Liberia Drops In FIFA Ranking

Liberia has dropped 13 places in the monthly Federation for International Football Association (FIFA) Coca Cola rankings for the month of July, 2015.

Liberia dropped from 148 to 161 on July 9, 2015 after two defeats and a draw from June 4, 2015 to July 4, 2015 in the latest FIFA rankings.

Liberia also dropped three places from 41 to 44 in the monthly ranking of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The drop in the latest rankings could be due to the 2-1 away defeat to Togo in Lome in June, 2015 in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and the 3-1 away defeat and 1-1 home draw against local Syli Nationale of Guinea in late June and early July in the first and second legs of the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAM) qualifier.

Liberia was butted out of the qualifier with a 4-2 aggregate to their Syli Nationale counterpart.

Liberia is now on par with Central African Republic, Chad, Mauritius, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Comoros Island, Sao Tome Principe and South Sudan in the latest FIFA’s world ranking and may face any of them in the draw for the preliminary round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the draw expected to take place in Russia very soon.

Procedure for Rankings

The basic logic of these calculations is simple: any team that does well in world football wins points which enable it to climb the world ranking. A team’s total number of points over a four-year period is determined by adding the average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months and the average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months (depreciates yearly).

The following criteria apply to the calculation of points:

M: Points for match result

Teams gain 3 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat. In a penalty shoot-out, the winning team gains 2 points and the losing team gains 1 point.

I: Importance of match

Friendly match (including small competitions): I = 1.0

FIFA World Cup™ qualifier or confederation-level qualifier: I = 2.5

Confederation-level final competition or FIFA Confederations Cup: I = 3.0

FIFA World Cup™ final competition: I = 4.0

T: Strength of opposing team

The strength of the opponents is based on the formula: 200 – the ranking position of the opponents. As an exception to this formula, the team at the top of the ranking is always assigned the value 200 and the teams ranked 150th and below are assigned a minimum value of 50. The ranking position is taken from the opponents’ ranking in the most recently published FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

C: Strength of confederation

When calculating matches between teams from different confederations, the mean value of the confederations to which the two competing teams belong is used. The strength of a confederation is calculated on the basis of the number of victories by that confederation at the last three FIFA World Cup™ competitions (see following page). Their values are as follows: