After completion of the 2018 World Cup in Russia last month, the FIFA monthly rankings of August have been released today.

Uganda remained stagnant in the 82nd position in the latest World Rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing body.
Remaining in the same position by Uganda Cranes comes as a result of not participating in any friendly or competitive games over the past month.

However, the Cranes still remain the best in the East African region with neighbours Kenya in position 112, Tanzania at 140, Burundi at 148 and Rwanda at 136.

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Tunisia (24), Senegal (24), Congo DR (37), Ghana (45) and Morocco (46) are the top five countries in Africa.
World Cup champions France go top of the rankings replacing Germany who fell to 15th. Belgium, Brazil, Croatia and Uruguay complete the top five.

Croatia (4th, up 16), Uruguay (5th, up 9), England (6th, up 6), Denmark (9th, up 3) are the countries that moved into the top ten.
2018 World Cup hosts Russia were the best movers, climbing up by 21 places to position 49, while Egypt fell hardest, dropping by 20 places to 65.

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

The new version developed by FIFA was named “SUM” as it relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the World Ranking.

The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on September 20, 2018.

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