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Asian teams nose-dive in latest FIFA rankings

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IRNA - Iran and other Asian teams have moved down in the latest rankings issued by the world soccer's governing body FIFA Wednesday. 
Standing 41st, Iran has found itself seven places below in comparison with its ranking in the previous month. 
Japan and South Korea tied at the 24th slot, winning 643 points. 
Japan has come down one step and Korea ranked three places below. Here below comes the list of Asian teams with their points and rankings: 
24. Japan, 643 points, one step down 
24. South Korea, 643 points, three steps down 
41. Iran, 600 points, 7 steps down 
46. Saudi Arabia, 581 points, four steps down 
64. Iraq, 531 points, 8 steps down 
65. Thailand, 529 points, 6 steps down 
70. China, 510 points, two steps down 
74. Qatar, 499 points, three steps down 
Brazil is still the leader with 834 points followed by France and Spain with 814 and 762 points respectively. 
Leading FIFA world soccer rankings are as follows. May's position are in brackets: 
1. (1) Brazil 834 points 
2. (2=) France 814 
3. (2=) Spain 762 
4. (5) Argentina 754 
5. (6) Netherlands 752 
6. (4) Germany 745 
7. (8) Turkey 733 
8. (7) England 727 
9. (10=) United States 717 
10. (13) Czech Republic 712 
11= (12) Italy 711 
11= (9) Mexico 711 
13. (10=) Denmark 710 
14. (15) Ireland 703 
15. (14) Portugal 692 
16. (18) Cameroon 691 
17. (16) Belgium 672 
18= (17) Costa Rica 663 
18= (20) Sweden 663 
20. (19) Paraguay 657 
FIFA's standings are based on a statistical analysis of countries' results over eight years, weighted according to how recently the matches were played, the strength of the opponents and the importance of each match.

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