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FIFA World Ranking: England climb up the standings

FIFA World Ranking (Men's): what is this month's Top 50 ranked nations?

April 4, 2019 By Angela Asante
What is the latest FIFA World Ranking? Which countries are considered among the world's 50 best football nations this month?

The much-criticized FIFA World Ranking developed a new criteria in the aftermath of the 2018 World Cup. In the hopes of presenting a more logic chart, World Football's governing body explained in their August 2018 FIFA Ranking press release:

"The formula, which was approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous points total rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the ranking.

"The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their points totals, with no devaluation of older games. Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule being matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup™."

Note: this article is updated on a monthly basis since the release of the new formula. Please scroll to the bottom to view the current Top 50 FIFA World Ranking.

April 2019 FIFA World Ranking

While the top five remains the same for the most part, there has been a change in position for England. After an impressive run in March that saw them score five goals in their opening two Euro 2020 qualifers, the Three Lions have moved up a spot, climbing into fourth. This means Croatia now resides in fifth while the first, second, and third spot still goes to Belgium, France, and Brazil.

The only other change in the top 10 saw Uruaguay move up a spot into sixth, bumping Portugal into seventh. Argentina remains in 11th while Germany has moved up three spots and is now the 13th ranked nation in the world.

Where is USA in the list and who is the biggest climber?

USMNT moved up a spot into 24th but still trail 18th-placed Mexico in the CONCACAF standings. As for the biggest climber, that honor goes to Istrael who advanced from 92nd to 84th.

February 2019 FIFA World Ranking

No changes in the world's Top 20 due to lack of international matches played since the start of the year. Qatar, however, came out as the biggest winners by jumping 38 places to occupy the 55th spot. The surprise 2019 AFC Asian Cup champions have gone levels ahead of their average 82nd position since the creation of the chart. Their Asian counterparts, Japan, also made the most of their Asian Cup runners-up status by going 23 places up, hence breaking into the world's Top 30.

Elsewhere Panama, who lost 3-0 to the USMNT in January, slipped five places onto 76th but the U.S. (25th) and Mexico (17th) keep their title as second and first respectively in the CONCACAF zone. In Africa, it's bad news all over as continental leaders Senegal (24th), Tunisia (28th), Morocco (43rd), Nigeria (46th), Congo (51st), Ghana (52nd), and all the other countries in CAF's 16 best ranked nations have all gone one, two or three places down in the February 2019 FIFA World Ranking. 


November 2018 FIFA World Ranking

It's an unchanged Top 10 in the November 2018 FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking but Portugal, now sixth, have traded their seventh spot with CONMEBOL's Uruguay. 

There's good news for the Messi-less Argentines who leapfrogged Colombia into 11th and reduced the gap over Denmark to seven points only. Elsewhere, the Senegalese (23rd) are the highest-ranked African nation. The United States complete the list of the 25 best football nations according to the chart.

Tunisia, whose performance at the FIFA World Cup was abysmal, recorded the biggest demotion by point (22). However, no country did worse than Benin and Russia in November 2018. Both dropped seven places. 

The FIFA World Ranking's Top 50 can be viewed at the bottom of this article.


October 2018 FIFA World Ranking

France's dominance atop the world ranking did not last for too long. World Cup 2018 bronze medalist Belgium have dethroned Les Bleus, according to FIFA's criteria. 

In the UEFA Nations League, both France and Belgium are doing well. With a game in hand, the Red Devils are poised to open a three-point lead over Switzerland (6) and Iceland (0) in League A's Group 2. In Group 1, the World Cup champions kept the Netherlands and Germany in check on Matchday 2 and 3 with 2-1 wins. French and Belgian football is enjoying an era of young talents and solid results.

Meanwhile, Neymar's Brazil (3rd), Luka Modric's Croatia (4th), Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal (7th), Switzerland, Spain, and Denmark have not moved places in the October 2018 edition of the FIFA Ranking's top 10. 

Where are Mexico and USA in CONCACAF and the world?

It's minus one for both. El Tri is now 16th in the world while the USMNT has fallen into the 23rd position. Costa Rica (37th), Jamaica (53rd), and Honduras (62nd) did not record any move. They wrap up CONCACAF's list of the five best-placed nations. 

Changes in the CONMEBOL zone

Whereas Argentina (12th) keep further dropping out of the Top 10, Colombia are diligently making their way into it. James Rodriguez's side, third in South America, has jumped three places and now occupies the 11th position on the FIFA Men's Ranking.

Where are African nations in the FIFA Men's Ranking?

There's a little bit of good news for Nigeria who have gone four places up. However, they remain only 44th on the chart while the highest-ranked African nation is Tunisia (22nd) who are still outside the Top 20. Senegal maintain their second spot in the CAF zone which translates into 25th in the world. Congo DR (46th) and Morocco (47th) complete CAF's Top 5.

When is the release of the next FIFA Men's Ranking?

The next edition of the FIFA Men's ranking is scheduled for November 29, 2018. AFC's Top 4 -- made of World Cup 2018 participants Iran (30th), Australia (42nd), Japan (50th), and Korea Republic (53rd) -- will be hoping to continue their ascension in the standings come next month. 


September 2018 FIFA World Ranking

For the first time in history, FIFA has two teams sharing the number one spot in their world ranking!

What does the Top 10 look like in September 2018?

Belgium has moved up one place to join France at the number one spot, becoming the joint-highest ranked nation in the world in the month of September. There were little changes elsewhere, with England retaining the sixth spot. Denmark has been overtaken by Spain, with the Scandinavian side moving into 10th. Germany has moved from 15th to 12th to edge closer to a top-10 return.

How are Mexico and USA doing in September 2018?

Mexico continues to lead the CONCACAF table, moving up one spot to 15th in the world. USA, on the other hand, has not moved at all and remains in the 22nd position.


August 2018 FIFA World Ranking

After conquering the world in Russia, Les Bleus have also conquered the FIFA World Ranking for the first time since 2002! 

Who is in and out of the Top 10 in August 2018?

With the new system, reigning world champions France have moved from 6th to 1st on the table. World Cup 2018 runners-up Croatia and fourth-placed England have, along with Uruguay and Denmark, broken into the Top 10. Meanwhile, Last 16 victims Argentina have joined fellow South American side Chile out of the Top 10. Germany and Poland, who both surprisingly crashed out of Russia 2018 in the group stages, also follow the Albiceleste and La Roja out of August's FIFA World Ranking Top 10.

Where are Mexico and USA ranked in August 2018?

The two CONCACAF heavyweights head the ranking in the CONCACAF zone. El Tri, who yet again suffered a Round of 16 World Cup elimination, are 16th in the world but 1st in their region. The USMNT, meanwhile, must content themselves with the 22nd position in the world after missing out on this year's biggest sports tournament.

What is the current FIFA World Ranking Top 50?

RankCountryPoints+/-Pos.
1Belgium17650
 
2France17330
 
3Brazil17120
 
4England16610
 
5Uruguay16450
 
6Croatia16420
 
7Portugal16390
 
8Spain16360
 
9Argentina16230
 
10Colombia16220
 
11Mexico16210
 
12Switzerland16080
 
13Italy16070
 
14Netherlands16040
 
15Germany16020
 
16Denmark15980
 
17Sweden15790
 
17Chile15790
 
19Poland15590
 
20Senegal15550
 
21Peru15440
 
22USA15420
 
23Wales1540-1
 
24Ukraine15370
 
25Venezuela15170
 
26Austria15070
 
27Tunisia15060
 
28Japan15000
 
29Turkey14940
 
29Serbia14940
 
31Nigeria14930
 
32Slovakia14900
 
33Iran14890
 
34Ireland Republic14860
 
35Algeria14820
 
36Northern Ireland14760
 
37Romania14750
 
38Russia14700
 
39Iceland14650
 
40Korea Republic14640
 
41Paraguay1461-1
 
42Australia14570
 
43Morocco14560
 
44Norway14510
 
45Czech Republic14460
 
46Costa Rica14390
 
46Ghana14391
 
48Jamaica14370
 
49Bosnia and Herzegovina14300
 
50Scotland14220
 
51Egypt14200
 
52Hungary14160
 
53Cameroon14130
 
54Greece14090
 
55Qatar13960
 
56Mali13890
 
56Congo DR13890
 
58Finland13860
 
59Bulgaria13810
 
59Burkina Faso13810
 
61Côte d'Ivoire13780
 
62Honduras13770
 
63Ecuador13680
 
64Montenegro13650
 
64Slovenia13650
 
66Albania13560
 
67Saudi Arabia13510
 
68North Macedonia13470
 
69El Salvador13460
 
70Iraq13440
 
71United Arab Emirates13340
 
71South Africa13340
 
73Canada13320
 
74Guinea13280
 
75Bolivia13240
 
76China13230
 
77Uganda13210
 
78Cape Verde Islands13180
 
79Syria13140
 
80Curaçao13130
 
81Panama13040
 
82Oman13030
 
83Gabon12970
 
84Benin12950
 
85Uzbekistan12890
 
86Haiti12850
 
87Belarus12800
 
88Zambia12790
 
89Congo12690
 
91Georgia12670
 
91Madagascar12670
 
93Israel12600
 
94Vietnam12580
 
95Cyprus12510
 
96Kyrgyzstan12400
 
97Jordan12380
 
98Luxembourg12360
 
99Bahrain12250
 
100Mauritania12230
 
101Libya12150
 
102Armenia12130
 
103Palestine12043
 
104Estonia1202-1
 
105Trinidad and Tobago1201-1
 
106Mozambique1200-1
 
107Kenya1199-1
 
108India11870
 
109Central African Republic11840
 
110Faroe Islands11810
 
111Zimbabwe11800
 
112Niger11790
 
113Thailand11780
 
114Azerbaijan11770
 
116Korea DPR11700
 
117Namibia11600
 
118Kazakhstan11550
 
118Sierra Leone11550
 
118Guinea-Bissau11550
 
121Tajikistan11520
 
122New Zealand11490
 
123Malawi11410
 
124Angola11360
 
124Philippines11360
 
126Antigua and Barbuda11270
 
126Togo11270
 
128Sudan11120
 
129Turkmenistan11070
 
130Guatemala11060
 
131Rwanda10890
 
131Lithuania10890
 
133Comoros10880
 
134Tanzania10860
 
135Andorra10820
 
136Myanmar10810
 
137Latvia10790
 
138Chinese Taipei10780
 
139Lesotho10740
 
139St. Kitts and Nevis10740
 
141Suriname10730
 
141Solomon Islands10730
 
143Hong Kong1072-2
 
144Yemen10710
 
145Equatorial Guinea10660
 
146Ethiopia10610
 
147Kuwait10600
 
148Botswana10550
 
149Burundi10522
 
149Afghanistan10520
 
151Nicaragua1050-1
 
152Liberia10470
 
153Eswatini10420
 
154Malaysia10400
 
155Maldives10380
 
156New Caledonia10350
 
157Singapore10200
 
158Dominican Republic10190
 
159Grenada10150
 
159Gambia10150
 
161Tahiti10140
 
162Barbados10090
 
163Vanuatu9960
 
163Fiji9960
 
165Papua New Guinea9910
 
166Guyana9880
 
167Saint Vincent and the Grenadines9860
 
168Bermuda9840
 
169South Sudan9830
 
170Nepal9740
 
170Belize9740
 
172Mauritius9650
 
173Indonesia9640
 
173Cambodia9640
 
175Moldova9590
 
176St. Lucia9530
 
177Chad9430
 
178Puerto Rico9410
 
179Cuba9360
 
180Liechtenstein9260
 
181Sao Tome e Principe9230
 
182Macau9220
 
183Montserrat9210
 
184Djibouti9190
 
184Malta9190
 
184Dominica9190
 
187Bangladesh9140
 
188Laos9120
 
189Bhutan9110
 
190Mongolia9060
 
191Brunei Darussalam9040
 
192American Samoa9000
 
193Cayman Islands8970
 
194Samoa8940
 
195Bahamas8800
 
196Timor-Leste8790
 
196Gibraltar8790
 
196Somalia8790
 
199Guam8730
 
200Pakistan8671
 
200Aruba8671
 
202Seychelles866-2
 
203Tonga8620
 
203Turks and Caicos Islands8620
 
205Eritrea8560
 
206Sri Lanka853-1
 
207U.S. Virgin Islands8440
 
208British Virgin Islands8420
 
209San Marino8240
 
210Anguilla8210
 


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