Rules for calculating the FIFA Ranking

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Number of points, which will be assigned for a played match, depends of following factors:

M: 3 points are assigned for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a defeat. If a match will finish by a penalty kicks, the winning team gains 2 points and the defeated team 1 point.

I: The played matches are divided into 4 categories:

  • Friendly matches - I = 1.0
  • Qualification for World Cup or continental championships - I = 2.5
  • Continental championships or the Confederation Cup - I = 3.0
  • Word Cup - I = 4.0

T: the rival force is counted with the following system:

T = (200 - rival_position_in_the_ranking) / 100

Exceptions: The best ranking team T = 2.0, teams over the 150th position T = 0.5

C: is the average force of the continents between two opposite teams. The continent force is counted on the base of the achievements of countries from the given continent from three last played World Cups. The current force value is presented in the table below:

FederationContinentForce before WC 2006Force after the WC 2006
CONMEBOLSouth America0.990.98
CONCACAFNorth America0.880.85

All the above factors are multiplied between them and give the number of points for the given match - P

P = M * I * T * C * 100

The entire point number for the given country is the average of points from the all matches played in the last 4 years, with premium points for the matches played recently. The matches played in the last 12 months have the 100% value, and those from other years appropriately 50%, 30% and 20%.


Date30th June 2006
Type of matchWorld Cup 2006
Result (penalty kicks)1 (4)1 (2)
Ranking position224
Confederation force1.00.99
M (points for the results)21
I (type of match)4.0
T (rival force)1.961.78
C (confederation force)0.995
PolandCzech Republic
Date11th October 2008
Type of matchEliminations for the 2010 WC in South Africa
Ranking position308
Confederation force1.01.0
M (points for the results)30
I (type of match)2.5
T (rival force)1.921.70
C (confederation force)1.0

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