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 1558 (1558.49) 1544
2 Brazil 1431 (1430.57) 1384
3 Belgium 1298 (1298.32) 1346
4 Portugal 1274 (1273.69) 1306
5 Argentina 1241 (1241.45) 1254
6 Switzerland 1199 (1198.72) 1179
7 France 1198 (1198.13) 1166
8 Poland 1183 (1182.61) 1128
9 Chile 1135 (1134.66) 1146
10 Spain 1126 (1125.5) 1162
11 Peru 1125 (1125.39) 1106
12 Denmark 1051 (1051.44) 1054
12 England 1051 (1050.84) 1040
14 Uruguay 1018 (1018.41) 976
15 Mexico 989 (989.44) 1008
16 Colombia 986 (985.97) 989
17 Netherlands 981 (980.98) 969
18 Wales 953 (953.46) 931
19 Italy 951 (951.25) 947
20 Croatia 945 (945.18) 975
21 Tunisia 910 (909.91) 1012
22 Iceland 908 (908.01) 930
23 Costa Rica 884 (884.04) 858
24 Sweden 880 (879.9) 889
25 USA 873 (872.68) 880
26 Austria 845 (844.7) 841
27 Senegal 838 (837.98) 825
28 Slovakia 804 (804.36) 786
29 Northern Ireland 803 (803.22) 837
30 Romania 782 (781.66) 737
31 Republic of Ireland 777 (777.11) 776
32 Paraguay 773 (773.18) 737
33 Venezuela 755 (754.55) 709
34 Serbia 751 (750.75) 732
35 Ukraine 733 (732.77) 777
36 Australia 718 (718.33) 700
37 IR Iran 708 (708.35) 727
38 Turkey 706 (706.39) 714
38 Congo DR 706 (705.87) 711
40 Bosnia and Herzegovina 693 (692.93) 688
41 Morocco 686 (685.86) 681
42 Scotland 660 (659.61) 735
43 Montenegro 652 (651.58) 671
44 Greece 650 (649.82) 657
45 Egypt 649 (649.43) 636
46 Czech Republic 641 (640.7) 647
47 Ghana 624 (623.69) 603
48 Nigeria 618 (617.79) 635
49 Bulgaria 614 (614.39) 583
49 Cameroon 614 (613.88) 603

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: 11 June, 2018