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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 15, 2022
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First submittedDecember 2, 2016
Times taken121,210
Average score85.0%
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2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
Belgium
Belgium
Belgium
Belgium
Germany
Argentina
Belgium
Germany
Spain
Spain
Brazil
France
France
France
Brazil
Brazil
Argentina
Argentina
Germany
Germany
France
Brazil
Brazil
Brazil
Portugal
Germany
Spain
Colombia
Argentina
Argentina
Argentina
England
England
Croatia
Argentina
Chile
Germany
Belgium
Colombia
Italy
England
Portugal
Uruguay
England
Belgium
Belgium
Chile
Netherlands
Portugal
Colombia
Italy
Spain
Croatia
Portugal
Spain
Colombia
Brazil
Brazil
Uruguay
England
Spain
Argentina
Portugal
Uruguay
Poland
France
Portugal
Portugal
Italy
Portugal
Portugal
Uruguay
Spain
Switzerland
Switzerland
Portugal
Colombia
France
Switzerland
Netherlands
Denmark
Mexico
Argentina
Spain
France
Uruguay
England
Spain
Netherlands
Russia
Netherlands
Italy
Colombia
Denmark
Chile
Spain
Austria
Uruguay
Brazil
Croatia
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Level 76
Jan 17, 2017
Woo hoo...my first 100% on a soccer...ahem...football quiz!!!
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Level 42
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 76
May 7, 2021
YAY! 4 years later and i got another 100%. Woo hoo!
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Level 10
Jan 21, 2023
Got 18/20, missed mexico and chile
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Level 62
Jan 22, 2017
Happy for Belgium. I hope they win the world cup one day.
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Level 64
Jan 22, 2017
That's an awesome quiz :)
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Level 68
Jan 23, 2017
Thank you! :)
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Level 84
Mar 6, 2020
Yes, great football quiz!
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Level 26
Jan 22, 2017
Fun but in other quizzes Britain is used instead of England. Thanks for posting!
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Level 63
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 62
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 67
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 91
Mar 23, 2021
or the olympics
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Level 71
Aug 29, 2022
Actually, Britain is NOT the ‘official short form,’ since we don’t have an ‘official’ one, the government recognises UK or United Kingdom but there exists no official short form. If there ever were an official short form, it wouldn’t be Britain because that would exclude quite a lot of the UK population that don’t live on the island of Great Britain, particularly those in Northern Ireland. In fact, the UK government actively discourages the use of Britain as shorthand.

It’s also incorrect to say that Great Britain is never the answer outside of questions concerning islands. The country was called Great Britain officially from 1707 to 1800 when it became the United Kingom of Great Britain and Ireland under the Acts of Union.

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Level 68
Jan 22, 2017
Love multiple fields filling in at once
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Level 36
Jan 22, 2017
Shucks, I had all but Russia. I was sure I had already tried Russia...
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Level 72
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 37
Jan 23, 2017
The FIFA ranking has always been a complete nonsense.
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Level 64
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 81
Jan 26, 2017
It covers last 4 years though
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Level 64
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 86
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 67
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 58
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 56
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 72
Jul 18, 2019
Euro 2016 :)
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Level 59
Mar 7, 2021
There's an alternative ranking system, the Elo rankings. Many put more faith in them.
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Level 34
Jan 24, 2017
Portugal ! Portugal ! Portugal ! How I did they were there isn't it .
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Level 62
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 73
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 72
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 57
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 64
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 38
Feb 20, 2019
Is Will Griggs still on fire!?
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Level 67
Feb 20, 2021
I don't know, but my defense is terrified!
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Level 59
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 76
Dec 28, 2017
Ah Norn Iron! What a team! I remember their best player Geoe Bust
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Level 74
Feb 20, 2019
Except on the Olympics, maybe? Don't they do that under the UK banner?
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Level 71
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 48
Apr 4, 2022
well let them glare! they're all part of the same country it's time to start acting like it or seperate!
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Level 40
Apr 26, 2022
Gee! The Troubles happened, you know!
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Level 71
Aug 29, 2022
Has anyone actually looked any of this up before holding forth with their incorrect responses? The name Great Britain is used for the Olympics, not the United Kingdom.

Team GB has competed in the mens football more than once and been captained by a Welshman. In fact, we won the Gold medal three times as Great Britain.

And, OscarMeow: all sorts of problems with this statement: a) you have no idea about the history and culture if you can say this: b) I hope you’re not American, because that’s really not a place acting like one country at the moment and c) please don’t tell other countries what to do, that’s our ancestors’ schtick and should probably be avoided.

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

Drop that hundo!

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Level 65
Jun 19, 2017
9 seconds left
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Level 35
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 84
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 72
Mar 5, 2021
Not as easy as the American Football version would be...
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Level 84
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 38
Aug 14, 2021
there would only be one answer - U.S.A, because they're the only ones who actually play it lol
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Level 72
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 24
Feb 22, 2019
Missed Austria
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Level 65
May 28, 2019
Missed Helvetica and England..
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Level 33
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 74
Aug 29, 2021
ColOmbia. No, I'm not Colombian, but I've traveled there extensively, and nothing will annoy Colombians more than this. Maybe aside from narco jokes. And no, they don't love Pablo.
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Level 87
Feb 20, 2020
Hmmm....that was super easy for an American who couldn't have guessed the answers....
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Level 86
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 69
Feb 20, 2020
Shhhh. Easy 100% ;)
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Level 78
Feb 21, 2020
Finally a quiz that doesn't give you anything for typing China, India, and USA!
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Level 28
Apr 17, 2020
Still baffles me how England get such high rankings each year
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Level 62
Nov 16, 2020
Because they tend to do quite well in qualifiers.
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Level 58
May 26, 2020
england is not a country, please accept it as UK
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Level 55
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 68
Jun 3, 2020
Guessed Austria (only 2016) but not Colombia (many years) 😂😂.
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Level 62
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 61
Jul 18, 2020
This was much easier than I expected tbh
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Level 60
Jan 22, 2021
I guess I though the UK had one team...? I'm not European, okay?
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Level 73
Feb 23, 2021
No, it's England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (and Faroe islands).
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Level 71
Mar 6, 2021
What does the Faroe Islands have to do with the UK?
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Level 74
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 84
Feb 20, 2021
Absolutely not. We are not often bragging, but our current team is top class.
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Level 36
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 28
Sep 27, 2022
Not at all. To me, they are a bit underrated. Great team
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Level 37
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 67
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 71
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 36
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 43
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 67
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 66
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 71
Mar 6, 2021
Why? It's wrong.
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Level 67
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 52
Mar 6, 2021
I think you forgot the best team, San marino
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Level 65
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 63
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 58
Mar 18, 2021
ENGLAND works but UK dosn,t. Can you please change it.
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Level 77
Apr 5, 2021
But this English national football team is distinct from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish teams.
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Level 49
Jun 15, 2022
there is no uk football team
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Level 31
Apr 7, 2021
Soccer sucks but hey, I got 100.
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Level 31
Apr 7, 2021
Moderation
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Level 61
May 13, 2021
Dont even watch soccer/Non-American football and got 19/20 lol
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Level 61
May 28, 2021
I almost forget England!
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Level 37
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
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Level 53
Sep 27, 2021
Great football quiz. Top stuff.
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
Only people who don't watch soc- erm football get Austria

like me

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Level 48
Mar 20, 2022
got mexico with 1 second left I can't believe that's their only appearance! Good quiz btw.
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Level 34
Mar 26, 2022
Missed Colombia
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Level 59
Apr 12, 2022
missed mexico
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Level 39
May 29, 2022
Missed England. It's amazing that after all these years no country from Africa or Asia has made it into the top 10.
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Level 74
Jul 13, 2022
Never watched a soccer game in my life and still guessed 85% lol. Maybe cutting the time would weed out the random guessers like me!
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Level 41
Jul 16, 2022
Fun fact: Portugal and Spain are the only countries that are in the ranking since 2013.