How the FIFA World Rankings Work for National Soccer Teams

FIFA, the international governing body for soccer, ranks national teams based on their performance in international matches. This ranking system is known as the FIFA World Rankings, and it is used to determine the relative strength of national teams and to seed teams in international tournaments.

The FIFA World Rankings are calculated using a points system, with teams earning points for victories, draws, and defeats in international matches. The number of points awarded for a win or a loss depends on the importance of the match and the strength of the opponent. For example, a win in a World Cup final would be worth more points than a win in a friendly match.

The FIFA World Rankings are based on a rolling four-year period, with the most recent matches carrying the most weight. This means that a team’s ranking can change significantly based on their performance in recent matches.

The FIFA World Rankings are updated on a monthly basis and are published on FIFA’s website. The top-ranked team in the world is currently Belgium, followed by France, Brazil, England, and Uruguay. The rankings are used to seed teams in international tournaments, such as the World Cup, and can also be used as a benchmark for a team’s progress and development.