FIFA renovates world ranking system
FIFA announced that there will be a change to its current rating method for national teams following the 2018 World Cup after years of complaints about the rankings.
In an attempt to stop any manipulation and provide a more objective world ranking for national teams, FIFA will introduce a new formula system after the conclusion of the World Cup which will be based on the Elo method of calculation, the method that was first developed for chess and has been adopted by a number of sports.
The current method which has been applied since 2006 was heavily criticized as it enables teams to schedule safe friendlies against weak teams to increase their points and earn better seedings at major tournaments.
“I hope it will be maybe a little bit less subject to criticism to the current one,” FIFA chairman Gianni Infantino.
After the World Cup, the new formula will give greater emphasis to the strength of opponents and results achieved in important competitions instead of friendly games.
Matches played against teams in high positions in the ranking will be worth more points. Also, matches in the knockout rounds of major competitions will provide teams with more points compared to games in the group stage.
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