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Friday, April 18, 2014

A look the UEFA Nations League

A long overdue post about the new UEFA competition for national teams. There's an in depth article on UEFA's official website.

Please keep in mind the proposed Nations League format is provisional and subject to change.

In the UEFA Nations League, the 54 member associations will be divided into four groups based on coefficient rankings. These groups will then be further divided into playing pools of either three or four teams. The teams in each pool play each other home and away between September and December of the season in question, with the group winners either qualifying for the final four competitions or gaining promotion. The bottom sides face relegation from their division.

In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament.

Friday, April 11, 2014

FIFA Ranking: May 2014 preview

FIFA will release the ranking on 8 May.

8 matches remaining - 6 friendlies and 2 continental qualifiers.

Here's how the points and rankings could change:

Team - Min points - Max points - Min rank - Max rank

Tanzania 222 235 126 118
Burundi 209 227 127 121
Afghanistan 198 237 129 118
Tajikistan 188 229 133 121
Malaysia 143 161 148 137
Philippines 143 171 148 136
Kyrgyzstan 136 170 151 136
Mauritania 115 165 159 136
Nepal 102 123 162 154
Chad 80 105 170 159
Yemen 57 76 180 172
Mauritius 55 148 180 142

Friday, March 21, 2014

FIFA Ranking: April 2014 preview

Only 6 matches - all friendlies.

Here's how the points and rankings could change:

Team - Min points - Max points - Min rank - Max rank


USA 1007 1029 14 13
Mexico 868 891 20 19
Cuba 345 371 94 90
Indonesia 119 166 157 138
Nepal 107 128 160 151
Aruba 87 139 166 149
Guam 68 120 175 154
Yemen 39 60 186 180
Andorra 16 35 199 187

In the table below, the values used for these teams are the minimum possible.

Friday, March 7, 2014

AFC announce major competition changes

A bit of old news.

AFC announced on 24 January 2013 they will be making major changes to the AFC Asian Cup and FIFA World Cup qualification.

Here's the most important part.

FIFA Ranking: March 2014 final preview

Three matches left - all friendlies.

07/Mar Sudan - Chad
07/Mar Lesotho - Swaziland
09/Mar Lesotho - Swaziland

This is how the points and ranking could change for these 4 teams:

Team - Minimum points - Maximum points - Minimum rank - Maximum rank

Sudan 229 238 123 121
Lesotho 161 183 143 137
Chad 81 121 170 157
Swaziland 37 76 187 171

In the table below, I've used the minimum points for these 4 teams.

Friday, February 21, 2014

FIFA Ranking: March 2014 probable ranking

Probable results computed using the Elo Ratings. See the list of results used for this ranking.

Yemen, Vietnam and Uzbekistan expected to climb 10 or more places.

Myanmar, Palestine, Laos, Guam, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Tajikistan and United Arab Emirates expected to drop 10 or more.

FIFA Ranking: March 2014 probable results

Here are the probable results used for the March 2014 probable ranking. They are generated using the Elo Ratings.

Before posting comments like: "Hey my team actually beat the other team! It's a mistake!" please read the previous paragraph again and look when these results were posted (Yes, before the matches actually took place!) ;)

1 - First team wins
X - Draw
2 - Second team wins