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FIFA Top 50 World Rankings

FIFA announced a new monthly world ranking system on Aug. 13, 1993 designed to “provide a constant international comparison of national team performances.” The rankings are based on a mathematical formula that weighs strength of schedule, importance of matches and goals scored for and against. Games considered include World Cup qualifying and final rounds, Continental championship qualifying and final rounds, and friendly matches.

The formula was altered slightly in January 1999. Now the rankings annually take into account a team's seven best matches of the last eight years, thereby favoring some teams that have been consistent over a long period of time but that may have stumbled just recently. At the end of the year, FIFA designates a Team of the Year. Teams of the Year so far have been Germany (1993), Brazil (1994-2000) and France (2001). The USA reached their highest ever ranking (eighth) in Sept. 2002.

FIFA Top 50 World Rankings: 2001

  Points2000
Rank
1France812 2
2Argentina802 3
3Brazil 793 1
4Portugal741 6
5Colombia73915
6Italy734 4
7Spain730 7
8Netherlands722 8
9Mexico71412
10England71217
11Yugoslavia710 9
12Germany 70711
13Paraguay691 9
14Czech Republic689 4
15Romania68813
16Sweden67622
17Ireland67231
 Denmark67222
19Croatia66818
20Belgium66627
21Russia66521
22Uruguay66432
23Turkey66330
24USA66216
25Slovenia65035
 Norway65014
 Honduras65046
28Tunisia64826
29Iran64236
30Costa Rica63560
31Saudi Arabia63236
32Trinidad and Tobago63029
33Poland62943
34Japan62638
 South Africa62620
36Morocco62328
37Ecuador61353
38Cameroon60939
39Chile60419
 Nigeria60452
41Egypt60233
42South Korea59940
43Peru59845
44Ivory Coast59651
45Ukraine59334
46Finland58859
 Slovakia58824
48Australia58672
49Israel58341
50Scotland57725

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