The FIFA rankings have long befuddled fans worldwide.
And the latest standings have left many scratching their heads.
England’s 0-0 draws against Germany and Brazil has seen them drop three places from 12th to 15th.
While Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup has seen them rise above the Three Lions to 14th.
Now, we’re not going to categorically declare that England are currently a better team than Italy but surely the rankings should reflect recent results?
Gareth Southgate’s men have been punished for resisting the world’s two best teams while the Azzurri have been rewarded after failing to make the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
That just doesn’t seem right.
Germany and Brazil maintained their rankings as the No1 and No2 teams in the world respectively while Senegal were the biggest movers, leaping up nine places after securing their spot at Russia 2018 with wins over South Africa.
In recent times, teams have risen up the rankings by limiting the number of friendlies they play, thereby avoiding games FIFA deem to be ‘unimportant’.
Wales have benefited from this approach in the last two years though the latest rankings have relegated them from 14th to 19th.
Poland are another team who have swerved friendlies and Adam Nawalka’s troops now reside in 7th place in the rankings.
Poland’s manipulation of the rankings and successful qualification saw them placed in Pot 1 for the World Cup draw at the expense of Spain, who would almost certainly be favourites if the two countries were to play each other.
We know there’s no point in moaning but FIFA’s rankings seem to get more and more farcical with each update.
Perhaps it’s time for a change of system?