06 August 2008

USA drops to 31 in latest FIFA world soccer rankings

So the US dropped to number 31 in FIFA world rankings; behind such perennial powerhouse sides as Israel and Scotland. But can you really argue with the science? Have a look and decide for yourself. From FIFA's world ranking primer:

Calculation of points for the FIFA World Ranking
The number of points that can actually be won in a match depends on the following factors:
• Was the match won, or did it end in a draw? (M)
• How important was the match (friendly match to FIFA World Cup™)? (I)
• How strong was the opponent in terms of its ranking position and the confederation to which it belongs?(T and C)
These factors are brought together in the following formula to ascertain the total number of points (P).

Here is the points equation:
P = M x I x T x C x 100

The following codes and conditions apply to the calculation of points:
M: Points for a victory (3 points), a draw (1 point) or a defeat (0 points)
In a penalty shoot-out the winning team gains 2 points, the losing team 1 point.
I: Importance of a match with the following weighting:
Friendly match (including small tournaments): I = 1.0
World Cup qualifier and continental qualifier: I = 2.5
Continental final competition and FIFA Confederations Cup: I = 3.0
World Cup final competition: I = 4.0
T: Strength of opposition calculated according to the following formula:
[200 – ranking position of opposition] ÷ 100
Only the team at the top of the ranking is assigned the value 2.00 (teams ranked 150th and below are assigned the minimum weighting of 0.50).
The ranking position is taken from the opposition’s ranking in the most recently published FIFA World Ranking.
C: The strength of a confederation. When calculating intercontinental matches, the mean value of the confederations to which the two competing teams belong is used. The strength of a confederation is calculated on the basis of the number of victories by confederation at the last three FIFA World Cup™ competitions. Their values are as follows:
Confederation After 2006 FIFA World Cup™ up to and including 2006 FIFA World Cup™:
UEFA 1.00 1.00
CONMEBOL 0.98 0.99
CONCACAF 0.85 0.88
AFC 0.85 0.85
CAF 0.85 0.85
OFC 0.85 0.85

So see how easy it is?

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