Liberia is Back in the FIFA top 100
By Staff Reporter
Due to the 1-0 victory over highly ranked Tunisia in Monrovia, the Lonestar ranking moved in the positive direction.
Liberia climbed more places than any other nation, shooting up 65 places to claim a spot in the top 100 - at 95.
After this jump in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the Lone Stars of Liberia will now be trying to maintain their momentum through an important period of continental and world qualifiers.
Liberia will face off against Guinea Bissau in a Home and home tie on October 8th and 11th respectively in a World Cup Qualifier preliminary round, with the winner of the tie facing Ivory Coast in another Home and away tie in November of this year.
Liberia made a very significant movement in the up direction making a move of 65 up and increasing their ranking despite starting the year on a low note. With the Ebola Epidemic causing Liberia to play its home games on the road, Liberia’s teams failed miserably in continental competitions.
Liberia will expect to do more to maintain it ranking as the Liberia FA have been under serious criticism by cross section of fans due to the level of the National league and the country’s performance in continental play.
Procedure for Rankings
The basic logic of these calculations is simple: any team that does well in world football wins points which enable it to climb the world ranking. A team’s total number of points over a four-year period is determined by adding the average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months and the average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months (depreciates yearly).
The following criteria apply to the calculation of points:
M: Points for match result
Teams gain 3 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat. In a penalty shoot-out, the winning team gains 2 points and the losing team gains 1 point.
I: Importance of match
Friendly match (including small competitions): I = 1.0
FIFA World Cup™ qualifier or confederation-level qualifier: I = 2.5
Confederation-level final competition or FIFA Confederations Cup: I = 3.0
FIFA World Cup™ final competition: I = 4.0
T: Strength of opposing team
The strength of the opponents is based on the formula: 200 – the ranking position of the opponents. As an exception to this formula, the team at the top of the ranking is always assigned the value 200 and the teams ranked 150th and below are assigned a minimum value of 50. The ranking position is taken from the opponents’ ranking in the most recently published FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
C: Strength of confederation
When calculating matches between teams from different confederations, the mean value of the confederations to which the two competing teams belong is used. The strength of a confederation is calculated on the basis of the number of victories by that confederation at the last three FIFA World Cup™ competitions (see following page). Their values are as follows: