Nigeria Drops To 49th Position in FIFA Ranking

Nigeria Drops To 49th Position in FIFA Ranking

Nigeria on Thursday dropped by one spot to 41st position in a new ranking formula adopted by FIFA.

In the ranking table published on FIFA site, Nigeria acquired 613 points in August, placing it sixth on the continental stage behind Senegal, Congo DR, Ghana, Morocco and Cameroon.

On the world scene, France moved to the summit of a much-changed FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in the first edition of the world ladder since the new ranking formula came into effect.

Les Bleus, up from its 6th position gave the headline news, as they have reclaimed pole position for the first time in more than 16 years, returning to a spot they last held in May 2002.

Just three points separate France from Russia 2018 semi-finalists Belgium, while World Cup second-placed Croatia now 4th, up from 16th, have equalled their record Ranking position, last reached in June 2013.

The News Agency of Nigeria says that the new formula, approved by the FIFA Council in June after a drawn-out period of testing, relies on adding or subtracting points won or lost for a match to or from the preceding point totals rather than averaging match points over a given time period as in the earlier versions of the Ranking.

The changes, of which there are more than a few, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their point totals, with no devaluation of older matches.

Points are dropped from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exemption to this rule, games in knockout rounds of major competitions like the FIFA World Cup.

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