Rest period restricts movement

Only two international matches have been taken into account for the new edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, which is hardly surprising for the period immediately after the FIFA World Cup™. Consequently, virtually all of the moves of note – whether up or down the ranking – are due to points won in previous years dropping in value. USA (18th, down 5) are the biggest victims this month as their four victories at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009, which were valuable in terms of points, have now been devalued.

Meanwhile, Ukraine (24th, up 1) and Mexico (25th, down 1) trade places. Colombia (36th) and Bolivia (50th) may have only gained a few points, but that is still enough to see them both climb three places. The only teams to jump more than three places are El Salvador (86th, up 4), Namibia (115th, up 4) and New Caledonia (154th, up 8).

National teams will return to action on the day that this edition of the world ranking is published, as more than 50 friendly matches will take place on 11 August (22 involving teams that played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including seven head-to-heads), which means that there will be more movement in the September ranking.

Three amendments have also been made to the confederation weightings used to determine the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. These weightings are based on results at the last three FIFA World Cups. Following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, matches over the next four years involving teams from South America, North, Central America and the Caribbean, and Africa will receive a slightly higher weighting: Europe 1.00, South America 1.00 (+0.02), North, Central America and the Caribbean 0.88 (+0.02), Africa 0.86 (+0.01), Asia and Oceania (both 0.85).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 15 September 2010.