The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped one position to 49th in the latest FIFA world rankings released after 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ where the team failed to make it out of group stage.
Nigeria tallied a total point of 1410, a slight difference from 1409.66 previously earned which leaves it joint 49th with Russia and 7th in Africa.
Elsewhere world champions France (1st, up 6) have reclaimed pole position of a much-changed FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time in over 16 years, returning to a spot they last held in May 2002.
The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking is the first edition since the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the new ranking formula took effect.
The formula, which was approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous points total rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the ranking.
The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their points totals, with no devaluation of older games. Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule being matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup™.
Just three points, however, separate Les Bleus from Russia 2018 semi-finalists Belgium (2nd, up 1), while World Cup runners-up Croatia (4th, up 16) have equaled their record ranking position, last reached in June 2013. Other big movers include Uruguay (5th, up 9), England (6th, up 6), Sweden (13th, up 11) and World Cup hosts Russia (49th, up 21).
Previous leaders Germany (15th, down 14) among several sides suffered due to group-stage elimination in Russia. Poland (18th, down 10), Peru (20th, down 9) and Costa Rica and Iceland (joint 32nd, down 9 and 10 respectively) have also slipped down the table on the back of disappointing World Cup campaigns at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.