International Football: Mathematical Ranking of Every National Team

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International Football: Mathematical Ranking of Every National Team
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Over the past several years, many have tried (and failed) to create an adequate ranking system for international football.

The most mainstream of them, the FIFA rankings, has produced such ludicrous results that the system has become the butt of all jokes. For example, in their last rankings, England was ranked fourth in the world.

So over the past few weeks, I have created my own ranking system: the FrankFA ratings, if you would.

In this system, I have incorporated four factors in scoring each nation's performance over the past four years:

  1. Results of each match
  2. Importance of the match
  3. Strength of opponent
  4. Continental Strength

From there, I used simple mathematics to create a score out of 1000 points for each team.

After a bit of tinkering with formulas and methods, I came to a result that produced results that I deem acceptable.

Note that by no means do I believe the system to be complete.

Hence, I greatly encourage you to voice any inconsistencies you see (a team being ranked where it ought not to be), suggestions you think of or questions you have in the comment section below.

All thoughts are welcome and will be a big help to making this system as good as possible.

So where does your country rank?

Without further ado, here are my first international football rankings.

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