FIFA Rankings: Every international football side’s current standings

The FIFA World Rankings determine which football side is the best in the world in between world cups and other tournaments.

Powerhouse countries like Argentina, Brazil and Germany traditionally dominate the standings, while Australia typically sits around the 40-50 mark. The rankings are updated on a monthly basis, often on the first or second Thursday of the month (European time).

Current FIFA Rankings

Rank Country Points (exact points) Points last month
1 Germany 1631 (1631.05) 1606
2 Brazil 1619 (1618.63) 1590
3 Portugal 1446 (1446.38) 1267
4 Argentina 1445 (1444.69) 1325
5 Belgium 1333 (1332.55) 1265
6 Poland 1323 (1322.83) 1250
7 France 1226 (1226.29) 1208
8 Spain 1218 (1217.94) 1183
9 Chile 1173 (1173.14) 1195
10 Peru 1160 (1159.94) 1103
11 Switzerland 1134 (1134.5) 1210
12 England 1116 (1115.96) 1056
13 Colombia 1095 (1094.89) 1191
14 Wales 1072 (1072.45) 1089
15 Italy 1066 (1065.65) 1035
16 Mexico 1060 (1059.6) 1085
17 Uruguay 1034 (1033.91) 1043
18 Croatia 1013 (1012.81) 977
19 Denmark 1001 (1001.39) 848
20 Netherlands 931 (931.21) 819
21 Iceland 920 (919.77) 931
22 Costa Rica 914 (913.7) 936
23 Northern Ireland 889 (889.23) 945
24 Slovakia 885 (884.81) 967
25 Sweden 872 (872.08) 918
26 Republic of Ireland 866 (866.39) 764
27 USA 843 (842.51) 828
28 Tunisia 834 (834.29) 810
29 Scotland 821 (820.57) 702
30 Egypt 818 (818.43)) 815
31 Ukraine 818 (818.27)/td>

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32 Senegal 815 (814.57) 774
33 Turkey 807 (806.64) 842
34 Iran 784 (784.25) 865
35 Congo DR 751 (751.45) 709
36 Paraguay 750 (750.27) 738
37 Bulgaria 750 (749.9) 739
38 Serbia 748.13 (748) 789
39 Austria 745 (745.08) 632
40 Bosnia and Herzegovina 745 (745.08) 761
41 Nigeria 721 (720.92) 696
42 Cameroon 718 (717.56) 689
43 Australia 714 (714.13) 662
44 Japan 711 (711.33) 737
45 Romania 705 (705.23) 714
46 Czech Republic 699 (698.9) 630
47 Greece 682 (681.59) 665
48 Morocco 680 (679.76) 635
49 Panama 670 (669.56) 618
50 Bolivia 664 (663.51) 666

To see the standings of all 209 nations, head over to FIFA’s website.

Germany lift the World Cup after their 1-0 win over Argentina in the final

How the World Rankings work

The rankings aim to ensure the sides with the best recent performances are ranked highly. This is done by judging a team’s performance over the past four years, with a far heavier weighting placed on games in the last 12 months.

Total points
A team’s points total is found by adding the average number of points from matches in the past year and the average number of points from matches from more than a year ago.

Games from 12-24 months ago are given a 50 per cent weighting, 24-36 months are weighted 30 per cent and matches 36-48 months old are weighted just 20 per cent.

Points per match
A formula is used to determine how many points a team gains from a match.

The formula is: match result x match importance x opposition team strength x opposition team confederation strength = points for a match

The value of match result ranges from 0-3, depending on the outcome. A loss is worth nothing, a draw or loss on penalty shootout is worth one, a penalty shootout win is worth two and any other win is worth three.

The match importance varies from 1-4. A friendly is worth one, a World Cup or confederation-level cup (such as the Asian Cup) qualifier is worth 2.5, a confederation-level or Confederations Cup match is worth three and a World Cup appearance is worth four.

The final two values are designed to judge the quality of the opposition side. Opposition team strength is found by subtracting the side’s ranking from 200, while each confederation is given a strength ranking. CONMEBOL (or South America) is worth 1.0, UEFA (Europe) is worth 0.99 and every other confederation is weighted at 0.75.

Nathan Burns Australia Football Socceroos 2016

Socceroos’ world ranking

Australia has something of a mixed history in the FIFA rankings.

Their best ever ranking came in September 2009, when they were listed as the 14th-best side in the world.

The side’s worst ranking came five years later in November 2014 following a disastrous lead-up to and group stage of the World Cup, when they lost all three pool matches against Chile, The Netherlands and Spain. They slipped to 102nd in the world, the only time they’ve broken three figures.

Last updated: 18 October, 2017