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Republic of Ireland FIFA World Rankings
The Republic of Ireland's current FIFA World Cup ranking is 26. Since FIFA began compiling these rankings in 1992 Ireland's average ranking has been 32 out of 205 football playing nations.
Ireland's highest ever level in the FIFA World rankings was an unbelievable 9, in the second set of published rankings in 1994. Ireland achieved this ranking during the Jack Charlton era on the way to appearing in a second consecutive World Cup finals competition. In the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy had reached the quarter-finals and would go on to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals in the USA.
The Republic's worst ever ranking was 67 in 2013 and again in 2015. The former was during the Giovanni Trapattoni era and the last time was into the Martin O'Neill tenure as Irish manager.
FIFA World Rankings System
FIFA have changed and tweaked the ranking system a number of times over the decades however the objective remains unchanged - to try to objectively measure where football nations rank in relation to each other, based upon results achieved. A points system is used with points being awarded based on the results of all full international matches.
Under the current system, rankings are based upon a country's performance over the past 48 months. The most recent results and the more significant matches receiving a heavier weighting. The current FIFA ranking system was most recently revamped after the 2006 World Cup. The most significant change was that the rankings are based upon results over the previous four years instead of the previous eight years.
Historical Republic of Ireland FIFA World Rankings
The following is a historical listing of Ireland's FIFA World rankings since 1993:
Irish Soccer History - Some key events, developments, people, and places in Irish football
V Ireland 1965 - Glenmalure Park
- Granny Rule & Ireland -
John Giles & Shamrock Rovers