The women’s teams in Uruguay and Puerto Rico have agreed to meet on Thursday, April 8th at Domingo Bourgoinho Miguel Stadium at 7:00 pm and on Monday April 12th in Centenario at 8:00 pm. However, hours ago, a message from Puerto Rican leaders realized they could not travel due to conditions caused by the pandemic. To the annoyance of coach Ariel Longo, who was waiting for this match as a first step towards the Copa America next year, and had begun full training on Monday at the Uruguay Football Association (AUF) High Performance Center, more colloquially known as Complejo Celeste, the moves were canceled. Planned. Obviously, the arrival of several foreign players who have already been treated – or have already done so – will also cancel their trips.
Days ago, in the edition of Wednesday 17 March, we reported the two teams’ places in the FIFA Women’s Ranking. Faced with some informational distortions on this issue that has been repeated now but has already been heard since 2018, it will be interesting to address the matter with the details emerging from reality.
These two matches could have been scored in the FIFA Women’s Ranking. It was only necessary to comply with the initial procedures, especially to communicate with FIFA, and very simple requirements to achieve this. AUF offices know very well how to do this. Once these steps are completed, these matches will leave, notwithstanding all the benefits that an international confrontation always brings, the possibility of progressing in this accepted comparative index of strength of the different national teams, a ranking that the International Federation performs. Football Association (FIFA) in men’s and women’s soccer separately. The more matches are played, the more appropriately the mobile phone scaling will reflect those always fluctuating relationships and will define our place in the international comparison. There, through the number of international matches our women’s first team has played, we will see our fundamental deficit: there are very few games played since 1996 (the date the first CAF teams were appointed).
Introduction to FIFA Ranking
FIFA Ranking is an approach to reality, not reality itself, as it can be, and usually changes, with logical increases and decreases in sportsmanship and proficiency levels in achieving good results. The male ranking, the most prevalent, is generally accepted and is used multiple times to request group integrations or series of different tournaments, giving subtle but interesting advantages to those in the best places.
The procedure for awarding points for each game played was to incorporate tweaks or small tweaks, but it retained many key concepts. For example, beating a team in a higher position will give more points than beating a team in a lower ranking. Another example: a victory in 2021 will give more points than a victory obtained, for example, in 2018. The importance of the match is also important: a victory in a friendly match will give fewer units than those obtained in the World Cup or America’s Cup.
The FIFA Men’s Ranking began in August 1993. The women’s ranking emerged ten years later. In the specific case of matches that were due to be played in the next few days and which have been postponed, it must be remembered that Uruguay is 69th in the FIFA Women’s Ranking and Puerto Rico is 98. As data color, it should be noted – although it has nothing to do with this article. Uruguay ranks eighth in the FIFA Men’s Ranking, and Puerto Ricans at 179.
The historic journey of Uruguay’s women’s football
This should not cause much controversy, and most should work to correct tracks or insist on improvement measures. However, it so happened that false and confusing information was presented, from official figures, praising the non-existent comparative growth.
The FIFA Women’s Ranking has been in place since 2003, and like the men’s ranking, it does not take into account the activities of the youth teams, only the older ones. Uruguay’s position fluctuated slightly. The best position was achieved in 2008, when it reached the 55th position, and the lowest was the closest, in 2018, when it reached the 74th position, which is the worst since the trip that began in 2003, in the 67th position. And in 2019 it reached the 73rd position. The current situation last year is 69. FIFA reported these days that the “average position” in Uruguay, “since the creation of the FIFA World Ranking (Female)” is 68, which is very close to the current position. It should be noted that, in some periods, Uruguay was excluded from the classification for not playing matches. In those cases keep the registry, but not in the center.
The Uruguay sector has always been, as we repeat, a narrow margin of 19 spots, between 55 and 74.
Annotation isn’t always shown: Ranking moves – can move – Teams even if they’re not competing. Without playing, the other teams do so and drop or advance into Uruguay’s position – in this case – and adjust it. The vast majority of the movements that appear to be of the heavenly feminine in that area of the 19 indicated locations are more due to the consequences of parties with other choices than having degrees. Matches with Puerto Rico will be the opportunity these days to take advantage of them.
Results and comparisons
In order not to make this article cumbersome, we have chosen, in the data presented, to base ourselves not on all points but on the situations resulting from them. Uruguay is 69th with 1,346 points. Puerto Rico is ranked 98th for having 1172 points as explanatory data, we will now present other important scores to give a richer informational idea.
The United States ranked first in the women’s ranking, with a score of 2,192. They are followed by five European teams: Germany (2,091), France (2,032), the Netherlands (2,023), Sweden (2,009) and England (1,999). The top ten were completed by four non-European teams: Australia (1963), Brazil and Canada (1958) and Japan (1937).
In the CONMEBOL field, the Peruvian and Bolivian teams were excluded – always temporarily – even though they maintained their scores. The remaining eight teams are Uruguay, last. Brazil – eighth in the last standings with 1958 points, as mentioned above – comfortably leads the South American region. As for the rest, Colombia (26th with 1,700 points), Argentina (31st with 1659 points), Chile (36th with 1628), Paraguay (47th with 1,490), Venezuela (55th place with 1,425 points), and Ecuador ( 60th (1393), Uruguay (60th). 69 degrees with 1,346).
to the future
The goal doesn’t necessarily have to be to be good at rating FIFA. Arrangement is a reflection of reality. In other words, the goal of women’s football should be to have good national representation and efforts in this direction are being appreciated. When we have more and better international competition, the ranking will reverse that progress.
The steps forward we take in the near future to overcome inner activity are also important. For example, it is not a good idea to have four months of inactivity at the start of the year or six months of vacation, as it did more than once a few years ago. It is also not a good idea to enter a tournament where two teams are fighting for the title (Nacional and Peñarol to be exact) and the rest play with other secondary goals. There is a correlation between having attractive and motivating tournaments with the strength of the resulting choices.
Since 1996 until now, women’s football in Uruguay, seniors, seniors, children’s soccer, Montevideo football and football in different geographic regions have always been in the forefront. Not stopping is the point. There are still many goals to be proposed and achieved. In the long run, every step of progress will be verified through the collective professionalism approach, through more encouragement for young men and women, through better participation in regional tournaments to be closer to the world championships.
To be better in FIFA’s ranking, this will be both reflexive and motivational data.