Thursday 11 August 2016, 08:59

Stability reigns as top 20 hold firm

A quiet month of international football has resulted in a largely static FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking, with no movement whatsoever in the top 20.

The result of this, after the significant changes that arose last month from the various continental championships, is that Argentina remain top, followed closely by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile.

Just two international matches, both friendlies, have been played since the July Ranking, meaning that the changes that have taken place are generally minor. The devaluation of older games has been a factor in many of those, and it has benefited the likes of Costa Rica (21, up 6), Japan (49, up 8), Korea DPR (99, up 18) and Mauritania (104, up 15). The same process has not smiled on Cuba, though, who dropped 30 places to 151st position.

Kazakhstan, meanwhile, climbed just one spot but this was nonetheless sufficient to take them into their best-ever position (96th).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 15 September 2016.



Moves into top ten


Moves out of top ten

Matches played in total

Most matches played

Cambodia, Iraq, Singapore, Uzbekistan (1 match each)

Biggest move by points

Costa Rica (up 43 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Korea DPR (up 18 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Cuba (down 100 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Cuba (down 30 ranks)

Newly ranked teams


Teams no longer ranked


Inactive teams, not ranked