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 1672 (1671.87) 1661
2 Argentina 1603 (1603.01) 1603
3 Germany 1464 (1463.82) 1464
4 Chile 1411 (1410.66) 1403
5 Colombia 1348 (1347.93) 1348
6 France 1294 (1293.69) 1294
7 Belgium 1281 (1280.66) 1281
8 Portugal 1259 (1258.53) 1259
9 Switzerland 1212 (1211.72) 1212
10 Spain 1204 (1204.23) 1204
11 Poland 1183(1182.62) 1183
12 Italy 1165 (1165.43) 1165
13 Wales 1119 (1119.36) 1121
14 England 1103 (1102.63) 1103
15 Uruguay 1097 (1096.92) 1097
16 Mexico 1076(1075.5) 1072
17 Peru 1044 (1044.42) 1042
18 Croatia 1016 (1016.34) 1016
19 Egypt 910 (909.73) 910
20 Costa Rica 902 (901.57) 902
21 Iceland 872 (871.5) 872
22 Turkey 863 (862.9) 863
23 USA 847 (846.91) 846
24 Slovakia 846 (845.88) 846
25 Ecuador 839 (838.7) 887
26 Northern Ireland 823 (823.23) 823
26 Republic of Ireland 823 (822.62) 823
28 Iran 820 (820.12) 820
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina 815 (814.85) 815
30 Senegal 805 (805.01) 805
31 Hungary 801 (801.33) 801
32 Netherlands 792 (791.85) 792
33 Cameroon 779 (778.99) 779
34 Sweden 768 (768.13) 768
35 Burkina Faso 765 (765.39) 765
36 Austria 762 (762.42) 762
37 Ukraine 761 (760.8) 761
38 Paraguay 738 (737.83) 738
39 Greece 730 (729.9) 730
40 Nigeria 726 (725.67) 726
41 Congo DR 712 (712.43) 712
42 Tunisia 701 (700.55) 701
43 Korea Republic 700 (700.36) 700
44 Japan 685 (684.59) 685
45 Ghana 682 (682.17) 682
46 Czech Republic 679(678.52) 679
47 Romania 676 (676.45) 676
48 Côte d’Ivoire 672 (672.28) 672
49 Serbia 671 (671.46) 671
50 Australia 661 (660.88) 661

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: 10 May, 2017