France top new-style Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, Germany slump to 15th

Heather Diaz
August 16, 2018

World Cup hosts Russian Federation, who defied all expectations by making it into the quarter-finals, are the biggest risers in the new rankings.

France are top of the rankings after winning their second World Cup, returning to the spot for the first time since 2002.

Quarter-finalists Uruguay climbed nine places to fifth while England´s run to the semi-finals took them up to sixth place from a previous twelfth.

Argentina who were knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 by France dropped to 11th while Germany slipped 14 places to come 15th.

The world champions have taken over top spot from Germany, who have crashed 14 places after flopping in Russian Federation when they failed to make the knockout stages. Argentina dropped out of the top 10, down from fifth to 11th, Sweden went up 11 places to 13th after making the quarter-finals in Russian Federation, but Poland, who finished bottom of their group, were another side to plummet from the top 10 - dropping from eighth to 18th.

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The United States, who did not qualify for the World Cup, moved up three places to No. 22, while Italy, who also did not participate in the competition, fell to No. 22 - their worst position since the rankings started in 1993.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new formula, approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, relies on adding or subtracting points won or lost for a game to or from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous versions of the Ranking.

The highest ranked African sides remain Tunisia and Senegal who were both ranked 24th respectively.

Surprisingly, DR Congo are third while Ghana and Morocco complete the continent's Top 5.

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