CAMEROON gained 28.86 points and moved up 10 places, Argentina gained 64.5 points and moved up to 2nd place, while Brazil lost only 0.53 points to retain first place.
In summary, teams gain and lose points in the leaderboard based on unique parameters. The caliber of the opponent is a key criterion. This explains why Cameroon’s only win over Brazil saw the Indomitable Lions rise from 43rd to 33rd place. If Cameroon’s only win had come against a poorly placed side, Cameroon would not have scored as many points.
Why Argentina Couldn’t Accumulate Enough
Fifa rules also state that a win in regular time counts for more than a win in extra time or on penalties. Note that Argentina won two of their games on penalties. Also, Fifa states that just as a win against a high-ranked team brings a lot of points, a loss against a low-ranked team results in a massive loss of points. Note again that Argentina lost to Saudi Arabia, dropping 39 points in the process. Other results helped Argentina recover and eventually gain 64.5 points. Brazil, meanwhile, held a comfortable lead at the top of the rankings going into the World Cup. They lost points against Cameroon but the penalty shootout loss didn’t hurt them much and other results meant they limited their damage to an overall loss of 0.53 points. In the end, Argentina didn’t win enough to get to the top. If Argentina had won their two shootout games in regulation time, La Albiceleste would have had enough to finish first. They are currently 2.9 points behind Brazil.
Nigeria still above Ghana
According to Fifa rules, friendlies or friendly matches bring in less than tournament matches. Nigeria lost 4.15 points on friendly defeats, while Ghana gained seven points thanks largely to their World Cup win over South Korea. The points gained brought her only 58th place with 1400.02 points. They are still below 35th place Nigeria with 1494.32 points.
From the above you can also understand why Morocco scored a whopping 108.85. They beat two top-ranked sides (Belgium and Portugal) in regular time, while in regular time they drew against two other top-tier sides, Croatia and Spain, even beating the Spanish team on penalties.
The current ranking covers the period from October 6th, 2022 to December 22nd, 2022.
FIFA Rankings, Top 20 as of December 22, 20221.
Brazil – Even
- Argentina – promotion 1
- France – On 1
- Belgium – Relegation 2nd
- England – Even
- Netherlands – promotion 2
- Croatia – on 1
- Italy – minus 2
- Portugal – Even
- Spain – minus 3
- Morocco – rise 11
- Switzerland – promotion 3
- USA – Rise 3
- Germany – relegation 3
- Mexico – relegation 2
- Uruguay – minus 2
- Colombia – Even
- Denmark – Down 8th
- Senegal – relegation 1
- Japan – Up 4 – Online
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