Bafana unchanged in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Hope Soto
August 17, 2018

World Cup victor France reclaims the No. 1 spot in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings for the first time in 16 years after defeating Croatia 4-2 for its second World Cup title and jumped up six places.

Gareth Southgate's side jumped six places after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup last month.

Runners-up Croatia jumped all the way from 20th to fourth, surprise packets England moved from 12th to sixth and quarter-finalists Sweden and Russian Federation made significant improvements.

Germany's exit in the group stage of the World Cup has seen them plummet to 15th in FIFA's world rankings - their lowest position in more than a decade.

Belgium, who finished third at the summer tournament, are rated as global football's second-best side, two positions above World Cup runners-up Croatia.

Uruguay lost to eventual winners France in the quarter-finals and the fifth-ranked South Americans are the only other team ranked higher than England. But an unexpected run to the quarterfinals resulted in a leap of 21 places to 49th.

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They say it "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".

Previous number one Germany have fallen 14 places to number 15 after their first round exit in Russian Federation.

The nation moving most places is Russian Federation, up 21 places to 49th while Egypt have dropped the most, down 20 places to 65th.

Wales, meanwhile, are down one place to 19th, while Northern Ireland and Scotland go up two to 27th and 40th respectively.

Ireland are now 29th in the world, moving up two places from 31.

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