ZURICH: The first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2021 has seen no movement in the top 32 but a shuffling of the lower pack, largely as a result of the African Nations Championship.
A total of 43 full internationals (including one played in December 2020) were taken into account including 32 matches in the CHAN.
These fixtures as well as the other 11 games played have been classified as friendlies, because only players competing in the national championships of the participating countries are eligible to take part in the CHAN.
In the standings, CHAN winners Morocco (33rd, +2), and runners-up Mali (54th, +3) have made the most progress. Third-placed Guinea (72nd, +1) and quarter-finalists Congo (90th, +1) have also advanced.
Other teams moving in the right direction include Costa Rica (50th,+1), currently back in the Top 50 after an absence of several months, Cape Verde (80th, +1), Oman (81st, +1), Benin (82nd, +1), Azerbaijan (108th, +1), Estonia (108th, +1), Thailand (110th, +1), Guinea-Bissau (119th, +1), Tajikistan (120th, +1) and Guatemala (130th, +1).
Those teams aside, no other country has enhanced its position since December, and the Top 32 places in the standings remain unchanged since the end of 2020. Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Portugal continue to occupy the top spots, with the leading trio of Belgium, France and Brazil only separated by 37 points.
The fight for top spot promises to be an exciting one this year with a string of major tournaments scheduled (Copa America, UEFA EURO and CONCACAF Gold Cup) as well as the resumption of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 8 April 2021.
The method used to calculate positioning in the World Ranking is explained HERE.
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Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 none
Moves out of top 10 none
Matches played in total 43 (one of which in 2020)
Most matches played Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, Morocco (6 matches each)
Biggest move by points Morocco (plus 7 points)
Biggest move by ranks Mali (plus 3 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Uganda (minus 6 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Uganda, Zimbabwe (minus 4 ranks each)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams, not ranked Cook Islands