African giants slump in latest FIFA rankings

A month since France lifted the 2018 World Cup title, FIFA have finally released the latest rankings with a brand new formula.

Since being approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, the new system 'relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points'.

The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their point totals, with no devaluation of older games.

The new leader, moving up six places is World Champions France, while there's a new-look top 10.

Bafana Bafana remain outside the top 50, currently ranked at 74th, neither moving up or down in their current position.

Notable changes:


France (up 6)

Moves into top 10:

Croatia (4th, up 16) Uruguay (5th, up 9) England (6th, up 6) Denmark (9th, up 3)

Moves out of top 10:

Argentina (11th, down 6) Chile (12th, down 3) Germany (15th, down 14) Poland (18th, down 10)

Biggest move by ranks

Russia (up 21 places) - now in 49th spot

Biggest drop by ranks

Egypt (down 20 places) - now in 67th spot

Africa’s Top 10:

1. Tunisia (24)

2. Senegal (24)

3. DRC (37)

4. Ghana (45)

5. Morocco (46)

6. Cameroon (47)

7. Nigeria (49)

8. Burkina Faso (52)

9. Mali (63)

10. Cape Verde (64)