France, who were crowned winners of the tournament after beating Croatia in the final, moved up to first in the rankings for the first time since 2002. Croatia, on the other hand, escalated 16 places up to fourth.
Mexico’s performance in Russia was only good enough to move them down to 16th, coincidentally one spot below Germany. Joachim Low’s men arrived to the tournament as the defending champions and first in FIFA’s world rankings but were ousted in the group stage following a shock defeat to Mexico in their first game.
It is worth mentioning that this is the first time FIFA uses their new formula to come up with these rankings. As FIFA states in their website, “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 point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the Ranking.”
The next FIFA’s world rankings will be released on September 20.