The first session of the FIFA ranking for the year 2018 has been released today by the world governing body.
With just 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018.
Germany remain at the summit of a static top ten, while Iceland (20, up 2) are the only team to enter the top 20, with the Netherlands (21, down 1) dropping out.
Croatia (15th, up 2) also made some ground, and there were more substantial rises further down the order. Tunisia (23rd, up 4), for example, built on the gains made during their successful FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, while Kuwait (174, up 15), Sudan (124, up 12), and El Salvador (90, up 10) all registered double-digit jumps.
Congratulations are also due to Chinese Taipei (134, up 1), Lebanon (84, up 1), and Palestine (75, up 5), all of whom reached their best-ever Ranking positions.
|Moves into top ten||None|
|Moves out of top ten||None|
|Matches played in total||22 (14 of which were in 2017)|
|Most matches played||Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates (5 matches each)|
|Biggest move by points||Tunisia (up 77 points)|
|Biggest move by ranks||Kuwait (up 15 ranks)|
|Biggest drop by points||Haiti (down 204 points)|
|Biggest drop by ranks||Suriname (down 32 ranks)|
|Newly ranked teams||None|
|Teams that are no longer ranked||None|
|Inactive teams, not ranked||None|
Tunisia lead the African continent with 915 points after moving up 4 places, and now placed at 23rd on the world ranking. The second position in the Africa is taken by Senegal and third position occupied by Egypt who are 24th and 30th in the world respectively.
Morocco, Congo DR, Burkina Faso and Cameroon all lead Ghana, who are 8th on the ranking in Africa. Ghana remains 50th on the ranking.