…Senegal, Tunisia Top Africa, Eagles Still 49
World champions France have climbed to the summit of a much-changed FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in the first edition of the global ladder since the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the new ranking formula took effect.
For Africa, Senegal and Tunisia are top in the new or as Nigeria’s Super Eagles remain at number 49, which is expected because of the team’s poor performance at the World Cup.
The formula, which was approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous points total rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the ranking.
The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their points totals, with no devaluation of older games. Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule being matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup™.
More details about the formula used in the algorithm, weightings of matches and other characteristics can be found HERE.
The most important thing about the new method is, of course, the table it yields, and in that respect August’s ranking makes for spectacular reading. France (1st, up 6) provide the headline news, as they have reclaimed pole position for the first time in over 16 years, returning to a spot they last held in May 2002.
Just three points, however, separate Les Bleus from Russia 2018 semi-finalists Belgium (2nd, up 1), while World Cup runners-up Croatia (4th, up 16) have equalled their record ranking position, last reached in June 2013. Other big movers include Uruguay (5th, up 9), England (6th, up 6), Sweden (13th, up 11) and World Cup hosts Russia (49th, up 21).
Naturally, there are losses as well as gains, with the previous leaders Germany (15th, down 14) among several sides to suffer due to group-stage elimination in Russia. Poland (18th, down 10), Peru (20th, down 9) and Costa Rica and Iceland (joint 32nd, down 9 and 10 respectively) have also slipped down the table on the back of disappointing World Cup campaigns at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Moves into top 10 Croatia (4th, up 16), Uruguay (5th, up 9), England (6th, up 6), Denmark (9th, up 3)
Moves out of top 10 Argentina (11th, down 6), Chile (12th, down 3), Germany (15th, down 14), Poland (18th, down 10)
Matches played in total 116
Most matches played Belgium (9 matches)
Biggest move by points France (up 150 points)
Biggest move by ranks Russia (up 21 places)
Biggest drop by points Egypt (down 77 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Egypt (down 20 places)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None
Inactive teams, not ranked None
Senegal beat Poland and drew with Japan before losing to Colombia at the 2018 World Cup
Senegal and Tunisia are the joint highest African nations on the latest Fifa world rankings following their World Cup campaigns.
Tunisia dropped three places to 24 in the world after winning just one of their three group matches in Russia.
While the Teranga Lions climbed three places to 24 globally after a win and a draw from their Group H campaign.
Egypt are the biggest losers globally dropping 20 places to 65 after three losses at the World Cup.
The Pharaohs are now 11th on the continent
Morocco, who managed a draw and two losses in Russia, fell five places to 46 overall.
Nigeria, Africa’s other representatives at the World Cup, lost just a single place after their one win and two defeats.
World Cup winners France moved to the top of the global list with Belgium in second spot after their third place finish in Russia.
August’s rankings are the first to use a new formula which “relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous points total rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the ranking.”
Africa’s Top 10 on August’s Fifa rankings (global position in brackets):
3.DR Congo (37)
8.Burkina Faso (52)
10.Cape Verde Islands (64)