Top 300 European Club Elo Ratings

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W-T-L records are tallied from the last two years of domestic and Champions League play while the Elo rating is based off of the last four years of performances. The last three columns count how many times a team plays against a team in the top 50, 150, or 300.

Graphs of past team performances can be made available at request. An example can be found here.

Last updated August 1, 2019.

RankClubRatingCountryW-T-Lppgvs. top50vs. top150vs. top3006m elo change
1Lyon2257France57-5-02.84255354+28
2Wolfsburg2047Germany47-6-62.49445252-44
3Bayern München1937Germany40-7-72.35434747-69
4PSG1884France41-5-42.56174344-53
5Turbine Potsdam1851Germany25-12-71.98363939-20
6Chelsea1820England35-12-72.17284347+49
7Arsenal1796England29-4-52.39183133+31
8SGS Essen1783Germany23-11-101.82363939+7
9Barcelona1760Spain60-7-82.49153767+128
10Manchester City1734England32-9-72.19273741-22
11Freiburg1681Germany22-8-141.68363939-79
12FFC Frankfurt1669Germany19-5-191.44353838+26
13Hoffenheim1662Germany17-7-201.32363939-14
14Göteborg1644Sweden25-10-81.98303535+26
15Rosengård1624Sweden28-12-111.88344141+39
16Lillestrøm1621Norway41-5-62.46143441-76
17Montpellier1618France32-5-132.02144041-10
18SC Sand1599Germany15-10-191.25363939-21
19Atletico Madrid1555Spain53-6-72.582758-2
20Birmingham City1540England22-4-121.84172934-26
21Piteå1535Sweden26-7-101.98313535-43
22Sporting Braga1500Portugal38-5-12.731133-13
23Vittsjö1499Sweden14-14-151.3283434+100
24Linköping1496Sweden25-13-151.66354343-1
25BIIK Kazygurt1475Kazakhstan39-1-42.6841113-15
26Kristianstad1466Sweden20-11-121.65303535+1
27Eskilstuna United1454Sweden18-9-161.47283535+19
28Juventus1443Italy38-4-52.5141833-35
29Slavia Praha1440Czech Republic37-6-62.3991722-107
30Klepp1427Norway26-6-92.05112732+19
31Sporting CP1417Portugal43-4-32.6631437+39
32Duisburg1417Germany11-4-290.84353939-58
33Werder Bremen1410Germany7-9-280.68353939+89
34Leverkusen1408Germany18-5-201.37213539+62
35Reading1405England17-8-131.55183032-100
36KIF Örebro1402Sweden22-12-131.66123139+171
37Paris1398France17-11-161.41103737+20
38Sparta Praha1389Czech Republic32-4-42.58914+117
39Glasgow City1371Scotland43-3-52.5921231+37
40Bayern München II1370Germany33-8-72.2343742+89
41Brøndby1358Denmark32-6-62.327921+0
42Växjö1325Sweden20-7-171.52253434-32
43Bordeaux1316France15-11-181.27163839+26
44Sandviken1314Norway20-11-121.65102833+37
45Fiorentina1313Italy35-7-112.11102038+40
46Zhytlobud-21312Ukraine32-3-42.540414-18
47Zürich1312Switzerland49-11-52.432942-39
48Spartak Subotica1311Serbia37-1-82.4321022+3
49Kolbotn1309Norway18-9-141.54112532+69
50USV Jena1302Germany16-8-241.17184041+59
51Liverpool1294England16-2-201.32192832-47
52St. Pölten1292Austria34-1-52.582620+0
53CSKA Moskva1291Russia22-6-52.1821723+155
54Breidablik1289Iceland32-2-32.650822+60
55Djurgården1286Sweden14-9-201.19313535-67
56Røa1281Norway19-4-171.5392632-5
57Arna-Bjørnar1280Norway18-11-131.5592632-90
58Zhytlobud-11275Ukraine37-2-22.766717+42
59Soyaux1274France13-12-191.16173838+5
60Dijon1270France25-5-141.8282832+33
61Köln1270Germany16-7-241.17203940+25
62Ferencváros1266Hungary39-3-42.6101126+54
63Hammarby1260Sweden22-7-191.52203439-13
64LB071253Sweden12-4-270.93303535-101
65PK-35 Vantaa1251Finland19-8-42.101220+0
66Vålerenga1249Norway21-7-151.63122733-1
67Guingamp1249France12-10-221.05123838-9
68Ajax1244Netherlands37-16-72.1242143+32
69Olimpia Cluj1240Romania40-2-42.65012-40
70Marseille1240France21-6-191.562637+65
71Lokomotiv Moskva1239Russia14-6-61.8531722+108
72Twente1236Netherlands33-8-72.2321637+15
73Meppen1229Germany27-10-111.953140+124
74Fortuna Hjørring1218Denmark33-3-62.433717+0
75HJK1211Finland30-7-62.2601633+61
76Avaldsnes1203Norway17-12-211.26112936-30
77Hibernian1200Scotland35-5-52.445629-64
78AIK1200Sweden25-15-141.6702843+133
79Wolfsburg II1198Germany30-6-12243040-34
80Saint-Étienne1192France33-8-52.3301427+23
81Anderlecht1190Belgium44-5-62.4911241+35
82AC Milan1188Italy16-3-32.323717+4
83Fleury 911186France11-11-221163838-76
84Granadilla1179Spain33-9-181.882654+138
85Bristol City1177England12-5-211.08212833-38
86Gintra1175Lithuania40-2-52.6456+6
87Kungsbacka1169Sweden20-13-151.5292838-111
88Ryazan1168Russia19-9-71.8942126-141
89Hoffenheim II1165Germany29-7-121.9643442-225
90SFK 20001159Bosnia and Herzegovina41-3-42.632213+23
91Umeå1157Sweden24-15-141.6413143+175
92Manchester United1157England18-1-12.750213+66
93Valur1152Iceland27-4-62.301021+210
94Lille1150France10-11-230.93163838+16
95Mönchengladbach1149Germany15-5-241.14223038-46
96Pomurje1142Slovenia11-1-02.83002+0
97Minsk1140Belarus44-3-42.650110-2
98Rodez1130France8-11-240.81133737-9
99Assi1127Sweden24-16-131.6612844-59
100Uppsala1124Sweden22-11-211.4323044+100
101Saarbrücken1113Germany19-15-131.53103541-86
102Apollon Limassol1108Cyprus38-5-42.53048+38
103Honka1103Finland27-12-91.9411836+19
104Zvezda Perm1101Russia18-5-141.5931925-123
105Kvarnsveden1096Sweden21-14-171.4833244-115
106Kiryat Gat1093Israel37-9-82.2211133+53
107Benfica1091Portugal23-6-151.771334+68
108Lidköping1089Sweden22-8-111.812941-178
109Kalmar1089Sweden15-4-301223339+94
110PSV1086Netherlands23-9-161.6361938-16
111Trondheims-Ørn1083Norway10-12-191.02112632+18
112Barcelona FA1082Cyprus40-5-22.662913-4
113Real Sociedad1079Spain23-15-211.4262353+128
114Turbine Potsdam II1076Germany25-4-191.6523240+51
115Sturm Graz1075Austria28-5-62.280518-2
116Everton1065England7-5-260.68222934-29
117Gütersloh1062Germany19-9-191.463341+2
118Real Betis1060Spain28-10-221.5782553+32
119Górnik Łęczna1053Poland44-7-42.53279-47
120FFC Frankfurt II1051Germany19-8-211.3593642+41
121Levante1050Spain28-11-211.5882554-89
122Metz1049France23-3-171.6782128+29
123Medyk Konin1040Poland40-6-112.21058-99
124Kubanochka1038Russia12-8-121.3851922+60
125Hessen Wetzlar1033Germany19-4-251.2783542-16
126Estoril Praia1033Portugal26-8-101.9571435+24
127Athletic Club1032Spain32-10-181.7762354-83
128Celtic1028Scotland25-4-131.884927+101
129Stabæk1027Norway13-5-241.0572732-155
130Cloppenburg1018Germany20-10-181.4633040-68
131PAOK1018Greece41-2-42.66007+39
132Vllaznia999Albania46-0-22.88018+49
133Weinberg995Germany28-9-181.6932532+24
134Grenoble Foot 38994France24-10-121.7801730+70
135Atalanta991Italy22-9-131.741528+58
136ASA Tel Aviv987Israel26-7-151.7701728+207
137Chertanovo987Russia15-6-131.521925-122
138Brighton & Hove Albion984England16-5-171.39121832+125
139Ljusdal982Sweden5-10-110.9612126+0
140Sunderland966England20-4-181.5291418-160
141Thór / KA965Iceland25-6-111.9321225-138
142MTK964Hungary28-7-171.7541329-38
143ASPTT Albi957France15-11-201.2272435-78
144Arminia Bielefeld950Germany24-2-92.1101018+0
145Mallbacken945Sweden22-7-241.3802843-62
146ADO Den Haag942Netherlands22-11-161.5741736-2
147Standard Liège942Belgium22-11-221.402240+80
148Yzeure Allier941France22-13-111.7201529-102
149Åland United941Finland21-10-131.6601733-94
150Roma938Italy11-3-81.643917+1
151Albergaria935Portugal19-9-161.571634+44
152Gent924Belgium27-9-161.7301138-93
153Viktoria Berlin919Germany30-3-22.66007+0
154KuPS918Finland7-2-61.530613+N/A
155Ladies Genk916Belgium21-15-161.502037+38
156Valencia915Spain22-19-191.4262254-86
157Okzhetpes912Kazakhstan26-1-92.19777-82
158Durham911England22-8-81.950728-98
159Tottenham Hotspur906England21-5-121.790828+98
160JyPK903Finland21-7-161.5901733-58
161Slovan Bratislava903Slovakia34-1-42.64019+16
162Espanyol900Spain16-16-281.0782754+117
163Asarum899Sweden10-12-191.0203141-89
164Osijek897Croatia30-2-32.63126+0
165Lyn890Norway14-7-221.14112932+114
166Grasshopper887Switzerland25-9-221.541137+229
167Valadares Gaia886Portugal18-8-181.4181536-105
168Östersunds DFF884Sweden3-3-61023+N/A
169Kolding880Denmark18-6-141.585918+0
170Neulengbach878Austria20-3-131.750719+62
171Charlton Athletic876England34-2-72.420417-35
172Schott Mainz876Germany18-7-121.6551320+0
173Nancy874France20-10-161.5201630-22
174TiPS874Finland23-7-181.5801636+179
175Brommapojkarna873Sweden3-5-70.9301115+N/A
176Stjarnan872Iceland22-7-151.6621223-235
177Marítimo871Portugal8-5-91.3241021+7
178Yeovil Town870England2-3-330.24223233+17
179Stade de Reims869France30-9-52.250219+21
180Split869Croatia28-1-22.74004+18
181Basel868Switzerland31-11-171.765940-62
182Ataşehir Belediyespor866Turkey28-5-62.281413-98
183Florentia863Italy9-3-101.363817-95
184Heerenveen862Netherlands21-11-171.5141732+20
185Diósgyőri VTK859Hungary23-7-131.7711123+30
186Logroño859Spain8-5-170.9741630+48
187Aris855Greece35-4-32.6047+68
188Landhaus853Austria24-5-101.971820-16
189Andernach853Germany17-3-171.4631320+0
190Sevilla851Spain17-9-34183054+102
191Madrid840Spain18-9-331.0582954+68
192NSA Sofia836Bulgaria40-0-42.73023+19
193LASK Crvena Zvezda833Serbia23-5-101.957716-137
194Maccabi Kishronot Hadera831Israel25-10-131.7701529-85
195Voshod830Ukraine10-2-61.782411+61
196Lugano825Switzerland26-11-191.5941238+26
197Morön821Sweden5-1-91.0711315+N/A
198Beşiktaş820Turkey28-6-42.370512+19
199Zaragoza819Spain6-5-190.7731224+0
200Luzern818Switzerland23-14-191.4851339-92
201Vendenheim815France21-5-201.4802030-113
202Le Havre814France13-4-51.950013+62
203Breznica807Montenegro25-7-42.28133-6
204Sporting de Huelva804Spain17-11-311.0572753-85
205Tavagnacco802Italy20-7-181.4961731-95
206Partizán Bardejov800Slovakia32-3-42.54006-61
207Teleing GMT799Slovenia14-1-32.39012+0
208Toulouse797France17-10-191.3301527-20
209Wexford Youths796Ireland22-5-42.29029+0
210ÍBV794Iceland12-9-161.2201323-58
211Zorka-BDU790Belarus30-6-72.23057-27
212Selfoss790Iceland11-6-131.301222+99
213Konak Belediyespor787Turkey27-6-72.180311-48
214TPS786Finland13-6-241.0501635-83
215Blackburn Rovers783England42-2-42.67037+82
216Servette Chênois782Switzerland12-4-121.434624+84
217Sand II780Germany26-3-131.930013+0
218Málaga777Spain6-7-170.8341530-10
219PEC Zwolle775Netherlands15-9-241.1342438-11
220Anorthosis771Cyprus14-1-32.39024+N/A
221Sheffield United764England11-1-81.70415+153
222Rayo Vallecano762Spain17-11-321.0382654-149
223Västerås BK 30757Sweden8-6-240.7902328+0
224Aston Villa756England9-10-190.970926+85
225Yenisey754Russia4-5-230.5332223-16
226Shelbourne751Ireland22-5-42.29006+0
227Borgeby751Sweden3-2-100.7311115+N/A
228Sassuolo749Italy16-7-221.2261430+72
229Union Berlin749Germany29-4-52.39029+0
230Rangers747Scotland15-4-221.241225+38
231Freiburg II746Germany11-10-171.1351329+0
232Flora744Estonia34-4-22.65005-2
233Albacete742Spain14-12-340.962754-84
234Ambilly740France17-5-241.2201933+N/A
235Pärnu740Estonia34-3-72.39017-36
236Olimpija Ljubljana739Slovenia25-0-112.08037-1
237Yednist'-SHVSM738Ukraine9-2-71.612410-52
238Sundsvall735Sweden19-2-321.1113143-230
239Magdeburger FFC734Germany29-1-82.32019+0
240Mašinac Niš734Serbia19-6-131.6671417-114
241Viktória Szombathely733Hungary22-9-131.71816-14
242Saint Malo732France23-8-131.750121+21
243La Roche-sur-Yon729France23-10-111.80220-7
244Ingolstadt728Germany25-9-820115+0
245Alberweiler725Germany25-9-72.050112+0
246Pierrots Vauban719France5-7-120.9201119-3
247Keflavík713Iceland3-1-80.83059+N/A
248Ramat HaSharon708Israel29-4-151.901027-348
249ALG Spor703Turkey13-3-32.21017+112
250Böljan702Sweden4-10-240.5802229+0
251Santa Teresa699Spain4-7-190.6321123+0
252Spartans699Scotland11-7-250.9361429+43
253Chievo Verona698Italy14-4-251.0772029+93
254Montauban696France12-11-231.0201930-43
255A-dos-Francos692Portugal11-4-290.8471634+24
256Cardiff Metropolitan692Wales29-5-32.49124+36
257Emina Mostar691Bosnia and Herzegovina13-0-71.95048+N/A
258Yatran'-Berestovets691Ukraine14-9-131.423714-96
259Iskra690Bosnia and Herzegovina22-8-101.85079-29
260BSF688Denmark18-5-151.556918+0
261FFC 08 Niederkirchen688Germany12-7-181.1641120+0
262Verona688Italy12-5-260.9571628-115
263Ilves681Finland13-7-241.0501430-156
264Alkmaar678Netherlands19-10-211.3441130-50
265União Ferreirense677Portugal7-4-111.144815+0
266Altenmarkt676Austria11-11-141.221616-42
267ONS672Finland12-7-260.9601434+34
268RGUOR669Belarus21-3-52.28036+0
269Linfield668Northern Ireland26-1-92.19023+21
270Ovarense662Portugal4-2-160.644920-50
271Maccabi Holon659Israel16-6-261.1301833+35
272Ouriense657Portugal8-2-121.184921-8
273Peamount United655Ireland19-3-52.22007+0
274Tirana AS653Albania31-5-62.33027+33
275VSK Aarhus648Denmark19-2-171.555922+0
276Vilaverdense643Portugal14-5-251.0771733+3
277Apolonia641Albania31-2-92.26018+14
278Coventry United641England28-3-82.23004-16
279West Ham United638England16-4-221.24111823+N/A
280Slovácko637Czech Republic15-4-151.4491010-64
281Amazon Grimstad636Norway21-5-191.51004+N/A
282Eintracht Frankfurt633Germany28-5-121.980216+0
283Czarni Sosnowiec632Poland37-9-72.26199+23
284Köln II631Germany9-8-18141120+0
285Motherwell630Scotland3-2-61157+N/A
286Thisted FC627Denmark9-5-101.332411+0
287Jahn Calden626Germany6-2-71.330111+0
288Grand Bodø626Norway10-4-320.7452125-197
289Arras624France19-8-171.480119-19
290Fart623Norway17-8-171.42810+15
291Øvrevoll Hosle618Norway24-9-121.8003+N/A
292Res Roma615Italy7-1-1413710+0
293US Orléans614France11-2-91.590011-3
294Issy613France18-8-181.410125+N/A
295Brest612France20-8-161.550221-9
296London Bees604England13-5-201.160627-140
297Fylkir603Iceland6-3-111.050510+N/A
298Spartak Myjava603Slovakia24-4-82.11006+N/A
299Crailsheim600Germany15-14-131.40115+0
300Győri ETO600Hungary14-10-191.2121224-87

Women's International Football Elo Ratings

Below are Elo ratings for international women's teams. For a hypothetical FAQ, click here.

Elo Ratings
Last updated through July 13, 2019

rkcountryratingfederation2yr change2yr W-T-L
1USA2012CONCACAF8539 - 5 - 2
2France1811UEFA-2622 - 6 - 5
3Germany1807UEFA-7319 - 4 - 4
4England1773UEFA2421 - 4 - 8
5Netherlands1758UEFA16326 - 3 - 5
6Sweden1716UEFA9918 - 5 - 8
7Australia1665AFC219 - 7 - 7
8Canada1664CONCACAF-7316 - 4 - 7
9North Korea1628AFC-4113 - 2 - 3
10Japan1628AFC-518 - 7 - 12
11Brazil1606CONMEBOL-8814 - 2 - 16
12Spain1581UEFA2117 - 7 - 8
13Norway1564UEFA3117 - 3 - 12
14Italy1528UEFA18919 - 4 - 7
15China1469AFC-4122 - 4 - 17
16Denmark1436UEFA-479 - 4 - 12
17Belgium1427UEFA6910 - 7 - 5
18Iceland1421UEFA-467 - 6 - 7
19Scotland1410UEFA2813 - 3 - 10
20South Korea1385AFC-13511 - 5 - 14
21Austria1384UEFA389 - 8 - 7
22Switzerland1384UEFA-1288 - 8 - 10
23Mexico1308CONCACAF-928 - 1 - 14
24New Zealand1303OFC-649 - 2 - 12
25Nigeria1298CAF3612 - 3 - 9
26Colombia1249CONMEBOL-1007 - 5 - 5
27Vietnam1239AFC1413 - 2 - 7
28Costa Rica1236CONCACAF269 - 1 - 4
29Poland1232UEFA748 - 3 - 7
30Portugal1222UEFA18312 - 9 - 7
31Argentina1205CONMEBOL476 - 3 - 8
32Chile1190CONMEBOL1478 - 8 - 14
33Cameroon1189CAF609 - 2 - 7
34Finland1182UEFA545 - 6 - 9
35Russia1181UEFA-338 - 1 - 12
36Czech Republic1173UEFA16211 - 3 - 6
37Wales1170UEFA825 - 6 - 5
38Ukraine1163UEFA-266 - 3 - 5
39Ireland1151UEFA275 - 0 - 6
40Jamaica1147CONCACAF6012 - 3 - 9
41Ghana1106CAF-475 - 3 - 4
42South Africa1102CAF4514 - 10 - 12
43Thailand1100AFC-13515 - 6 - 18
44Taiwan1099AFC8512 - 3 - 4
45Myanmar1058AFC-329 - 3 - 5
46Panama1049CONCACAF964 - 2 - 4
47Uzbekistan1048AFC-234 - 0 - 3
48Paraguay1047CONMEBOL284 - 1 - 1
49Romania1028UEFA-576 - 2 - 9
50Papua New Guinea1006OFC124 - 0 - 1
51Serbia1004UEFA426 - 4 - 5
52Trinidad and Tobago1000CONCACAF-8210 - 2 - 7
53Slovakia970UEFA-493 - 5 - 13
54Venezuela961CONMEBOL454 - 0 - 7
55Hungary959UEFA-577 - 5 - 13
56Ivory Coast958CAF-403 - 5 - 1
57India955AFC489 - 3 - 3
58Equatorial Guinea945CAF-1692 - 0 - 4
59Guyana918CONCACAF-511 - 4 - 1
60Haiti912CONCACAF-604 - 1 - 3
61Cuba909CONCACAF317 - 1 - 5
62Guatemala884CONCACAF71 - 0 - 0
63Jordan881AFC-10912 - 4 - 8
64Slovenia872UEFA474 - 1 - 5
65Northern Ireland870UEFA463 - 0 - 7
66Puerto Rico869CONCACAF122 - 2 - 1
67Ecuador866CONMEBOL-720 - 0 - 4
68Zambia858CAF1307 - 6 - 5
69Fiji857OFC1497 - 2 - 1
70Philippines855AFC518 - 1 - 10
71Mali837CAF995 - 3 - 6
72Zimbabwe835CAF-227 - 2 - 3
73Iran835AFC-292 - 1 - 2
74Croatia830UEFA313 - 3 - 6
75Peru822CONMEBOL-370 - 1 - 3
76Belarus813UEFA115 - 3 - 6
77Algeria810CAF-205 - 1 - 5
78Tunisia796CAF00 - 0 - 0
79Angola792CAF00 - 0 - 0
80Greece792UEFA120 - 3 - 0
81Hong Kong778AFC293 - 3 - 8
82Turkey770UEFA265 - 1 - 1
83Ethiopia766CAF-136 - 0 - 4
84Israel765UEFA-190 - 0 - 3
85Bermuda761CONCACAF333 - 1 - 3
86Congo DR757CAF201 - 1 - 0
87New Caledonia750OFC-452 - 0 - 3
88Uruguay745CONMEBOL-170 - 1 - 7
89Nepal744AFC-34 - 3 - 3
90Morocco742CAF142 - 3 - 3
91Senegal739CAF53 - 0 - 3
92Egypt737CAF00 - 0 - 0
93St. Lucia725CONCACAF34 - 1 - 1
94Bosnia and Herzegovina724UEFA-345 - 2 - 7
95Tanzania723CAF112 - 4 - 2
96Kazakhstan717UEFA51 - 2 - 7
97Dominican Republic716CONCACAF-82 - 1 - 1
98Kenya715CAF767 - 4 - 4
99Bahrain697AFC126 - 1 - 1
100Barbados694CONCACAF93 - 1 - 3
101Tahiti683OFC-350 - 1 - 2
102El Salvador680CONCACAF-270 - 1 - 2
103Malaysia679AFC-143 - 0 - 8
104Azerbaijan677UEFA-62 - 1 - 1
105St. Kitts and Nevis674CONCACAF875 - 1 - 1
106Laos670AFC00 - 0 - 0
107Suriname666CONCACAF-371 - 1 - 4
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Women's International Elo Ratings - FAQ

To view the latest rankings, You can view the ratings here.

What is Elo?

The Elo rating system is a rating system that awards points to teams based on competitive play. Originally designed for chess, Elo has since been adopted for other sports and has been viewed as an alternative ranking system to FIFA's rankings. The general idea is centered around stealing points from your opponents and adding them to your own score. If you beat a strong team, you take a large number of points. If you defeat an inferior team, you take only a few points from them. (Wikipedia)

FIFA has their own ratings for the women's game. Why create Elo ratings?

Most people are familiar with the Elo ratings we use on the men's side and FIFA's women's ratings are generally similar, they just use a different approach. FIFA actually uses a type of Elo ratings, as there isn't a "right" way to do compile them. However FIFA's approach to the women's ratings creates a noticeably different outcome than the method used for the men's Elo ratings. These rankings here are made to have a mirror to the men's rankings, without the headaches that FIFA institutes in theirs.

It should be noted that FIFA men's ratings are done different than their ratings on the women's side. It's not clear why they wouldn't use one system for both. Regardless, I'll refer to these ratings here as Elo because they're more in line with the commonly accepted version.

How are FIFA and Elo different?

In the top rankings, the order of teams are similar from one ranking system to another, although the gap between teams is different. As of August 2016, number ten rated Canada is 230 points behind the US in FIFA's rankings. In the Elo ratings, the gap is almost twice as much at 400, from USA and (#10) North Korea.

Beyond the top teams, there is a large discrepancy between rankings for the lower rated nations. Nations can regularly be rated a difference of 40 spots between systems and as high as 90. This is due to the starting rating, which will affect how many points teams gain or lose when they earn a result. Sometimes FIFA will give starting ratings as high as 2000, while other times they will start teams at 400, like they did with Mauritius. While starting ratings eventually lose their importance after hundreds of matches, most nations have not played a hundred games and the 1600 difference between teams can have major implications on future ratings. Elo starting ratings range from 600 to 1800 and are based on each nation's performance to avoid big swings in ratings.

The specific approach between the ratings are fairly different. For example, FIFA rankings can actually take away points from a winner if they do not win by enough, which Elo does not do. There also isn't a difference in winning 6-0 as there is 40-0 in FIFA's ratings.

Additionally there are odd restrictions to FIFA's rankings on the women's side. First, it only reaches back to 2003, despite having most of all international games on their site. Secondly, there is a stipulation that if a country does not play a game within eighteen months, they immediately drop to the bottom. As I write this, Argentina has recently dropped 99 spots to last place. (Technically they are not rated although they would be 133, after Botswana at 132.) Although apparently this is only temporarily, as Argentina are no strangers to the quick maneuver.

Argentina's FIFA ranking by year

Argentina's FIFA ranking by year

Overall, FIFA ratings favor European, Asian, and South American teams while North American and African teams are rated higher in Elo ratings. FIFA originally rated countries whose national team programs started earlier much higher than those that started late, while many of those older teams have low winning percentages (Estonia at 31%, but 87 spots higher in FIFA than Elo, as of October 2017) and have fallen down in the Elo ratings. Newer teams have not lost as many games and are still rated middle of the road, while FIFA has already downrated them before playing a dozen matches.

What are limitations of these Elo ratings?

Probably the biggest point for discussion is the base rating for a country. Every team has to start with a rating and this can range greatly. On the men's side, Elo ratings range from 1800 (great starting spot) to 600 (very bad). After a few hundred games, the starting point is relatively pointless and would only change a rating 200 games later by peanuts. However for teams that are low on games played, it does have a larger influence.

To give a clearer example, US women's team has played around 600 games, giving them a rating of 2176. Their base rating, before they played any games, was 1600. If I drop their base rating of 1600 to 600 their overall rating only drops to 2161. After 600 some odd games, their rating gets finalized.

An example of a country that hasn't played several hundred games is Equatorial Guinea. They have at Elo rating of 1231 over 44 games with a base rating of 900. Their rating of 1231 puts them 32nd in the world, but FIFA has them at 50st. FIFA has given them a lower base rating than a 900. If we move their base rating to 1200, they move to 1272, 29th overall. So to be honest I am not quite sure why Equatorial Guinea is so low in FIFA rankings. But all that to say, base ratings were tricky to finalize but ultimately not a big deal for countries who have played at least 50 games, which was most teams.

The only other hurdle I ran into was the K factor that Elo ratings use. The K factor weighs each game in importance. A friendly is basically worth one third of a World Cup game and everything else between that varies. (FIFA also weighs games less than Elo.) Again, there's reasoning behind doing so, it's just going to change the outcome if the math is different. (Read more about them Elo game weights here.)

How do the women's Elo ratings compare to the men's?

It is no secret that the men's game has more depth than the women's side and now we can see that more concretely. The top forty teams are separated by 400 points on the men's side, while the women are almost at 1000 points from USA to fortieth ranked Ivory Coast. Even inside the top ten we can see the disparity as USA is 400 points higher than North Korea.

However the women's Elo rankings are designed after the men's so they can be somewhat comparable. The lowest base Elo rating is 600, despite some 40 teams on the women's side being south of 600. The maximum base rating for the women's side is 1600.

How do Elo ratings compare between different generations?

Elo ratings are a system to show how dominate one team is at one given time. We can't directly compare the men's game to the women's as the landscapes are vastly different but even over time, it is tricky to compare the 1999 USWNT to the 2015 squad. Both teams get over 2100 points but it is in reference to their competition. For example, if the rest of the world - for whatever reason - became significantly worse over time, then a 2100 against weaker teams would not be the same as a 2100 when the rest of the world was better. Of course it is tough to say objectively if teams are better or worse over time, but it should be kept in mind when comparing two different periods of time.

How many games do you have in your database?

Currently I have 8677 games that start from April 1, 1920 to July 31, 2016.