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Friday, March 9, 2012

FIFA Ranking: April 2012 preview

Next update: 23 March 2012.

Only the AFC Challenge Cup and two friendlies (Chile - Peru and Jamaica - Costa Rica) before the deadline. All Challenge Cup teams are below 100th, but there's good news for them as FIFA have upgraded ACC matches from friendly to continental qualifier.

Despite this low activity, there will be plenty of changes in the FIFA ranking because of devaluation of results.

Most points dropped (best case scenario):

-172 - Netherlands
-119 - Spain
-102 - Georgia
-93 - Israel
-93 - Cape Verde Islands
-67 - South Africa
-62 - Northern Ireland
-58 - Bosnia-Herzegovina
-54 - Serbia
-52 - Bulgaria

Most points gained (worst case scenario):

84 - Portugal
68 - Sierra Leone
67 - Colombia
65 - Croatia
55 - Wales
53 - Poland
46 - Russia
44 - Denmark
42 - Chad
36 - Czech Republic
36 - Libya

With the exception of Spain, all top 10 teams will move around, with Italy dropping out and Denmark taking their place.

Liberia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Poland will all climb 10 or more places.

Georgia, Cuba and Israel will drop 18 or more spots.

In the top 50, Libya, El Salvador, Colombia, Romania and Wales will climb 7 or more places.

Israel will drop at least 18 places, Montenegro at least 10. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Estonia at least 6.

Four teams will improve their ranking:

Uruguay (3rd - 4th in September 2011)
Libya (46th - 53rd in February 2012)
El Salvador (49th - 54th in February 2012)
Chad (103rd or higher - 112th in March 2012)

American Samoa will return to their best ever ranking: 186th, first achieved in December 2011.

Two teams will return to their worst ever ranking:

British Virgin Islands (199th - 199th in December 2011)
Brunei Darussalam (202nd - 202nd in December 2011)

Eight teams will drop to new lows:

Bulgaria (96th or lower - 88th in February 2012)
Iceland (131st or lower - 124th in August 2011)
Cyprus (132nd or lower - 129th in March 2012)
Thailand (140th or lower - 139th in March 2012)
Singapore (156th or lower - 152nd in November 2011)
Barbados (171st - 170th in March 2012)
Solomon Islands (184th - 182nd in April 2011)
Kyrgyzstan (195th - 192nd in February 2012)

March 2012 rank - Country - March 2012 points - Minimum points - Maximum points


1 Spain 1561 1442 1442
2 Netherlands 1379 1207 1207
3 Germany 1332 1345 1345
4 Uruguay 1289 1309 1309
5 Brazil 1157 1165 1165
6 England 1121 1132 1132
7 Portugal 1106 1190 1190
8 Argentina 1102 1066 1066
9 Italy 1062 1041 1041
10 Croatia 1049 1114 1114
11 Denmark 1025 1069 1069
12 Russia 1003 1049 1049
13 Greece 953 961 961
14 Chile 950 938 967
15 Côte d'Ivoire 944 951 951
16 France 938 938 938
17 Sweden 926 931 931
18 Switzerland 891 891 891
19 Republic of Ireland 872 891 891
20 Australia 868 862 862
21 Bosnia-Herzegovina 850 792 792
22 Mexico 849 868 868
23 Ghana 820 816 816
24 Norway 797 805 805
25 Paraguay 791 803 803
26 Serbia 779 725 725
27 USA 772 779 779
28 Slovenia 765 781 781
29 Czech Republic 762 798 798
30 Korea Republic 751 746 746
31 Colombia 748 815 815
32 Turkey 747 720 720
33 Japan 740 753 753
34 Peru 720 719 756
35 Algeria 710 667 667
35 Slovakia 710 716 716
37 Hungary 658 692 692
38 Israel 651 558 558
39 Ecuador 648 673 673
40 Belgium 642 604 604
41 Zambia 630 640 640
42 Mali 629 656 656
43 Gabon 617 621 621
44 Armenia 601 598 598
44 Montenegro 601 569 569
46 Venezuela 593 617 617
47 Estonia 585 574 574
48 Wales 580 635 635
49 Ukraine 578 589 589
50 Panama 576 575 575
51 Iran 574 578 578
51 Scotland 574 596 596
53 Romania 573 603 603
54 Jamaica 571 555 586
55 Libya 566 602 602
56 Tunisia 564 563 563
57 Nigeria 557 554 554
58 El Salvador 554 589 589
59 Costa Rica 550 549 572
60 South Africa 549 482 482
61 Morocco 545 548 548
62 Cape Verde Islands 542 449 449
63 Honduras 533 550 550
64 Egypt 530 557 557
65 Guinea 509 499 499
66 Cameroon 505 526 526
67 Uzbekistan 502 493 493
68 China PR 495 503 503
69 Belarus 490 494 494
70 Senegal 482 448 448
71 Austria 472 475 475
72 Haiti 469 477 477
73 Sierra Leone 465 533 533
74 Georgia 462 360 360
75 Poland 461 514 514
76 Iraq 460 488 488
77 Burkina Faso 451 426 426
78 Latvia 444 465 465
79 Canada 443 450 450
80 Albania 432 384 384
81 Angola 424 440 440
82 Trinidad and Tobago 423 417 417
83 Jordan 420 420 420
84 Finland 412 430 430
85 Bulgaria 406 354 354
86 Guatemala 404 419 419
87 Northern Ireland 400 338 338
88 Qatar 388 384 384
88 Saudi Arabia 388 373 373
88 Uganda 388 376 376
91 Lithuania 383 373 373
92 Oman 381 361 361
93 Bahrain 373 361 361
94 Kuwait 368 376 376
95 Antigua and Barbuda 360 358 358
96 Malawi 354 332 332
97 Togo 349 374 374
98 Vietnam 347 347 347
99 Guyana 341 341 341
100 Botswana 338 321 321
101 Congo 331 366 366
102 FYR Macedonia 328 342 342
103 Bermuda 321 318 318
104 Mozambique 319 322 322
105 Rwanda 316 327 327
106 Bolivia 307 308 308
106 Zimbabwe 307 328 328
108 Equatorial Guinea 305 331 331
109 St. Kitts and Nevis 301 298 298
110 Sudan 300 292 292
111 Korea DPR 299 281 395
112 Chad 293 335 335
113 Kenya 292 285 285
114 Niger 289 274 274
115 Sao Tome e Principe 288 288 288
116 Azerbaijan 285 305 305
116 Cuba 285 244 244
116 Faroe Islands 285 284 284
119 New Zealand 284 256 256
120 Congo DR 281 283 283
121 Iceland 277 255 255
122 United Arab Emirates 275 281 281
123 Gambia 271 292 292
124 Lebanon 270 266 266
125 Liberia 268 293 293
126 Syria 267 268 268
127 Benin 264 269 269
127 Luxembourg 264 283 283
129 Cyprus 262 252 252
130 Suriname 254 252 252
131 Central African Republic 251 271 271
132 Burundi 250 267 267
132 Namibia 250 281 281
134 Puerto Rico 249 236 236
135 Dominican Republic 247 247 247
136 Belize 238 235 235
137 Grenada 236 217 217
137 Liechtenstein 236 261 261
139 Thailand 235 232 232
140 Ethiopia 231 236 236
141 Tanzania 228 215 215
142 Kazakhstan 224 243 243
143 Moldova 216 222 222
144 Nicaragua 211 211 211
145 Tajikistan 210 226 350
146 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 188 190 190
147 Indonesia 160 160 160
148 Malta 152 161 161
148 Yemen 152 148 148
150 Samoa 149 149 149
150 Singapore 149 145 145
152 Malaysia 148 148 148
153 Nepal 144 164 245
154 Curacao 142 138 138
155 Bahamas 141 132 132
156 Philippines 136 124 242
157 Fiji 133 133 133
158 Hong Kong 132 132 132
158 India 132 122 211
160 Lesotho 131 131 131
160 Palestine 131 137 207
162 New Caledonia 126 150 150
163 Madagascar 123 121 121
164 Aruba 120 120 120
164 Bangladesh 120 154 154
166 Cambodia 114 101 101
166 Turkmenistan 114 147 293
168 Chinese Taipei 110 117 117
168 Guinea-Bissau 110 116 116
170 Barbados 107 106 106
171 Mongolia 106 90 90
172 Vanuatu 103 103 103
173 Laos 96 96 96
174 Dominica 95 95 95
174 Maldives 95 111 176
176 Tonga 88 88 88
177 Myanmar 86 101 101
178 Afghanistan 85 118 118
179 Swaziland 83 86 86
180 US Virgin Islands 82 78 78
181 Pakistan 76 80 80
182 Solomon Islands 75 75 75
183 Tahiti 73 86 86
184 Cayman Islands 72 72 72
185 St. Lucia 65 52 52
186 Sri Lanka 62 82 82
187 American Samoa 61 61 61
188 Comoros 55 60 60
189 Seychelles 47 47 47
190 Eritrea 45 45 45
191 Somalia 43 43 43
192 Kyrgyzstan 39 29 29
193 Guam 36 32 32
194 Papua New Guinea 34 34 34
195 Mauritius 32 37 37
196 Cook Islands 28 28 28
197 British Virgin Islands 23 13 13
197 Djibouti 23 23 23
199 Macau 20 19 19
200 Anguilla 9 9 9
201 Bhutan 6 6 6
201 Brunei Darussalam 6 4 4
203 Mauritania 4 4 4
204 Timor-Leste 2 2 2
205 Andorra 0 0 0
205 Montserrat 0 0 0
205 San Marino 0 0 0
205 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0 0

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