World ranking of Sweden's national football team 1993-2018

The highest position of Sweden’s national football team in the FIFA World Ranking ever reached was in 1994, when they came at fourth place. In this year, Sweden was in the play-off for the third place in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The teams lowest rank was 44, which was reached in 2014. The women’s national team’s highest position was at third place in 2007, when Sweden was part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and made the 10th position together with Japan.  

The determination of a team’s position in the ranking

     The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) created the ranking. It is based on game results, so the most successful team is ranked highest. Today, a calculation model adapted from the Elo rating system is used, which is known in many sports. The teams get points for single games, that are determined by the relative strength of both opponents. These points must be added or subtracted to get the final position in the ranking.    

 Sweden vs. top teams 

     As of April 2019, the Swedish men’s national football team ranked on position 14. They had already two friendly matches against Finland and Iceland as well as two qualification matches for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 within Group F, consisting of six teams. By comparison, the three leading national teams in the FIFA World Ranking from April 2019 came from Belgium at the first position, followed by France and Brazil, at second and third position.    

FIFA World Ranking of the Swedish national football team from 1993 to 2018

FIFA World Ranking* position
19939
19943
199513
199617
199718
199818
199916
200023
200116
200225
200319
200413
200514
200614
200724
200832
200942
201033
201118
201220
201327
201444
201535
201641
201718
201823
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Source

Release date

May 2018

Region

Sweden

Survey time period

1993 to 2018

Special properties

FIFA World Ranking; men's national football team

Supplementary notes

* Since 1993, the FIFA World Ranking is used to rank men's national teams, based on their game results. The most successful team is ranked highest (position 1).

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