Black Stars move up in new FIFA rankings

By Mutala Yakubu
Black Stars move up in new FIFA rankings
Black Stars move up in new FIFA rankings

The Black Stars of Ghana have moved two places to 45th in the latest World FIFA rankings.

Ghana have also moved to fourth in the African rankings despite not playing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Africa's highest ranked team in the World ranking is Tunisia who are on 24th with Senegal also on 24th and Congo DR on 37th.

World Cup winners France are on top followed by Belgium, and Brazil respectively.

In other highlights from the August rankings, Russia made the biggest move after climbing 21 positions to place 49th in the world rankings, while Egypt dropped the most, after losing 20 positions.

The new formula, which was approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the Ranking.

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

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Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup.

Top ten World Ranking

Top ten Africa ranking

 

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