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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

FIFA ranking: April 2024 final preview

FIFA will publish the April ranking next Thursday April 4th. I expect the cancelled Asian World Cup qualifier between Korea DPR and Japan in Pyongyang to be awarded 0:3 to Japan and to be included into this ranking.


With regard to the continental final tournaments this Summer the final qualification berths were divided as follows:

- Poland, Ukraine and debutant Georgia qualified for the EURO;

- Samoa qualified for the OFC Nations Cup;

- Costa Rica and debutant Canada qualified for the Copa America.

The US of A won for the third consecutive time the CONCACAF Nations League Final Four.


Two teams will reach a new high in this ranking:

Qatar (34 - 37 in February 2024)

Comoros (117 - 119 in November 2023)


Best movers:

8 - Indonesia

7 - Afghanistan

6 - Libya


Worst movers:

-10 - Vietnam

-6 - Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Mauritius


Best movers in the top 50:

4 - Czech Republic

3 - Qatar, Russia, Mali


Worst movers in the top 50:

-5 - Scotland, Turkey

-4 - Uruguay


Stay safe and healthy everybody !


pos Apr.

team

pts Apr.

+/- pos

+/- pts

1

Argentina

1858,00

0

2,80

2

France

1840,59

0

-4,85

3

Belgium

1795,23

1

-3,23

4

England

1794,90

-1

-5,15

5

Brazil

1788,65

0

4,56

6

Netherlands

1742,29

0

-3,19

7

Portugal

1740,37

0

-4,69

8

Spain

1727,50

0

-5,14

9

Italy

1724,60

0

5,78

10

Croatia

1721,07

0

3,50

11

USA

1681,14

2

19,44

12

Colombia

1664,28

2

8,99

13

Morocco

1661,42

-1

-1,97

14

Mexico

1661,11

1

8,41

15

Uruguay

1659,39

-4

-6,61

16

Germany

1644,21

0

12,99

17

Senegal

1624,73

0

3,99

18

Japan

1621,88

0

7,55

19

Switzerland

1616,41

0

2,97

20

Iran

1613,92

0

5,69

21

Denmark

1602,72

0

1,41

22

Ukraine

1568,86

2

15,51

23

Korea Republic

1563,99

-1

-2,22

24

Australia

1563,93

-1

9,11

25

Austria

1554,86

0

8,76

26

Hungary

1532,20

1

7,07

27

Sweden

1531,68

-1

0,55

28

Poland

1531,49

2

11,25

29

Wales

1531,38

0

9,50

30

Nigeria

1520,27

-2

-1,99

31

Ecuador

1518,23

0

-0,97

32

Peru

1515,82

1

3,14

33

Serbia

1514,20

-1

-3,23

34

Qatar

1507,94

3

8,60

35

Russia

1504,02

3

5,18

36

Czech Republic

1501,47

4

7,43

37

Egypt

1499,72

-1

-0,66

38

Cote d'Ivoire

1498,80

1

4,23

39

Scotland

1497,46

-5

-9,43

40

Turkey

1495,94

-5

-9,34

41

Tunisia

1493,12

0

1,97

42

Chile

1491,71

0

1,89

43

Algeria

1482,71

0

2,47

44

Mali

1477,90

3

8,09

45

Panama

1475,62

-1

0

46

Romania

1468,17

-1

-4,56

47

Norway

1467,51

-1

-4,85

48

Slovakia

1461,55

0

-4,18

49

Canada

1461,14

1

7,38

50

Greece

1457,92

-1

3,97

51

Cameroon

1452,59

0

0

52

Costa Rica

1445,38

2

7,81

53

Saudi Arabia

1443,53

0

2,13

54

Venezuela

1442,29

-2

-4,91

55

Jamaica

1436,02

2

14,48

56

Slovenia

1435,58

-1

4,18

57

Paraguay

1430,73

-1

0

58

Iraq

1420,47

1

11,03

59

South Africa

1407,67

-1

-2,56

60

Republic of Ireland

1399,74

2

0,14

61

Finland

1394,44

-1

-6,87

62

Burkina Faso

1390,38

-1

-9,54

63

Congo DR

1388,26

0

0

64

Uzbekistan

1386,58

2

10,08

65

Cape Verde Islands

1383,44

0

6,38

66

Albania

1375,10

-2

-7,59

67

United Arab Emirates

1366,45

2

10,90

68

Ghana

1358,77

-1

-4,65

69

North Macedonia

1354,19

-1

-7,98

70

Montenegro

1351,72

2

9,08

71

Jordan

1350,21

-1

6,61

72

Iceland

1346,82

1

4,25

73

Northern Ireland

1341,05

1

7,88

74

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1335,60

-3

-7,72

75

Georgia

1333,76

2

21,31

76

Guinea

1324,65

0

4,23

77

Oman

1323,23

3

15,63

78

Israel

1311,39

-3

-12,04

79

Equatorial Guinea

1308,03

0

-2,47

80

Bahrain

1307,53

2

10,21

81

El Salvador

1305,02

0

-1,12

82

Honduras

1301,92

-4

-9,51

83

Bulgaria

1292,59

0

2,69

84

Gabon

1286,31

0

-3,21

85

Bolivia

1283,89

1

-0,66

86

Luxembourg

1277,95

-1

-7,46

87

China PR

1275,22

1

1,44

88

Zambia

1274,48

-1

-1,23

89

Syria

1266,52

0

1,01

90

Haiti

1262,50

0

0

91

Curacao

1262,48

0

0

92

Uganda

1242,15

0

-4,73

93

Palestine

1238,66

4

11,46

94

Angola

1235,76

-1

-2,35

95

Armenia

1229,18

-1

-7,97

96

Belarus

1226,54

-1

-6,26

97

Benin

1225,68

1

0,58

98

Trinidad and Tobago

1219,96

-2

-8,09

99

Tajikistan

1216,76

0

-2,13

100

Kyrgyzstan

1213,60

4

16,63

101

Thailand

1208,93

0

2,21

102

Kosovo

1205,85

0

3,08

103

Kazakhstan

1205,45

-3

-9,71

104

New Zealand

1197,68

-1

0,21

105

Mauritania

1195,50

1

1,02

106

Namibia

1192,13

1

0

107

Guatemala

1188,27

1

0,10

108

Kenya

1186,61

3

4,69

109

Madagascar

1185,86

0

-1,77

110

Mozambique

1184,49

0

0

111

Congo

1180,82

1

1,02

112

Azerbaijan

1177,83

1

3,61

113

Togo

1170,34

3

4,60

114

Libya

1166,71

6

7,20

115

Vietnam

1164,54

-10

-30,04

116

Guinea-Bissau

1164,01

2

0

117

Comoros

1163,02

4

6,57

118

Korea DPR

1160,57

-4

-7,55

119

Tanzania

1159,81

0

-1,17

120

Lebanon

1158,96

-5

-9,11

121

Zimbabwe

1148,29

3

3,73

122

India

1145,94

-5

-19,23

123

Malawi

1144,71

-1

-4,69

124

Estonia

1141,13

-1

-7,63

125

Cyprus

1141,03

0

-2,39

126

Sierra Leone

1137,36

0

0

127

Sudan

1128,74

0

0

128

Central African Republic

1128,17

1

6,83

129

Niger

1125,50

-1

-2,25

130

Gambia

1114,80

0

0

131

Rwanda

1112,44

2

5,40

132

Solomon Islands

1111,02

-1

-2,55

133

Faroe Islands

1103,43

2

1,33

134

Indonesia

1102,70

8

30,04

135

Nicaragua

1096,39

-1

-7,87

136

Latvia

1095,91

0

-1,93

137

Lithuania

1095,23

1

8,30

138

Malaysia

1094,54

-6

-15,63

139

Kuwait

1085,46

-2

-8,59

140

Burundi

1081,63

0

-4,20

141

Philippines

1075,14

-2

-11,03

142

Antigua and Barbuda

1072,66

0

0

143

Suriname

1071,85

1

0

144

Turkmenistan

1070,70

-3

-7,55

145

Ethiopia

1068,48

0

-0,31

146

Botswana

1065,07

0

0,57

147

St. Kitts and Nevis

1056,61

0

-0,44

148

Eswatini

1048,89

1

3,01

149

Lesotho

1047,58

-1

0,31

150

Dominican Republic

1042,86

0

2,09

151

Afghanistan

1036,92

7

19,24

152

Liberia

1029,58

0

5,47

153

Moldova

1028,85

2

6,25

154

Guyana

1020,31

3

2,17

155

Singapore

1019,06

1

-1,44

156

Yemen

1017,05

-5

-10,89

157

Hong Kong

1012,83

-3

-10,08

158

New Caledonia

1008,92

1

0

159

Chinese Taipei

1007,30

-6

-16,63

160

Maldives

1003,48

1

0

161

Puerto Rico

1000,52

-1

-6,67

162

Tahiti

999,48

1

0

163

Myanmar

999,46

-1

-1,00

164

Andorra

998,75

0

0,75

165

St. Lucia

988,67

2

0

166

Cuba

986,80

3

6,15

167

Papua New Guinea

985,32

-2

-5,29

168

South Sudan

984,65

-2

-4,64

169

Fiji

983,81

-1

2,55

170

Bermuda

974,30

1

1,94

171

Malta

973,14

1

5,85

172

Vanuatu

972,14

-2

-8,19

173

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

953,47

0

0

174

Grenada

950,99

0

0

175

Montserrat

946,08

1

0

176

Chad

945,92

5

25,55

177

Barbados

943,80

1

0

178

Nepal

937,84

-3

-10,21

179

Cambodia

925,40

0

-6,07

180

Belize

925,35

2

6,67

181

Dominica

922,25

-1

0

182

Samoa

920,54

4

23,76

183

Mauritius

919,40

-6

-25,55

184

Bangladesh

905,30

-1

-11,45

185

Bhutan

904,10

-1

-8,92

186

Macau

896,62

1

0

187

Cook Islands

896,59

-2

-0,71

188

Sao Tomé e Príncipe

893,58

3

4,64

189

American Samoa

890,97

-1

0

190

Laos

889,62

-1

0

191

Mongolia

884,04

-1

-5,12

192

Djibouti

877,28

0

-5,48

193

Aruba

875,82

0

-3,50

194

Brunei Darussalam

872,65

0

2,02

195

Pakistan

849,94

0

-6,60

196

Cayman Islands

847,81

1

-3,38

197

Seychelles

845,53

2

0

198

Timor-Leste

843,40

2

0

199

Somalia

842,64

-1

-3,02

200

Bahamas

835,81

2

0

201

Tonga

833,12

-5

-23,06

202

Liechtenstein

832,75

1

-0,26

203

Gibraltar

832,50

-2

-8,30

204

Sri Lanka

829,41

0

7,38

205

Guam

821,91

0

0

206

Turks and Caicos Islands

817,03

0

-1,54

207

British Virgin Islands

813,31

0

5,74

208

US Virgin Islands

797,29

0

0,51

209

Anguilla

793,48

0

7,79

210

San Marino

742,05

0

0,44



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11 comments:

  1. Slovenia 2-0 Portugal not included in FIFA ranking. Convenient for Portugal! How much did they pay Čeferin?

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    1. I'll assume you're asking why the match isn't included? Unfortunately FIFA don't publish such details, and a general search on the Internet didn't give any good reasons, so unless FIFA publish why, we'll never know and stoke the fires of conspiracy theory.

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  3. FIFA excluded the following matches that I included in the final preview:
    2024-03-01 Trinidad and Tobago - Jamaica 0:1 friendly in Trinidad and Tobago
    2024-03-03 Trinidad and Tobago - Jamaica 0:0 friendly in Trinidad and Tobago
    2024-03-14 Kazakhstan - Turkmenistan 2:0 friendly in United Arab Emirates
    2024-03-24 Belize - Puerto Rico 3:0 friendly in Belize
    2024-03-25 Gabon - Congo 1:1 friendly in France
    2024-03-26 Nicaragua - Cuba 0:1 friendly in Nicaragua
    2024-03-26 Slovenia - Portugal 2:0 friendly in Slovenia.

    Curious indeed this exclusion of Slovenia-Portugal, with 4 subs each nothing extraordinary happened. Also the ref was Bosnian Irfan Peljto, FIFA-approved referee since 2015.
    But to make such unfounded, harsh accusations out of the blue, it must be the common present day behavior on internet. Something to ignore as much as possible....

    FIFA included the following matches that I excluded in the final preview:
    2024-03-22 Guinea-Bissau - Sudan 0:1 friendly in Morocco
    2024-03-25 Guinea-Bissau - Sudan 2:1 friendly in Morocco

    The annulled Asian WC qualifier between Korea DPR and Japan on March 26 in Pyongyang was indeed included in the ranking as a 0:3 awarded win for Japan.

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  4. I personally don't believe in bribery, but surely FIFA should clarify why this match (affecting the top 10 placings) is excluded? If they are not accountable for such an (arbitrary?) decision, what's the worth of the ranking, then? I personally thought they'd just made a mistake.

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    1. With all respect, I think it's quite naive to think there's no corruption or bribery in football. A general search on the Internet will show you proof of the cases for which people have been banned and even put in prison. FIFA officials are in prison right now and FIFA has itself investigated irregular betting patterns and banned officials and individuals involved. So in terms of proving "corruption" and "no corruption" in football, the former is certainly a lot easier given all the cases that there have been. It would be tough to prove that there is no corruption or bribery in football. That doesn't prove nor suggest that for this case there is proof, but without knowing the details that FIFA chooses not to publish to my knowledge, we're bound to get people speculating. For this specific case things would be at an early stage, but indeed the likelihood of bribery in this case would be small. But my comment was meant as a joke but also to ridicule that FIFA pretty much reserves the right to keep information private that the majority would like to see public. To them "news" is about making a point of how Belgium jumped one place higher in their ranking, but we can all see that. What I bet everyone would like to know about is why certain matches are included or excluded, that's what would make news, and if not, there's going to be speculation about it and them.

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  5. Here, people reading such content will now think the FIFA ranking is a joke, because why does Slovenia drop and Portugal rise in the rankings? While it is perfectly possible to go up in the rankings when you lose either because you won other matches or other teams lost more, if you work out the maths you'll realize that even though the news articles mention the loss, it isn't even taken into account for the rankings! https://footballplanet.si/national-team/slovenia-defeated-portugal-but-on-the-new-fifa-ranking-they-have-fallen-keks-team-is-now-the-57th-best-national-team-in-the-world/ and https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2024-04-04/portugal-rises-up-the-rankings/87611

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  6. Is there any place where we can consult the match report by the referees?

    I also found strange that the Portugal vs Slovenia wasn't included. As you mentioned, no team made more substitutions than it is allowed, and the ref and two assistants are FIFA approved. The fourth official, however, Dejan Balažič, does not appear on FIFA's list of referees. I wonder if that's enough reason not to include the match? Can't think of anything else.

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  7. >Is there any place where we can consult the match report by the referees?

    Yes, FIFA headquarters! When I was at their offices in Zurich in 2004 they received match reports by fax, but things have probably changed since then. They also claimed to have all match documentation in their library.

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  8. Meanwhile, FIFA rolled out the futsal rankings. I'll try to make the same table.

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  9. World ranking june

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