World club football (soccer) review - March 31, 2023
Among the High Supreme clubs, only 3: Bayern, Real and City remain in the running as candidates to win the UEFA Champions League and to be the best club in the world in the next ranking. They are head to head, and probably the winner of UEFA Champions League will take the best spot in the world club ranking in June.
Bayern appeared to be the best at the end of March. Leading the German league and winning all their games this season in the Champions League, and not just with any teams (Inter, PSG or Barcelona) with a goal ratio of 21:2 – these are the obvious reasons why the algorithms pointed to Bayern as the best team of the first quarter of 2023. Bayern’s authorities probably took too big of a risk with the change of the coach – which may cost Bayern losing the crown in the second quarter.
Real knows how to win against good teams, but does worse against the weak ones. Hence the big point loss to Barcelona in La Liga. This is also the reason why Real was not rated the highest in the world, however, winning the club world championship in February placed them in second place. City impresses with its squad and for many it is the best club in the world. However, to be the best you have to be ranked first in the domestic league. Meanwhile, City still can’t catch up to Arsenal.
The other top clubs have gotten “breathless”. Chelsea is going down to the middle of the Premier League, although they are still playing in the Champions League. It’s even worse for Liverpool, which is not showing its best side in both competitions. Barcelona wins against the weak teams, but loses against the strong ones. As a result, the La Liga leader no longer counts in European competitions. PSG still can’t break through the glass ceiling. As we can see, it takes more than a huge budget to be a champion.
Rest of the world
In Asia, Al-Hilal Saudi (نادي الهلال السعودي) is trending upward. Winning against Flamengo and finishing second in the FIFA Club World Cup, allowed the club to move up a class. Meanwhile, Ulsan’s cumulative value keeps Al-Hilal from taking the first place. The AFC Champions League finals in April and May may bring changes in Q2. However, Al-Hilal needs to pull up its score in the domestic league to think about the Asian crown.
In North America, the most change came from the MLS rating upgrade and Liga MX downgrade. This caused MLS clubs to go up and Mexican clubs to go down. As a result, the leader of the Western Conference and the winner of the previous Champions League season: Seattle Sounders took the position of the best club in the CONCACAF zone. There was also a new Caribbean leader in the Rankings. A sensational win in a two-match series against Austin brought Violette from Haiti to be visible in world soccer.
In South America, there were no major changes, Palmeiras is still the leader. Moreover, Flamengo missed a chance by losing the FIFA Club World Cup semifinals and the Recopa Sudamericana. In all of CONMEBOL, only one club has been upgraded a class upper – Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle, the winner of the Recopa Sudamericana.
In Africa, there were no significant shifts either. Wydad (نادي الوداد الرياضي) and Al Ahly (النادي الاهلي الرياضي) are fighting equally for supremacy in Africa. Wydad has better results in the Champions League, but their performance in the Club World Cup was poor. A-Ahly were slightly worse in the Champions League, but were much better in the FIFA Club World Cup. Both teams are at the top of their domestic leagues and have a chance for the championship.
In Europe, outside the top segment, there are a few noticeable changes. After a few years, Napoli overtook Juventus and became the best Italian club in the world ranking. Juventus clearly lost due to penalty points in the domestic league. Nevertheless, Serie A clubs have the best performance of all the Top 5 Leagues in this edition of the Champions League, which is why Milan and Inter, together with Napoli, are climbing to the top. All Russian clubs are loosing their position due to the exclusion from the competitions, and their rating has clearly been going downwards. Unfortunately, the war has also negatively affected Ukrainian clubs, which have been having worse results in the continental competitions. Despite this, Shakhtar Donetsk has not lost its position as the best club from the Eastern European region.
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Best S. America / CONMEBOL
Best N-C America / CONCACAF
Best Asia / AFC
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Best Oceania / OFC
Best AFC West Asian
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Best AFC Southeast Asia
Best South Asia
Best Southern Africa
Best West Africa
Best Central Africa
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Best CONMEBOL Southern Cone
Best Central America
Best Western Continental Europe
Best C-E Mediterranean Europe
Best Central Europe
Best South Slavic / Balkan Zone
Best Eastern Europe
Best Middle East UEFA
Best UEFA C-N Asia & Caucasia
Description of Ranking Coefficients & Indexes
The KA Club Coefficient decides, as a rule, about the quarterly position of a club in world club ranking (the KA Global Football Club Rating). This coefficient is calculated according to the formula:= (IC3 x 3 + Global League Coefficient x 2 + Domestic Club Coefficient x 1) / 6
The value of the coefficient can be increased according to positive results on the FIFA Club World Cup.
The factor IC3 shown in the formula is a combination of the Continental Index and the Continental Club Coefficient
Continental Index is a common term for the Power Index of Federation (PIF) & the Virtual Performance Index of Federation (VIF). Both are related to strength of the continent (continental federation/confederation) from the perspective of clubs and leagues (not national teams).
PIF & VIF combined with the Continental Club Coefficient give the Inter-Continental Club Coefficient (IC3).
Percentage number appeared above is the VIF.
Global League Coefficient
Global League Coefficient (the KA League Coefficient) arises from the KA Global Football Leagues Rating determined twice for the season.
The KA League Coefficient can be find in rating table in the hidden column (four middle digits inserted in the KA Rate Code).
The percentage number appeared above is a result of the relation the KA League Coefficient assigned to a single league to the KA League Coefficient assigned to the first currently in the Rating: English Premier League with the coefficient of 1.610. For many leagues – the coefficient is the same, equal to the minimum coefficient (0,410). Only 20 leagues in the world have this index higher.
Continental Club Coefficient
Continental Club Coefficient results from the KA Continental Club Rankings, which are calculated on the basis of the ELO Method.
The competitions which are taken into account are: Champions Leagues, Copa Libertadores and other, similar continental cups, including second tier competitions.
Continental Index combined with Continental Club Coefficient gives Inter-Continental Club Coefficient (IC3).
Percentage number appeared above is a result of the relation the IC3 assigned to the club to the IC3 assigned to the first club currently in the KA Continental Competitions Club Ranking, set for appropriate continent.
Domestic Club Coefficient
Domestic Club Coefficient (DC2) refers to the club’s current position in the league table (Milestone League Table). The Milestone League Table is understood as the final table or table set in the middle of the season. The team holding the first place in the table is assigned the value of the Maximum Coefficient, the last team – the Minimum Coefficient, and for the others the proportionally.
The Maximum Coefficient and the Minimum Coefficient have been set for the season 2022/23 (according to the Opening of the `Year 2023 Global Leagues Ranking), respectively in the amount of: 1.600 and 0.410.
In the final table, teams relegated to lower league are not included, and at the same time the teams that have been promoted are taken into account. In the case where the league competition model provides for play-off / knockout matches or additional rounds – the league table is set for the needs of the KA Rating according to appropriate rules.
The percentage number appeared above is a result of the relation the Domestic Club Coefficient assigned to the club to the Domestic Club Coefficient assigned to the club holding currently first position in the Milestone League Table.