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 1609 (1609.01) 1602
2 Brazil 1489 (1489.28) 1484
3 Portugal 1360 (1360.45) 1358
4 Argentina 1359 (1359.36) 1348
5 Belgium 1336 (1336.7) 1325
6 Poland 1228 (1228.07) 1213
6 Spain 1228 (1228) 1231
8 Switzerland 1197 (1196.91) 1190
9 France 1185 (1185.16) 1183
10 Chile 1161 (1160.69) 1153
11 Peru 1128 (1128.12) 1128
12 Denmark 1108 (1108.33) 1099
13 Colombia 1106 (1105.82) 1095
14 Italy 1062 (1061.93) 1052
15 Croatia 1053 (1052.6) 1048
16 England 1047 (1046.71) 1047
17 Mexico 1038 (1038.2) 1034
18 Iceland 1026 (1026.4) 1017
19 Sweden 1002 (1001.64) 996
20 Wales 984 (983.64) 985
21 Netherlands 964 (963.54) 952
22 Uruguay 931 (931.17) 924
23 Tunisia 920 (919.96) 914
24 Northern Ireland 879 (878.9) 867
25 USA 876 (875.5) 871
26 Costa Rica 872 (871.88) 868
27 Senegal 862 (861.93) 855
28 Austria 826 (825.57) 815
29 Slovakia 822 (822.08) 817
30 Paraguay 816 (816.27) 812
31 Republic of Ireland 804 (803.58) 798
32 Scotland 797 (796.94) 798
33 Iran 792 (791.89) 790
34 Serbia 780 (779.88) 784
35 Ukraine 778 (778.74)/td>

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36 Romania 749 (748.92) 737
37 Australia 740 (740.29) 737
38 Turkey 730 (729.57) 735
39 Congo DR 728 (728.4) 728
40 Bulgaria 715 (714.75) 719
41 Bosnia and Herzegovina 700 (700.09) 693
42 Morocco 694 (693.74) 692
43 Czech Republic 690 (689.91) 677
44 Egypt 687 (686.5) 683
45 Greece 685 (685.14) 680
46 Montenegro 675 (675.2) 681
47 Bolivia 674 (673.94) 674
48 Venezuela 659 (659.33) 656
49 Jamaica 643 (643.42) 627
50 Hungary 637 (637.3) 630

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: 27 March, 2018