One month on from the thrilling and exhausting FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, there has been a lull in footballing activity in many parts of the world. As a result, there is only one small change within the top 14 positions of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. World champions Germany continue to lead the way ahead of Argentina and the Netherlands, but Spain have jumped one position and now share seventh place with Brazil. Meanwhile, World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica (15th, up 1) have climbed into 15th at the expense of the USA (18th, down 3), which means that Los Ticos are now in their highest-ever position since the introduction of the world ranking in 1993.
The results of 23 new international “A” matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Ten of these matches were friendlies, whereas the remaining 13 matches were qualifiers for the next CAF Africa Cup of Nations. It is little surprise, therefore, that the biggest movers of the month are mainly to be found in Africa, namely Lesotho (105th, up 26), Malawi (106th, up 15), Sierra Leone (50th, up 14), Benin (77th, up 14), Botswana (86th, up 13) and Guinea-Bissau (123rd, up 13). This month also sees Sierra Leone make their first appearance in the top 50.
The points from the new international “A” matches have been determined by using the new confederation weightings, recalculated following the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which has led to slight adjustments in the weighting factors of most confederations. These are now: CONMEBOL 1.00; UEFA 0.99; AFC, CAF, OFC and CONCACAF 0.85.
|Moves into top ten||none|
|Moves out of top ten||none|
|Matches played in total||23|
|Most matches played||Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda (3 games each)|
|Biggest move by points||Lesotho (plus 89 points)|
|Biggest move by ranks||Lesotho (up 26 ranks)|
|Biggest drop by points||Panama (minus 210 points)|
|Biggest drop by ranks||Panama (down 30 ranks)|