The latest FIFA World Rankings were released today with some quite strange standings from the world football organisation. What is striking and hard to believe, England are currently rated the fourth best national side in the world. How can this be in all due respect?
Now that the dust has settled upon England’s Euro 2012 exit, the analysis of the Three Lions’ campaign shows me that England should be struggling to make it in the top ten, let a lone be in the top four.
From a personal stand point England manager, Roy Hodgson, gave his side an injection of passion and pride, and even got Wayne Rooney to sing the national anthem. There was no complaint of the effort the players gave defensively in the tournament, but major work needs to be done going forward.
In Ukraine and Poland, only Greece (38%) and Republic of Ireland (33%) had worse average possession overall than England (38%). These stats are quite alarming for England to be a top four side in the world. Again, another alarming statistic is that Manchester City and England number one goalkeeper, Joe Hart had 85 touches of the ball in the European Championships.
That is more than any other player for England. That’s astonishing! If England want to compete for major honours in the game, something needs to be done for it to happen, because there is no way England can compore to the likes of Spain, who won Euro 2012.
Moving on from England, and the title for this article speaks volumes when it comes to the next point I want to make. Five time World Cup winners, Brazil, are 11th. What? The most successful team in terms of World Cup glory are out of the top ten for the first time since the FIFA World Cup Rankings history. It baffels me how this can happen. What procedures are put into place for people to decided these positioning?
As a football fan who is passionate about his love of the game, I cannot understand the following procedures that FIFA have in place to decide on how countries are awarded points to moe up or down in the world rankings ladder. FIFA claim that the procedure has a ‘basic logic’ and ‘calculations are simple’ behind it. That’s easy for them to say.
According to FIFA.com; “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;
· the average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months (depreciates yearly).
If you think that is confusing, check out the link below to find out how exactly do they calculate the points on th rankings; http://www.fifa.com/worldranking/procedureandschedule/menprocedure/index.html
Below is the current top ten in the FIFA World Rankings:
I persoanlly do not agree with this world rankings as you have read at the beginning of this piece. But, I have spoken to a fellow It’s Round and It’s White contributer, Sean Gonazalez-Lambert, and he believes that this should be the FIFA Top 10:
Do you agree with Sean’s top 10? Everyone will have their own opinions of who should be where and who shouldn’t be in the top ten, but I think the top ten that he has picked, is fair and reasonable. Maybe one or two should be changed around or one or two shouldn’t be there altogether.
I think the title; Are FIFA Deluded? is just in my opinion. But, questions can be raised around the whole concept of how the teams wins points etc and maybe in the future have a relistic approach to rank national teams in world football.