Only seven international 'A' matches, all of them friendlies, have been played since the previous edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Consequently, there have not been any changes among the leading pack.
Spain and the Netherlands continue to set the pace, some distance ahead of Brazil, Germany and Argentina. Major changes are also thin on the ground further down the ranking. Among the top 25, only Chile (13th, up 1) and Japan (14th, down 1) have traded places.
Senegal (40th, up 11), have made greater headway, clawing their way back into the top 50 for the first time since January 2009. With no teams dropping out of the leading half-century – Albania (unchanged) and Colombia (down 1) share 50th place –it has a slightly more African flavour.
UEFA continues to be the best-represented confederation in the top 50, with 29 teams, followed by CAF (9 teams), CONMEBOL (6), the AFC (4), CONCACAF (3) and the OFC (0).
Afghanistan (164th, up 10) are the only team this month to reach their highest position since the introduction of the ranking in 1993. However, South Africa (38th, up 1), Malawi (72nd, up 6) and Nepal (147th, up 3) have at least now claimed their loftiest perch since the calculation system was revamped in July 2006.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking will be published on 29 June 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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