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FIFA Rankings
FIFA Rankings Last update: 06 Oct 22
# Team Pts
1
Brazil
Brazil
1841.30
2
Belgium
Belgium
1816.71
3
Argentina
Argentina
1773.88
4
France
France
1759.78
5
England
England
1728.47
6
Italy
Italy
1726.14
7
Spain
Spain
1715.22
8
Netherlands
Netherlands
1694.51
9
Portugal
Portugal
1676.56
10
Denmark
Denmark
1666.57
11
Germany
Germany
1650.21
12
Croatia
Croatia
1645.64
13
Mexico
Mexico
1644.89
14
Uruguay
Uruguay
1638.71
15
Switzerland
Switzerland
1635.92
16
USA
USA
1627.48
17
Colombia
Colombia
1611.04
18
Senegal
Senegal
1584.38
19
Wales
Wales
1569.82
20
Iran
Iran
1564.61
21
Serbia
Serbia
1563.62
22
Morocco
Morocco
1563.50
23
Peru
Peru
1561.01
24
Japan
Japan
1559.54
25
Sweden
Sweden
1553.33
26
Poland
Poland
1548.59
27
Ukraine
Ukraine
1536.99
28
South Korea
South Korea
1530.30
29
Chile
Chile
1509.61
30
Tunisia
Tunisia
1507.54
31
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1503.59
32
Nigeria
Nigeria
1498.47
33
Russia
Russia
1496.11
34
Austria
Austria
1492.95
35
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
1492.21
36
Hungary
Hungary
1492.20
37
Algeria
Algeria
1489.10
38
Australia
Australia
1488.72
39
Egypt
Egypt
1486.44
40
Scotland
Scotland
1479.53
41
Canada
Canada
1475.00
42
Norway
Norway
1473.04
43
Cameroon
Cameroon
1471.44
44
Ecuador
Ecuador
1464.39
45
Turkey
Turkey
1460.14
46
Mali
Mali
1448.85
47
Paraguay
Paraguay
1448.77
48
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
1443.06
49
Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
1440.19
50
Qatar
Qatar
1439.89
51
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
1437.78
52
Greece
Greece
1437.60
53
Romania
Romania
1434.68
54
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
1432.25
55
Slovakia
Slovakia
1425.59
56
Finland
Finland
1405.60
57
Venezuela
Venezuela
1404.37
58
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina
1403.51
59
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
1396.55
60
Panama
Panama
1393.28
61
Ghana
Ghana
1393.00
62
Iceland
Iceland
1384.41
63
Slovenia
Slovenia
1384.04
64
Jamaica
Jamaica
1378.86
65
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
1358.51
66
Albania
Albania
1354.11
67
South Africa
South Africa
1349.59
68
Iraq
Iraq
1343.01
69
Montenegro
Montenegro
1341.03
70
UAE
UAE
1337.57
71
Cape Verde
Cape Verde
1336.05
72
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
1335.36
73
DR Congo
DR Congo
1333.92
74
El Salvador
El Salvador
1330.51
75
Oman
Oman
1320.29
76
Israel
Israel
1316.55
77
Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
1309.98
78
Georgia
Georgia
1307.34
79
China
China
1305.06
80
Honduras
Honduras
1301.98
81
Gabon
Gabon
1301.84
82
Bolivia
Bolivia
1296.28
83
Republic of Guinea
Republic of Guinea
1290.47
84
Jordan
Jordan
1289.99
85
Bahrain
Bahrain
1280.64
86
Curacao
Curacao
1278.64
87
Haiti
Haiti
1269.07
88
Zambia
Zambia
1267.41
89
Uganda
Uganda
1260.69
90
Syria
Syria
1255.92
91
Benin
Benin
1247.47
92
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
1243.80
93
Armenia
Armenia
1233.93
94
Palestine
Palestine
1233.72
96
Vietnam
Vietnam
1226.65
97
Belarus
Belarus
1221.06
98
Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
1215.66
99
Lebanon
Lebanon
1211.71
101
Kenya
Kenya
1202.26
102
Madagascar
Madagascar
1200.74
103
Mauritania
Mauritania
1197.58
104
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
1195.29
105
New Zealand
New Zealand
1193.98
106
India
India
1192.09
107
Kosovo
Kosovo
1187.01
108
Tajikistan
Tajikistan
1185.70
109
Estonia
Estonia
1184.64
110
Cyprus
Cyprus
1183.82
111
Thailand
Thailand
1174.92
112
Korea DPR
Korea DPR
1169.96
113
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
1166.63
114
Mozambique
Mozambique
1165.22
115
Namibia
Namibia
1164.13
116
Guinea Bissau
Guinea Bissau
1160.71
117
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
1160.31
118
Guatemala
Guatemala
1156.70
119
Angola
Angola
1155.90
120
Libya
Libya
1154.25
121
Niger
Niger
1152.80
122
Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
1147.17
123
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
1146.72
124
Malawi
Malawi
1144.97
125
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
1138.56
126
Gambia
Gambia
1137.47
127
Togo
Togo
1128.92
128
Sudan
Sudan
1127.34
129
Comoros
Comoros
1123.18
130
Tanzania
Tanzania
1119.89
131
Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
1117.01
132
Central African Republic
Central African Republic
1116.97
133
Philippines
Philippines
1115.13
134
Latvia
Latvia
1114.21
135
Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan
1100.47
136
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
1095.70
137
Rwanda
Rwanda
1093.66
138
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
1091.19
139
Suriname
Suriname
1077.30
140
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Kitts & Nevis
1076.91
141
Burundi
Burundi
1076.26
142
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
1071.83
143
Eswatini
Eswatini
1070.89
144
Lithuania
Lithuania
1069.75
145
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
1062.39
146
Malaysia
Malaysia
1062.32
147
Lesotho
Lesotho
1061.40
148
Botswana
Botswana
1056.46
149
Kuwait
Kuwait
1053.41
150
Liberia
Liberia
1049.66
151
Andorra
Andorra
1035.20
152
Indonesia
Indonesia
1033.90
153
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
1031.86
154
Maldives
Maldives
1026.09
155
Yemen
Yemen
1023.52
156
Afghanistan
Afghanistan
1023.04
157
Taiwan
Taiwan
1017.78
158
Myanmar
Myanmar
1007.89
159
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
1007.46
160
Singapore
Singapore
1003.50
161
New Caledonia
New Caledonia
995.58
162
Tahiti
Tahiti
995.11
163
Fiji
Fiji
989.43
164
Vanuatu
Vanuatu
985.62
165
South Sudan
South Sudan
983.99
166
Barbados
Barbados
982.27
167
Cuba
Cuba
978.65
168
Malta
Malta
977.92
169
Bermuda
Bermuda
977.47
170
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
974.32
171
Guyana
Guyana
968.74
172
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
965.66
173
Grenada
Grenada
963.72
174
Moldova
Moldova
961.23
175
Nepal
Nepal
954.86
176
Belize
Belize
950.88
177
Cambodia
Cambodia
948.62
178
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
945.25
179
Montserrat
Montserrat
940.78
180
Mauritius
Mauritius
932.02
181
Chad
Chad
930.22
182
Macau
Macau
922.10
183
Mongolia
Mongolia
913.55
184
Dominica
Dominica
911.51
185
Bhutan
Bhutan
910.96
186
Sao Tome And Principe
Sao Tome And Principe
908.18
187
Laos
Laos
905.51
189
Cook Islands
Cook Islands
899.33
190
Brunei
Brunei
898.41
191
Samoa
Samoa
894.26
192
Bangladesh
Bangladesh
884.45
193
Djibouti
Djibouti
875.05
194
Pakistan
Pakistan
866.81
195
Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
865.72
196
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein
862.39
197
Tonga
Tonga
861.81
198
Timor Leste
Timor Leste
860.06
199
Seychelles
Seychelles
859.56
200
Eritrea
Eritrea
855.56
201
Aruba
Aruba
855.37
202
Bahamas
Bahamas
854.80
203
Somalia
Somalia
854.72
204
Gibraltar
Gibraltar
852.16
205
Guam
Guam
838.33
206
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
832.00
207
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
825.25
208
US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
823.97
209
British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
809.32
210
Anguilla
Anguilla
790.74
211
San Marino
San Marino
762.22

Latest FIFA Men's Rankings: The Best International Teams in The World

When betting on football, you have to find out about the top teams. One way to do that is to look at the latest FIFA World Ranking. The system grades the performance of the men's national teams in football. Using different metrics, FIFA, the world governing body for association football, awards points to determine how a team ranks. These rankings change constantly, and learning how they work helps with betting decisions. This guide explains the FIFA Men's World Ranking in detail.

History of FIFA World Rankings

Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA, is the body that governs association football, futsal and beach football in the world. Launched in 1904 with its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, FIFA oversees international competition among member nations. When it was formed, the organisation comprised 8 countries - Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. Presently, FIFA has 211 national associations. Every FIFA member association must be in one of the six regional confederations - Asia, Africa, North & Central America, South America, Europe, the Caribbean and Oceania.

FIFA first released the men's ranking in 1992 to compare the strengths of its members' international teams. At the time, the membership was 167. From August 1993, the organisation began publishing the list more regularly. The rating system received a lot of criticism for not reflecting the true strength of a national team. In 1999, and again in 2006, FIFA revised its calculation methods to factor in the shortcomings pointed out. Coca-Cola currently sponsors the FIFA World Ranking. Therefore, the system is sometimes referred to as the Coca-Cola World Ranking.

FIFA Men's World Ranking Leaders

When FIFA published its first world ranking of the men's international teams, Germany took the top spot. The team had been on a successful run, having reached the finals of the three previous FIFA World Cup tournaments, and winning one. Brazil ousted Germany from number one heading into the 1994 World Cup. The Brazilian men's national team has held the No. 1 spot the most times (12) since it was established. After it won the 1994 World Cup, Brazil led the FIFA rankings for seven straight years. France took over as the rank leader in 2001, but Brazil regained the position after a great run in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Spain has led the list six times. Belgium has also been successful in the rankings, topping the list from 2018 to 2021. It presently sits at No. 2. Brazil is currently in the No. 1 spot of the World Rankings, a position it has retained from the previous ranking.

How are FIFA Rankings Calculated?

Football's world governing body has had to revise ranking calculations a few times due to criticism that the existing method didn't account for some vital elements. The first formula was used between 1992 and 1998. It awarded points for winning, drawing or losing a match. It also had points for goals scored and bonuses for away matches. Additionally, the system factored in the type of competition and regional strength.

FIFA adjusted the system in 1999 to make it more accurate. It calculated point scores based only on the senior men's national team games. The biggest change was that the method used the seven best matches annually. Additionally, it allowed match losers to earn points and removed fixed points for wins and draws. The system was employed until 2006.

After the 2006 World Cup, FIFA updated the system again, making it simpler. The evaluation period was reduced to four years instead of eight. Home and away advantage ceased to be a determinant in a team's ranking.

Current Calculation Method

The FIFA council announced on June 10, 2018, that it would make significant changes in how it ranks international teams in men's football. For a long time, debates raged about how effective the previous method was. So, FIFA conducted reviews and studies to find the best way to calculate rankings. The overhaul was scheduled after the 2018 World Cup finals.

The current technique is inspired by the Elo rating system used in chess and other sports. It adds or subtracts points to a team's existing total on a game-by-game basis. Unlike Elo ratings, the ranking system doesn't factor in the margin of victory and home or away games. Points are calculated as P = Pbefore + I (W - We), where;

  • P is the points before the match
  • I is importance of the game
  • W is the match result
  • We are the expected game result
  • When calculating W, a win is 1 point, a draw is 0.5 points and a loss is 0.

One advantage of this system is that friendly matches outside the international match calendar earn fewer points (5) than games inside the calendar (10). For this reason, teams won't be able to rig the system like before by avoiding friendlies.

FIFA did away with confederation weighting. Previously, CONMEBOL and UEFA had more weight than other confederations, which saw European and South American teams occupy most of the top 50 positions.

Ranking Schedule - When Are Rankings Released?

The FIFA rankings men's football list is published according to the organisation's international windows. For example, in 2022, FIFA will release the rankings on August 25, October 6 and December 22. However, ranking points are updated after each game as opposed to setting a particular day to calculate them.

Confederations Rankings

FIFA has six confederations, which consist of men's national teams from specific regions. A country can be part of a confederation but not FIFA. Thus, it can participate in competitions at the confederation level but can't play in the World Cup. How a team ranks and performs at the confederation level impacts its place in the World Rankings because the calculation system awards points for these matches. Here's a look at the confederations:

CONMEBOL

The South American Football Confederation governs football in South America. Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana are not part of it. CONMEBOL, which has its headquarters in Luque, Paraguay, is the world's oldest continental confederation. However, it has the fewest member associations with 10 countries. Brazil is the most successful team in CONMEBOL, having won five FIFA World Cups. Argentina and Uruguay each have two. The same teams also have two Olympic gold medals each. Hence, the confederation is considered the strongest in the world. The Copa América is the region's biggest title.

UEFA

The Union of European Football Associations is the body overseeing football in Europe, Israel and Asia. It also governs football in the Eurasian transcontinental countries of Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Kazakhstan. The confederation has 55 members, although Russia is currently suspended from all competitions. UEFA Champions League is the confederation's biggest tournament. Germany and Italy have the most World Cup titles, with four each. England and Spain have each won once.

CONCACAF

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football governs 41 member associations mainly in North and Central America. Three South American nations - Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname are also part of CONCACAF. It's ranked as the third most successful confederation. Mexico is one of the most dominant teams in the region, winning six Gold Cups, the confederation's biggest tournament. No CONCACAF team has ever won the FIFA World Cup or reached the finals. The U.S. has reached the semi-finals, Mexico has played in the quarter-finals twice, and Cuba once.

CAF

The Confederation of African Football oversees men's football, futsal and beach soccer in Africa. Presently, the confederation has 54 member associations, making it the largest. Zanzibar and Réunion are associate members. From 226, the region will get 9 spots in the World Cup, with expectations for a 10th after the addition of intercontinental playoffs. The Africa Cup of Nations is the confederation's premier tournament. Senegal is currently the leader in CAF rankings. No CAF-member national team has ever won the World Cup.

AFC

The Asian Football Confederation is the controlling body of football in some countries and territories in Asia and Oceania. It comprises 47 member associations. The AFC Asian Cup is the biggest competition in the confederation. Qatar is the current champion. Iran is the top-ranking team in the AFC. Although some CAF member associations have played in the World, none has won. North Korea got to the quarter-finals.

How Does FIFA World Ranking Affect The World Cup?

In some cases, FIFA uses the latest ranking or releases a special one to seed teams for World Cup qualifying matches. Therefore, the position of a national team can determine its opponents during the campaign. Stronger teams that end up in Pot One in the qualification playoffs have an advantage because they don't have to play other '‘big” sides in the same group. In sports betting, rankings affect the odds bookmakers offer for the World Cup as it determines favourites and underdogs.

FIFA Team Awards

A year after FIFA introduced the international rankings, it came up with two annual awards. The awards are based on a national team's performance in the ranking. FIFA has changed how it calculates points for the best teams, which influences the countries that walk away with the awards. The governing body introduced the awards to recognise the team that outperformed the rest and the one with the biggest progress. Here is more insight into how the honours are awarded.

Team of the Year

FIFA's Team of the Year (TOTY) goes to the national team that ranks first in the December edition of the World Ranking. An exception to this rule was in 2000 and 2001 when the honour went to the nation that collected the most average points in the recent year's best seven matches. As of FIFA rankings 2022, Belgium holds the title of TOTY for the fifth time in a row. Brazil has had the most consecutive wins – seven, from 1994 to 2000 – and the most wins overall (12). Spain has been Team of the Year six consecutive times but hasn't won since 2013.

Best Mover of the Year

This award is for the team with the most significant improvement in the FIFA World Ranking. However, it doesn't only consider a team's difference in point scores. FIFA takes into account the fact that collecting points is harder the higher a team is on the list. From 2003-2006, an index was calculated by multiplying a team's number of points at the end of the year by the points earned during the year. The team with the highest index won. During this period, an official award was presented to the winning team's coach at the FIFA World Player Gala. After 2006, the award stopped being part of the annual awards ceremony. However, FIFA still publishes a list of the Best Movers. Since the calculation revisions of 2006, a team's progress is measured by comparing its points at the end of the year with 12 months earlier.

FAQ about FIFA Men's World Ranking

Do you want to know more about the FIFA International Rankings? This section provides additional information by answering a few common questions.

What is the Point of FIFA Rankings?

FIFA uses a team's game results and other metrics to measure its strength compared to other member nations. World Rankings tell how well a country's team is doing and also show its progress over a certain period. FIFA also uses the list as part, or the entire, criteria for seeding competitions like the World Cup, CONCACAF, UEFA and CAF tournaments. Also, the two annual team awards use the rankings to draw winners. The English Football Association grants players work permits by checking a national team's ranking in the last 24 months as part of the eligibility requirements.

When Does FIFA Update Its Men's Rankings?

As of 2018 when FIFA overhauled its calculation method, the list is updated on a game-by-game basis. Before that, rankings were updated once a month on a specific date. With the new calculation formula, teams are sure they have the most recent point total.

How Often are FIFA Rankings Updated On Oddspedia?

At Oddspedia, you can be sure about receiving the latest FIFA Men's World Ranking because the site presents them in real time. They are available as soon as FIFA releases them.

Where Are England in the Current FIFA World Rankings?

As of June 2022, England ranks fifth in the rankings with 1737.46 points. The Three Lions had 1761.71 in the previous ranking, meaning they shed 24.45 ranking points. However, they didn't change positions.

How Does FIFA Rank National Teams?

FIFA modelled the current ranking after the Elo rating system, which is used in various sports. The method adds or subtracts points after each game rather than calculating the average. However, it doesn't include home and away games or consider the margin of victory. Calculations consider the importance of a match and the strength of the opponent. In an instance where two teams rank the same, the following team takes the next immediate position.

Where Can I Find The Current FIFA World Rankings?

The latest international ranking of the men's teams is available on the official FIFA website. You can also find a dated list and other football news on Oddspedia.

Who is the World's No.1 Ranked Men's Football Team?

As of the list released on June 23, 2022, Brazil ranks No. 1 with 1837.56 points. In the previous ranking, the South American team garnered 1832.69 points and came first.

Does The No. 1 Ranked Team Generally Win The World Cup?

Not necessarily. Although rankings show a national team's quality, it does not dictate future performance. Nevertheless, the team ranked first as a favourite among bookies heading into the competition, and the odds reflect that.

What FIFA Ranking Does the USA Have?

The USA men's team is currently at position 14, with 1635.01 points. It moved up a position from its previous ranking, which it held with a point score of 1633.72.

Who Is the Lowest Ranked FIFA Men's Team?

San Marino is currently last in the FIFA rankings men list, with 763.82 points, 13.15 points fewer than its previous ranking.

Does the USA Women's Team Have a Higher FIFA Ranking than the Men?

Yes, the USA Women's team is one of the best ranked in FIFA. It currently sits at the top of the list with 2104.25 points as of June 2317, 2022. It was also No. 1 in the previous ranking. While the men's team has a FIFA ranking of 14.

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