Auckland City FC ranked with world's best

Words: ACFC Media

Thursday 30 September 2010

Picture: Phototek NZ

Auckland City FC has maintained it’s Club World Ranking inside the “Top 350” on the recently released list which is published monthly by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Auckland City is currently ranked the 312th club side in world football by the IFFHS, down from their highest position of 237th, attained in April 2010.

Auckland City’s current ranking is the highest of any New Zealand side and places them above all other clubs in the Australasia and South Pacific region. Melbourne Victory FC (Australia, 313th), reigning O-League champions PRK Hekari United (Papua New Guinea, 316th) and Adelaide United FC (Australia, 330th) are the only other clubs from this part of the world to make last month’s list.

FIFA Club World Cup champions, FC Barcelona, head the rankings from UEFA Champions League winners, Inter Milan (Italy). Chelsea FC is the leading English side coming in at 4th position.

African club champions, TP Mazembe (Congo DR), who Auckland City defeated in the 5th place play-off at the Club World Cup last December, currently sit in 81st position. They are the highest ranked team from the African Confederation (CAF).

Club Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina, 12th) are the highest ranked side from the South American Confederation (CONMEBOL). Pachuca CF (Mexico, 63rd) are the top club side from the North & Central American Confederation (CONCACAF), while FC Pohang Steelers (Korea Republic, 77th) are the highest ranked club in the Asian Confederation (AFC).

The IFFHS is an organisation based in Bonn, Germany that is officially recognised by FIFA, who provide it with logistical support. It was founded in 1984 and it’s primary role is to chronicle the history, statistics and records of Association Football.

Since 1991 the IFFHS has produced a monthly Club World Ranking. The ranking takes into consideration the results of 12 months of continental and intercontinental competitions, national league matches and the most important national cup competition in each country.

All countries are rated at four levels based on the relevant strength of their national competition. Likewise, continental competitions are rated on various levels with the UEFA Champions League (Europe) and the Copa Libertadores (South America) having a higher points system than those used for Asian (AFC), African (CAF), North & Central American (CONCACAF) and Oceania (OFC) continental tournaments.

For a full list of the current “Top 350” ranking positions, as at 31st July 2010, please refer to the following link:

http://www.iffhs.de/?10f42e00fa2d17f73702fa3016e23c17f7370eff3702bb0a35bb6f28f5350f

 

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