Just seven international ‘A’ matches, all friendlies, took place in the past month and as a result there are few movers in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
Most of the top 50 is unchanged, with Germany, Brazil and Belgium respectively sitting at the summit of the same top ten as last month.
In fact, the first 47 positions remain totally unchanged from April’s ranking, but outside the top 50, a couple of nations have made notable advances. Kuwait (160, up 16) leap up the table thanks in part to their 2-0 friendly victory over Palestine. Just three more sides – Grenada (163, plus eight), Benin (84, up six) and Botswana (142, up six) – moved up more than five ranking spots in the past month.
The Philippines (111, up 2) attained their best ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, due to the Azkals’ positive results in recent months – which included qualifying for their maiden AFC Asian Cup.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 7 June 2018.
Moves into top 10
Moves out of top 10
Matches played in total
Most matches played
Jamaica, Palestine (Two matches each)
Biggest move by points
Kuwait (up 38 points)
Biggest move by ranks
Kuwait (up 16 ranks)
Biggest drop by points
Palestine (down 44 points)
Biggest drop by ranks
Palestine (down 13 ranks)
Newly ranked teams
Teams that are no longer ranked
Inactive teams, not ranked
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.