In the June edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking,
frontrunners Argentina have extended their lead over second-placed
Brazil by 46 points. In third place, Italy are already 135 points
The upcoming European Championship in Austria and Switzerland is likely to result in some changes in the top spots in the coming weeks. There are no fewer than 11 UEFA EURO 2008 participants in the top 20, and they can all hope to improve their positions in the next edition of the world ranking.
England, who did not qualify for EURO 2008, have made a strong impression by breaking into the top ten (9th, up 2).
The qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ that are already under way in Asia and Africa have resulted in a number of changes in the top 50 in recent weeks. Australia (35th, up 8) have overtaken Japan (38th, down 1) as the top-ranked Asian team, while Cameroon (13th, up 3) and Egypt (23rd, up 7) are among the most notable African climbers.
The biggest movers in the last month are Philippines (170th, up 19) and Togo (69th, up 17). Others that deserve a mention are Belarus (57th, up 3) and Montenegro (142nd, up 8), who have continued to climb in recent months and who have achieved their best position since the ranking was introduced.
As a result of the intensive preparations for the upcoming EURO 2008 and the qualifiers for South Africa 2010, more than 100 international 'A' matches have been played in the last few weeks. In fact, up to the beginning of June a total of 347 international 'A' matches have been taken into account in compiling the world ranking for this year.
You can view this month's full Ranking table by clicking on the link to the right.
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|
|ARG - BIH||2:0||3||1||184||1||552|
|ECU - ARG||0:0||1||1||178||1||178|
|Points outside Ranking calculation|
|ESP - ARG||2:1||0||1||198||1||0|