which the two competing teams belong is used. The strength of a confederation is calculated on the basis of the number of victories by that confederation at the last three FIFA World Cup™ competitions (see following page). Their values are as follows:
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