Uruguay, England edge forward as podium unchanged
While there were 150 games played across the globe during the international period, things remain tight at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as the top three remained unchanged.
This sees Belgium (1st, unchanged) maintain a slender lead – growing it marginally to three points – over 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ winners France (2nd, unchanged). Brazil (3rd, unchanged), however, are looking over their shoulders somewhat as England (4th, up 1) leapfrogged World Cup finalists Croatia (5th, down 1).
Uruguay (6th, up 1) are the only other movers within the top ten, whereas a dramatic win for Germany (13th, up 3) saw them overtake defeated opponents the Netherlands (16th, down 2), as well as Sweden (14th, unchanged) and Chile (15th, down 2).
Israel (84th, up 8) enjoyed the biggest jump of all, followed closely by Guatemala (143rd, up 6) and Tanzania (131st, up 6) after the latter booked their CAF Africa Cup of Nations place. Two other sides preparing to appear at Africa’s showpiece in June, Congo DR (46th, up 5) and Ghana (49th, up 3), were the only two sides to breach the top 50, while Kosovo (127th, plus 3) continued their steady climb up the World Ranking.
|Moves into top ten||None|
|Moves into out of top ten||None|
|Matches played in total||150|
|Most matches played||Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia (five matches each)|
|Biggest move by points||Israel (plus 20 points)|
|Biggest move by ranks||Israel (plus 8 ranks)|
|Biggest drop by points||Austria (minus 30 points)|
|Biggest drop by ranks||Austria (minus 11 ranks)|
|Newly ranked teams||None|
|Teams no longer ranked||None|
|Inactive teams, not ranked||None|