A total of 55 friendly matches were taken into account for the March edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. A 2-1 victory for Argentina (4th, up 1) over Portugal (9th, down 1) in Geneva led to a significant change in the top five, and a 1-0 defeat for Brazil (5th, down 1) in France (18th, up 1) on the same night has also seen the Argentinians not only clamber into fourth place but replace Brazil as the highest-ranked South American team.
The team that capitalised most on the Portuguese slip-up, however, is Croatia (8th, up 1), who surged past the Iberians on the back of a 4-2 home win over the Czech Republic (31st, down 1).
Serbia also climbed into the top 20 thanks to a 2-0 triumph over Israel. The Serbs’ fortunes are in stark contrast to those of Slovakia, however, who have bid the top 20 farewell for the time being following a surprise 2-1 defeat in Luxembourg.
Even though neither Bulgaria (47th, up 4) nor Ecuador (49th, up 5) tasted victory in March, both teams moved into the top 50 in place of Bosnia-Herzegovina (56th, down 14) and Austria (61st, down 16). The team that made the biggest climb into the top 50, however, is Jamaica (48th, up 11), who have jumped from 59th place last month to 48th.
Zambia (97th, up 4) have also returned to the top 100 after a one-month absence thanks to a 4-0 victory over Swaziland. Their progress comes at the expense of Niger (104th, down 8), who were defeated 3-0 by Morocco. Other teams that have set records of their own this month include Hungary (36th, up 1), Antigua and Barbuda (101st, up 3) and Cambodia (154th, up 12), who are all currently in their highest-ever position since the introduction of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in 1993.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 13 April 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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