Power Ranking the 25 Best Soccer Nations Based on Per Capita

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Power Ranking the 25 Best Soccer Nations Based on Per Capita
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We've all got access to the FIFA international team rankings which decide which is the official "best nation in world football," but how does that translate to the amount of quality football which is available to those nations?

It's been said many times before: When (or if) the United States takes the game seriously, there is such a potential pool of talent available that it might be hard to stop them.

The same goes for other hugely populous nations, such as India and China, both home to more than one billion people.

On the other hand, nations with an estimated population of less than 5 million, such as Croatia or Uruguay, have to select the best players from a far smaller pool of talent.

Don't expect to see the likes of Brazil, Russia or USA on this list—with hundreds of millions of people available to choose from, in theory at least, they won't score highly in this ranking system. Any success would be, at least in part, because they have such a wide-ranging group of athletes to try and find a great team from.

In fact, none of the top-six ranked FIFA nations feature in this list.

Here, then, is the top 25 ranked nations in world football, based on a combination of their standing in the sport and their national population available to contribute to the game.

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