No fewer than 192 matches have been played since the last edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, 147 of which were qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. It comes as little surprise then that there has been noticeable movement this month.
Nevertheless, the very top is unchanged, with Brazil retaining a narrow lead over Spain, the Netherlands and Italy. England remain in seventh place, whereas Germany (5th, down 1) and Russia (12th, down 6) have both lost ground. Besides Argentina (6th, up 2), Croatia (8th, up 1) and France (9th, up 1), this month's big winners are Portugal (10th, up 7), who are back in the top 10 after a successful run of World Cup qualifying games.
In the top 50, five teams have climbed more than ten places. Particularly worthy of mention are the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, who have risen 15 places to 14th and are now the highest-ranked African team. Currently, 23 teams have booked a place in the FIFA World Cup finals, 13 of which are ranked in the top 20.
Five of the other teams in the top 20 face a play-off for a place in South Africa, while Croatia and the Czech Republic are the only teams in the top 20 who have failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 20 November 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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