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 Brazil 1604(1604.06) 1603
2 Germany 1549(1549.2) 1609
3 Argentina 1399(1399.02) 1413
4 Switzerland 1329(1329.44) 1329
6 Poland 1319(1318.66) 1319
6 Portugal 1267(1267.06) 1332
7 Chile 1250(1249.81) 1250
8 Colombia 1208(1207.64) 1208
9 Belgium 1194(1193.58) 1194
10 France 1157(1157.38) 1199
11 Spain 1114(1113.56) 1114
12 Italy 1059(1059.36) 1059
13 England 1051(1051.34) 1051
14 Mexico 1046(1045.74) 1003
15 Peru 1023(1022.66) 1014
16 Croatia 1007(1007.38) 1007
17 Uruguay 995(995.38) 995
18 Wales 951(950.73) 922
19 Sweden 933(932.79) 933
20 Iceland 927(926.59) 927
21 Costa Rica 918(917.61) 839
22 Slovakia 917(916.72) 917
23 Northern Ireland 897(896.66) 897
24 Iran 893(893.03) 893
25 Egypt 866(866.29) 866
26 USA 865(865.43) 752
27 Ukraine 843(843) 843
28 Congo DR 822(822.43) 823
29 Republic of Ireland 816(815.92) 816
30 Bosnia and Herzegovina 815(815.09) 815
31 Senegal 794(794.25) 831
32 Ecuador 791(791.3) 791
33 Turkey 779(778.89) 779
34 Tunisia 776(776.04) 705
35 Cameroon 737(737.28) 738
36 Netherlands 734(734) 782
37 Austria 723(722.98) 723
38 Greece 716(716.3) 716
39 Nigeria 716(716.28) 715
40 Czech Republic 714(714.02) 714
41 Paraguay 714(713.79) 714
42 Serbia 713(713.39) 713
43 Romania 713(712.59) 713
44 Japan 696(696.23) 684
45 Australia 691(690.52) 681
46 Denmark 683(683.44) 683
47 Burkina Faso 678(678.31) 705
48 Algeria 677(676.52) 677
49 Korea Republic 674(673.85) 662
50 Ghana 665(665.24) 665

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: 16 August, 2017