The latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking reveals a number of changes in the top ten. Spain continue to lead the way ahead of Brazil and the Netherlands, but there is considerable movement in the lower half of the top ten: Portugal (4th, up 2) have overtaken Italy (5th, down 1) and Germany (6th, down 1), while England (7th, up 1) continue to climb the global ladder and have swapped places with France (8th, down 1). Croatia (10th, up 1) have returned to the top ten after a two-month absence.
Australia (19th, up 4) have leapt into the top 20 following their victory over Indonesia during qualification for the AFC Asian Cup 2011. Among the top 50 teams, Norway (24th, up 9) and Turkey (35th, up 6) have also made significant ground thanks to their wins over 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ participants in early March: Norway got the better of Slovakia, while Turkey emerged triumphant over Honduras.
However, the team that has made the most progress in terms of points and places in this month’s ranking is Senegal (72nd, up 22), who were too strong for former European champions and South Africa 2010 qualifiers Greece in a recent friendly match.
The majority of changes in this month’s ranking are due to the devaluation of results from last year. In particular, the latest edition reflects the devaluation of the results of the many FIFA World Cup qualification games played a year ago.
In all, the results of 47 matches have been taken into account in the latest ranking, 39 of them friendly matches and eight of them Asian Cup qualifiers. This takes the number of international 'A' matches played in 2010 to 145.
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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