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FIFA World Rankings
Top 20 rankings as of 21 December 2017
RankChangeTeamPoints
1 Steady Germany.png Germany 1602
2 Steady Brazil.png Brazil 1483
3 Steady Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 1358
4 Steady Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1348
5 Steady Belgium.png Belgium 1325
6 Steady Flag of Spain.png Spain 1231
7 Steady Flag of Poland.png Poland 1209
8 Steady Switzerland.png Switzerland 1190
9 Steady Flag of France.png France 1183
10 Steady Flag of CHI.png Chile 1162
11 Steady Flag of Peru.png Peru 1128
12 Steady Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 1099
13 Steady Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 1078
14 Steady Flag of Italy.gif Italy 1052
15 Steady England.png England 1047
16 Steady Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 1032
17 Steady Croatia.png Croatia 1018
18 Steady Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 998
19 Steady Flag of Wales.gif Wales 985
20 Steady Netherlands.png Netherlands 952
Complete rankings at FIFA.com

The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system for men's national teams in association football, currently led by Germany. The teams of the member nations of FIFA, football's world governing body, are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. The rankings were introduced in December 1992, and eight teams (Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain) have held the top position, of which Brazil have spent longest ranked first.

A points system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of all FIFA-recognised full international matches. Under the existing system, rankings are based on a team's performance over the last four years, with more recent results and more significant matches being more heavily weighted to help reflect the current competitive state of a team. The ranking system was most recently revamped after the 2006 World Cup, with the first edition of the new series of rankings issued on 12 July 2006. The most significant change is that the rankings are now based on results over the previous four years instead of the previous eight years. The change is perceived to respond to criticisms that the FIFA World Rankings, based upon the previous calculation method in use from January 1999 to June 2006, did not effectively reflect the relative strengths of the national teams.

Alternative systems have been devised, such as the World Football Elo Ratings, based on the Elo rating system used in chess and Go, ranking teams on an all time basis. The Unofficial Football World Championships ranks teams on the number of times they have defended the Unofficial Football World Championship, an award devised solely for that purpose.

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Confederation Competitions
AFC Asian Cup
CAF Africa Cup of Nations
CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONMEBOL Copa América
OFC Nations Cup
UEFA European Championship
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