Podium unchanged, Malta on the move

20 Oct 2020
  • 120 international fixtures played in October

  • Top three unchanged in World Ranking

  • Malta the biggest climber this month

Qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2021, and UEFA Nations League fixtures were among the 120 internationals played over the last month, resulting in significant movement in October’s edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

While the podium remains the same, the gap has narrowed between top-ranked Belgium and their immediate pursuers, France and Brazil, following the Red Devils' loss to England (4th) in the UEFA Nations League – their first defeat since November 2018.

However, there are changes to the Top 10: Spain (6th, +1) and Argentina (8th, +1) swapped places with Uruguay (7th, -1) and Croatia (9th, -1) respectively.

Further down the classification, Denmark (13th, +3), Algeria (30th, +5), Paraguay (35th, + 5), Morocco (39th, +4), Scotland (45th, +4), and Hungary (47th, +5) all progressed, with the Magyars breaking into the Top 50 at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina (51, -1).

The biggest climber this month was Malta (180th, + 6), who jumped six places courtesy of victories over Gibraltar (195th, unchanged) and Latvia (142nd, -5) and a draw with Andorra (145th, -8). Also worthy of note is the progress of Ecuador (60th, +4), Panama (77th, +4) and Israel (88th, +5).

The method used to calculate positioning in the World Ranking is explained HERE.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 26 November 2020.

LeaderBelgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10None
Moves out of top 10None
Matches played in total120
Most matches playedSeveral teams with 3 matches
Biggest move by pointsHungary (plus 21 points)
Biggest move by ranksMalta (up 6 ranks)
Biggest drop by pointsRomania (minus 28 points)
Biggest drop by ranksRomania (down 10 ranks)
Newly ranked teamsNone
Teams that are no longer rankedNone
Inactive teams, not rankedCook Islands