Part two: FIFA Rankings are worthless - v2
I am yet to get a response from Edgar himself on what equation he is using and where he got it.
I am not saying that Edgar used the above numbers as a base. I have no idea what he used.
Also, his BigSoccer post:
Where is this data available? I would like to see the data to show the 18 point drop for Mexico in August (so I assume you would compare it to a July run).
I would also like to see the US numbers as well.
Is this all the data that they use in the FIFA rankings? I was under the assumption that the algorithm was not public.
Here's the explanation:
First of all, we do live in different time zones, that's why I'm a bit late in answering.
The algorithm is public. As Foosinho said look at this pdf file - you'll get all the details -> Calculation of points.
While I don't have the time right now to post the data for Mexico's 13 places (not 18 points!) drop or the US values, I hope you'll trust my blog for this.
I announced on July 3rd that Mexico will drop to 32nd, one spot below the US -> link.
On August 8th I said Mexico will overtake the US with a home win against Honduras -> link.
And on August 21st, I posted a preview of the September FIFA Rankings with Mexico on 24th -> link.
If you think I somehow changed the dates of the posts on my blog in order to look smart, check the FIFA Ranking thread on BigSoccer.
The FIFA Rankings are indeed flawed, I never said otherwise.
If that isn't enough for you, I will try to find the time to post the detailed point totals for US and Mexico for July and August 2008.
Click here for Mexico's July 2008 detailed point totals.
For August 2008, please read this post.
I'm not entirely sure about the USA - You'll have to tell me a month.