FIFA World Rankings
Top 20 rankings as of 16 October 2017
1 Steady Germany.png Germany 1631
2 Steady Brazil.png Brazil 1619
3 Steady Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 1446
4 Steady Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 1445
5 Steady Belgium.png Belgium 1333
6 Steady Flag of Poland.png Poland 1323
7 Increase 1 Flag of France.png France 1226
8 Increase 3 Flag of Spain.png Spain 1218
9 Steady Flag of CHI.png Chile 1173
10 Increase 2 Flag of Peru.png Peru 1160
11 Decrease 4 Switzerland.png Switzerland 1134
12 Increase 3 England.png England 1116
13 Decrease 3 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 1095
14 Decrease 1 Flag of Wales.gif Wales 1072
15 Increase 2 Flag of Italy.gif Italy 1066
16 Decrease 2 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 1060
17 Decrease 1 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 1034
18 Steady Croatia.png Croatia 1013
19 Increase 7 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 1001
20 Increase 9 Netherlands.png Netherlands 931
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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.

External links

International football

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Confederation Competitions
AFC Asian Cup
CAF Africa Cup of Nations
CONMEBOL Copa América
OFC Nations Cup
UEFA European Championship
Non-FIFA N.F.-Board · Viva World Cup

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