The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking enters the interactive age this week, and it’s all thanks to FIFA.com’s newly updated navigation tool, a practical application that clarifies the points system and makes it easier for users to make projections and calculations.
The all-important monthly Ranking has been in existence since 1993, and FIFA.com users are now just a click away from getting hands-on with the constantly changing table.
To get a better understanding of this new way of viewing the Ranking, simply click on the dedicated link at the top of the FIFA.com homepage. As you will see for yourselves, there is a whole new layout showing the world football pecking order and a host of useful sub-sections. As well as explaining in detail how each team has won or lost points, the page also shows their points totals for the previous month, how many points will be discounted from their tallies and their points averages over the previous four years, the idea being to make the Ranking much more transparent.
Using the special prediction tool, you can also forecast the results of upcoming matches and see how they affect the points totals of the teams involved. These calculations take into account the result, the importance of the match, the strength of the opponents and regional strength, the criteria on which the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking is based and which are now clearly detailed as a result of the revamp.
The all-new interactive Ranking also allows you to compare the performances of a maximum of four teams over a period of months or even years, find out the highest and lowest positions of teams in a period of your choice, and check out the best and worst movers of the last few months.
Among the existing features that have been enhanced, you can also break the Ranking down into confederations to see how your national team is faring against their regional rivals, find out when the next Ranking will be published, read weekly reports by the FIFA.com team, and send messages and questions to your fellow users.
As you will find out for yourself, the choice is yours at the new FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking page.
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:
|Points Last Month|
|Points outside Ranking calculation|