The World Cup 2018 gets underway in just under a month’s time, on the 14th June, with international football’s hottest and strongest teams travelling to Russia to compete in the finals. All of the teams who have reached this stage in the competition have faced gruelling qualification campaigns, and from 209 member associations, 32 teams now remain.
Of those 32 teams, 20 were present at the final rounds in 2014 World Cup in Brazil, whilst two (Panama and Iceland) will be making their World Cup debuts this year. What’s more, both the 2014 World Cup winners and the 2010 World Cup winners, Germany and Spain, will be competing, alongside the Euro 2016 winners, Portugal, and five-time World Cup winners Brazil, Belgium, England, Uruguay, and Argentina.
There’s clearly going to be plenty of talent on display in Russia, which makes it all the more difficult to predict who will lift the trophy. That being said, here at GoWin we’ve been doing extensive research to make sure we can provide all of our readers with a comprehensive guide, which will hopefully help you place some smart World Cup wagers this summer.
One of the best ways to weigh up each country’s chances of winning the World Cup 2018 is to take a look at the FIFA World Rankings 2018. These rankings show how successful a team have been in their recent matches, as well as how they’ve performed in the past year in general.
What Are The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings?
FIFA (The International Federation of Association Football) is an association which describes itself as the international governing body of association football. They are also responsible for the organization of football’s major international tournaments, including the 2018 World Cup.
The FIFA World Rankings serve to provide fans, journalists, players (and anyone else), with up to date information about how the international teams stack up against each other. This makes them perfect for predicting who has a likely chance of winning the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
How Are the FIFA World Rankings 2018 Calculated?
Before we can get into where this year’s 32 final World Cup 2018 teams place within the FIFA Men’s Rankings, we thought it was best to shed some light on how the rankings are calculated.
Essentially, the FIFA Men’s ranking procedure gives points to any team that succeeds in international football. These points help the team climb the world ranking, and therefore be considered better or worse than other international teams.
A team’s total number of points is calculated over a four-year period, and is determined by adding:
- The average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months
- The average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months (depreciates yearly)
The number of points given for a single match depends on four different criterions:
- Match Result
- Importance of Match
- Strength of Opposing Team
- Strength of Confederation
The Top 50 FIFA Men’s World Ranking Teams 2018
Below you can find out where the top 50 international teams place within the FIFA World Ranking 2018, their current number of points and whether or not they have qualified for this year’s World Cup tournament.
Please note, all rankings are correct as of 16/5/2018.
|Rank||Team||Total Points||World Cup 2018|
|9||Chile||1146||Did Not Qualify|
|19||Netherlands||969||Did Not Qualify|
|20||Italy||947||Did Not Qualify|
|21||Wales||931||Did Not Qualify|
|24||USA||880||Did Not Qualify|
|26||Austria||841||Did Not Qualify|
|27||Northern Ireland||837||Did Not Qualify|
|29||Slovakia||786||Did Not Qualify|
|30||Ukraine||777||Did Not Qualify|
|31||Republic of Ireland||776||Did Not Qualify|
|32||Romania||737||Did Not Qualify|
|33||Paraguay||737||Did Not Qualify|
|34||Scotland||735||Did Not Qualify|
|37||Turkey||714||Did Not Qualify|
|38||Congo||711||Did Not Qualify|
|39||Venezuela||709||Did Not Qualify|
|41||Bosnia and Herzegovina||688||Did Not Qualify|
|43||Montenegro||671||Did Not Qualify|
|44||Greece||657||Did Not Qualify|
|45||Czech Republic||647||Did Not Qualify|
|48||Jamaica||612||Did Not Qualify|
|49||Norway||608||Did Not Qualify|
|50||Hungary||604||Did Not Qualify|
Other Qualified Teams’ FIFA World Rankings
As you can see from the table above, of the 50 top teams in the FIFA Men’s Rankings, only 27 have qualified for the 2018 World Cup. This leaves 5 teams remaining who rank outside the top 50.
|Rank||Team||Total Points||World Cup 2018|
|66||Russia (Host Nation)||493||Qualified|