For the first time the new FIFA rankings are compiled using the Elo method in which the strength of the countries respective opponents and the importance of the match. This time around Belgium amassed 1,723 points, three less than France’s 1,726 points.
Thanks to their good performance in the World Cup, France have moved up 6 places compared with the last FIFA rankings that were published on 7 June.
Brazil is a fair way behind Belgium with 1,657 points.
The losing World Cup finalist Croatia moves up a 16 places in the ranking and is in fourth place with 1,643 points. Uruguay is 5th (up 9), England is 6th (up 6), Portugal is 7th (down 3), and Switzerland is 8th (down 2). Spain (up 1) and Denmark (up 3) share the 9th place. The big looser is Germany. The “Mannschaft” is down a massive 14 places in the rankings from 1 to 15.
Belgium’s next international game is a friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 7 September. Four days later the Red Devils will take on Iceland in the new Nations League. The next FIFA rankings will be published on 20 September.