Team Melli unchanged in FIFA rankings

March 15, 2018

TEHRAN – Team Melli remained unchanged in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.

The Iranian national football team, who still are the best Asian football team, remain 33rd on the list with 792 points.

Australia (740), Japan (593) and South Korea (554) are the best Asian teams in the rankings after Iran.

Iran’s opponents Portugal, Spain and Morocco in Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup sit 3rd, 6th and 42nd, respectively in the rankings.

Carlos Queiroz’s team are scheduled to face African minnow Sierra Leone on March 17 as part of preparation for the 2018 World Cup.

The Top five in the rankings remained the same with World Cup holders Germany in top spot, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium.

The next FIFA world rankings will be published on April 12, 2018.

FIFA rankings are based on the average number of points that a team accumulates over a four-year period. The ranking points in each match are determined by its result, its value and the relative strength of the opponent and their confederation. The system also has a yearly basis depreciation for the value of the matches.

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