International Football: Ranking Every National Team After Friendlies

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International Football: Ranking Every National Team After Friendlies

It's time for a new ranking.

In case you missed it, I began creating a new mathematical ranking system for international football teams earlier this month. The idea came from some frustration at the existing FIFA rankings, whose results are constantly defying logic.

In calculating these rankings, I take each match from the past four years and grade each team on their performance. In doing so, I take four factors into account:

  • Result of the match (win, loss, draw, and scoreline)
  • Importance of the match
  • Strength of opponent
  • Home/away/neutral

From their combined match grades, each team earns a score out of 1000 that is used to compare the teams.

Now, this system is still in its infancy. If you see something you disagree with, please comment below and give me some feedback. All thoughts are welcome.

Also, you will notice a few seemingly random changes from the last rankings. Do not fear: I just tweaked the formula a bit.

So, without further ado, here is the second installment of the FrankFA rankings.

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