Thursday 12 January 2017, 08:53

Argentina stay top, Suriname start strong

With only 12 A matches played since the final ranking of 2016, there are few big changes in the January edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.

Despite the overall stability of the January table, two new teams have broken into the Top 50. Saudi Arabia (48, up 6) and Nigeria (50, up 1) move up at the expense of Albania (51, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53, down 3).

With the biggest move by both points and rankings, Suriname (128, up 22) were January’s best performer. Despite their recent improvement, the CONCACAF team are still some distance from their best ever position (84), recorded back in 2008.

The small Southern African nation of Swaziland, meanwhile, reached its best ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (99, up 1). The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 February 2017.


Argentina (unchanged)

Moves into top 10


Moves out of top 10


Matches played in total

12 (3 of which took place in 2016)

Most matches played

Trinidad and Tobago (4 matches)

Biggest move by points

Suriname (plus 62 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Suriname (plus 22 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Trinidad and Tobago (minus 30 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Trinidad and Tobago(minus 5 ranks each)

Newly ranked teams


Teams that are no longer ranked


Inactive teams, not ranked