FIFA Ranking remains static as the world fights Covid-19

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The ongoing measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 have resulted in little football of late and, consequently, next-to-no movement in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

A whole raft of international fixtures, including qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and other major tournaments, were postponed, while dates were redrawn for showpiece men’s events such as the Olympic Football Tournament, CONMEBOL Copa America and UEFA EURO.

Amid this upheaval, the Ranking was impacted by just four matches – all friendlies – and, as such, remains all but identical to the previous edition.

Malta therefore remains third from bottom in Europe (184th), just ahead of Gibraltar (196) and San Marino (209). Lying just ahead of Malta are Liechtenstein (180) and Moldova (175).

Gibraltar, San Marino and Liechtenstein will be playing in Group D2 of the UEFA Nations League while Malta was drawn with Latvia (137), Andorra (135) and Faroe Islands (110). The UEFA Nations League is scheduled between September and November.

Malta was due to play a number of friendly matches ahead of this competition but last March’s games against Gibraltar and Azerbaijan and the games scheduled for June against Slovenia and Portugal were called off.