Belgium Tops Latest FIFA’s World Ranking
The National Team of Belgium has once again emerged at the top of Latest FIFA’s World Ranking for December 2019. This has become the case after winning for the previous year for inspiring performance.
Find below the other nations and few statistics that marked the latest FIFA World ranking. You also learn how the rankings is done so that everyone can follow the criteria and make an informed decision.
Belgium are the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking’s ‘Team of the Year’ for the second successive time after a record-breaking year for the global ladder. The Red Devils hold on to top spot in a December table barely impacted by just 19 friendlies, but with 1082 international A matches – an all-time high since the Ranking’s 1993 inception – having already been played.
World champions France and Brazil also remain in second and third, the positions they held in December 2018, but the make-up of the top five has changed, with England climbing one place to reach fourth and Uruguay moving up to fifth on the back of a two-spot rise. Argentina (9th) and Colombia (10th) have also entered the top ten at the expense of Switzerland (12th) and Denmark (16th), who slipped four and six places respectively over the course of the year.
The Ranking’s ‘Mover of the Year’, meanwhile, is Qatar. The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ hosts gained an impressive 138 points over the course of a year in which they won the AFC Asian Cup and made a strong start to the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers. Besides accumulating the biggest points haul, Qatar also climbed a year-high 38 places, followed closely by fellow climbers Algeria (up 32 ranks) and Japan (up 22 ranks).
Given the teams who have made most progress in 2019, it’s no surprise to find that the regional composition of the top 50 has changed over the year, with Europe’s dominance diminished. UEFA has lost three places in the top 50 compared to the end of 2018, and now has 28 teams, whereas Concacaf (4), AFC (4) and CAF (4) have all gained one spot apiece.
But despite all the change witnessed over 2019, the year has ended on a quiet note, with only the most modest of movements due to the scarcity of fixtures since the Ranking’s November edition. Nonetheless, eight teams – Bahrain (99th, up 1), Bolivia (75th, up 1), Korea Republic (40th, up 1), Lesotho (139th, up 1), Solomon Islands (141st, up 1), South Africa (71st, up 1), St Kitts and Nevis (139th, up 1) and Suriname (141st, up 1) – have edged a single rung up the ladder, and will hope to continue that progress in 2020.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 20 February 2020.
HOW THE RANKING IS DONE
After a long period testing and analysing the best way to calculate the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, a new model took effect in August 2018 after approval by the FIFA Council.
This new version developed by FIFA was named “SUM” as it relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the World Ranking.
The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking.
More details about the formula used in the algorithm, weightings of matches and other characteristics can be found HERE.
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