New FIFA rankings released based on 2022 World Cup

The latest FIFA rankings have been released following the 2022 World Cup and there have been some major changes as teams have moved up and down the list.

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World Cup winners Argentina are not yet at the top of the FIFA rankings, but they did jump to second place behind South American rivals Brazil, retaining top spot despite the World Cup disappointment.

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Having the team that won the World Cup without the world No. 1 team in the latest FIFA rankings will leave people scratching their heads everywhere.

That’s fair.


Why is Argentina not at the top of the list?

Given the way FIFA calculates rankings, Lionel Messi and Argentina receive points based on the strength of their nearest opponents.

Brazil’s total points are 1840.77, two more than Argentina’s 1838.38. This means that if Argentina wins and Brazil fails to win, they will overtake Brazil after the next game.

FIFA changed the way it calculates these rankings in 2018, full details of how they are calculated are below. Basically, you get more points if you face stronger opponents. And these rankings no longer have a time period attached to them. If you are bad, you will fall faster, if you are good, you will rise faster.

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Who is the Great Climber?

Morocco was the big winner, with the Atlas Lions climbing 11 places to 11th in the world. The work done by Walid Regragui is sensational and they are favorites for the 2022 World Cup.

Japan also moved up four places to 20th, while the US moved up three places each, with the US at 13th in the world and Switzerland at 12th.

Australia moved up 11 places to 27th as the Socceroos made it to the last 16 at the World Cup, handing eventual champions Argentina a very difficult game. Cameroon moved up 10 places to 33rd thanks in no small part to their famous victory over Brazil in the group stage.


Who let the ranking slip?

Belgium moved up from second to fourth and could slip further after their World Cup exit. The golden generation is gone.

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Spain, Germany, Mexico and Uruguay also all slipped, while defending European champions Italy (remember them!?) fell two places, inevitable after Roberto Mancini’s side failed to qualify for the World Cup .

Denmark dropped eight places to 18th to reflect their poor performance at the World Cup, while Iran dropped four places, Wales dropped nine places, Serbia dropped eight places to 30th and Canada dropped 12 places to 53rd Qatar dropped 10 places to 60th. John Herdman’s Canada team had the biggest drop of any World Cup team.


How does the United States rank?

The No. 13 ranking is the second-highest since Gregg Berhalter took office, as they sit at No. 10 in 2021. The USMNT dropped to No. 36 in these rankings, but they have been in the top 20 for most of the past 12 months.

With the Gold Cup coming up in 2023 and the potential (according to reports) to play in the Copa America in 2024, the US could be in the top 10 as they have two big international tournaments to play in and you get more points compared to friendlies , to win in major tournaments.

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Below is the FIFA Top 20 ranking, showing teams up and down, and a chart showing where each team will end up in the 2022 World Cup.


FIFA rankings, top 20 as of 22 December 2022

1. Brazil – Even
2. Argentina – up 1
3. France – up 1
4. Belgium – 2 behind
5. England – Even
6. Netherlands – up 2
7. Croatia – up 1
8. Italy – down 2
9. Portugal – Even
10. Spain – 3 behind
11. Morocco – up 11
12. Switzerland – up 3
13. United States – up 3
14. Germany – 3 behind
15. Mexico – 2 behind
16. Uruguay – 2 behind
17. Colombia – Even
18. Denmark – 8 behind
19. Senegal – 1 behind
20. Japan – up 4




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