20 February 2013

Liberia Drops in FIFA Rankings

Liberia has dropped eight places in both Africa and the world in the latest February edition of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) rankings. Liberia, which was ranked 26th in Africa and 111th place in the world in last month's ranking, dropped to the 34th and 119th places in Africa and the world respectively.

The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system for men's football national teams. The teams are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. The rankings were introduced in December 1992, and since then, seven countries-Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain have held the top position, of which Brazil has spent longest ranked first.

In the FIFA Rankings, a point system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of all FIFA-recognized full international matches. Under the existing system, rankings are based on a team's performance over the last four years, with more recent results and more significant matches being more heavily weighted to help reflect the current competitive state of a team. The ranking system was most recently revamped after the 2006 World Cup, with the first edition of the new series of rankings issued on 12 July 2006.

The most significant change is that the rankings are now based on results over the previous four years instead of the previous eight years. The change is perceived to respond to criticisms that the FIFA World Rankings, based upon the previous calculation method in use from January 1999 to June 2006, did not effectively reflect the relative strengths of the national teams.

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