For the fifth time in succession, Brazil have been crowned Team of the Year, pipping world champions Italy at the post for the top award.
Some of the hottest contenders before the FIFA World Cup™ and the revised World Ranking – the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Argentina – have all failed to capitalise on Brazil's quarter-final exit from Germany 2006 and it is Italy who have supplanted them by a hair’s breadth. Just one or two better results after the FIFA World Cup would have hoisted the Azzurri to the summit. However, a change at the top of the ranking in 2007 could still become reality, given the narrow gaps between the teams.
After gaining almost 500 extra points and leaping from twelfth into second place according to the new method of calculation, Italy well deserve the title 'Top Mover of the Year'. France and Germany have reappeared among the world’s elite in the ranking, which measures only the number of points gained over the past twelve months. Other big movers of the year include Nigeria (9th, 350 extra points) and Qatar (58th, 309 extra points).
Several associations have considerably improved their ranking compared to November: Peru (70th, up 11), Barbados (98th, up 11) and eight other teams have all managed to bounce up more than ten places.
The total of 788 international matches played this year represents the highest figure ever in a FIFA World Cup year, but still lags far behind the 1,000 plus internationals contested in both 2000 and 2004. There are still many matches waiting to be played by the end of the year, especially in Asia, to boost the final figure.
- The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 17 January 2007.
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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