FIFA’s quirky rankings system to rate 211 men’s national teams and decide seeding in World Cup draws is getting a reboot.
FIFA says it approved a new formula which rewards teams for playing more games, and it takes effect in the post-World Cup ranking on July 19.
The new formula is “eliminating the potential for ranking manipulation.” The current system in place since 1993 lets teams boost their status by avoiding friendly games.
Now, teams will gain or lose points from their existing points total with each result. More weight will be given to competitive games over friendlies.
Germany is the top-ranked team when the World Cup kicks off Thursday in Moscow.