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Top 30 Rankings as of 10 December 2020[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  BEL 1780
2 Steady  FRA 1755
3 Steady  BRA 1743
4 Steady  ENG 1670
5 Steady  POR 1662
6 Steady  ESP 1645
7 Steady  ARG 1642
8 Steady  URU 1639
9 Steady  MEX 1632
10 Steady  ITA 1625
11 Steady  CRO 1617
12 Steady  DEN 1614
13 Steady  GER 1610
14 Steady  NED 1609
15 Steady  COL 1601
16 Steady  SWI 1593
17 Steady  CHI 1567
18 Steady  WAL 1562
19 Steady  POL 1559
20 Steady  SEN 1558
20 Steady  SWE 1558

The FIFA World Rankings is a ranking of men's football teams selected by FIFA. Currently, the team ranked #1 is Belgium. The rankings were first made in 1993. The first team to receive first place was Germany.

A points system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of all FIFA-recognized full international matches.

FIFA announced in June 2018 that the ranking system would be updated following the 2018 World Cup. The calculation method to be adopted will be closely modeled after the Elo rating system and rankings of its member associations will be updated on a game-by-game basis. The weighting designated for each confederation for ranking purposes was removed.[2] However, the new method does not account for home or away games and margin of the victory, unlike the Elo rankings.[3] This produced a more altered ranking table, with Germany falling to 15th and 2018 World Cup champions France moving to the top of the ranking.[4][5]

Men's rank leaders

FIFA World Men's Ranking Leaders
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When the system was created, Germany began as the top-ranked team following their dominant period in which they had reached the three previous FIFA World Cup finals, winning one of them. Brazil took the lead in the run up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup after winning eight and losing only one of nine qualification matches, while on the way scoring twenty goals and conceding just four. Italy then led for a short time on the back of their own equally successful World Cup qualifying campaign, after which the top place was re-claimed by Germany.

Brazil's success in their 1993 qualifying campaign returned them to the lead for a brief period. Germany led again during the 1994 World Cup, until Brazil's victory in that competition gave them a large lead that would stand up for nearly seven years, until they were surpassed by a strong France team that captured both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 UEFA Euro.

Success at the 2002 FIFA World Cup restored Brazil to the top position, where they remained until February 2007, when Italy returned to the top for the first time since 1993 following their 2006 FIFA World Cup win in Germany. Just one month later, Argentina replaced them, reaching the top for the first time, but Italy regained its place in April. After winning the Copa América 2007 in July, Brazil returned to the top, but were replaced by Italy in September and then Argentina in October.

In July 2008, Spain took over the lead for the first time, having won UEFA Euro 2008. Brazil began a sixth stint at the top of the rankings in July 2009 after winning the 2009 Confederations Cup, and Spain regained the title in November 2009 after winning every match in qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In April 2010, Brazil returned to the top of the table. After winning the 2010 World Cup, Spain regained the top position and held it until August 2011, when the Netherlands reached the top spot for the first time,[6] only to drop it the following month.

In July 2014, Germany took over the lead once again, having won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In July 2015, Argentina reached the top spot for the first time since 2008, after reaching both the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, as well as the 2015 Copa America Final. In November 2015, Belgium became the leader in the FIFA rankings for the first time, after topping their Euro 2016 qualifying group. Belgium led the rankings until April 2016, when Argentina returned to the top. Brazil returned to the No. 1 spot in April 2017 for the first time since just prior to the 2010 World Cup, because they had already qualified for the 2018 World Cup as they were 1st in their qualification group with 4 match days still left to go.[7] However, Germany regained the top spot in July after winning the Confederations Cup.[8]

In the summer of 2018, FIFA updated their rating system by adopting the Elo rating system. The first ranking list with this system, in August 2018, saw France retake the top spot for the first time after nearly 16 years, having won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. One month later, for the first time, two teams were both leaders as Belgium reached the same ranking as France.[9] This lasted only one month, and from September 2018 until now (as of April 2020), Belgium is leading the FIFA ranking.

Awards

Team of the year

Year First place Second place Third place
1993  Germany (1)  Italy  Brazil
1994  Brazil (1)  ESP  SWE
1995  Brazil (2)  GER  ITA
1996  Brazil (3)  GER  FRA
1997  Brazil (4)  GER  Czech Republic
1998  Brazil (5)  FRA  GER
1999  Brazil (6)  Czech Republic  FRA
2000  Brazil (7)  FRA  ARG
2001  France (1)  ARG  BRA
2002  Brazil (8)  FRA  ESP
2003  Brazil (9)  FRA  ESP
2004  Brazil (10)  FRA  ARG
2005  Brazil (11)  Czech Republic  NED
2006  Brazil (12)  ITA  ARG
2007  ARG (1)  Brazil  ITA
2008  ESP (1)  GER  NED
2009  ESP (2)  Brazil  NED
2010  ESP (3)  NED  GER
2011  ESP (4)  NED  GER
2012  ESP (5)  GER  ARG
2013  ESP (6)  GER  ARG
2014  GER (2)  ARG  COL
2015  Belgium (1)  ARG  ESP
2016  ARG (2)  Brazil  GER
2017  GER (3)  BRA  POR
2018  Belgium (2)  FRA  BRA
2019  Belgium (3)  FRA  BRA
2020  Belgium (4)  FRA  BRA

Performance by team

Team First place Second place Third place Top 3
 BRA 12 4 5 21
 ESP 6 1 3 10
 BEL 4 0 0 4
 GER 3 6 4 13
 ARG 2 3 5 10
 FRA 1 8 2 11
 NED 0 2 3 5
 ITA 0 2 2 4
 Czech Republic 0 2 1 3
 POR 0 0 1 1
 COL 0 0 1 1
 SWE 0 0 1 1


Best Mover of the Year

The Best Mover of the Year was awarded to the team who made the best progress up the rankings over the course of the year. In the FIFA rankings, this is not simply the team that has risen the most places, but a calculation is performed in order to account for the fact that it becomes progressively harder to earn more points the higher up the rankings a team is.

The calculation used is the number of points the team has at the end of the year (z) multiplied by the number of points it earned during the year (y). The team with the highest index on this calculation received the award. The table below shows the top three best movers from each year.

The award has not been an official part of the awards since 2006.

Year First place Second place Third place
1993  COL  POR  MAR
1994  CRO  BRA  UZB
1995  JAM  TRI  CZE
1996  RSA  PAR  CAN
1997  FR Yugoslavia  BIH  IRN
1998  CRO  FRA  ARG
1999  SVN  CUB  UZB
2000  NGA  HON  CMR
2001  CRC  AUS  HON
2002  SEN  WAL  BRA
2003  BHR  OMA  TKM
2004  CHN  UZB  CIV
2005  GHA  ETH  SUI
2006  ITA  GER  FRA

While an official award has not been made for movements since 2006, FIFA has released a list of the 'Best Movers' in the rankings since 2007.[10]

Year Best mover Second best Third best
2007  MOZ  NOR  NCL
2008  ESP  MNE  RUS
2009  BRA  ALG  SVN
2010  NED  MNE  BOT
2011  WAL  SLE  BIH
2012  COL  ECU  MLI
2013[11]  UKR  ARM  USA
2014[12]  GER  SVK  BEL
2015[13]  TUR  HUN  NIC
2016[14]  FRA  PER  POL
2017  DEN  SWE  BOL
2018[15]  FRA  URU  KOS
2019[16]  QAT  ALG  JPN
2019  HUN  ECU  MLT

References

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  2. Price, Steve (11 June 2018). "How FIFA's New Ranking System Will Change International Soccer". Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveprice/2018/06/11/how-fifas-new-ranking-system-will-change-international-soccer/#18864e86c412. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  3. "FIFA World Ranking gets overhaul to stop manipulation for draw seedings". 11 June 2018. http://www.espn.in/football/fifa-world-cup/story/3522329/fifa-world-ranking-gets-overhaul-to-stop-manipulation-for-draw-seedings. 
  4. "August 2018 FIFA World Rankings". FIFA. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/men/rank=288/index.html. 
  5. "Revision of the FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/revision-of-the-fifa-coca-cola-world-ranking.pdf?cloudid=iklxmt2jejtjwf8qecba. 
  6. Rănghiuc, Eduard (12 August 2011). "FIFA Ranking: Netherlands dethrone Spain". Football-Rankings.info. http://www.football-rankings.info/2011/08/fifa-ranking-netherlands-dethrone-spain.html. 
  7. "Brazil back on top of FIFA Ranking, Netherlands slump to record low". ESPN. 29 March 2017. http://www.espnfc.com/blog/fifa/243/post/3091643/brazil-back-on-top-of-fifa-ranking-as-netherlands-slump-to-record-low. 
  8. "Fifa rankings: Northern Ireland reach highest point as Germany lead the way". BBC news. 6 July 2017. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40517341. 
  9. "Belgium and France top Fifa world rankings to be first ever joint-leaders". BBC news. 20 September 2018. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45586533. 
  10. Top Team and the Best Mover of the Year on the FIFA website (PDF)
  11. "Spain on top, Ukraine highest climber". fifa.com. 19 December 2013. https://www.fifa.com/worldranking/news/newsid=2247360/index.html. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  12. "Germany conquer 2014, Belgium, Slovakia impress". fifa.com. 18 December 2014. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2014/m=12/news=germany-conquer-2014-belgium-slovakia-impress-2493791.html. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  13. "Belgium and Turkey claim awards, Hungary return". fifa.com. 3 December 2015. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2015/m=12/news=belgium-and-turkey-claim-awards-hungary-return-2741598.html. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  14. "Argentina and France take Ranking awards". fifa.com. 22 December 2016. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/y=2016/m=12/news=argentina-and-france-take-ranking-awards-2861406.html?intcmp=fifacom_hp_module_news_top. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  15. Belgium end year on top, France 2018’s top mover. FIFA. 20 December 2018. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/belgium-end-year-on-top-france-2018-s-top-mover. Retrieved 20 December 2018. 
  16. Belgium crowned Team of the Year, Qatar 2019’s biggest climber. FIFA. 19 December 2019. https://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/news/belgium-crowned-team-of-the-year-qatar-2019-s-biggest-climber. Retrieved 19 December 2019.