Sunday 23 September, 2018

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz remain 54 in FIFA rankings; France number one

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz have remained in 54th spots in FIFA's world rankings, which was released on Thursday.

This is the first set of rankings released under FIFA's new formula that "relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period".

Meanwhile, World Cup glory has propelled France to the top of the rankings, with the impact of Russia 2018 felt for better or worse among a number of football's heavyweight nations.

Didier Deschamps' team claimed the country's second world title with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow last month and move up six places to the top of the pile.

These are the first set of rankings released under FIFA's new formula that "relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period".

Germany have been hit hard by this – the deposed world champions toppling from first to 15th after their group-stage exit at Russia 2018, while Lionel Messi and Argentina also drop out of the top 10 with a fall of six places to 11th.

Croatia's surprise run to the final made them the biggest movers – up 16 to fourth, while beaten semi-finalists England climb from 12th to sixth. Uruguay are into the top 10, but eight of those sides are European.

FIFA world rankings:

1. France
2. Belgium
3. Brazil
4. Croatia
5. Uruguay
6. England
7. Portugal
8. Switzerland
9. Spain
10. Denmark