Argentina will end the year on top of the world, leading the way in the final FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2016 from neighbours Brazil in second. La Albiceleste therefore take the ‘Team of the Year’ title from Belgium, who they overtook at the summit in April this year, and where they have stayed for the subsequent eight editions of the Ranking. In all, the Argentinians won ten of their 15 games in 2016, losing three and drawing twice.

Edgardo Bauza’s side are the ninth-best mover of 2016, but the title ‘Mover of the Year’ – the side that gained the most Ranking points since December 2015 - goes to UEFA EURO 2016 finalists France. Les Bleus won 13 of their 17 games in 2016, drawing three, with their sole defeat their most significant for some years, in the continental finale after extra time against Portugal. Indeed, the South Americans also shared the pain of defeat in their own continental showpiece event, losing to Chile on penalties in June. Despite this shared negative experience, both now share a place in Ranking history, with their respective awards for 2016.

With only 15 men’s international ‘A’ games played since the release of the last Ranking, there have been few significant changes, with no movements inside or into the top ten. The biggest winner of the month can be found much further down the table: Rwanda (92nd, plus 9). Only three further teams, Indonesia (171st, plus 8), Myanmar (159th, plus 7), and Estonia (116th, plus 6) – have jumped more than five positions since the November edition.

Looking at the table in terms of places gained this year, Guinea-Bissau (68th, plus 78 spots since December 2015) and Curaçao (75th, plus 76 places since December 2015) are the biggest winners of 2016. The African side had a stellar year, reaching their first-ever CAF Africa Cup of Nations, while the tiny Caribbean island nation secured several positive results in qualifying for next year’s Caribbean and CONCACAF Gold Cups. Both teams also make the top ten in the ‘Mover of the Year’ table (below), in terms of points gained.

The regional shaping of the Ranking’s top 50 has taken on a different slant compared to this time last year. Asia has increased its standing, with four teams now in the top 50 (plus 3), at the expense of Europe (28, minus one), Africa (7, minus 1), and CONCACAF (3, minus 1). South America retains its standing as the proportional heavyweights, with 80 per cent of CONMEBOL teams in the top 50 (eight, the same as December 2015).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on Thursday 12 January 2017.

 

Leader

Argentina (unchanged)

Moves into top 10

none

Moves out of top 10

none

Matches played in total

15

Most matches played

Indonesia, Thailand (6 matches each)

Biggest move by points

Rwanda (plus 37 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Rwanda (plus 9 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Cuba, Nicaragua (minus 84 points each)

Biggest drop by ranks

Cuba (minus 26 ranks)

Newly ranked teams

none

Teams that are no longer ranked

none

Inactive teams, not ranked

none

 

Rank (’Best Mover’ Table) World Ranking Team Points End of 2015 Points End of 2016 Change 2015-2016

1

7

France

868

1305

+437

2

19

Peru

644

965

+321

3

15

Poland

776

1087

+311

4

68

Guinea-Bissau

207

515

+308

5

2

Brazil

1251

1544

+293

6

17

Costa Rica

759

1041

+282

7

75

Curaçao

192

467

+275

8

50

Burkina Faso

381

617

+236

9

1

Argentina

1455

1634

+179

10

54

Saudi Arabia

432

605

+173

10

59

Venezuela

408

581

+173