Guinea-Bissau, Armenia and Namibia on the rise
• 185 games played in March
• Podium unchanged
• Guinea-Bissau the biggest mover
April’s FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking rings the changes for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the points total for each team is now calculated to two decimal places to enhance precision. Consequently, in this latest edition, only two pairs of teams are tied: Cameroon and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 55th place on 1404.87 points; and Cabo Verde and the United Arab Emirates in joint 73rd on 1330.16 points.
Secondly, with no fewer than 185 games – predominantly qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – played since the last edition in February, there has naturally been quite a lot of movement in April’s global standings.
While the order of the top six has not changed, with Belgium still dominating ahead of France and Brazil, 7th place is now filled by Italy (7, +3). Like the Azzurri, Denmark (10, +2) won their opening three qualifying games for Qatar 2022 and make a return to the TOP 10.
A little further down, Serbia (25, +5), Nigeria (32, +4), Scotland (44, +4) and Ghana (49, +3) all gained ground in the TOP 50, which Iceland slipped out of (52, -6). However, to find the biggest mover this month, we need to look outside the TOP 100. That distinction goes to Guinea-Bissau (108, +11), with Namibia (111, +10) almost matching them with a jump of ten places.
Finally, this edition’s most improved side in terms of points, Armenia (90, +9), gained valuable ground thanks to a gain of 40.28 points, while Malawi (115, +8), Cabo Verde (73, +7), Ethiopia (140, +6), and Korea DPR (109, +6) also made considerable progress.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 27 May 2021.
Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 Denmark (10, plus 2)
Moves out of top 10 Mexico (11, minus 2)
Matches played in total 185
Most matches played Jordan (4 matches)
Biggest move by points Armenia (plus 40.28 points)
Biggest move by ranks Guinea-Bissau (plus 11 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Republic of Ireland (minus 28.78 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Mozambique (minus 11 ranks)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams, not ranked Cook Islands