Several confederation competitions are leaving a deep impression on the October FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Although Brazil are hanging on to top place, world champions Italy (up 3) are hot on their heels, having gained 66 impressive points since September. Germany (6th, up 2) and Greece (14th, up 8), both of whom, like Italy, have won their recent EURO qualifying matches, are also flying high.
There are also some conquering heroes halfway down the ranking. Mali (41st, up 19) and Northern Ireland (45th, up 13) have now returned to the top 50 after a long absence. Mali have never had it so good as in the October FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, whereas the last time Northern Ireland breathed top 50 air was over ten years ago.
Several other teams have jumped up at least thirty places, including Burkina Faso (64th, up 33), Cape Verde Islands (83rd, up 30), Haiti (83rd, up 35), St Vincent and the Grenadines (85th, up 44), and Barbados (100th, up 52).
Of the 125 international matches played last month, 96 were confederation championship qualifiers: UEFA (44 matches), CONCACAF (19), AFC (11) and CAF (22). Twenty-nine friendlies were also contested.
- The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 November 2006.
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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