Argentina stay top, Suriname start strong
With only 12 A matches played since the final ranking of 2016, there are few big changes in the January edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.
Despite the overall stability of the January table, two new teams have broken into the Top 50. Saudi Arabia (48, up 6) and Nigeria (50, up 1) move up at the expense of Albania (51, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53, down 3).
With the biggest move by both points and rankings, Suriname (128, up 22) were January’s best performer. Despite their recent improvement, the CONCACAF team are still some distance from their best ever position (84), recorded back in 2008.
The small Southern African nation of Swaziland, meanwhile, reached its best ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (99, up 1). The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 February 2017.
Moves into top 10
Moves out of top 10
Matches played in total
12 (3 of which took place in 2016)
Most matches played
Trinidad and Tobago (4 matches)
Biggest move by points
Suriname (plus 62 points)
Biggest move by ranks
Suriname (plus 22 ranks)
Biggest drop by points
Trinidad and Tobago (minus 30 points)
Biggest drop by ranks
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Trinidad and Tobago(minus 5 ranks each)
Newly ranked teams
Teams that are no longer ranked
Inactive teams, not ranked