How to choose the top football world rankings?
Here’s how to get the most out of the football world’s rankings.
The FIFA rankings are widely recognised as the definitive ranking of football’s world.
This year’s rankings, published in January, are expected to give us a snapshot of how well countries and teams are performing around the world.
The Football Observatory has compiled a list of the top 50 football countries, with the United States leading the way.
They’re ranked from one to 50, with five points for a win and four for a draw.
The rankings include the average FIFA rankings score per 100,000 population.
The top five are: Germany (20.6) Australia (16.9) England (16) France (14.5) Spain (14) Netherlands (13) Italy (13.9).
Brazil is ranked at the bottom with just two points.
The FIFA rankings, which are released every four years, are published in three parts.
Part One: Rankings of the 50 most populous countries (total population: 4.17 billion) Part Two: Rankings and analysis of the 20 best-performing countries for the first time, in 2018 (total: 4 billion) Part Three: The World Cup 2018 – the most entertaining, competitive and exciting sporting event in the world, rated by FIFA’s World Rankings, based on more than 12,000 player ratings.
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