Thursday, 6 July
2006 - FIFA has announced an overhaul of its world ranking system after
complaints that it was too complicated.
The main change is that a national team's ranking will be
based on results from the last four years, not eight. Goals scored and
home advantage will no longer have any bearing on placings and other aspects,
including importance and strength of matches, have been revised. The
changes will come into effect after the World Cup ends on Sunday, with the
first new rankings revealed on 12 July.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: "I am convinced that our
experts have come up with a satisfactory solution for a new way of calculating
the ranking. We have acknowledged the need for a substantial revision.
We are aware that it is difficult to meet everybody's expectations but are
confident that the new system will provide an accurate measure of the strength
of each of our member associations."