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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 1727 1727
2 France 1726 1726
3 Brazil 1676 1676
4 Croatia 1634 1634
5 England 1631 1631
6 Portugal 1614 1614
7 Uruguay 1609 1609
8 Switzerland 1599 1599
9 Spain 1591 1591
10 Denmark 1589 1589
11 Argentina 1582 1582
12 Colombia 1575 1575
13 Chile 1565 1565
14 Sweden 1560 1560
14 Netherlands 1560 1560
16 Germany 1558 1558
17 Mexico 1540 1540
18 Italy 1539 1539
19 Wales 1525 1525
20 Poland 1518 1518
20 Peru 1518 1518
22 Austria 1509 1509
23 Senegal 1505 1505
24 Romania 1501 1501
25 USA 1497 1497
26 Tunisia 1493 1493
27 Slovakia 1483 1483
28 Ukraine 1482 1482
29 Serbia 1481 1481
29 Iran 1481 1481
31 Venezuela 1478 1478
32 Paraguay 1476 1476
33 Ireland 1474 1474
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1472 1472
35 Northern Ireland 1465 1465
36 Costa Rica 1464 1464
37 Iceland 1452 1452
38 Scotland 1446 1446
39 Turkey 1443 1443
40 Morocco 1440 1440
41 Australia 1436 1436
42 Czech Republic 1435 1435
43 Greece 1428 1428
44 Nigeria 1427 1427
45 Montenegro 1427 1427
46 Bulgaria 1425 1425
46 Norway 1425 1425
48 Russia 1424 1424
49 Congo DR 1420 1420
50 Japan 1414 1414

To see the standings of all 209 nations, head over to FIFA’s website.

France World Cup

Olivier Giroud of France celebrates with the World Cup trophy. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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.

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