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Revision of the World Ranking

The new formula, the Elo method of calculation adds/subtracts points (as opposed to averaging points) for individual matches to/from a team’s existing point total. 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.

Elo ratings have been used in other sports for decades. A modified version of the Elo rating is currently in use for the FIFA Women’s World Ranking.

The SUM version developed specifically for the new FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking was fine- tuned to reflect a number of FIFA’s considerations, including the following:

  • Adjusting the game weightings to give:
    • less importance to friendly matches and more importance to final round competitions, such as the FIFA World Cup Finals
    • more importance to knock-out stage matches than group stage matches in final competitions
  • Excluding losses in knock-out rounds of final competitions from the calculation

The formula for the SUM algorithm is as follows:

P = Pbefore + I * (W – We)

Pbefore: Points before the match

I: importance of match
I= 0.5 Friendly matches played outside of International Match Calendar windows
I= 1.0 Friendly matches played during International Match Calendar windows
I= 1.5 Group phase matches of Nations League competitions
I= 2.5 Play-off and final matches of Nations League competitions
I= 2.5 Qualification matches for Confederations final competitions and for FIFA World Cup final competitions
I= 3.5 Confederation final competition matches up until the QF stage
I= 4.0 Confederation final competition matches from the QF stage onwards; all FIFA Confederations Cup matches
I= 5.0 FIFA World Cup final competition matches up until QF stage
I= 6.0 FIFA World Cup final competition matches from QF stage onwards

W: result of the match
1 = win; 0.5 = draw; 0 = defeat

We: expected result of the match
We = 1 / (10(-dr/600) + 1), with dr=difference in ratings of the two playing teams, i.e. dr = [Pbefore of Team A – Pbefore of Team B]

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BFA and FNBB launch partnership

Botswana Football Association and First National Bank on Thursday launched a 3-year Sponsorship worth 3 million Pula.

Speaking at the launch, FNBB CEO Steven Bogatsu highlighted that Like many of economies around the world, Botswana is grappling with youth unemployment.

“It is upon us and government to help with this unemployment, ” said Bogatsu.

He says FNBB has committed to help junior teams through the 3 years sponsorship.

This is the second initiative to sponsor youth as in June FNBB partnered with tertiary schools. Bogatsu went on to say that even though they didn’t have the budget they found it fit to look for funds to help these teams. He said their decision was inspired by the BFA’s strategic plan to improve local football.

When taking the centre stage, BFA President said Football is about partnership. It’s about human development, it’s the property of the state. To improve the sport all partner must be involved. He welcomed the commitment of FNBB as it will be a major assistance towards the junior teams.

Letshwiti highlighted that cooperate companies must continue coming to football to market themselves and to ensure the growth of sports and their different brands

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