Football - World Rankings


Men

FIFA adopted a world ranking list for men's teams in 1993. However, it wasn't until 2005 that an acceptable system was developed and, thus, the rankings began to be used in the organisation of tournaments, most significantly the seeding for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals.Teams are analysed only in FIFA-recognised matches over the previous four years. The most important matches (eg. World Cup Finals matches) are given most weight, while the strength of the opponent, and how recent the match was played are added considerations.The points allocation for each of the four years in question is based on average points per match.
POSITION
NATION
1
BELGIUM
2
Brazil
3
France
4
England
5
Uruguay
6
Portugal
7
Croatia
8
Colombia
9
Spain
10
Argentina

Women

FIFA's Women's World Rankings are based on every international match a team ever played, going back to 1971 and the first FIFA-recognised women's international, between France and Netherlands. The men's ranking system considers only matches in the previous four years.
Other differences between the two systems are that the women's list is weighted to emphasise recent results, opposed to a sliding scale, and are published just four times a year (March, June, September and December) while the men's is updated monthly.

POSITION
NATION
1
UNITED STATES
2
Germany
3
Netherlands
4
France
5
England
6
Sweden
7
Canada
8
Australia
9
North Korea
10
Brazil

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