Football: National Team's Rankings, by FIFA position
CountryFIFA ranking position
ArgentinaArgentina1
FranceFrance2
BrazilBrazil3
BelgiumBelgium4
EnglandEngland5
NetherlandsNetherlands6
CroatiaCroatia7
ItalyItaly8
PortugalPortugal9
SpainSpain10
MoroccoMorocco11
SwitzerlandSwitzerland12
U.S.United States of America13
GermanyGermany14
MexicoMexico15
UruguayUruguay16
ColombiaColombia17
SenegalSenegal18
DenmarkDenmark19
JapanJapan20
PeruPeru21
SwedenSweden22
PolandPoland23
IranIran24
SerbiaSerbia25
WalesWales26
South KoreaSouth Korea27
TunisiaTunisia28
AustraliaAustralia29
UkraineUkraine30
ChileChile31
AustriaAustria32
HungaryHungary33
AlgeriaAlgeria34
EgyptEgypt35
ScotlandScotland36
RussiaRussia37
Czech RepublicCzech Republic38
Costa RicaCosta Rica39
NigeriaNigeria40
EcuadorEcuador41
CameroonCameroon42
TurkeyTurkey43
NorwayNorway44
Ivory CoastIvory Coast45
RomaniaRomania46
CanadaCanada47
ParaguayParaguay48
IrelandIreland49
Burkina FasoBurkina Faso50
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Time period: as of Apr 6, 2023
  • Published: Apr 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Dominance of European and South American Teams in Top Rankings

European and South American teams dominate the top FIFA world ranking positions, with Argentina leading at rank 1, followed by France at rank 2, and Brazil at rank 3. Among the top 10 teams, 7 are European countries, and 3 are from South America. This dominance showcases the strong soccer culture and competitive levels within these regions.

Top 10 FIFA Ranking Positions

The top 10 positions in the FIFA world rankings are occupied by Argentina (1), France (2), Brazil (3), Belgium (4), England (5), Netherlands (6), Croatia (7), Italy (8), Portugal (9), and Spain (10). This lineup reflects a mix of traditional soccer powerhouses with a history of international success.

African and Asian Representation in Top 50

Morocco leads as the highest-ranked African nation at 11th position, while Japan stands as the highest-ranked Asian country at 20th position in the FIFA world rankings. These rankings highlight the global nature of soccer, with teams from Africa and Asia making significant strides on the international stage.

Diversity in the Lower Half of Top 50 Rankings

The lower half of the top 50 FIFA rankings features a diverse range of countries, including Chile (31st), Australia (29th), and Canada (47th). This diversity indicates the growing competitiveness and development of soccer across different continents beyond the traditional European and South American strongholds.

Emergence of Soccer in North America and Asia

Countries such as the United States (13th), Japan (20th), and South Korea (27th) in the FIFA rankings showcase the emergence and development of soccer in North America and Asia. These rankings reflect the efforts put into soccer development, youth programs, and international performance in these regions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which team leads the FIFA world rankings?

The Argentina national team leads the FIFA world rankings at rank 1.

How many European and South American teams are in the top 10 FIFA rankings?

Out of the top 10 teams in the FIFA rankings, 7 are European and 3 are South American.

Who are the highest-ranked African and Asian nations in the FIFA world rankings?

Morocco is the highest-ranked African nation at rank 11, and Japan is the highest-ranked Asian country at rank 20.

Terms and Definitions

FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. It is an international governing body of football, futsal, and beach soccer. Founded in 1904, it lays down the rules of the sport, promotes and develops soccer worldwide, and organizes international tournaments, including the World Cup.

World rankings are systems for evaluating and ranking the performance of participants in a certain activity or sport, in this case, soccer. The rankings are based on several factors like match results, importance of the matches, strength of opposition, and regional strength.

This term refers to the internationally recognized professional soccer teams composed primarily of male players. These teams usually represent a particular country and participate in international matches and tournaments.

Also known as football in many parts of the world, soccer is a game played between two teams of eleven players each. The objective is to score by getting a ball into the opposing team's goal, using any part of the body except hands and arms.

Match results refer to the outcome of a soccer game, usually represented in terms of goals scored by each team. It determines the winning team, or in case of equal scores, a draw.

This refers to the ranking value each soccer game has. Different games have different levels of importance. For instance, a World Cup match will have a higher importance value than friendly matches.

Strength of opposition is one criterion used in FIFA rankings. It refers to the quality, skills, and previous performance of the opposing team. A win against a stronger opposition garners more ranking points.

Regional strength is a measure of the competitive quality of a specific geographical region's soccer teams. Some regions are considered stronger due to their history of successful teams and competitive leagues.

The World Cup is an international soccer competition held every four years where teams from countries around the world compete against each other. It's organized by FIFA and is considered the most prestigious tournament in soccer.
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