Clubs, Leagues, Rankings - from A to Z

Methodology

I. Clubs World Ranking - Continental and National Competitions

Formula: The club ranking is calculated based on the results of the last five years of intercontinental, continental and national competitions. The most recent year has a total point value of 100%, while each previous year has a decreasing weight, with the 5th year counting only 60% of its original value.

For example, the points of a club in Club World Ranking 2022 is determined by taking into account 100% of points earned in 2022, 90% of points earned in 2021, 80% of points earned in 2020, 70% of points earned in 2019, and 60% of points earned in 2018.

There are 2 types of competitions: continental (and intercontinental), which have a maximum of 300 points (UEFA Champions League) and national (100 points for the champions). The system is thinking to value a UCL trophy with a weight of 3 national titles of the most important world league.

General: We do not use a match equalizer as we believe that a team's effort to play more games should be recognised. For example, in the Costa Rican Primera Division, a team can play more than 50 matches in a season. This does not guarantee more points for a club as their fixture will be more crowded than usual and participation in a continental competition (where clubs should earn more points) is at risk.

While for National Leagues points are distributed based on continental results, for international competitions the system is pre-set taking into account several factors such as: confederation, level (the first continental competition is usually called the Champions League, the 2nd, 3rd), stages, number of teams, transfer of teams between competitions or equivalents in other confederations.

A: Intercontinental and Continental Competitions

1) All intercontinental and continental competitions are considered for the club rankings. Each confederation has a main competition (generally referred to as the Champions League, except in the case of CONMEBOL where it is known as the Copa Libertadores) and several secondary competitions, including continental super cups. Currently, there are only two intercontinental competitions being held: the FIFA Club World Cup (which includes champions from all continents) and a regional champions league involving some countries from the Asian and African confederations.
2) The UEFA Champions League is the largest competition in the world, with the winner receiving a total of 300 bonus points. This competition serves as a benchmark for all others, with the Copa Libertadores rated at 90% of the UCL (awarding 270 bonus points) and the UEFA Europa League awarding 190 bonus points. The secondary competition for each confederation is rated between 40% and 65% of the main competition. The main competitions of the Champions League in CONCACAF, AFC, CAF are quite equal, with some differences only making a few preliminary stages. We consider that these are all major continental competitions (as UEFA Champions League), but should not be highly rewarded against a strong domestic league (English Premier League for example, which can have a maximum of 100 bonus points). For that, the bonus points for all these tournaments are between 130 and 150 bonus points.

World

Clubs World Cup100 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 100 / 75 30.0 10.0 2
1.5 3rd Place Match 55 / 40 24.0 8.0 2
2 Semifinals 24.0 8.0 4
2.5 5th Place Match 25 / 15 21.0 7.0 2
3 Quarterfinals 21.0 7.0 4
4 Preliminary Round / 5 12.0 4.0 2
Arab Club Championship Cup37 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 12 9.0 3.0 2
2 Semifinals 10 9.0 3.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 7 9.0 3.0 8
4 Groups Stage 5 / 5 7.5 2.5 16
5 Second Qualifying Round 3 4.5 1.5 12
6 First Qualifying Round 3.0 1.0 24
7 Preliminary Round 3.0 1.0 4

UEFA

UEFA Champions League300 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 70 30.0 10.0 2
2 Semifinals 60 30.0 10.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 50 30.0 10.0 8
4 Round of 16 40 30.0 10.0 16
5 Groups Stage 40 / 40 24.0 8.0 32
6 Play-Off Round 40 15.0 5.0 12
7 Third Qualifying Round 12.0 4.0 20
8 Second Qualifying Round 10.5 3.5 24
9 First Qualifying Round 9.0 3.0 30
10 Preliminary Round 7.5 2.5 4
UEFA Europa League230 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 50 21.0 7.0 2
2 Semifinals 40 21.0 7.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 35 21.0 7.0 8
4 Round of 16 30 21.0 7.0 16
5 Knockout Round Play-offs 25 21.0 7.0 16
6 Groups Stage 25 / 20 18.0 6.0 32
7 Play-Off Round 25 10.5 3.5 20
8 Third Qualifying Round 9.0 3.0 14
UEFA Europa Conference League150 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 35 18.0 6.0 2
2 Semifinals 30 18.0 6.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 25 18.0 6.0 8
4 Round of 16 20 18.0 6.0 16
5 Knockout Round Play-offs 0 18.0 6.0 16
6 Groups Stage 20 / 20 15.0 5.0 32
7 Play-Off Round 20 9.0 3.0 44
8 Third Qualifying Round 7.5 2.5 64
9 Second Qualifying Round 6.0 2.0 106
10 First Qualifying Round 4.5 1.5 62
UEFA Super Cup30 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 30 30.0 10.0 2

Country Bonus Points Ranking

#CountryChampion
Bonus Points
1 England 100
2 Spain 100
3 Germany 95
4 Italy 95
5 France 90
6 Portugal 90
7 Netherlands 85
8 Belgium 60
9 Austria 55
10 Turkey 50
11 Scotland 50
12 Ukraine 45
13 Czech Republic 45
14 Russia 42
15 Switzerland 39
16 Denmark 36
17 Greece 36
18 Serbia 33
19 Norway 33
20 Croatia 33
21 Cyprus 30
22 Israel 30
23 Sweden 30
24 Bulgaria 27
25 Hungary 27
26 Romania 27
27 Slovakia 27
28 Azerbaijan 27
29 Poland 24
30 Moldova 24
31 Kazakhstan 21
32 Finland 18
33 Republic of Ireland 18
34 Slovenia 18
35 Armenia 18
36 Belarus 18
37 Latvia 18
38 Lithuania 18
39 Luxembourg 18
40 Kosovo 15
41 Bosnia and Herzegovina 15
42 Estonia 15
43 Northern Ireland 15
44 Georgia 15
45 Faroe Islands 15
46 Malta 12
47 Iceland 12
48 Wales 12
49 Gibraltar 12
50 North Macedonia 12
51 Albania 12
52 Liechtenstein 10
53 Montenegro 10
54 Andorra 10
55 San Marino 10

CONMEBOL

Copa Libertadores265 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 60 24.0 8.0 2
2 Semifinals 55 24.0 8.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 45 24.0 8.0 8
4 Round of 16 35 24.0 8.0 16
5 Groups Stage 35 / 35 21.0 7.0 32
6 Third Stage 35 12.0 4.0 8
7 Second Stage 10.5 3.5 16
8 First Stage 9.0 3.0 6
Copa Sudamericana150 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 35 18.0 6.0 2
2 Semifinals 30 18.0 6.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 25 18.0 6.0 8
4 Round of 16 20 18.0 6.0 16
5 Knockout Round Play-offs 0 18.0 6.0 16
5 Knockout Round Play-offs Participation Bonus 0 - -
6 Groups Stage 20 / 10 15.0 5.0 32
7 First Stage 20 9.0 3.0 32
Recopa Sudamericana25 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 25 24.0 8.0 2

Country Bonus Points Ranking

#CountryChampion
Bonus Points
1 Brazil 100
2 Argentina 95
3 Ecuador 85
4 Paraguay 80
5 Colombia 70
6 Uruguay 60
7 Chile 55
8 Peru 39
9 Bolivia 39
10 Venezuela 36

CONCACAF

CONCACAF Champions League130 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 35 18.0 6.0 2
2 Semifinals 30 18.0 6.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 25 18.0 6.0 8
4 Round of 16 20 18.0 6.0 16
6 Round One 20 10.5 3.5 22
7 Round One Participation Bonus 0 - -
CONCACAF Leagues Cup66 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 17 12.0 4.0 2
1.5 Third Place Match 12.0 4.0 2
2 Semifinals 15 12.0 4.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 12 12.0 4.0 8
4 Round of 16 10 12.0 4.0 16
5 Round of 32 7 12.0 4.0 32
6 Groups Stage 5 / 5 9.0 3.0 45
CONCACAF Central American Cup49 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 15 10.5 3.5 2
2 Semifinals 12 10.5 3.5 4
3 Quarterfinals 10 10.5 3.5 8
3 Play-In Round (QF losers) 10.5 3.5 4
4 Groups Stage 7 / 7 9.0 3.0 20
5 Groups Stage Participation Bonus 5 - -
CONCACAF Caribbean Cup34 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 12 9.0 3.0 2
2 Semifinals 10 9.0 3.0 4
2 Third Place Match 9.0 3.0 2
3 Groups Stage 7 / 7 6.0 2.0 10
4 Groups Stage Participation Bonus 5 - -
CONCACAF Caribbean Shield18 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 7 6.0 2.0 2
1.5 3rd place match 6.0 2.0 2
2 Semifinals 5 6.0 2.0 4
3 Groups Stage 3 4.5 1.5 16
4 Groups Stage Participation Bonus 3 - - 16

Country Bonus Points Ranking

#CountryChampion
Bonus Points
1 Mexico 75
2 USA 50
3 Honduras 30
4 Costa Rica 30
5 Canada 24
6 Guatemala 24
7 Panama 21
8 Haiti 18
9 El Salvador 18
10 Dominican Republic 15
11 Jamaica 15
12 Nicaragua 12
13 Suriname 12
14 Martinique 10
15 Puerto Rico 10
16 Curacao 10
17 Guadeloupe 10
18 Trinidad and Tobago 7
19 Aruba 7
20 Belize 7
21 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 7
22 Saint Kitts and Nevis 7
23 Cayman Islands 7
24 Barbados 7
25 Bonaire 7
26 Cuba 7
27 Turks and Caicos Islands 7
28 Saint Martin 7
29 Antigua and Barbuda 7
30 Saint Lucia 7
31 Guyana 7
32 Sint Maarten 5
33 French Guiana 5
34 Grenada 5
35 Bermuda 5
36 Montserrat 5
37 Dominica 5
38 Bahamas 5
39 US Virgin Islands 5
40 Anguilla 5
41 British Virgin Islands 5

AFC

AFC Champions League150 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 35 18.0 6.0 2
2 Semifinals 30 18.0 6.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 25 18.0 6.0 8
4 Round of 16 20 18.0 6.0 16
5 Groups Stage 20 / 20 15.0 5.0 40
6 Play-Off Round 20 9.0 3.0 16
7 Preliminary Round 2 7.5 2.5 10
8 Preliminary Round 1 6.0 2.0
AFC Cup61 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 17 10.5 3.5 2
2 West Asia Final (SF) 15 10.5 3.5 2
2 Inter-zone Play-Offs Finals (SF) 15 10.5 3.5 2
3 West Asia Semifinals (QF) 12 10.5 3.5 4
3 Inter-zone Play-Offs Semifinals (QF) 12 10.5 3.5 4
4 ASEAN Finals (PO) 10.5 3.5 2
5 ASEAN Semifinals (PO) 10.5 3.5 4
6 Groups Stage 10 / 10 9.0 3.0 36
7 Play-Off Round 7 6.0 2.0 14
8 Preliminary Round 2 4.5 1.5 10
9 Preliminary Round 1 3.0 1.0 2

Country Bonus Points Ranking

#CountryChampion
Bonus Points
1 South Korea 70
2 Saudi Arabia 65
3 Japan 65
4 IR Iran 45
5 Qatar 42
6 United Arab Emirates 36
7 China 33
8 Uzbekistan 27
9 Thailand 27
10 Jordan 24
11 Vietnam 24
12 Australia 21
13 Malaysia 21
14 Hong Kong 21
15 Iraq 21
16 India 21
17 Bahrain 21
18 Tajikistan 21
19 Philippines 21
20 Singapore 21
21 Turkmenistan 21
22 Lebanon 21
23 Indonesia 18
24 Kuwait 18
25 Oman 15
26 Syria 15
27 North Korea 15
28 Bangladesh 12
29 Myanmar 12
30 Cambodia 12
31 Palestine 12
32 Maldives 10
33 Kyrgyzstan 10
34 Taiwan 10
35 Macao 10
36 Laos 10
37 Sri Lanka 7
38 Nepal 7
39 Mongolia 7
40 East Timor 7
41 Bhutan 7
42 Brunei 5
43 Yemen 5
44 Afghanistan 5
45 Guam 5
46 Pakistan 5
47 Northern Mariana Islands 5

CAF

CAF Champions League130 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 35 18.0 6.0 2
2 Semifinals 30 18.0 6.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 25 18.0 6.0 8
4 Groups Stage 20 / 20 15.0 5.0 16
5 Round 1 20 9.0 3.0 32
6 Preliminary Round 0 7.5 2.5 44
CAF Confederation Cup76 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 20 12.0 4.0 2
2 Semifinals 17 12.0 4.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 15 12.0 4.0 8
4 Groups Stage 12 / 12 10.5 3.5 16
4 First Qualifying Round 4.5 1.5 40
5 Second Qualifying Round 12 6.0 2.0 32
CAF Super Cup15 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 15 18.0 6.0 2
Kagame Interclub Cup15 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 7 4.5 1.5 2
1.5 Third Place Match 4.5 1.5 2
2 Semifinals 5 4.5 1.5 4
3 Groups Stage 3 3.0 1.0 8
African Football League29 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 12 9.0 3.0 2
2 Semifinals 10 9.0 3.0 4
3 Quarterfinals 7 9.0 3.0 8
4 Quarterfinals Participation Bonus 0 - - 8

Country Bonus Points Ranking

#CountryChampion
Bonus Points
1 Egypt 80
2 Morocco 75
3 Tunisia 55
4 Algeria 45
5 South Africa 42
6 DR Congo 33
7 Angola 27
8 Tanzania 27
9 Sudan 27
10 Nigeria 24
11 Zambia 24
12 Guinea 24
13 Libya 24
14 Ivory Coast 21
15 Cameroon 18
16 Uganda 18
17 Mali 15
18 Senegal 15
19 Congo 15
20 Kenya 15
21 Rwanda 15
22 Ghana 15
23 Togo 12
24 Burkina Faso 12
25 Swaziland 12
26 Botswana 12
27 Zimbabwe 12
28 Niger 12
29 Mauritania 10
30 Mozambique 10
31 Ethiopia 10
32 Madagascar 10
33 Gabon 10
34 Equatorial Guinea 10
35 Benin 10
36 Burundi 10
37 Malawi 10
38 Liberia 10
39 Zanzibar 10
40 Chad 10
41 Djibouti 10
42 Comoros 10
43 Namibia 10
44 Gambia 7
45 Central African Republic 7
46 Lesotho 7
47 Mauritius 7
48 Seychelles 7
49 Sierra Leone 7
50 Somalia 7
51 South Sudan 7
52 Guinea Bissau 7
53 Reunion 5
54 Sao Tome and Principes 5
55 Eritrea 5
56 Cape Verde 5

OFC

OFC Champions League44 total bonus points
T Phase Bonus
Points
MatchTeams
Count
WinDraw
1 Final 15 9.0 3.0 2
2 Semifinals 12 9.0 3.0 4
3 Groups Stage 10 / 10 7.5 2.5 8
4 Preliminary Round 7 / 7 4.5 1.5 4
4 National Playoffs 7 6.0 2.0 14

Country Bonus Points Ranking

#CountryChampion
Bonus Points
1 New Zealand 21
2 New Caledonia 18
3 Solomon Islands 15
4 Tahiti 15
5 Fiji 15
6 Vanuatu 12
7 Papua New Guinea 12
8 Cook Islands 10
9 Samoa 10
10 Tonga 7
11 American Samoa 7
12 Palau 5
13 Kiribati 5
14 Niue 5
Bonus points are awarded for winning the indicated phase (or finishing second in the group stage or losing a super cup final). Teams that are automatically qualified for the group stages (e.g. UEFA Champions League) receive the points awarded for winning the play-off round (40 points in the case of the UCL). The points awarded for each phase vary, taking into account three types of phases: preliminary, regular (group stages), and final (knockout stages after the group stages). Additionally, the points earned for a win or a draw are different. For example, a win in the UCL final is awarded 21 points, while a play-off win is only awarded 9 points.

B: National Leagues & Cups

The distribution points are used to determine the strength of the country's league and cups. The coefficients ranking categorizes each country into a specific category, where the top 3 leagues receive 100 points and the national cup is awarded 40% of that, the league cup winner is awarded 20% and the super cup 10%. The points are then reduced based on a table.
The coefficients ranking is used to determine the national category for each season, taking into account both fall-spring and spring-fall seasons, and is used for the next 2 years, skipping one year. So the 2022 coefficient ranking will be used for the 2023/24 (fall-spring) or 2024 (spring-fall) season.
The Cups Minimum Phase column indicates the minimum phase of national knockout competitions that will be counted towards the ranking. This means that teams from lower divisions may be included in the ranking based on their participation in the later stages of national cups.
Domestic competitions, such as the England Premier League, are only added to the leaderboard once they have been completed. This is because continental matches are given priority, and the ranking updates only take effect after each continental round or after a national tournament has ended.
Each year, for the top 10 countries in the coefficient ranking, the second level of the national league is taken into account in the ranking, provided that the country in question is in the top 10 for 2 years in a row. This rule is added because we want to count only the most competitive tier 2 competitions, where the leagues last at the top and are not just skipped there for a year. For example, the English Championship is added for 2022 as England was in the top 10 for 2020 and 2021, while the Mexican Ascenso MX is not eligible for 2022 as it dropped out of the top 10 in 2021. The match value for the tier 2 league is 60% of the first. So, if the English Premier League gets 6 points for a win and 2 for a draw, in the EPL Championship a match is awarded with 3.6 points for a win and 1.2 points for a draw. No bonus points for winning the second league or for promotion. Thus, the system will qualify them between positions 41 and 50 in the National League Table (below) with countries such as Croatia, China, Israel, Russia etc.
Level Positions in
Coefficients Ranking
Countries
Count
Bonus PointsMatches
Points
Cups
Minimum
Phase
LeagueCups
StartEndChampions2nd3rd Second
League
Cup
Winner
Cup
Finalist
League Cup
Winner
Super Cup
Winner
WinDraw
1 1 3 3 100 45 30 50 23 35 9.0 3.0 Round of 16
2 4 6 3 95 43 29 48 21 33 8.7 2.9 Round of 16
3 7 8 2 90 41 27 45 20 32 8.4 2.8 Round of 16
4 9 10 2 85 38 26 43 19 30 8.1 2.7 Round of 16
5 11 12 2 80 36 24 40 18 28 7.8 2.6 Round of 16
6 13 14 2 75 34 23 38 17 26 7.5 2.5 Round of 16
7 15 16 2 70 32 21 35 16 25 7.2 2.4 Round of 16
8 17 18 2 65 29 20 33 15 23 6.9 2.3 Round of 16
9 19 20 2 60 27 18 30 14 21 6.6 2.2 Round of 16
10 21 23 3 55 25 17 28 12 19 6.3 2.1 Round of 16
11 24 26 3 50 23 15 25 11 18 6.0 2.0 Round of 16
12 27 30 4 45 20 14 23 10 16 5.7 1.9 Round of 16
13 31 33 3 42 19 - 21 9 15 5.4 1.8 Round of 16
14 34 36 3 39 18 - 20 9 14 5.1 1.7 Round of 16
15 37 40 4 36 16 - 18 8 13 4.8 1.6 Round of 16
16 41 45 5 33 15 - 17 7 12 4.5 1.5 Round of 16
17 46 50 5 30 14 - 15 7 11 4.2 1.4 Round of 16
18 51 60 10 27 12 - 14 6 9 3.9 1.3 Round of 16
19 61 70 10 24 - - 12 - 8 3.6 1.2 Quarterfinals
20 71 85 15 21 - - 11 - 7 3.3 1.1 Quarterfinals
21 86 100 15 18 - - 9 - 7 3.0 1.0 Quarterfinals
22 101 120 20 15 - - 8 - 6 2.7 0.9 Quarterfinals
23 121 140 20 12 - - 6 - 5 2.4 0.8 Quarterfinals
24 141 170 30 10 - - 5 - 4 2.1 0.7 Quarterfinals
25 171 200 30 7 - - 4 - 3 1.8 0.6 Quarterfinals
26 201 250 50 5 - - 3 - 2 1.5 0.5 Quarterfinals

II. Country Coefficients

Formula: The sum of the points of the top 5 clubs for each year, for each country (only continental competitions are taken into account). All the 5 years that make up the country coefficient have the same weight, compared to the club ranking where the weight of points decreases with each year.

- Coefficients rankings are used to determine the importance of leagues (by the distribution points) in the world, which where detailed above at point B of Continental and National Competitions chapter.
- The points earned by clubs in all the continental and intercontinental competitions are taken into account in the country coefficients. But not the all: for example, some countries from the South American confederation have a big advantage with almost 14 teams per season for the continental competitions. To ensure a fair ranking, it was decided that only the top 5 clubs for each season, for each country, would be considered for the coefficients. There are still some disadvantaged countries, such as Europe with only 4 teams for the continental competitions or Oceania with only one confederation tournament and 2 teams from each country that qualify. This is mostly due to a competition with a low number of teams or a poor coefficient in the official ranking of the confederations. Nevertheless, the aim is to provide each country with a fair chance to participate in the ranking.

III. Strongest Leagues

Formula: The sum of the points of the top 5 teams (in Clubs Ranking) for the current year, for each country.

The club ranking is used to determine the strength of a country's league by considering the top 5 teams in the country. This method allows for a more comprehensive comparison of a country's overall results and helps to determine the strength of the national league based on both continental and national results.