Iran fall to 47 in FIFA World Ranking

Appearing in only their second World Cup, the Australians advanced to the Round of 16 where they were unfortunate to go out to a controversial stoppage-time penalty against eventual champions Italy.

On the back of that strong showing, the Socceroos jumped nine spots in the world ranking to 33rd, making them the highest placed Asian side in the revised FIFA table, which was released on Wednesday.

FIFA announced last week that a new procedure for drawing up the world ranking had been developed by a multinational group comprising FIFA staff and external experts.

The new method used to calculate the ranking introduces major changes in point allocation and shortens the evaluation period from 96 to 48 months, with more recent results given a greater weightage in points.

While Australia have benefited from the new system, a number of the other top sides in Asia including the continent’s four other representatives at the World Cup, all of whom bowed out during the group stage, have dropped significantly in the ranking.

Iran remain Asia’s second best side although they have fallen 24 spots in the world ranking to No.47 while Asian Cup holders Japan are down 31 spots to 49th.

Despite failing to qualify for the World Cup after their controversial playoff loss to Bahrain, Uzbekistan are up to fourth in Asia and 50th in the world, moving ahead of Korea Republic, who dropped 27 places to 56th, and Saudi Arabia, down 47 to 81st.
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1 Brazil 1630 0 803
2 Italy 1550 11 822
3 Argentina 1472 6 726
4 France 1462 4 713
5 England 1434 5 693
6 Netherlands 1322 -3 554
7 Spain 1309 -2 553
8 Portugal 1301 -1 551
9 Germany 1229 10 533
10 Czech Republic 1223 -8 451
11 Nigeria 1149 0 413
12 Cameroon 1109 3 387
13 Switzerland 1028 22 380
14 Uruguay 985 8 296
15 Ukraine 961 30 352
16 USA 933 -11 177
17 Denmark 927 -6 191
18 Mexico 924 -14 166
19 Paraguay 915 14 262
20 Côte d’Ivoire 909 12 240
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21 Colombia 902 6 221
22 Sweden 886 -6 177
23 Croatia 854 0 168
24 Guinea 850 27 253
25 Ghana 839 23 239
26 Romania 834 -1 149
27 Turkey 824 -13 98
28 Ecuador 821 11 190
29 Egypt 819 -12 111
30 Poland 809 -1 132
31 Tunisia 805 -10 112
32 Greece 780 -12 86
33 Australia 738 9 126
34 Russia 733 3 88
35 Senegal 726 -7 47
36 Serbia and Montenegro 724 8 114
37 Bulgaria 716 0 71
38 Honduras 695 4 83
39 Republic of Ireland 694 -8 23
40 Morocco 681 -4 35
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41 Scotland 677 18 101
42 Peru 661 24 111
43 Bosnia-Herzegovina 660 20 99
44 Slovakia 659 -3 46
45 Costa Rica 636 -19 -47
46 Chile 630 18 73
47 Iran 624 -24 -62
48 Togo 622 13 53
49 Japan 615 -31 -90
50 Uzbekistan 606 10 35
51 Israel 605 -2 6
52 Norway 604 -12 -23
53 Guatemala 587 9 22
54 Canada 567 29 52
55 Angola 564 2 -17
56 Korea Republic 557 -27 -120
57 Belgium 555 -1 -27
58 Wales 547 16 9
59 Panama 522 22 -1
60 Austria 506 19 -25