Malta is still ranked 161st in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as the March edition was published on Thursday.
Among the other European countries, Malta is ranked 50th. Lying just ahead of Malta are Georgia (122, down 2), Kazakhstan (125, up 6), Lithuania (128), FYR Macedonia (138), Luxembourg (142) and Moldova (156, down 1). The only other European countries lying behind Malta are Liechtenstein (163, up 2), San Marino (198) and Andorra (201).
Malta plays Moldova in a friendly match on March 24 in a friendly match at Ta’ Qali.
Meanwhile the March edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was marked by few changes in the top 50, with most teams yet to play in 2016. Only 14 ‘A’ matches were taken into account for March, all of which were international friendlies. The total number of games played in 2016 currently stands at 58.
At the table’s summit Belgium continue to dominate, while Argentina, Spain, Germany and Chile stay closely pressed to the leaders. Four-time world champions Italy (14, plus 1) meanwhile, recorded the only positive movement in the top 20 this month. Further down the table, Poland gained the most ground of the top 50 teams, climbing three places (31, plus 3) while Serbia (50, plus 1) re-entered the top 50 at Norway’s expense (51, minus 1).
While no team reached its best ever position in the March ranking, a few teams successfully held onto their best ever positions, namely: Belgium (1), Chile (5), Austria (10), Hungary (19) and Kyrgyzstan (105).