FIFA Rankings: Every international football side’s current standings

Last updated: 10 March, 2017

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 Argentina 1644(1644.27) 1635
2 Brazil 1534(1533.51) 1529
3 Germany 1443(1443.34) 1433
4 Chile 1389(1388.79) 1386
5 Belgium 1379(1379.37) 1371
6 France 1318(1317.7) 1313
7 Colombia 1312(1311.68) 1304
8 Portugal 1240(1240.12) 1240
9 Uruguay 1200(1199.88) 1195
10 Spain 1162(1161.72) 1168
11 Switzerland 1138(1137.9) 1140
12 Wales 1121(1120.83) 1120
12 Poland 1121(1120.77) 1101
14 England 1114(1113.93) 1113
15 Italy 1095(1094.64) 1087
16 Croatia 1042(1042) 1039
17 Mexico 1026(1025.72) 1016
18 Peru 965(965.37) 965
19 Costa Rica 953(953.48) 948
20 Egypt 904(903.98) 881
21 Netherlands 900(900.46) 893
22 Ecuador 887(887.3) 887
23 Iceland 875(874.92) 899
24 Republic of Ireland 860(859.75) 854
25 Slovakia 853(853.45) 843
26 Turkey 851(850.76) 857
27 Hungary 834(834.26) 830
28 Senegal 831(831.04) 799
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina 826(825.67) 827
30 USA 818(818.17) 818
31 Ukraine 798(798.37) 805
32 Cameroon 795(795.13) 796
33 Iran 794(793.92) 798
34 Austria 793(792.6) 783
35 Northern Ireland 786(785.89) 772
36 Burkina Faso 778(777.99) 736
37 Tunisia 774(774.43) 769
38 Congo DR 750(749.6) 750
39 Romania 703(703.18) 688
40 Korea Republic 691(690.63) 691
41 Nigeria 685(685.17) 686
42 Czech Republic 684(684.12) 669
43 Ghana 683(683.48) 675
43 Paraguay 683(683.33) 683
45 Sweden 682(681.97) 679
46 Greece 679(678.81) 682
47 Côte d’Ivoire 663(663.1) 662
48 Denmark 662(662.45) 657
49 Morocco 661(660.74) 660
50 Algeria 645(645.06) 644
Other
55 Australia 622(621.67) 621

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.