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Club World RankingEdit

Since 1991, the entity has produced a monthly Club World Ranking.

The ranking takes into consideration the results of twelve months of continental and intercontinental competitions, national league matches (including play-offs) and the most important national cup (excluding points won before the round of 16).

All countries are rated at four levels based upon the national league performance—clubs in the highest level leagues receive 4 points for each match won, 2 for a draw and 0 for a defeat. Level 2 is assigned 3 pts. (win), 1.5 (draw) and 0 (lost), and so on with the next lower levels.

In continental competitions, all clubs receive the same number of points at all stages regardless of the performance level of their leagues. However, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa Libertadores yield more points than UEFA Europa League and Copa Sudamericana, respectively. The point assignment system is still lower for the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC continental tournaments. Competitions between two continents are evaluated depending upon their importance. Competitions not organized by a continental confederation, or any intercontinental events not recognized by FIFA, are not taken into consideration.

CriteriaEdit

Criteria for national competitions:[5]
Competition Points for a win Points for a draw
National Leagues in Level 1 4.00 2.00
National Leagues in Level 2 3.00 1.50
National Leagues in Level 3 2.00 1.00
National Leagues in Level 4 1.00 0.50
Criteria for international competitions:[5]
Competition Points for a win Points for a draw
UEFA Champions League 14.0 7.0
UEFA Europa League 12.0 6.0
Copa Libertadores 14.0 7.0
Copa Sudamericana 12.0 6.0
CAF Champions League 9.0 4.5
CAF Cup 7.0 3.5
AFC Champions League 9.0 4.5
AFC Cup 7.0 3.5
CONCACAF Champions League 9.0 4.5
OFC Champions League 5.0 2.5
FIFA Club World Cup (semi-finals) 14.0 7.0
FIFA Club World Cup (final)[6] 21.0 10.5

Current rankingEdit

Last updated: 22 January 2019[7]

Top 10
(Club World Ranking 2018)
Pos. Team Confederation Points
1   Atlético Madrid UEFA 289.0
2   Real Madrid UEFA 284.0
3   Red Bull Salzburg UEFA 278.0
4   Barcelona UEFA 273.0
5   Juventus UEFA 265.0
6   Palmeiras CONMEBOL 264.0
7   Junior CONMEBOL 262.0
8   River Plate CONMEBOL 261.0
9   Sevilla UEFA 260.0
10   Santa Fe CONMEBOL 237.0

The World's Club Team of the YearEdit

The following table shows the clubs that finished top of the ranking for each year since 1991:[8]

The IFFHS recognised these clubs as The World's Club Team of the Year and were awarded with a golden trophy and a certificate during the World Football Gala.[8]

The World's Club Team of the DecadeEdit

In 2012, the IFFHS recognised Barcelona as the World's Best Club Team of the Decade for the first decade of the 21st century (2001–2010).[35]

Continental Clubs of the 20th centuryEdit

In 2009, the IFFHS released the results of a statistical study which determined the best continental clubs of the 20th century.[36] The ranking did not consider the performance of the teams in national football tournaments (except in the Oceania's club ranking due to limited editions held under OFC club competitions), the performance in the intercontinental or worldwide club competitions or those submitted in the IFFHS Club World Ranking, available since 1991.[37]

Based on this statistical study series, the below six clubs were named as "continental clubs of the century" by the IFFHS between 10 September and 13 October 2009. These clubs were awarded with a golden trophy and a certificate during the World Football Gala celebrated at Fulham, London, on 11 May 2010.[38][39]

Region Team
Europe   Real Madrid
South America   Peñarol
Africa   Asante Kotoko
Asia   Al-Hilal
CONCACAF   Saprissa
Oceania   South Melbourne

IFFHS Top 200 European clubs of the 20th centuryEdit

IFFHS Strongest National League of the WorldEdit

Year League Full ranking
1991 Italy
1992 Italy
1993 Italy
1994 Italy
1995 Italy
1996 Italy
1997 Germany
1998 Italy
1999 Italy
2000 Spain
2001 Spain
2002 Spain
2003 Italy
2004 Spain
2005 England
2006 Italy
2007 England
2008 England
2009 England
2010 Spain
2001–2010 England Link
2011 Spain
2012 Spain
2013 Spain Link
2014 Spain Link
2015 Spain Link
2016 Spain[40] Link
2017 Spain[41] Link
2018 Spain Link

IFFHS World's Best Club CoachEdit

IFFHS World's Best National CoachEdit

IFFHS World's Best GoalkeeperEdit

IFFHS World's Best Top Division Goal ScorerEdit

 
Lionel Messi has won this award a record 4 times and is the only player in history to have won an IFFHS award in three different categories: World's Best Playmaker, World's Best Goalscorer and World's Best Top Division Goalscorer. Overall he has collected 10 IFFHS awards, which is an all-time record.
Year Player(s) Club(s)
1997   Hakan Şükür   Galatasaray
1998   Iván Kaviedes   Emelec
1999   Mário Jardel   Porto
2000   Mário Jardel   Porto
2001   José Alfredo Castillo   Oriente Petrolero
2002   Joaquín Botero   Club Bolívar
2003   José Cardozo   Toluca
2004   Patricio Galaz   Cobreloa
2005   Araújo   Gamba Osaka
2006   Klaas-Jan Huntelaar   Ajax
2007   Trésor Mputu   Mazembe
2008   Lucas Barrios   Colo-Colo
2009   Marc Janko   Red Bull Salzburg
2010   Luis Suárez   Ajax
2011   Aleksandrs Čekulajevs   Narva Trans
2012   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2013   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2014   Cristiano Ronaldo and   Luis Suárez   Real Madrid and   Liverpool,   Barcelona
2015   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2016   Luis Suárez   Barcelona
2017   Lionel Messi[43]   Barcelona
2018   Lionel Messi and   Jonas[44]   Barcelona and   Benfica
2019   Baghdad Bounedjah[45]   Al Sadd

IFFHS World's Best International Top Goal ScorerEdit

IFFHS World's Most Effective Top Division Goal Scorer of the YearEdit

IFFHS World's Best PlaymakerEdit

 
Lionel Messi has won this award a joint record 4 times and is the only player in history to have won an IFFHS award in three different categories: World's Best Playmaker, World's Best International Top Goalscorer and World's Best Top Division Goalscorer. He is a holder of 10 IFFHS awards overall, an all-time record.
 
Spanish playmaker Xavi has won the joint most awards, with a record four consecutive wins between 2008 and 2011.

The IFFHS World's Best Playmaker is a footballing award which, since 2006, is given annually to the best playmaker of the year, as chosen by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).[42]

 
France's Zinedine Zidane was the first ever winner of the award, in 2006.

The award is awarded at the end of the year at the World Football Gala: the winning playmaker is awarded a gold trophy. Argentina's Lionel Messi and Spain's Xavi have won the award a record four times each (Xavi four consecutive times), and Spanish compatriot Andrés Iniesta has won the award two times. Barcelona is the club with the most wins, with ten in total.

Year Player Club(s)
2006   Zinedine Zidane   Real Madrid
2007   Kaká   Milan
2008   Xavi   Barcelona
2009   Xavi   Barcelona
2010   Xavi   Barcelona
2011   Xavi   Barcelona
2012   Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona
2013   Andrés Iniesta   Barcelona
2014   Toni Kroos   Bayern Munich
  Real Madrid
2015   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2016   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2017   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2018   Luka Modrić   Real Madrid
2019   Lionel Messi   Barcelona

IFFHS World's Best PlayerEdit

From 1991 until 2009, FIFA continued this distinction named "FIFA World Player of the Year"; this award was later replaced by the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010, and The Best FIFA Men's Player in 2016.

Year Player Club(s)
1988   Marco van Basten   Milan
1989   Marco van Basten   Milan
1990   Lothar Matthäus   Inter Milan

IFFHS Men's World TeamEdit

IFFHS World's Best RefereeEdit

IFFHS Player of the CenturyEdit

IFFHS World's Best Woman PlaymakerEdit

IFFHS World's Best Woman GoalkeeperEdit

 
U.S goalkeeper Hope Solo has won the most awards, with a record four consecutive wins between 2012 and 2015.
Year Player(s) Club(s)
2012   Hope Solo   Seattle Sounders Women
2013   Hope Solo   Seattle Reign
2014   Hope Solo and   Almuth Schult   Seattle Reign and   VfL Wolfsburg
2015   Hope Solo   Seattle Reign
2016   Sarah Bouhaddi   Lyon
2017   Sarah Bouhaddi[57]   Lyon
2018   Sarah Bouhaddi   Lyon
2019   Sari van Veenendaal[58]   Arsenal
  Atlético Madrid

IFFHS World's Best Woman ClubEdit

Year Club
2012   Lyon
2013   VfL Wolfsburg
2014   VfL Wolfsburg
2015   Lyon
2016   Lyon
2017   Lyon[59]
2018   Lyon
2019   Lyon[60]

IFFHS Women's World TeamEdit

IFFHS World's Best Woman RefereeEdit

IFFHS Female Player of the CenturyEdit

IFFHS gave out an award decided by votes which was conducted with the participation of journalists and former players (no further details given).[66]

Player Nationality Votes
1 Mia Hamm   United States 442
2 Michelle Akers   United States 411
3 Heidi Mohr   Germany 250
4 Carolina Morace   Italy 230
5 Sissi   Brazil 212
6 Linda Medalen   Norway 181
7 Liu Ailing   China PR 165
8 Kristine Lilly   United States 160
9 Heidi Støre   Norway 141
10 Pia Sundhage   Sweden 129

CriticismEdit

Karl Lennartz, a sports historian and professor at the University of Cologne, Germany, called the organization "obscure", describing it as a one-man show of its founder Alfredo Pöge.[67]

The IFFHS rankings and their significance have been a matter of criticism and the largest German news agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, refuse to publish them.[68] Furthermore, it has been stated that the rankings of the IFFHS are not official and the titles they bear serve merely for publicity.[67]

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