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  •  FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
     FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022
    Africa17 hours ago

    FIFA World Cup officials continue their preparation for Qatar 2022

    FIFA (www.FIFA.com) organized seminars for 129 match officials, on three continents; seminars were held in Asunción, Doha and Madrid, in May and June; the goal is to prepare referees to use technology only for support.

    Between May 31 and June 22, FIFA held three seminars to thoroughly prepare the 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials from the six confederations chosen to officiate at the upcoming FIFA World Cup. FIFA Qatar 2022™.

    The three-day seminars saw officials from each confederation meet in Asunción, Paraguay (CONCACAF/Conmebol), Doha, Qatar (AFC/OFC/CAF), and Madrid, Spain (UEFA), led by Pierluigi Collina, president of the Committee of FIFA Referees, and Massimo Busacca, FIFA Director of Refereeing.

    Match officials were put to the test in theory classes and on-field training sessions each day, allowing them to simulate and practice various live game situations.

    “Our goal is to prepare the referee as best as possible to avoid the use of technology, but the technology is there to reduce the possibility of human error that could affect the outcome of a match.

    Even the best referee can make a mistake; he is a human being, and we know it,” said Pierluigi Collina.

    The success of the seminars on three continents was particularly pleasing considering that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA refereeing had to move all education online (https://fifa.fans/3SUIPiX ).

    36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials appointed for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (https://fifa.fans/3SPG4iS) For selected match officials, their participation in the FIFA World Cup FIFA Qatar 2022™ is the ultimate realization of a professional dream.

    For Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands, one that he had had since childhood.

    “When I received the invitation and the confirmation that he had been selected with my team, it was an incredible feeling.

    When I started as a referee, I was 12 years old and my goal was already that I wanted to reach the top, and I dreamed of the World Cup," said the Dutchman, who was also a video assistant referee at the World Cup final of the FIFA Russia 2018™ For assistant referee Karen Diaz (Mexico), she hopes to be one of six pioneering women, along with referees Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan), and assistant referees Neuza Back (Brazil) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA: Participating in a men's FIFA World Cup will open up opportunities for more women.

    "I feel very happy and very grateful to all the people who have given me this opportunity."

    Diaz said.

    “We have to make sure that this time it doesn't become the only time women are selected, but the first of many to come."

    The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is now just over 100 days away As Massimo Busacca concludes: "It's like a football team; t They have to prepare everything very well for the most important competition we have in sport.

    I'm positive.

    I expect a great World Cup. We know what we are doing.

    The sacrifice we are making, the seminars, talking and talking, is because we want to achieve a goal.

    I'm sure the referees understand that.

    their message, and they will do very well.” Living Football, July 2022 (https://fifa.fans/3SLWWr3).

  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


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  •  Super Falcons to take on U S in friendlies in September
    Super Falcons to take on U.S. in friendlies in September
     Super Falcons to take on U S in friendlies in September
    Super Falcons to take on U.S. in friendlies in September
    Sports1 month ago

    Super Falcons to take on U.S. in friendlies in September

    Nine-time African champions Nigeria will head to the U.S. for a two-match tour against the country’s Women’s National Team (USWNT) in September.Ademola Olajire, Head of Communications at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a statement on Wednesday said both teams will clash at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.Both sides are presently competing in their respective continental tournaments, and will play the matches on Sept. 3 and Sept. 6.The USWNT is the most successful team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, having won four out of all eight championships competed for so far.Meanwhile, the Super Falcons have won the African championship nine times and  played in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.The match in Kansas City will see Vlatko Andonovski, appointed coach of USWNT at the end of 2019, return to his home area for the second time.Andonovski says he is excited to send out his players against the Super Falcons: “First, I’m just excited to play two matches against Nigeria.“They have some very talented players who will present a lot of different problems for us to solve on both sides of the ball.“Secondly, of course we’re looking forward to bringing the team (U.S.) back to one of the best football stadiums in the United States in Kansas City.“We are getting to play our first game at Audi Field,” Andonovski said.The USWNT have already qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, becoming the 12thteam to reach the finals and the first team from the CONCACAF region.The Super Falcons are billed to face Cameroon in the quarter-finals of the ongoing WAFCON later on Thursday in Casablanca.A victory against the West African rivals will see Nigeria qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Troost Ekong s own goal hands Mexico 2 1 win over Eagles
    Troost-Ekong’s own goal hands Mexico 2-1 win over Eagles
     Troost Ekong s own goal hands Mexico 2 1 win over Eagles
    Troost-Ekong’s own goal hands Mexico 2-1 win over Eagles
    General news3 months ago

    Troost-Ekong’s own goal hands Mexico 2-1 win over Eagles

    Super Eagles’ captain William Troost-Ekong  on Saturday cleared into his team’s net to gift Mexico a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in an international friendly at Dallas in the U.S.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match was the Super Eagles’ first of two international friendlies lined up by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

    It was also head coach Jose Peseiro’s first game in charge of the team, and part of their preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

    While Nigeria failed to qualify for this year’s FIFA World Cup, El Tri are using the game to prepare for the event in Qatar.

    The match was the first of three friendlies for the Mexicans before their CONCACAF Nations League opener against Suriname in June.

    Santiago Gimenez opened the scoring for a makeshift Mexico squad in the 13th minute.

    It was with a great finish as they got their international window off to a positive start In front of a healthy crowd in Arlington.

    The Mexicans bossed the first half with Gerardo Martino using the second half primarily as an opportunity to integrate Diego Lainez and Edson Alvarez from the bench.

    Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho made some superb saves to contain their opponents in the first half and keep the Super Eagles in the game.

    Peseiro’s boys however grew more into the game in the second half and got a well-deserved equaliser through Cyriel Dessers in the 54th minute from a powerful header.

    It was Dessers first international goal for the national team.

    However, defender Troost-Ekong inadvertently conceded an own goal in an attempt to clear the ball from a delicate cross into the penalty box in the 56th minute.

    The match was thereafter cagey and saw the introduction of a few players from the Nigeria Professional Football League League (NPFL) towards the end, with about 20 minutes left.

    Enyimba’s Victor Mbaoma, and Ishaq Rafiu and Chiamaka Madu (both from Rivers United) replaced Terem Moffi (Lorient FC, France), Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France) and Dessers (Feyenoord, Netherlands) respectively.

    They helped the team to hold on for a commendable finish.

    Troost-Ekong’s own-goal eventually proved the difference between the two sides, in spite of coming barely two minutes after Dessers equaliser for Nigeria.

    NAN reports that the Super Eagles will face Ecuador on Thursday before attention shifts to the 2023 AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Mauritius in June.

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  •  Peseiro ready to manage with 20 Eagles in U S for 2 friendlies
    Peseiro ready to manage with 20 Eagles in U.S. for 2 friendlies
     Peseiro ready to manage with 20 Eagles in U S for 2 friendlies
    Peseiro ready to manage with 20 Eagles in U.S. for 2 friendlies
    General news3 months ago

    Peseiro ready to manage with 20 Eagles in U.S. for 2 friendlies

    Super Eagles’ coach José Peseiro has opted for positivity and pragmatism as he starts his managerial stint with Nigeria on Saturday in Dallas, U.S.

    The Portuguese is having to deal with the forced absence of a number of key players, including team captain Ahmed Musa, from the friendly games against Mexico and Ecuador.

    Musa, and goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defenders Zaidu Sanusi and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo, Azubuike Okechukwu, Alhassan Yusuf and Samson Tijani, and forwards Samuel Chukwueze and Sadiq Umar are unavailable.

    They were unable to make it to the U.S. as a combination of factors, including visa hitches, injuries and career concerns took their toll.

    “You have to be practical and face the challenges when they come this way or any other way.

    “We would have loved to have everyone here and see how well they have put the 2022 FIFA World Cup miss behind them and forged on.

    “But what we have is what we have. I have chosen to be positive and I have resolved to work hard to use the resources available to make Nigeria great again,” Peseiro said.

    The coach however said he was happy to have such an excellent pool of players who are committed and ready to give their all every time.

    “This situation was not something they created: challenges do turn up that way.

    “We have a number of options who have been told to rise up to the occasion.

    “Every player who gets the chance to wear the Nigeria jersey should be proud of that opportunity and give it their all.” 

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that three-time African champions Nigeria are up against the senior national teams of Mexico and Ecuador in Dallas and Harrison respectively.

    It is the team’s first gathering and run-out since narrowly missing a ticket to the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar in March.

    The Eagles will take on Mexico’s El Tri, perennial CONCACAF champions, at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday as from 7 p.m. Texas time (1 a.m Sunday in Nigeria).

    However, team’s deputy captain William Ekong and forwards Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi are in as the Eagles get set for the clash with the Mexicans on Saturday night.

    Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders Olaoluwa Aina and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielders Joseph Ayodele-Aribo and Innocent Bonke, and forwards Cyril Dessers and Terem Moffi are also part of the party.

    Eight home-based professionals, including goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo, defender Ibrahim Buhari, midfielder Chiamaka Madu and forwards Victor Mbaoma and Ishaq Kayode Rafiu are also in the U.S. to fight for shirts.

    Uzoho and Awaziem departed from Istanbul on Thursday morning and arrived the team’s The Adolphus Hotel in the evening, taking the number of players in camp to 19.

    Only forward Cyriel Dessers was still being expected on Friday morning.

    After the clash with El Tri, the Super Eagles’ contingent will head to Harrison on Sunday for their friendly against Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena on Thursday. 

    The two matches have been designed as physical, mental and psychological reawakening for the Super Eagles.

    This is ahead of next month’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) .qualifying duels with Sierra Leone and Mauritius in Abuja and St. Pierre respectively.

    NAN reports that Nigeria host Sierra Leone at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on June 9 from 5 p.m.

    They will then head to St. Pierre for their encounter with the Les Dodos of Mauritius at the Cote D’Or National Sports Complex as from 1 p.m. Mauritius time (10 a.m Nigeria time) on June 13.

    PLAYERS AVAILABLE FOR THE MATCHES

    Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Adewale Adeyinka (Akwa United); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba International FC)

    Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)

    Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ibrahim Buhari (Plateau United); Sani Faisal (Katsina United) 

    Midfielders: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England)

    Chiamaka Madu (Rivers United); Innocent Bonke (FC Lorient, France); Babatunde Bello (Akwa United)

    Forwards: Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord FC, The Netherlands)

    Victor Mbaoma (Enyimba International FC); Ishaq Rafiu (Rivers United); Terem Moffi (FC Lorient, France)

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  •  Ideas shared quality standards raised at FIFA technical development workshop in Dubai
    Ideas shared, quality standards raised at FIFA technical development workshop in Dubai
     Ideas shared quality standards raised at FIFA technical development workshop in Dubai
    Ideas shared, quality standards raised at FIFA technical development workshop in Dubai
    Africa4 months ago

    Ideas shared, quality standards raised at FIFA technical development workshop in Dubai

    The FIFA Coach Development Program (www.FIFA.com) aims to raise the standards of coach education globally; Technical development leaders from the six confederations present; Successful pilot programs share the findings of the technical workshops.

    The FIFA coach development team joined technical experts from all six confederations at a FIFA technical development workshop in Dubai last week, learning and sharing methods for raising coach development standards around the world.

    Technical leaders from pilot programs in the US, Australia, Senegal, and Brazil shared the findings of their own workshops in the interest of disseminating best practices globally.

    In line with the FIFA President's Vision 2020-2023 (https://fifa.fans/3rqBr2Z) to make football truly global, FIFA aims to align similar standards and benchmarks around the world.

    This involves high-level collaboration between FIFA technical experts and FIFA Member Associations (MAs), who also have access to the resources of the FIFA Training Center platform (www.FIFATrainingCentre.com).

    “It is crucial for FIFA technical experts who come from different confederations and regions,” said Branimir Ujevic, FIFA Head of Coach Development.

    "They are FIFA's voice on the pitch in coach educator development and it is vital that every coach educator can access the FIFA Training Center platform where they will learn in their own language."

    The workshop in Dubai consisted of classroom lessons, practical sessions in the field, and demonstrations from MAs that have already launched their own programs.

    FIFA may be leading the program, but it is crucial that individual MAs are proactive and adapt the guidelines to fit their own situation and needs.

    “We can give the starting signal, but then it is the responsibility of the member associations to move forward,” stressed FIFA's Head of Technical Services, Jürg Nepfer.

    “We saw yesterday in the communications with the pilot projects in Australia, Brazil, Senegal, the US as well, that they are really grateful, even Brazil, that this program is in place and they are motivated to go ahead with it.”

    “I am convinced that if everyone is working together, and if everyone is exploring his, her or [their] potential, then I am sure that the program will be successful. And with this, too, the development of football can progress globally.”

    The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) is one of the MAs that has already carried out its own Coach Trainers Development Program in January (https://fifa.fans/37kge3N) and is in the process of obtaining the certification of its trainers from coaches by the CBF, supported by FIFA.

    A CBF delegation made a presentation on their findings in Dubai.

    “In Brazil, we have already implemented it. It was a great success”, explained Mauricio Marques, CBF Head of Training for Coaches.

    “We already have seven certified coach educators. We are going to have 20 certified coach educators by the end of July, and I can guarantee that it is already affecting the quality of the teaching, the quality of the interactions that the Brazilian instructors are promoting in terms of producing better coaches and obviously, producing better players.” .

    The Dubai workshop focused on the exchange of ideas.

    Eduardo Rergis Pacheco, former Mexico defender and now CONCACAF coach, was one of those who participated in the workshop.

    “We tackled very important topics, especially how we can have a real impact on coaches, both from the professional side with the most important coaching licenses as well as determining how to give players the best training possible,” he said.

    “I believe that football is a living being that feels, breathes and constantly develops. We cannot stand idly by. We have to incorporate new ideas in which technology and communication give us the option to have a positive impact”.

    The next FIFA Coach Educator Development Program will take place in Australia in early May.

  •  Lions and Scorpions on the rise
    Lions and Scorpions on the rise
     Lions and Scorpions on the rise
    Lions and Scorpions on the rise
    Africa6 months ago

    Lions and Scorpions on the rise

    Belgium maintains first place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking; Senegal and Gambia advance after Nations Cup; switch to top 5.

    After winning their maiden CAF Africa Cup of Nations title last weekend, Senegal continued their rise to the top echelons of world football. In fact, the Teranga Lions have risen to 18th place in the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the highest position in their history. Unsurprisingly, the Nations Cup generated most of the movement seen in the first edition of the Rankings of the year.

    That said, there was action beyond the borders of the Mother Continent, most notably in the form of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, with the results affecting even the top 5 places. Argentina (4th, +1) used the international window to take fourth place from England (5th, -1), after impressive results in the South American qualifiers. Belgium (1, unchanged) remains on pole position ahead of Brazil (2, unchanged) and France (3, unchanged). Aside from Senegal, the top-ranked African nation in the standings, Cameroon (38, +12), which finished third in the African Cup, and runner-up Egypt (34, +11) have made the most significant moves within the TOP 50 Others Notable moves were Canada (33, +7) and Costa Rica (42, +7), thanks to their stellar performances during the Qatar 2022 qualifiers in the CONCACAF zone. However, the biggest jump this month was made by Gambia (125, +25), the Scorpions moving up 25 places thanks to reaching the African Cup quarter-finals. Equatorial Guinea, which also reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, climbs 15 places and is already in the Top 100. Other notable increases were those of Malawi (119, +10) and Gabon (82, +7). For its part, Mali (48, +5) made more modest gains but nonetheless broke into the Top 50.

    With eight of its teams already in the Top 50 (1 up this edition), CAF consolidates its third place in the confederation ranking, to the detriment of the AFC (4 teams in the Top 50, down 1). The other confederations have the same number of representatives as in the December 2021 Ranking: 26 for UEFA, 8 for CONMEBOL, 4 for CONCACAF and none for OFC.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3uFPvrM) to see the full standings.

    The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on March 31, 2022.

    Leader Belgium (unchanged)Countries entering Top 10 NoneCountries leaving Top 10 NoneTotal games played 116Most games played Burkina Faso (8 games)Most increase in points Gambia (plus 85.44 points)Most increase in places Gambia (plus 25 places)Largest drop in points Algeria (minus 55.58 points)Largest drop in places Algeria (minus 14 places)Countries joining Ranking NoneCountries leaving Ranking NoneInactive teams unranked Cook Islands