As expected, there are no great changes in the first edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of the new year. Spain continue to lead the way, ahead of the Netherlands and Germany. The only change in the top ten sees Croatia (9th, up 1) and Egypt (10th, down 1) swap places.
Spectacular moves are also thin on the ground further down the ranking, with only 12 teams within the top 50 changing places. There is greater movement around position 100, where China PR (79th, up 8) and Qatar (105th, up 9) have made the biggest leaps forward. The hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ recorded a surprise victory over Egypt and are now aiming to break into the top 100. Belarus (37th, up 1), Hungary (41st, up 1) and Antigua and Barbuda (103rd, up 3) have all achieved their highest position since the introduction of the world ranking. The first highlight of the year is currently under way in Qatar, where 16 national teams are vying for the AFC Asian Cup. All 32 matches will be reflected in the February edition of the ranking and are sure to lead to some reshuffling of the pack.
For once, there was almost no action at national-team level in most confederations. Only 35 friendly matches have been taken into account in the current ranking, 23 of which were played before the turn of the year.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 2 February 2011.
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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