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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.
1Belgium17370
 
2France17340
 
3Brazil16760
 
4England16471
 
5Croatia1621-1
 
6Uruguay16131
 
7Portugal1607-1
 
8Switzerland16040
 
9Spain16010
 
10Denmark15860
 
11Argentina15800
 
12Colombia15730
 
13Germany15703
 
14Sweden15670
 
15Chile1559-2
 
16Netherlands1554-2
 
17Italy15501
 
18Mexico1549-1
 
19Wales15390
 
20Poland15350
 
21Peru1516-1
 
21Iran15161
 
23Senegal15151
 
24USA15061
 
25Romania14960
 
26Japan14941
 
27Ukraine14933
 
28Tunisia14910
 
29Serbia14842
 
29Venezuela14843
 
29Ireland Republic14845
 
32Slovakia1482-3
 
33Northern Ireland14813
 
34Austria1479-11
 
35Bosnia and Herzegovina14780
 
36Paraguay1467-3
 
37Korea Republic14621
 
38Costa Rica1458-1
 
39Turkey14572
 
40Iceland1450-2
 
41Australia14411
 
42Nigeria14354
 
43Greece14332
 
44Scotland1430-4
 
45Morocco1429-2
 
46Congo DR14255
 
46Russia14254
 
48Czech Republic1424-4
 
49Ghana14233
 
50Norway1420-2
 
51Bulgaria1419-3
 
51Hungary14191
 
51Montenegro1419-5
 
54Cameroon13992
 
55Qatar13980
 
56Jamaica1391-2
 
57Egypt13840
 
58Burkina Faso13804
 
59Ecuador1378-1
 
60Finland1375-1
 
61Honduras13692
 
62Albania1368-1
 
63Slovenia13660
 
63Bolivia1366-3
 
65Mali13650
 
65Côte d'Ivoire13651
 
67United Arab Emirates13600
 
68North Macedonia13503
 
68Guinea13500
 
70Algeria1348-1
 
71El Salvador13442
 
72Saudi Arabia1342-2
 
73South Africa13351
 
74Panama13272
 
74China1327-2
 
76Cape Verde Islands1319-2
 
76Iraq13194
 
78Canada13141
 
79Uganda1302-2
 
79Zambia13023
 
81Belarus1301-3
 
82Curaçao1296-1
 
83Syria12860
 
84Israel12858
 
85Uzbekistan12794
 
86Luxembourg12771
 
86Oman12774
 
89Cyprus1276-2
 
90Gabon1272-5
 
91Benin12673
 
92Congo1265-8
 
93Trinidad and Tobago12580
 
94Georgia1256-3
 
95Kyrgyzstan12530
 
96Estonia12400
 
97Jordan12290
 
98Vietnam12271
 
99Palestine12241
 
100Haiti12233
 
101India12192
 
102Faroe Islands1213-5
 
103Mauritania1210-2
 
104Niger12095
 
105Libya12070
 
106Armenia1206-5
 
107Madagascar12030
 
108Kenya1202-2
 
108Azerbaijan12020
 
110Zimbabwe11903
 
111Bahrain11880
 
112Central African Republic11840
 
113Namibia1181-3
 
114Thailand11741
 
115Sierra Leone1172-1
 
116Kazakhstan11711
 
117Mozambique1166-1
 
118Guinea-Bissau11580
 
119New Zealand11570
 
120Tajikistan11550
 
121Korea DPR11520
 
122Angola11423
 
123Antigua and Barbuda11363
 
124Philippines1135-1
 
125Chinese Taipei1128-1
 
126Togo1127-4
 
128Malawi11221
 
129Nicaragua1120-1
 
130Sudan1106-3
 
131Tanzania11056
 
132Lithuania11020
 
133Latvia1101-2
 
134Andorra1099-2
 
135St. Kitts and Nevis1096-1
 
136Burundi10892
 
136Turkmenistan10890
 
138Rwanda1088-3
 
139Solomon Islands10834
 
140Myanmar1080-2
 
141Hong Kong1078-1
 
142Lesotho10754
 
143Equatorial Guinea10745
 
143Eswatini1074-3
 
143Guatemala10746
 
146Yemen1073-3
 
147Comoros1071-5
 
148Botswana1060-3
 
149Afghanistan1057-2
 
150Ethiopia10491
 
151Maldives10461
 
152Suriname10451
 
153Liberia1044-3
 
154Dominican Republic10280
 
155New Caledonia1026-1
 
156Mauritius10220
 
156Kuwait10222
 
158Tahiti1020-1
 
159Indonesia10080
 
160Singapore9985
 
161Barbados9961
 
161Nepal9960
 
163Gambia9943
 
163Belize994-3
 
165Fiji9924
 
166Vanuatu991-3
 
167South Sudan989-3
 
168Malaysia986-1
 
169Papua New Guinea984-1
 
170St. Lucia9751
 
171Moldova974-1
 
172Grenada9731
 
173Cambodia967-1
 
174Cuba9610
 
175Guyana9592
 
175Bermuda9591
 
177Chad956-2
 
178Dominica9540
 
178Saint Vincent and the Grenadines9542
 
180Malta9432
 
181Puerto Rico940-2
 
182Liechtenstein932-1
 
183Macau9250
 
184Laos9230
 
185Sao Tome e Principe9200
 
186Bhutan9170
 
187Mongolia9151
 
188Bangladesh9094
 
188Aruba909-1
 
190Cook Islands9080
 
190American Samoa9080
 
190Seychelles908-1
 
193Guam907-1
 
194Brunei Darussalam9031
 
195Gibraltar900-1
 
195Timor-Leste9001
 
197Samoa8960
 
197Djibouti8960
 
199Montserrat8951
 
200U.S. Virgin Islands8882
 
200Pakistan888-1
 
202Sri Lanka886-1
 
203Tonga8681
 
203Eritrea8681
 
203Somalia8681
 
206Cayman Islands867-3
 
206British Virgin Islands8671
 
208Turks and Caicos Islands8620
 
209Anguilla857-1
 
210Bahamas8550
 
211San Marino8480
 

 

 


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