All Whites slip in FIFA world rankings after November international window

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New Zealand’s All Whites have dropped one place on the FIFA men’s world rankings after their November internationals against Greece and the Republic of Ireland.

New Zealand are ranked 104th after their 2-0 loss to Greece and 1-1 draw with Ireland.

Main photo: New Zealand’s starting line-up against Greece.

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In October, the All Whites had climbed from 101st to 103rd after a 1-1 draw with DR Congo and the 2-0 loss to Australia.

New Zealand’s position was 122nd when Danny Hay took over as head coach in late 2019.

The highest position achieved by New Zealand has been 47th (in August 2002); the lowest has been 161st (April-May 2016).

Ferns in 30th place

The Football Ferns are currently rated the 30th best women’s team, according to FIFA’s latest rankings.

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How the rankings are calculated

Points are allocated to teams from their most recent games and are weighted using the following criteria:

  • Result of the match.
  • Home vs away, or neutral ground.
  • Importance of the match.
  • Difference in ranking between the teams.

Beating a highly-rated team, away, and in a tournament, rather than a friendly, can boost a team’s momentum up the rankings.

A win over a lowly-rated team can have little impact.

Winning or losing, of course, is the most important criteria, but goal difference and goals scored are also taken into account, as is shown in the following table.

READ MORE: The methodology used to rank teams >>>>>

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