basically, it gives friendly matches less points.. and these points depends on how big the competition is.. is it continental or international..
for example.. Brazil was at the top of the ranking from 1994(when they win the world cup) till 1998 (when they lost) and france became #1 just after WC98 final..
mexico & usa are in the list coz they did well in the gold cup.. which a crap..no good teams there.. even brazil (invited) played with their second team..
the bottom line, this system is not even 50% accurate and should be changed..
this system should be changed..
well basicly why the us is so up high is becos their matches are always played with suky teams most of the time..like the world cup qulifacations and all they alwyas beat canada and have reached the world cup and their friendly matches are alwyas won!
so thats what put them waay high up
as for us when we were in our down point we lost many places we zommed from 7th to 10th then to 13th now were coming back up to 11th yaaaay
there are on paper but not when they have trouble beating wales, serbia and montenegro, south korea , mexico.... performancewise i would rate south korea way higher than italy... people always say how stupid the FIFA ranking is but never come with any brilliant suggestion themselves .. do they ever bother to read how they determined the ranking? ... it is no really an easy task creating an international ranking...one day one team was beaten by Equador and another day they won the world cup...no , the team with the more star players dont get more points... and based on the FIFA ranking teams dont get more points playing against crappy teams.. they give the points based on the opponents position in the ranking...a 3-0 against Brazil will give u more points than a 3-0 win vs Laos... and the impotance of the match is also considered... so US and Mexico doesnt simply got many points becoz they played many match agaisnt crappy teams in the Gold Cup... they simply got many pints becoz they played MANY MATCH in the Gold Cup... the played more matched than other teams in the top ten so its rather logic that they score more points ... it is their continental tournament... i bet after EURO 2004 we wont see US and Mexico even near the top ten becoz its the europeans turn to play more...
so thats how the system work.. match peformance based.. not the reputation of their players nor the glamour of their league... and its rather fair Italy have a not so high ranking... they werent so brilliant anymore these days.. just hope that they can come out winner against Wales tonite..
Gino calm down. First of all I have to tell you this ranking is a recent thing it doesn't count what the teams did in 1930's or 50's. It looks at recent performances and in recent years besides reaching the final in Euro 2000 Italy hasn't been that good actually on a side note neiher has Spain, but I guess they played more friendles then you guys. Turkey reached the 3rd place in th WC and we are doing a good job with our matches.
P.S. I see someone rates the Czech's higher than Turkey hahahahaha don't make me laugh, just because we lost to their A team 4-0 with our B team hahahahaha