South Korea Climbs FIFA Rankings to 54

Michael Song, May 8, 2016, 1:33 p.m.

South Korea has moved up two spots to rank No. 54 in the world, the latest FIFA rankings announced on Friday showed. The May rankings of FIFA showed that the South Korea men's football team is ranked third best in Asia and three notches above their archrival Japan. Iran was the top-ranked country in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) at No. 42 followed by Australia, which stood at No. 50. Rankings for both these teams stood unchanged from April.

Among teams that South Korea will compete with in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, only Iran has a higher ranking. Meanwhile, Argentina topped the latest FIFA ranking, followed by Belgium and Chile. Colombia, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay and England made the top 10 list for the month.

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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