FIFA Rankings for all Copa America 2024 teams: Where soccer national teams taking part at USA tournament rank

The Copa America 2024 will see Argentina go all out to defend their title, as part of an incredible period of recent success for Lionel Messi and Co.

La Albiceleste secured the Copa America title in Brazil back in 2021 with victory against their arch enemies in the final in Rio de Janeiro.

And then, led by the inspirational Messi, Argentina clinched the FIFA World Cup trophy at the end of 2022
, to finally fill the title gap which had overshadowed their iconic No. 10’s international career.

Argentina are currently the top-ranked FIFA national side, but will that help them to success in this summer’s tournament?

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FIFA rankings for all Copa America 2024 national teams

Argentina are the pre-tournament favorites for Copa America glory, with Brazil slipping down to fifth on FIFA’s latest list. No other entrant at the Copa makes it into the current top 10.

Team FIFA Rank
Argentina 1
Brazil 5
USA 11
Colombia 12
Mexico 14
Uruguay 15
Ecuador 31
Peru 32
Chile 42
Panama 45
Canada 49
Costa Rica 52
Venezuela 54
Jamaica 55
Paraguay 56
Bolivia 85

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Will the top-ranked side win Copa America 2024?

Argentina will fancy their chances of defending the Copa America crown in the coming weeks, with Brazil their traditional main challenger.

However, the pressure of being the top-ranked side has not always been a seal of success, ever since the inception of FIFA rankings in 1992.

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Copa America Top Rank (pre-tournament) Winner
1993 Brazil Argentina
1995 Brazil Uruguay
1997 Brazil Brazil
1999 Brazil Brazil
2001 Argentina Colombia
2004 Brazil Brazil
2007 Brazil Brazil
2011 Brazil Uruguay
2015 Argentina Chile
2016 Argentina Chile
2019 Brazil Brazil
2021 Brazil Argentina

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How are FIFA rankings calculated?

FIFA rankings have existed since 1992 and uses a points-scoring system to work out standings. 

The method for calculating FIFA rankings was officially changed in August 2018.

This new system works by adding or subtracting points from a team’s previous total based on results rather than using an average number of points earned over a certain period. 

The number of points added or subtracted is influenced by the quality of opponent a team faces. For example, beating a team ranked inside the top 10 will result in more points being gained than defeating a side ranked outside the top 20. The expected result of the game will also impact the number of points gained. 

Specific games are given more weight too, so winning a World Cup match will result in more points than claiming victory in an international friendly. 

Matches decided by penalty shootouts are a factor as well with losing teams given the same points as for a draw, while winners only get points equivalent to half a win. 

Losing knockout round matches of final competitions also won’t result in teams losing any points.  

Here’s a calculation example provided by FIFA:

  • Team A has 1300 points before the match and wins a continental qualifier against team B that has 1500 points
  • For team A the formula is: P=1300+25*(1–(1/(10 exp (-(1300–1500)/600) +1)))
  • For team B the formula is: P = 1500 + 25 * (0- (1 / (10 exp (-(1500-1300)/600) + 1)))
  • Thus, team A wins 17 points and has P = 1317 points after the match
  • Team B loses the same amount of points and thus ends up with 1483 points after the match
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When are FIFA rankings updated?

FIFA rankings are updated after each recognised international window. 

As such, they are generally revised several times a year depending on the FIFA calendar, the most recent coming in April 2024.

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