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Bafana's Place In New FIFA Rankings System Revealed

FIFA have updated their rankings using the new system for the first time today, with Bafana Bafana sat between Syria and China.

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Here's a brief eplanation from FIFA on the new way of ranking teams that has now been implemented, with the governing body no longer taking into account which confederation a team comes from when it comes to collecting points.

They said, "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."
 
Bafana haven't moved in this month's rankings and remain 74th - below Syria and above China - although will get the chance to improve their position in the next few months as they oplay out a handful of African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
 

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