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Friday, April 1, 2016

FIFA Ranking: April 2016 final preview

FIFA will publish the ranking on 7 April.

A lot of changes, including the top team, as Argentina return to the top after 6 months.

Best movers:

45 - Guinea-Bissau
30 - Chad
29 - St. Kitts and Nevis

Worst movers:

-24 - Aruba
-22 - Azerbaijan
-18 - Korea DPR

Best movers in the top 50:

17 - Australia
9 - Egypt
8 - Costa Rica

Worst movers in the top 50:

-16 - Cape Verde Islands
-15 - Finland
-10 - Albania

Australia climb from 6th to 2nd in AFC, with Japan dropping from 2nd to 4th and United Arab Emirates going out of the top 5.

New number 1 in Africa, as Algeria climb from 3rd to 1st. Cape Verde Islands drop from 1st to 6th, with Tunisia also out of the top 5. Senegal and Egypt in the all important top 5.

USA again drop to 3rd in CONCACAF, Costa Rica now second. Panama up to 4th, knocking Jamaica out of the top 5.

Colombia overtake Brazil - and are now 3rd in South America.

Germany and Spain switch places, with Die Mannschaft now second in Europe.

Ten teams will improve their best ever ranking:

Chile (3 - 5 in March 2016)
Hungary (18 - 19 in March 2016)
Northern Ireland (26 - 27 in June 2009)
St. Kitts and Nevis (92 - 101 in November 2015)
Chad (97 - 112 in June 2012)
Kyrgyzstan (100 - 105 in March 2016)
Guinea-Bissau (102 - 115 in July 1994)
Belize (114 - 117 in November 2015)
Philippines (116 - 124 in July 2015)
Comoros (159 - 164 in June 2011)

Seven will drop to new lows:

Lithuania (139 - 128 in March 2016)
New Zealand (161 - 159 in November 2015)
Liechtenstein (173 - 172 in September 2014)
Malaysia (174 - 171 in February 2016)
Indonesia (185 - 180 in February 2016)
New Caledonia (191 - 188 in May 2006)
Tahiti (196 - 195 in March 2010)

Some teams will reach their best ranking in the last couple of years:

Mauritius (154 - 153 in October 2007) - 8 years and 6 months
Kazakhstan (116 - 105 in March 2008) - 8 years and 1 month
Poland (27 - 27 in May 2008) - 7 years and 11 months
Turkey (13 - 12 in June 2009) - 6 years and 10 months

Others will drop to their worst ever ranking in the last couple of years:

FYR Macedonia (141 - 147 in May 1994) - 21 years and 11 months
Angola (121 - 123 in July 1994) - 21 years and 9 months
Nigeria (67 - 76 in January 2000) - 16 years and 3 months
Netherlands (17 - 21 in June 2000) - 15 years and 10 months
Pakistan (190 - 192 in May 2001) - 14 years and 11 months
Croatia (23 - 24 in September 2006) - 9 years and 7 months
Montenegro (94 - 96 in August 2009) - 6 years and 8 months
Tajikistan (164 - 165 in December 2009) - 6 years and 4 months
Germany (5 - 6 in May 2010) - 5 years and 11 months

Chile will be ranked above Germany for the first time ever.
Northern Ireland will be ranked above Russia for the first time ever.
Kyrgyzstan will be ranked above Iraq for the first time ever.
Philippines will be ranked above Bahrain for the first time ever.
Northern Ireland will be ranked above Czech Republic for the first time in the last 21 years and 9 months.
Hungary will be ranked above Croatia for the first time in the last 20 years and 7 months.
Poland will be ranked above Czech Republic for the first time in the last 20 years and 7 months.
St. Kitts and Nevis will be ranked above Estonia for the first time in the last 19 years and 7 months.
Colombia will be ranked above Germany for the first time in the last 13 years and 11 months.
Turkey will be ranked above Netherlands for the first time in the last 13 years and 5 months.
Mexico will be ranked above Netherlands for the first time in the last 11 years and 1 month.
Turkey will be ranked above Italy for the first time in the last 10 years.


April 2016 rank - Team - April 2016 points - +/- Ranking - +/- Points

 
1 Argentina 1532 1 75
2 Belgium 1352 -1 -154
3 Chile 1348 2 41
4 Colombia 1337 4 122
5 Germany 1309 -1 -46
6 Spain 1277 -3 -97
7 Brazil 1251 -1 -3
8 Portugal 1184 -1 -50
9 Uruguay 1158 2 76
10 England 1069 -1 -43
11 Austria 1067 -1 -28
12 Ecuador 1019 1 -20
13 Turkey 983 7 40
14 Switzerland 974 -2 -96
15 Italy 959 -1 -40
16 Mexico 934 6 32
17 Netherlands 931 -2 -66
18 Hungary 925 1 -26
19 Romania 922 -3 -68
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina 913 1 -4
21 France 907 3 36
22 Ukraine 880 5 35
23 Croatia 856 -5 -109
24 Wales 839 -7 -145
25 Costa Rica 826 8 42
26 Northern Ireland 825 2 -8
27 Poland 821 4 32
27 Russia 821 -4 -71
29 Czech Republic 810 -4 -51
29 USA 810 1 18
31 Republic of Ireland 792 -2 -17
32 Slovakia 784 -6 -74
33 Algeria 771 4 28
34 Côte d'Ivoire 738 2 -6
35 Iceland 724 3 -17
36 Sweden 713 -2 -56
37 Greece 695 2 -23
38 Ghana 693 3 37
39 Paraguay 690 4 48
40 Scotland 687 5 70
41 Denmark 686 -1 -20
42 Iran 672 2 45
43 Senegal 651 5 48
44 Egypt 648 9 59
45 Albania 632 -10 -122
46 Peru 625 -4 -21
47 Cape Verde Islands 620 -16 -169
47 Tunisia 620 0 11
49 Norway 605 2 11
50 Australia 601 17 95
51 Congo DR 596 7 31
52 Panama 593 3 17
53 Trinidad and Tobago 592 -4 -6
54 Jamaica 585 -2 -8
55 Serbia 581 -5 -15
56 Korea Republic 579 1 13
57 Japan 577 -1 2
58 Guinea 570 5 30
59 Congo 562 0 -2
60 Saudi Arabia 559 0 -3
61 Finland 558 -15 -57
61 Slovenia 558 -7 -19
63 Cameroon 556 -2 5
64 Morocco 555 17 131
65 Mali 551 8 61
66 Uzbekistan 549 8 65
67 Nigeria 534 -5 -13
68 United Arab Emirates 521 -4 4
69 Bulgaria 508 1 8
70 South Africa 507 0 7
71 Haiti 502 -7 -15
72 Uganda 491 -5 -15
73 Benin 489 4 25
74 Venezuela 476 1 -4
75 Burkina Faso 469 11 77
76 Israel 467 -9 -39
77 Belarus 465 -13 -52
78 Zambia 460 0 3
79 Bolivia 440 -7 -59
80 Cyprus 426 -1 -16
81 China PR 423 15 72
82 Jordan 418 0 4
83 Equatorial Guinea 416 -7 -63
83 Qatar 416 -3 -25
85 Antigua and Barbuda 413 5 40
86 Honduras 403 3 28
87 Rwanda 401 -2 4
88 Gabon 395 -5 -17
89 Guatemala 387 6 33
90 Faroe Islands 383 3 26
91 Botswana 379 1 9
92 St. Kitts and Nevis 368 29 84
93 Estonia 366 -5 -10
94 Montenegro 365 -10 -44
95 Canada 357 -8 -28
96 Central African Republic 355 14 53
97 Chad 348 30 73
98 El Salvador 347 1 7
99 Oman 346 -2 4
100 Kyrgyzstan 340 5 16
101 Mozambique 338 -1 1
102 Guinea-Bissau 336 45 129
103 Mauritania 334 3 14
103 Togo 334 -2 1
105 Iraq 333 -14 -38
106 Nicaragua 329 4 27
107 Malawi 326 -3 -3
108 Latvia 323 -10 -18
109 Liberia 322 -8 -11
110 Armenia 316 6 20
110 Syria 316 13 37
112 Korea DPR 314 -18 -42
112 Libya 314 -5 -5
114 Belize 307 5 21
115 Kenya 303 -12 -28
116 Kazakhstan 300 9 24
116 Philippines 300 19 37
118 Sierra Leone 298 -3 1
119 Thailand 297 -1 9
120 Niger 296 -12 -16
121 Angola 291 -12 -15
122 Burundi 290 7 17
123 Ethiopia 289 -3 4
123 Georgia 289 -1 6
125 Cuba 285 10 22
126 Kuwait 284 7 19
127 Zimbabwe 281 4 10
128 Turkmenistan 277 -15 -21
129 Sudan 276 6 13
130 Tanzania 274 -5 -2
131 Palestine 273 -14 -17
132 Bahrain 271 0 2
133 Guyana 270 23 105
134 Azerbaijan 269 -22 -31
134 Swaziland 269 -10 -8
136 Namibia 267 -3 2
137 Aruba 259 -24 -39
138 Madagascar 257 -8 -15
139 Lithuania 254 -11 -20
140 St. Lucia 238 4 22
141 FYR Macedonia 235 -3 -22
142 Hong Kong 234 -3 -19
143 Barbados 231 0 4
144 Vietnam 228 2 18
145 Luxembourg 221 -3 -12
146 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 220 -5 -23
147 Afghanistan 210 4 18
148 Lesotho 202 5 16
148 Singapore 202 0 4
150 São Tomé e Príncipe 197 24 80
151 Dominican Republic 193 8 43
152 Curaçao 191 -1 -1
152 Puerto Rico 191 18 64
154 Mauritius 188 18 68
155 South Sudan 182 -15 -64
156 Moldova 181 0 16
157 Grenada 176 4 37
157 Lebanon 176 -12 -39
159 Comoros 166 14 47
160 Maldives 165 -2 4
161 New Zealand 163 -12 -33
162 Guam 151 -8 -18
162 India 151 -2 9
164 Malta 149 -3 10
164 Tajikistan 149 -14 -44
166 Myanmar 147 -12 -22
167 Gambia 145 -3 10
168 Dominica 137 8 28
169 Bermuda 135 -5 0
170 American Samoa 128 -3 0
170 Cook Islands 128 -3 0
170 Samoa 128 -3 0
173 Liechtenstein 120 -10 -17
174 Malaysia 119 -8 -10
175 Timor-Leste 110 -5 -17
176 Yemen 98 -1 -14
177 Bangladesh 87 0 -13
178 Seychelles 83 13 27
179 Nepal 80 6 10
180 Vanuatu 72 14 25
181 Chinese Taipei 70 0 -10
182 Cambodia 68 1 -11
182 Fiji 68 4 0
182 Laos 68 -4 -20
185 Indonesia 65 -7 -23
186 Bhutan 64 7 15
187 Sri Lanka 58 2 -4
188 Montserrat 57 -1 -10
188 Suriname 57 2 0
190 Pakistan 54 -3 -13
191 New Caledonia 53 -10 -27
192 Solomon Islands 46 8 20
193 US Virgin Islands 44 -15 -44
194 Macau 42 1 -2
195 Brunei Darussalam 37 -11 -37
196 Tahiti 35 -5 -21
197 Turks and Caicos Islands 33 0 0
198 Papua New Guinea 30 4 26
199 Cayman Islands 20 -3 -22
199 San Marino 20 -1 -8
201 British Virgin Islands 14 -2 -13
202 Andorra 5 -1 -1
203 Mongolia 4 -1 0
204 Anguilla 0 0 0
204 Bahamas 0 0 0
204 Djibouti 0 0 0
204 Eritrea 0 0 0
204 Somalia 0 0 0
204 Tonga 0 0 0


36 comments:

  1. Interesting that Chad's withdrawal from the AFCON rocketed them to their highest ever position.

    What would be Chad's ranking in April if they hadn't withdrawn, their three losses hadn't been annulled, and they had played the away match with Tanzania and lost it?

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    1. Chad would have had 231 points on spot 142 instead of 348 points on spot 97 !

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    2. Wow, withdrawing from a competition you've already been eliminated from shouldn't benefit you like this. For the purposes of the group standings, sure, annul the results, but the games were played and lost, and to discard them from the rankings is absurd.

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  2. a terrible month for European teams, they may be back in July ranking :D

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  3. Hardly. The South Americans also have their own continental championship this summer. Two Copa Americas in as many years could create a serious anomaly in the ranking, favouring the South American teams. The consequences will be felt in the World Cup seeding.

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    1. Till the WC seeding other continent's NT's will have plenty of time to adjust their ranking position.

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    2. Yes, but so will the South Americans. They have a continental tournament this summer where the top teams should collect massive points, plus a lot of WC qualifiers with very few friendlies until October 2017. I think it is likely that all 5 South American teams that qualify for WC 2018 will be in the top seeded pot. Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile. (Ecuador have a bit less chance for a top seeded spot, but sit well currently in the qualifiers). So that's 5 out of 8 top seeds. That has never happened, and it has a lot to do with two Copa Americas in back to back years, which no other continent has.

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    3. European have won only a couple more World Cups than South America. No anomaly.

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  5. Just my opinion, but I think Uruguay are a better quality team than being 9th in the world. They are in peak form in qualifying so far.

    I know its all about results but on squad quality alone I would put them somewhere around 5th - 7th.

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    1. I agree. In all their qualifying matches thus far, they have been missing key players. In the first two matches, they were without Suarez or Cavani. More recently, Uruguay were without Godin and Gimenez. Lets see how they do with their full starting XI in the Copa America.

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    2. I'm Uruguayan and I feel that ranking is about right.

      People get very touchy about the rankings but the way I see it it tells you the band each team is in.

      If you fall anywhere in the top 10 then that's your band. Top 20, top 30 etc.

      Just because one team is 4Th and the other 8Th doesn't mean the 8Th team is a worse team than the 4Th.

      They are both top 10 teams.

      Honestly the fifa rankings are the most honest thing Fifa do by a very long way. It's simple math.

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  6. five Conmebol teams on the top 10, is this the first time?

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  7. why arnt holland and bosnia in Euro but Albania and Iceland are? This tournament is touring into AFC one and fast

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    1. Iceland is further away from Asia than any other European country.

      Duh!

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    2. turkey is in asia but play in euro

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    4. Istanbul population: 15 million
      Turkey population: 75 million

      Istanbul is the European continent. Are you watching basketball? Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Joined 4 Turkish team in this year. 3 team in Istanbul.

      In addition, this list Fifa Ranking. There are countries from every continent.

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    5. Soon Turkey will be in the top 5 in this list. Sen hangi avrupa soyundansın, yörrrrüüüü daaş arabası....

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    8. The Bosphorus, Dardanelles, and Black Sea are the only linked salt-waterways that separate Europe and Asia. Consequently, Turkey is the only country on the conventional Europe-Asia boundary that shows any obvious appearance of being on two continents. Three of Turkey's provinces (Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdağ) are entirely in Europe, the province of Edirne also having a small territory in Western Thrace, while Çanakkale and Istanbul are transcontinental provinces. Three of Çanakkale's districts are entirely in Europe and its other nine districts are entirely in Asia. Nineteen of Istanbul's districts are entirely in Europe and its other twelve districts are entirely in Asia.

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  8. Is there any possibility to postpone June ranking to include AFCON qualifiers played in 4th & 5th June?? Talks in CAF we heared that,, . I think FIFA does not change these fixed ranking dates .

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  9. http://www.ftf.org.tn/fr/qualifications-pour-la-coupe-du-monde-russie-2018-tirage-au-sort-du-troisieme-tour/

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    1. Wow, a special FIFA ranking only for Africa a week after the official world ranking is published. I wonder why don't they simply push the whole ranking for one week instead of publishing a special one only for Africa?

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  10. Extraordinary. It seems FIFA wants to include the June CAF17-qualifiers in the seeding ranking voor the CAF-draw. Thanks Hossam for this strange bit of news.

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  11. I dont think that news is true,,

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  12. Is it true or just rumors??? i think that Fifa dont change his fixed ranking dates before.

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    1. Or it is an April Fools joke after all :) The link to the Tunisian FA does seem official enough though.

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    2. http://www.galsenfoot.com/2016/04/06/mondial-2018-tirage-phase-de-poules-classement-fifa-special-pots/

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  13. So, if this happens who would be in the pots?

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  14. What happened to the OFC National Teams?

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    1. Devaluation of historical results.

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