Ten Highest Ranking FIFA Countries by Year

Can you name the top ten ranked men's national football teams for each of the last ten years?
Using the first ranking of each year
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Last updated: February 19, 2021
First submittedDecember 2, 2016
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2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
Belgium
Belgium
Belgium
Germany
Argentina
Belgium
Germany
Spain
Spain
Spain
France
France
France
Brazil
Brazil
Argentina
Argentina
Germany
Germany
Netherlands
Brazil
Brazil
Brazil
Portugal
Germany
Spain
Colombia
Argentina
Argentina
Germany
England
England
Croatia
Argentina
Chile
Germany
Belgium
Colombia
Italy
Uruguay
Portugal
Uruguay
England
Belgium
Belgium
Chile
Netherlands
Portugal
Colombia
England
Spain
Croatia
Portugal
Spain
Colombia
Brazil
Brazil
Uruguay
England
Brazil
Argentina
Portugal
Uruguay
Poland
France
Portugal
Portugal
Italy
Portugal
Portugal
Uruguay
Spain
Switzerland
Switzerland
Portugal
Colombia
France
Switzerland
Netherlands
Croatia
Mexico
Argentina
Spain
France
Uruguay
England
Spain
Netherlands
Russia
Italy
Italy
Colombia
Denmark
Chile
Spain
Austria
Uruguay
Brazil
Croatia
Argentina
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Level 73
Jan 17, 2017
Woo hoo...my first 100% on a soccer...ahem...football quiz!!!
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Level 44
Jan 24, 2017
Might be mine as well if I remember rightly...
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Level 60
Feb 20, 2021
Mine too let's high five (人*´∀`)。*゚+
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Level 73
May 7, 2021
YAY! 4 years later and i got another 100%. Woo hoo!
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Level 54
Jan 22, 2017
Happy for Belgium. I hope they win the world cup one day.
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2017
That's an awesome quiz :)
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Level 67
Jan 23, 2017
Thank you! :)
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Level 81
Mar 6, 2020
Yes, great football quiz!
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Level 27
Jan 22, 2017
Fun but in other quizzes Britain is used instead of England. Thanks for posting!
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Level 64
Jan 23, 2017
In this quiz it works because England has its own team.
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Level 71
Mar 19, 2017
Don't open cans of worms
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Level 56
Jan 16, 2020
Britain is never used because Britain is not a country.

The constituent countries of the UK have their own football teams and therefore England is the only acceptable answer in this circumstance.

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Level 63
Feb 20, 2021
Actually, Britain is the official short form for the UK, so it should work on other quizzes (not on this one, obviously). What should never work is Great Britain, unless you're asking about an island.
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Level 84
Mar 23, 2021
or the olympics
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Level 58
Jan 22, 2017
Love multiple fields filling in at once
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Level 38
Jan 22, 2017
Shucks, I had all but Russia. I was sure I had already tried Russia...
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Level 67
Mar 5, 2021
I had the same situation with Germany. Couldn't for the life of me think of a country that was so successful that I hadn't tried.
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Level 38
Jan 23, 2017
The FIFA ranking has always been a complete nonsense.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2017
How? It is based off of which teams play, the difficulty of the competition, and the result of the match. They even put up a formula on the website.
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Level 61
Jan 23, 2017
The formula can be abused though. Belgium did it recently, they got to #1 for winning a lot of meaningless friendlies without playing very many competitive matches - at the only tournament they played in during 2016, they were terrible.
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Level 62
Jan 25, 2017
Agree with Corrode, the FIFA ranking never values winning world cups, for example right now Germany is behind Brazil and Argentina, teams that they won in the last world cup.
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Level 79
Jan 26, 2017
It covers last 4 years though
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2017
FIFA ranking values winning cups at part of their highest consideration!! But as retratado stated, countries may abuse the system to kick themselves up to a higher rank.
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Level 83
Jan 24, 2018
Belgium played as many friendlies as any other European nation (teams really won't just release their players for international football on a whim). Besides, playing poor countries in friendlies can actually lower your ranking. Belgium did not hold the number 1 position after the 2016 Euros, in fact they were only number 1 between november 2015 and april 2016. FIFA rankings are heavily flawed (as are any other metrics), but not for any of the reasons mentioned. And no, Belgium was never the best footballing nation in the world. That should be clear for anyone with even a modicum of interest in the game.
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2021
It is pretty much nonsensical. Luckily, nobody really cares about the ranking. It just sometimes factors into seeding at competitions, but given the size of the competitions, there are rarely really competitive group stages anyway.
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Level 56
Mar 7, 2021
Well Belgium never did anything better than the Netherlands during competition until 2018 but was behind them...
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Level 55
Feb 21, 2019
Austria in the top 10???? Haven't been to a WC or Euro as long as I can remember
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Level 70
Jul 18, 2019
Euro 2016 :)
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Level 58
Mar 7, 2021
There's an alternative ranking system, the Elo rankings. Many put more faith in them.
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Level 35
Jan 24, 2017
Portugal ! Portugal ! Portugal ! How I did they were there isn't it .
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Level 58
May 28, 2019
I'm not exactly sure I understand "How I did they were there isn't it." Did you just type in random fragments of sentences?
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Level 71
Feb 20, 2021
Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
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Level 67
Mar 5, 2021
I think I actually understood it better than I would there had were proper been it's one.
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Level 45
Feb 3, 2017
Please accept UK or United Kingdom for England.

Welsh, Scottish, and Northern Irish people are all glaring at you right now.

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Level 65
Feb 14, 2017
Quite the contrary actually
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Level 71
Mar 19, 2017
In football (that is real football) England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own representative football team. It is the same in the Commonwealth Games with the addition of teams from Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man all separate not UK.
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Level 40
Feb 20, 2019
Is Will Griggs still on fire!?
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2021
I don't know, but my defense is terrified!
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Level 58
Apr 4, 2017
Nope, people from England, Scotland, Wales and Norn Iron are glaring at YOU right now for not knowing that the UK does not have a representative football team!
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Level 73
Dec 28, 2017
Ah Norn Iron! What a team! I remember their best player Geoe Bust
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Level 71
Feb 20, 2019
Except on the Olympics, maybe? Don't they do that under the UK banner?
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Level 68
Feb 20, 2019
"Except on the Olympics, maybe? Don't they do that under the UK banner?"

Yes, but not for football. Except at 2012 when they were hosts but that caused all sorts of ructions around team selection as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland didn't want their players selected.

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Level 64
Feb 28, 2017
100!!!!!!!

Drop that hundo!

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Level 62
Jun 19, 2017
9 seconds left
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Level 38
Jun 29, 2018
Chile isn't even in the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
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Level 71
Aug 18, 2018
FIFA...... August 2018 top 10....... 1) France 2) Belgium 3) Brazil 4) Croatia 5) Uruguay 6) England 7) Portugal 8) Switzerland 9) Spain 10) Denmark:
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Level 36
Nov 17, 2018
100%
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Level 82
Feb 20, 2019
I don't know a lot about soccer but with the generous time limit this was still pretty easy.
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Level 67
Mar 5, 2021
Not as easy as the American Football version would be...
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Level 82
Mar 6, 2021
I think that would be harder. I have no idea where countries other than the USA are ranked in American football.
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Level 68
Feb 20, 2019
With two minutes left i missed one. With one second left i guessed austria.
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Level 56
Feb 21, 2019
dam, i missed denmark..
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Level 25
Feb 22, 2019
Missed Austria
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Level 58
May 28, 2019
Missed Helvetica and England..
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Level 22
Nov 25, 2019
I got 17/19. Forgot Columbia which I'm mad about but Poland I didn't even think of.
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Level 84
Feb 20, 2020
Hmmm....that was super easy for an American who couldn't have guessed the answers....
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Level 84
Feb 20, 2020
Ummm...you got a bit of a problem here. All the answers were displayed in the boxes before even beginning the quiz. Makes it pretty easy. :) Might want to fix that.
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Level 67
Feb 20, 2020
Shhhh. Easy 100% ;)
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Level 75
Feb 21, 2020
Finally a quiz that doesn't give you anything for typing China, India, and USA!
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Level 30
Apr 17, 2020
Still baffles me how England get such high rankings each year
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Level 56
Nov 16, 2020
Because they tend to do quite well in qualifiers.
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Level 57
May 26, 2020
england is not a country, please accept it as UK
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Level 54
Jun 25, 2020
There is no UK in FIFA. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Irelands are all separate teams.
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Level 60
Aug 4, 2020
Please stop whining, silly boy.
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Level 61
Jun 3, 2020
Guessed Austria (only 2016) but not Colombia (many years) 😂😂.
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Level 60
Jun 25, 2020
Wow didn't quite believe it for Austria, Switzerland and Poland!

..5/5 on the razor's edge

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Level 57
Jul 18, 2020
This was much easier than I expected tbh
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Level 59
Jan 22, 2021
I guess I though the UK had one team...? I'm not European, okay?
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Level 70
Feb 23, 2021
No, it's England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (and Faroe islands).
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Level 68
Mar 6, 2021
What does the Faroe Islands have to do with the UK?
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Level 73
Feb 19, 2021
World game!
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Level 74
Feb 20, 2021
Personally, I think Belgium is overrated
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Level 83
Feb 20, 2021
Absolutely not. We are not often bragging, but our current team is top class.
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Level 25
Mar 6, 2021
Indeed it is! Greetings from us envious Germans. Time to invade... oh well, nevermind. Force of habit.
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Level 31
Feb 24, 2021
I missed Mexico, I only thought of Europe and South American countries because that where the top ranked players are from
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Level 66
Mar 6, 2021
Belgium has a population smaller than the LA metro and plays right at the top of the competition, and the US with 330 million people, a robust soccer development program, and a bunch of ringers from other countries can't scrape together 20 guys to put together a competitive team. Come on, man.
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Level 67
Mar 6, 2021
It's rather disappointing how bad America's men's soccer team is given how good it could be. I'm not sure why it is that way, but personally, I've always chalked it up to a lack of interest in the sport in America, especially among men.

Our women's team, on the other hand, is pretty amazing!

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Level 25
Mar 6, 2021
It really is impressive how much the USMNT team sucks.

And contrary to disciplines like handball (I think you Mericans call that ''European'' handball), where America is also inept, football has been played in the US for a long time and there's much money in it too.

@jmellor13 already mentioned Belgium, but think that even Croatia (11th place in 2021) is way ahead of the United States with a population as little as that of L.A. - not the metropolitan area, but the city itself!

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Level 40
Mar 6, 2021
Our best athletes play basketball, football, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, track and field, and then maybe soccer after that. I played soccer, but I just like other sports more
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Level 66
Mar 7, 2021
I have heard this explanation many times, but we should still be able to find 20 guys who both have the athletic ability to compete and a preference for soccer. Also, if you look at the build of the average soccer player, he's not fit for basketball or American football. Most of them would have to be baseball players. Soccer is more popular than lacrosse and track and field, and it might be less popular than hockey as a spectator sport, but certainly not among participants. I was a hockey player, and it's a real pain. The demands for equipment, travel, and access to ice time are prohibitive for many people. Our development programs for soccer are much better than those for hockey, lacrosse, and track and field too. Soccer should really be on par with tennis, and it lags way behind. I just don't get it.
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Level 62
Mar 6, 2021
Austria??? That's unbelievable!
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Level 54
Mar 6, 2021
Can you accept UK for England
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Level 68
Mar 6, 2021
Why? It's wrong.
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Level 60
Mar 6, 2021
Pls try my quizzes
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Level 64
Mar 6, 2021
Belgium only got to the top of this list by exploiting all the other countries in the world. Down with Belgian hegemony!
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Level 22
Mar 6, 2021
Hey im Britannia, a toothbrush
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Level 47
Mar 6, 2021
I think you forgot the best team, San marino
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Level 61
Mar 6, 2021
19/20.

Somehow forgot Germany lmao

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Level 55
Mar 7, 2021
Germany's national team is quite forgettable these days.
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Level 55
Mar 7, 2021
This one was a buzzer beater. Remembered Chile for 20/20 RIGHT when the clock turned from 00:01 to 00:00.
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Level 62
Mar 10, 2021
Eventually got Austria after some guessing around, really didn't think they'd be on this list.
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Level 53
Mar 18, 2021
ENGLAND works but UK dosn,t. Can you please change it.
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Level 73
Apr 5, 2021
But this English national football team is distinct from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish teams.
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Level 23
Apr 7, 2021
Soccer sucks but hey, I got 100.
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Level 23
Apr 7, 2021
Moderation
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Level 50
May 13, 2021
Dont even watch soccer/Non-American football and got 19/20 lol
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Level 58
May 28, 2021
I almost forget England!
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Level 31
Jun 23, 2021
I missed Mexico. I wonder which is the next African or Asian country to make it to the top 10 of the FIFA rankings