Zurich, April 12, 2018 - The large number of international fixtures over the last month has led to plenty of changes in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, including Belgium reaching the top three and six sides attaining their highest-ever position.
March saw a busy month in international football, with a total of 133 games played across the globe, creating much movement in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
Teams bound for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ grabbed some of the headlines this past month, with holders Germany remaining top – despite a draw and defeat in March – Belgium (3rd, up 2) scaling the dizzy heights of the top three following a thumping 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia (14th, up 9) and Uruguay (17th, up 5) jumping up the table after each recorded a pair of friendly victories in March. The Eagles of Carthage, for their efforts, have achieved their best-ever ranking.
The number of games last month was partly down to a glut of friendly fixtures, but there was also some competitive action, with qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup making up 13 of the 133 matches. As a result, some lower-ranked Asian teams have seen a remarkable upturn in their fortunes. Kyrgyz Republic (75th, up 40) stole the show on the world’s most populous continent last month, qualifying for their inaugural Asian Cup after defeating Myanmar and leaping up the ranking as a result.
Elsewhere in Asia, Oman (87th, up 16), Chinese Taipei (121st, up 13) and the Philippines (113th, up 9), have all leapt up the table, partly as a consequence of positive results in Asian Cup qualifiers.
There were also best-ever positions for FIFA’s newest member associations, with Kosovo’s pair of friendly victories over Madagascar and Burkina Faso seeing them leap 24 places to 152nd, while Gibraltar’s 1-0 win over Latvia saw them jump ten spots to 196th.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 17 May 2018.