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The FIFA Rankings System: Fair or Flawed?

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3 years ago by Ross in Sports > Soccer

The latest update to the FIFA Rankings puts Wales as the 10th best country in the world, ahead of the likes of Spain, France and Italy. Furthermore, Romania are currently sitting in 8th place. The current Rankings would suggest to most that the current system is definitely flawed but a Rankings system to decided seeding positions is needed, so what's the solution? Is there a fairer way to rank international football teams?

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voice-of-reason

Hey hey hey Wales are there now for the first time in history. Top 10! Would you kindly leave us perched there for 10 minutes?

3 years ago by voice-of-reason

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Keep D Change

Its actually a bit of a sophisticated system and a lot of thought goes into it. This ranking makes no sense, all because they beat Belgium, which shows you that its just a system and nothing more.

3 years ago by Keep D Change

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TimothyDiaz

Flawed to embarrasment. Germany beat argentina but argentina is ranked before germany. germany earned 577 points in the year in which they won the world cup and wales got 817 points because they did not play any friendlies at all from what I recall. a lot more metrics need to be taken into account in order to get an accurate ranking, some of the most meaningless games garner so many points its completely out of balance, and it just makes FIFA look even more stupid.

3 years ago by TimothyDiaz

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Mongoose

We always thought you were Welsh. I guess not ;p

3 years ago by Mongoose

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Mitchell Hill

What would you think should be changed in the method? They want to keep it objective so a system makes sense. No system is perfect so how should the system be tweaked? I cant say i have the answer

3 years ago by Mitchell Hill

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Ross

I'm not entirely sure if there is an answer but removing friendlies from the equation could be a start. Some countries are where they are because of their management of friendly matches, which leads to nations being able to try and dictate ranking points if they are clever enough. Scotland were recently in the ridiculous situation where we lost ranking points despite winning against Qatar in a friendly. The match had been arranged for fitness reasons ahead of the Ireland game but we ended up being penalised for playing it.

3 years ago by Ross

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Frisbee

Its super hard to get it right 4 evry country involved. It was Walrs tht had everyone talking, i guess nothing will change. But i think Wales will make it to Euro '16

3 years ago by Frisbee

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