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FIFA Rankings: Every international football side's current standings

Thomas Mueller of Germany controls the ball. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

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 Belgium 1733 (1733.17) 1729
2 France 1732 (1731.93) 1729
3 Brazil 1669 (1669.07) 1663
4 Croatia 1635 (1635.25) 1634
5 England 1619 (1619.24) 1612
6 Uruguay 1617 (1617.41) 1632
7 Portugal 1616 (1616.09) 1606
8 Switzerland 1598 (1597.69) 1598
9 Spain 1594 (1593.64) 1597
10 Denmark 1584 (1583.98) 1581
11 Colombia 1575 (1575.15) 1567
12 Argentina 1573 (1572.92) 1575
13 Chile 1568 (1567.92) 1568
14 Germany 1555 (1554.62) 1568
15 Netherlands 1550 (1549.51) 1540
16 Mexico 1549 (1549.35) 1550
17 Sweden 1548 (1547.89) 1550
18 Wales 1538 (1538.04) 1536
19 Italy 1533 (1532.75) 1526
20 Peru 1530 (1530.3) 1525
21 Poland 1523 (1522.95) 1537
22 Tunisia 1515 (1514.76) 1503
23 USA 1506 (1505.98) 1510
24 Austria 1502 (1502.37) 1499
25 Senegal 1501 (1500.99) 1492
26 Romania 1491 (1491.47) 1489
27 Ukraine 1490 (1489.91) 1483
28 Slovakia 1483 (1483.33) 1491
29 Venezuela 1479 (1479.06) 1476
30 Iran 1478 (1478.27) 1474
31 Paraguay 1477 (1476.98) 1477
32 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1476 (1475.81) 1468
33 Ireland 1473 (1472.54) 1478
34 Northern Ireland 1472 (1471.84) 1487
35 Serbia 1471 (1470.63) 1463
36 Iceland 1458 (1457.7) 1461
37 Costa Rica 1452 (1451.93) 1460
38 Turkey 1449 (1448.55) 1456
39 Montenegro 1440 (1440.38) 1444
40 Scotland 1435 (1434.56) 1448
41 Russia 1433 (1433.1) 1423
42 Australia 1432 (1432.43) 1431
43 Greece 1432 (1431.72) 1433
44 Nigeria 1431 (1430.76) 1415
45 Bulgaria 1428 (1428.09) 1430
46 Congo DR 1423 (1423.31) 1447
47 Morocco 1422 (1422.06) 1425
48 Czech Republic 1420 (1420.3) 1425
49 Norway 1420 (1419.76) 1405
50 Japan 1409 (1409.25) 1398

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.

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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

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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.