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 1606 (1606.05) 1549
2 Brazil 1590 (1589.68) 1604
3 Portugal 1386 (1386.11) 1267
4 Argentina 1325(1325.27) 1399
5 Belgium 1265 (1265.06) 1194
6 Poland 1250 (1249.9) 1319
7 Switzerland 1210(1210.5) 1329
8 France 1208 (1207.87) 1157
9 Chile 1195 (1194.71) 1250
10 Colombia 1191 (1190.83) 1208
11 Spain 1183(1183.7) 1114
12 Peru 1103 (1102.61) 1023
13 Wales 1089 (1088.84) 951
14 Mexico 1085 (1085.38) 1046
15 England 1056 (1055.89) 1051
16 Uruguay 1043 (1043.45) 995
17 Italy 1035 (1035.29) 1059
18 Croatia 977 (977.35) 1007
19 Slovakia 967 (966.91) 917
20 Northern Ireland 945 (945.17) 897
21 Costa Rica 936 (935.88) 918
22 Iceland 931 (931.49) 927
23 Sweden 918 (917.8) 933
24 Ukraine 888 (887.69)/td>

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25 Iran 865 (864.56) 893
26 Denmark 848 (848.23) 683
27 Turkey 842 (842.14) 779
28 USA 828 (827.87) 865
29 Netherlands 819 (819.97) 734
30 Egypt 815 (815.17) 866
31 Tunisia 810 (809.57) 776
32 Serbia 789 (789.28) 713
33 Senegal 774(774.3) 894
34 Republic of Ireland 764 (764.09) 816
35 Ecuador 767(767.35) 791
36 Bosnia and Herzegovina 761 (761.32) 815
37 Montenegro 749 (749.08) 643
38 Bulgaria 739 (738.83) 643
39 Paraguay 738 (738.26) 714
40 Japan 736 (736.53) 696
41 Romania 714 (714.19) 713
42 Congo DR 709 (708.63) 822
43 Scotland 702 (701.72) 612
44 Nigeria 696 (696.39) 716
45 Cameroon 689.34 737
46 Bolivia 666(666.36) 532
47 Greece 665 (665.02) 716
48 Haiti 664 (664.11) 625
49 Burkina Faso 663 (663.09) 678
50 Australia 662 (661.81) 691

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: 20 September, 2017