The last edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for this year brings very few changes with it.
World and European champions Spain remain unchallenged at the top of the table, followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Uruguay, who are all still competing in an exciting head-to-head battle for second place. As the top team at year-end, Spain are the Team of the Year for the fourth year in a row.
The title of Best Mover of the Year is claimed by Wales (48th, up 2) who, with 330 points, won the most points in 2011. The Welshmen find themselves back in the top 50 thanks to their outstanding performances in the second half of the year, with wins over Montenegro, Switzerland and Bulgaria in the EURO 2012 qualifiers. December saw the following teams achieve their highest position ever since the introduction of the world ranking: Bosnia-Herzegovina (20th, up 3), Panama (49th, up 2), Estonia (57th, up 1) and American Samoa (186th, up 18), who claimed their first-ever win in a World Cup qualifying match.
A comparison with the continental composition of the top 50 in December 2010 reveals various changes: South America (9 teams, up 3), CONCACAF (3, up 1) and Asia (4, up 1) have grown stronger, while Africa (7, down 3) and Europe (27, down 2) have fewer teams in the top 50 than they had a year ago. The top-ranked teams from each of the confederations are Spain (1st), Uruguay (4th), Côte d’Ivoire (16th), Japan (19th), Mexico (21st) and New Zealand (119th).
The results of 57 new 'A' international matches have been recognised in the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which 51 were friendly matches and the remaining six were OFC World Cup qualification matches. In total, 1,046 matches were taken into account over the course of the year.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking will be published on 18 January 2012.
Best Mover of the Year 2011: Wales
The Best Mover of the Year is the team that has gained the most points during 2011. This is the first time that Wales have claimed the title, having gained more points than any other team in 2011 and ending the year in 48th position. In particular, the wins over Montenegro, Switzerland and Bulgaria in the EURO 2012 qualifiers in the second half of the year enhanced their position substantially.
Best Mover of the Year
2009 Algeria and Brazil
2004 China PR
2001 Costa Rica
1996 South Africa
Team of the Year 2011: Spain
The title of Team of the Year goes to the team that finishes top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. For the fourth year in a row, Spain are the Team of the Year. This year, the reigning world and European champions won nine out of 12 matches, picking up one draw and two defeats. Having started the year at the top of the world ranking, in August Spain had to concede their spot to the Netherlands for one month.
Team of the Year
*Average of the best seven matches
Best Mover of the Year 2011: Wales
Points at end of 2010
|Points at end of 2011||World ranking position|
|10||Republic of Ireland||183||681||864||22|
Best Mover of the Year 2011 (by confederation)
|Confederation||Team||2010-2011 difference||World ranking position|
The title of “Best Mover” is awarded to the team that has gained the most points in 2011.
Team of the Year 2011 (by confederation)
|Confederation||Team||World ranking position||Points|
The “Team of the Year” award goes to the highest-ranking team in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
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|