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World ranking of Iceland's national football team 1993-2020

The Icelandic national football team, which is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland, made its highest position in the FIFA World Ranking in 2016. In this year, they participated as the smallest nation ever in the UEFA European Championship. The team made it to the quarter finals but lost them to France. In the ranking, it made the 21th position.

 FIFA World Ranking – what does it express?

In general, the ranking created by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) is based on game results and the most successful team is ranked highest. As of August 2018, a new calculation model adapted from the Elo rating system is in use, 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/ subtracted to get the final position in the ranking.

Comparison to top national teams

  In April 2020, the Icelandic national football team ranked on position 39. At that time, the team took already part in two friendly matches as well as in qualifying matches for the upcoming UEFA European Championship in 2020. In contrast, the three leading national teams came from Belgium on the first position, followed by France and Brazil.

FIFA World Ranking of the Icelandic national football team from 1993 to 2020

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

1993 to 2020

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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