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 1609(1609.09) 1511
2 Brazil 1603(1602.59) 1715
3 Argentina 1413(1412.53) 1626
4 Portugal 1332(1332.14) 1267
5 Switzerland 1329(1329.44) 1263
6 Poland 1319(1318.66) 1198
7 Chile 1250(1249.81) 1422
8 Colombia 1208(1207.64) 1366
9 France 1199(1198.85) 1332
10 Belgium 1194(1193.58) 1292
11 Spain 1114(1113.56) 1198
12 Italy 1059(1059.36) 1193
13 England 1051(1051.34) 1119
14 Peru 1014(1014.46) 1108
15 Croatia 1007(1007.38) 1033
16 Mexico 1003(1002.72) 1050
17 Uruguay 995(995.38) 1099
18 Sweden 933(932.79) 793
19 Iceland 927(926.59) 877
20 Wales 922(921.95) 1119
21 Slovakia 917(916.72) 883
22 Northern Ireland 897(896.66) 837
23 Iran 893(893.03) 829
24 Egypt 866(866.29) 903
25 Ukraine 843(843) 737
26 Costa Rica 839(838.6) 913
27 Senegal 831(831.29) 839
28 Congo DR 823(823.34) 728
29 Republic of Ireland 816(815.92) 854
30 Bosnia and Herzegovina 815(815.09) 835
31 Ecuador 791(791.3) 858
32 Netherlands 782(781.96) 820
33 Turkey 779(778.89) 855
34 Tunisia 764(764.44) 705
35 USA 752(751.69) 861
36 Cameroon 738(738.47) 811
37 Austria 723(722.98) 750
38 Greece 716(716.3) 726
39 Nigeria 715(714.68) 730
40 Czech Republic 714(714.02) 690
40 Paraguay 714(713.79) 748
42 Serbia 713(713.39) 666
42 Romania 713(712.59) 686
44 Burkina Faso 698(697.81) 705
45 Australia 689(688.9) 681
46 Japan 684(684.15) 689
47 Denmark 683(683.44) 660
48 Algeria 677(676.52) 636
49 Haiti 667(667.35) 554
50 Ghana 665(665.24) 678

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: 7 July, 2017