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 1715 (1715.02) 1672
2 Argentina 1626 (1626.23) 1603
3 Germany 1511 (1511.44) 1464
4 Chile 1422 (14122.14) 1411
5 Colombia 1366 (1365.63) 1348
6 France 1332 (1332.16) 1294
7 Belgium 1292 (1291.57) 1281
8 Portugal 1267 (1266.76) 1259
9 Switzerland 1263 (1263.29) 1212
10 Spain 1198 (1198.19) 1204
11 Poland 1198(1197.7) 1183
12 Italy 1193 (1193.23) 1165
13 Wales 1119 (1119.36) 1121
14 England 1119 (1119.17) 1103
15 Peru 1108 (1108.36) 1044
16 Uruguay 1099 (1098.87) 1097
17 Mexico 1050(1049.98) 1076
18 Croatia 1033 (1033.11) 1016
19 Costa Rica 913 (912.74) 902
20 Egypt 903 (902.98) 910
21 Slovakia 883 (882.98) 846
22 Iceland 877 (876.96) 872
23 USA 861 (861.27) 847
24 Ecuador 858 (858.06) 839
25 Turkey 855 (855) 863
26 Republic of Ireland 854 (853.67) 823
27 Senegal 839 (838.99) 805
28 Northern Ireland 837 (837.49) 823
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina 835 (835.35) 815
30 Iran 829 (828.66) 820
31 Netherlands 820 (819.56) 792
32 Cameroon 811 (811.05) 779
33 Hungary 802 (801.61) 801
34 Sweden 793 (792.81) 768
35 Austria 750 (750.24) 762
36 Paraguay 748 (747.57) 738
37 Ukraine 737 (737.33) 761
38 Nigeria 730 (729.7) 726
39 Congo DR 728 (728.3) 712
40 Greece 726 (726.13) 730
41 Tunisia 705 (705.05) 701
41 Burkina Faso 704 (704.62) 765
43 Korea Republic 703 (703.14) 700
44 Czech Republic 690 (689.72) 679
45 Japan 689 (689.37) 685
46 Romania 686 (686.06) 676
47 Côte d’Ivoire 685 (684.76) 672
48 Australia 681 (681.26) 661
49 Ghana 678 (678.35) 682
50 Serbia 666 (665.7) 671

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 June, 2017