Lausanne, Switzerland, February 27, 2009 Ė Brazil continues to dominate the FIVB World Rankings following the online publication of the latest version of the Volleyball rankings on Wednesday.
USA women fell from second to fourth in the latest edition of the FIVB World Rankings
There is no change at the top of the four ranking categories with Brazil senior menís and womenís teams topping their respective lists while Brazil is also ranked No. 1 in the womenís Junior and Youth and Argentina leads the menís Junior and Youth. Brazil is ranked third.
In the senior rankings, the only changes from the last update in November 2009 have come with the removal of the 2007 World Cup from the calculations and a reduction from 50% to 25% in the 2006 FIVB World Championships results and from 100% to 75% in the 2008 Olympic Games results.
The big movers include the Russian women - the defending world champions - who rose from 6th to third as a consequence of USA, who have suffered from the reduction of weighting held by the World Cup and World Championships, dropping from second to fourth. China move from third to second.
Additional winners from the change in ranking are Japan, Germany and Algeria, who have all moved up two spots to fifth, ninth and fifteenth respectively.
In the menís rankings, Serbia has moved up to fourth from sixth while Olympic champions USA are now second ahead of Russia, the two teams now only 8.5 points apart in second and third place.
The Youth and Junior World Rankings see Germany moving up to third at the expense of Turkey in the womenís table. In the menís equivalent, the top 11 remain the same, with Poland being the highest ranked change, moving from 13th to 12th.
The new rankings, as of January 15th, 2010, are in line with reducing the weight of results earned at the 2006 FIVB World Championships, 2007 FIVB World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, with more recent tournaments at the 2009 FIVB World League, World Grand Prix and Continental Championships Games having a greater and more up-to-date influence on the standings as a consequence.
To view the new rankings click here.