How do FIFA's World Rankings work? Calculations explained

Belgium Euro 2024 squad BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JUNE 05 : team Belgium during the international friendly game match between Belgium and Montenegro in preparation of the UEFA Euro 2024 European Football Championship tournament on June 5, 2024 in Brussels, Belgium, 05/06/2024 ( Photo by Peter De Voecht / Photo News via Getty Images)
Belgium are ranked third in the FIFA World Rankings despite their (Image credit: Getty Images)

P = Pbefore + I * (W – We). That’s the equation FIFA use for their world rankings, if that answers your question. But expect it doesn’t, because in our heads it’s always turned into “P before I except after we”.

As you may have gathered from that, the way FIFA calculate their rankings is a bit complex, and can sometimes throw up some weirdness that doesn’t seem to tally with the common sense evidence of our own eyes.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.