What is FIFA ranking? How does it work? What is it for?

What is FIFA ranking? How does it work? What is it for?

What is FIFA ranking? What is it for? How does it work? Who has not ever asked any of these questions? And it is indeed, the FIFA ranking (Coke also called grounds sponsorship) is one of the largest arithmetic lattices Soccer World, in many unintelligible even to the teams themselves.

Born in August 1993, its origin and current objective is to place the 208 FIFA selections in a classification that meets the merits of each national team. For it, It provides a scoring system that collects the total points accumulated by a team in the last four years by adding (ie the results of the last four years are counted):

– The number of points earned in a match;
– The average of points earned in games over the last 12 months; Y
– The average of points earned in previous matches to the latest 12 months (annual depreciation).

To calculate the points are awarded for each match four variables continue to provide greater justice in the distribution: the famous formula Points = Match Importance x x x Confederation Team Opponent

So referring to the game or match, teams win 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat. In a penalty shootout, the winner gets 2 points and the loser 1 point.

Regarding the importance of the game, of course there are some who score more than others. The friendly gives a point, World Cup qualifying 2,5, finals of Confederations Cup or a European Championship, Copa America similar 3, and a final phase of World 4.

To measure the strength of opponents, FIFA is based on the following formula: 200 - the position in the classification of the contenders. As exception to this formula, It is always assigned to the team at the head of the classification value 200 and ranked teams ranked 150th and subsequent are assigned a minimum value 50. The position in the table is obtained from the latest FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking published.

By last, When calculating matches between teams from different confederations, the mean value of the confederations to which the competing teams belong is used. The strength of a confederation is calculated according to the number of victories obtained in the last three editions of the World Cup. The values ​​are as follows: UEFA / CONMEBOL 1.00 CONCACAF 0.88 Y AFC/CAF 0.86 OFC 0.85.

Selection Period
Germany flag Germany August of 1993
Brazil's flag Brazil September Y October of 1993
Italian flag Italy November of 1993
Germany flag Germany December of 1993 a March of 1994
Brazil's flag Brazil April a mayo of 1994
Germany flag Germany June of 1994
Brazil's flag Brazil July of 1994 a April of 2001
Flag of France France Mayo of 2001 a mayo of 2002
Brazil's flag Brazil June of 2002 a January of 2007
Italian flag Italy February of 2007
Argentina's flag Argentina March of 2007
Italian flag Italy April of 2007 a June of 2007
Brazil's flag Brazil July a August of 2007
Italian flag Italy September of 2007
Argentina's flag Argentina October of 2007 a June of 2008
Spanish flag Spain July 2008 a June of 2009
Brazil's flag Brazil July 2009 a October of 2009
Spanish flag Spain November 2009 a March of 2010
Brazil's flag Brazil April 2010 a June of 2010
Spanish flag Spain July 2010 a July 2011
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands August of 2011
Spanish flag Spain Since September 2011

What is it for?

As it was initially developed to designate a system seeded in the final stages of World, but the fact that teams often appear without much tradition or importance within FIFA has caused its importance is very nuanced and rather is a list which regards to advertising and marketing more than anything else.


Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982


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