Two new nations have joined FIFA in recent weeks, both from Europe, meaning a bit of a shift in the world rankings, shuffling many of the lowliest teams down a place. The arrival of Kosovo, leaping straight in to a ranking of 190th and surely set to rise a bit higher with a reasonably handy squad of players, means that all teams below them – including our own motley crew – are now listed one place lower (=205th).
That may change again come September when Gibraltar take their place on the rankings. Having been admitted to UEFA a couple of year’s ago, Gibraltar enjoyed some positive results in friendly internationals before losing all of their Euro 2016 qualifiers. Not having yet played a match as a FIFA nation, they are yet to receive a ranking. Continue reading