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19-year-old Kylian Mbappe made a strong showing in France's success in winning the World Cup. As a result France gained 528 points to leap to the top of the FIFA TOP 10 RANKINGS - (soccer.ru photo)

 

 

 

FIFA TOP 10 - France on Top as New Ranking Formula Introduced

 

 

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 - The New Ranking 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

 

Zurich, Switzerland

Thursday, August 16, 2018

World champions France have climbed to the summit of a much-changed FIFA World Ranking in the first edition of the global ladder since the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the new ranking formula took effect.

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.

The most important thing about the new method is, of course, the table it yields, and in that respect Augustís 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.


Summary

Leader France (up 6)

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


FIFA TOP 10

1. France - 1726

2. Belgium - 1723

3. Brazil - 1657

4. Croatia - 1643

5. Uruguay - 1627

6. England - 1615

7. Portugal - 1599

8. Switzerland - 1597

9. Spain - 1580

9. Denmark - 1241

Next FIFA TOP 10 Release 20 September 2018

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