Wednesday, September 24, 1997

How did the USA get a world ranking of 5?

This seems a ridiculous ranking to me given that they were clearly outclassed by 2nd ranked Czech Rep. 3-0

I don't think they are better than any of the top 20 teams.

1 Brazil
2 Czech Republic
3 Netherlands
4 Mexico
5 USA
Spain
7 Portugal
8 France
9 Argentina
10 England
11 Nigeria
Denmark
13 Italy
14 Turkey
15 Cameroon
16 Sweden
17 Egypt
18 Japan
19 Germany
20 Greece

How does the ranking system work? How are points allocated?

Shouldn't they use a better system?

Answer on How did the USA get a world ranking of 5?

It's way too complicated and long to explain it here (as is always the case with stupid systems of any kind). If you want to know more about FIFA rankings visit http://www.fifa.com/en/mens/statistics/rank/procedures/0,2540,3,00.html
I completely agree with you that the ranking is ridiculous. FIFA developed it in association with Coca Cola so it's not surprising :)