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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 France 1726 (1726.41) 1198
2 Belgium 1723 (1722.66) 1298
3 Brazil 1657 (1656.84) 1431
4 Croatia 1643 (1642.72) 945
5 Uruguay 1627 (1627.19) 1018
6 England 1615 (1614.61) 1051
7 Portugal 1599 (1599.25) 1274
8 Switzerland 1597 (1596.89) (1198.72) 1199
9 Spain 1580 (1580.29) 1126
10 Denmark 1580 (1579.92) 1126
11 Argentina 1241 (1241.45) 1254
12 Chile 1570 (1570.05) 1135
13 Sweden 1565 (1565) 880
15 Germany 1561 (1560.71) 1558
14 Colombia 1563 (1562.53) 989
16 Mexico 1560 (1559.97) 989
17 Netherlands 1540 (1539.96) 981
18 Poland 1538 (1537.69) 981
19 Wales 1536 (1536) 953
20 Peru 1535 (1534.76) 1106
21 Italy 1532 (1532.04) 951
22 USA 1508 (1508.32) 873
23 Austria 1502 (1501.94) 845
24 Tunisia 1498 (1498.28) 910
25 Senegal 1498 (1498.1) 838
26 Slovakia 1493 (1493.27) 804
27 Northern Ireland 1492 (1492) 807
28 Romania 1490 (1489.92) 782
29 Republic of Ireland 1484 (1484) 777
30 Paraguay 1477 (1476.98) 773
31 Venezuela 1476 (1476) 755
32 Costa Rica 1471 (1471.48) 884
33 IR Iran 1471 (1471.19) 727
34 Iceland 1471 (1470.78) 930
35 Ukraine 1468 (1468) 777
36 Serbia 1459 (1459.41) 751
37 Congo DR 1456 (1456) 706
38 Turkey 1455 (1455.45) 706
39 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1452 (1452) 693
40 Scotland 1444 (1444) 660
41 Montenegro 1440 (1440) 652
42 Greece 1436 (1436) 650
43 Australia 1431 (1430.71) 700
44 Czech Republic 1430 (1430.46) 647
45 Ghana 1424 (1424.46) 624
46 Morocco 1418 (1418.45) 686
47 Bulgaria 1416 (1416) 614
48 Cameroon 1416 (1416) 614
49 Russia 1410 (1410.15) 457
50 Nigeria 1410 (1409.26) 618

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.