The Introduction and Map


                                              Welcome to WFHC

“The True Passionate Sphere of World 
 Historical and Legendary Football Greatness
     We effort to discover the valuable evidences, creating the best method of 
      historical rating to implement and conclude the set of the best ever 
in the entire history of the game. 

Establishment : 7 August 2013
Approximated Capacity : 1,350 Pages

WFHC Definition 

WFHC historical rating solution is an integration between scientific methodology and social values. The research methodology acts as a tool to standardize the criteria while social values has an essential role to define value of each performance aspect and function. WFHC represents the love of football historical value, having been identified as a semi-opened source of football historical innovation and has always been listening to the reader voice and a large number of the contributed comments has been considered and many of them led to further development.

WFHC Objective

1) To officially initiate and represent in research and development of football historical rating.
2) To conserve the greatness of football history for the recognition of the next generations.
3) To generate the mutual exchange of useful information, data and idea between football historians and group of interested person to expand the extent of historical knowledge. 

WFHC Policy

1) WFHC has been a non-profit body with spiritual contribution and centralization.  
2) WFHC has been continually improving and developing to increase its level of objectivity. 
3) WFHC give importance to be a neutral workplace and pay attention in sustaining fairness of rating.
4) WFHC aim to lead the way of positive attitude and vision in football history discussion. 
5) WFHC provides the service for readers in replying the inquiries and soonest responding to the suggestion/requisition in the best way. 

WFHC Mission

WFHC strives for being a sustainable football historical centralization within the chronological extension of the history. We always detect significant point of history to absorb into the system and inscribe on the pages.

WFHC Commitment

I appreciate all WFHC readers, participants, followers and supporters who has been recognized as an indispensable propulsion of the progressive project. I would like to requite supporters in my commitment to perpetually update and develop the football historical work.

Number & Format

WFHC constitution is divided into Body and Branch.

INDEX : Stage of Development

There are three phase of developing process in below definitions ;

Preliminary Development : In the initial phase, The Player rating is just considered overall picture of rating from macroscopic evidence such as award, video clip, etc. without filtration of sources and the system implementation. The team series is just calculated from the total result of competition without application of competition standard.

Intermediate Development : In the intermediate phase, The fundamental system of evaluation with the criteria to assess overall career performance is already implemented with the microscopic evidence of rating (seasonal and tournament rating and statistics) for the majority of players rating with primary filtration of its reliability and have monitored video clip of almost all players for major skills rating. The team series is already calculated from the total result of competition with application of the competition standard base on its format only.

Advanced Development : In the final phase, The advanced system of evaluation with the method to classify player in each competition is additionally implemented with the microscopic evidence of player rating for the entire selection/ranking in which has been verified for filtration of its reliability and have analyzed from watching almost all the full most important matches of each player. The team series is already calculated from the total result of competition with application of competition standard analysis table.

Topic Name
Status of Works
Historical Rating Methodology
Advanced Developed
World All-Time Greatest Footballer
Advanced Developed
World Eleven Players of All-Time
Advanced Developed
World Annual Award of The Century
Intermediate Developed
Competition Level-Based Greatest Ever
Advanced Developed
Continental Legendary Museum
Advanced Developing
Standard of Competition
Advanced Developed
Positional Hall of Fame (Major Hall)
Advanced Developed
Positional Hall of Fame (Minor Hall)
Intermediate Developed
International Legendary Museum
Advanced Developing
The Greatest NT and Club
Advanced Developing

Logo Concept

The central golden sphere is a world map on the ball represent the word “World Football Center”. 
The three orbit encircles the sphere represents the major three affiliated branches surrounding WFHC.
The counterclockwise direction of the orbit lines represents “Historic”

The NT & Club Evaluation Result

The National Football Team evaluation scorecard is provided based on the systematic implementation in the extent of time period  since 1920 to the present. Different to FIFA World Ranking and Elo Rating, it excludes the friendly matches as it is considered as none of significant part within the entire history of the game. 

As of continental ranking, the ranking within the continent is compulsorily locked. 

The performance score is calculated by the sum of SPR value (S X P X R)

S = Standard of Competition : It is determined based on the benchmark performance of upper group and descending to bottom level refer to 
P : Performance : It is primarily rated based on result of competition
R : Round : The finished round (For qualification match is given full five point)

Ptcp means the participation time based on actual model combined with assumed model. The assumed model is the expansion of participated teams in major final tournament to set a similar number of participants based on standard of team level at each era. It also include only the participation with qualified performance (at least 0.25)  
Std. Plus is an important minus factor to standardize participation amount within the model of comparison with similar amount of participation. In the existed case, the participation model between European and South American team is intersected with some adjustment of competition model. As some continental tournaments especially Copa America that has not been competed in qualification round, The performance in Copa America thus covers the qualifying part in proportion of multiplying standard value 0.75.

Expansion Coefficient : For Deficit Participation amount due to Era factor. As some of continental competition was started later than the others, it is considered that the pre-four continental competition era is less competitive. The proportional expansion to compensate the deficit amount is required in comparison table. The expansion scale is calculated from deficit amount of participation in comparison to European and South American standard as following formula : Standard Amount/Available Amount

The judging parameter is used in case the scores between the comparative couple is different within 1 %

1. The Same System of Competition

Primary : FIFA Confederation Cup, Secondary : Regional Competition, Third : World Cup

2. The Different System of Competition

*WC : In case the two teams have a score of World Cup and one of World Cup scores is twice times more than the less total score, that team is automatically rated higher. In case one of them has zero in World Cup score, it will be judge by comparison between difference of World Cup score and Total score
*Remark : In case of Asian and African team, the qualification performance is benchmark based on average of European-American standard of competition.

League of Ranking Rule : In case of 1 > 2 and 2 > 3 but 3 > 1, *WC factor is always the top of league 

The case of union-independent nations : The former USSR, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia performance is combined with the best performance of independent nation within the former union group. However, every model of union-independent nation (Yugoslavia-Croatia, USSR-Russia, etc) is also available in the continental list in MOV series. 

* For Continental Ranking, Please see in this link 

The Greatest Football Nations of All-Time

*Updated for the mid-2016

The Ranking of Nations By Era

*Remark : Point cannot be compared across era directly due to different of participation model.

*The World club evaluation is scheduled to finish at the end of January 2017.

WFHC Appreciation

WFHC is profoundly appreciated the support, contribution and compliment from the participated readers that has long been an indispensable propulsion of WFHC project. As WFHC is a non-profitable body, it is only requited by the readers' feedback through media tools such as personal messages or comments in e-mail, facebook, webboard or these blogs as provided examples ;

“I've been a huge fan of your work for a long time now. I just wanted to say thank you for the well thought out, researched and organized information. The time and energy you put into all of this is very much appreciated. Well, if you need help with anything or are looking for volunteers, assistants, researchers or anything like that, I'm more than willing to help at anytime. Thanks again man”
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Competitive Standard of World Cup

The Competitive Standard is definite as the average team ability to win the match with any style of play. It is determined from Games result and Statistics. The teams disqualified early could be rated in the same standard as the team reach much deeper round when they're beaten by high level competitive opponent.

World Cup Standard Table

Std. Rate
Competitive Standard Analysis
1924 Olympic Games
All nation participants were still amateur status except only Ireland. The Top Nations did not enter the competition were England, Scotland, Argentina and Austria. There was no qualification round and the invitation of participants includes three small nations from Russian Empire which was beaten a large number of goals.

Grade B+ : Uruguay
Grade B : Netherlands
Grade B- : Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Ireland
1928 Olympic Games
Almost all nation competitors were still not turned professionalism. The Top Nations did not participate were the tri-central European nations (Austria-Hungary-Czechoslovakia) in its glory era and all British nations. There was still not qualification round

Grade B+ : Uruguay, Argentina
Grade B  : France, Italy, Spain
Grade B- : Belgium, Netherlands
The first ever World Cup is the only one without qualifying round. A few European nations were inclined to take part due to problematic long journal. That means there were no European Top Nations participated and the tournament was dominated by South American side.

Grade B+ : Uruguay, Argentina
Grade B- : Chile
The first time World Cup was held its qualification while most European nations and all top South American nations had turned professionalism. Uruguay was now the only previous reigning World Champion in history did not participate while the British Home Nations had still insisted to ignore. Hence, the competition was dominated by European Side.

Grade A- : Italy
Grade B+ : Czechoslovakia, Austria
Grade B : Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary
Grade B- : Sweden
Uruguay and Argentina mutually abandoned the tournament as well as an usual British Home Nations with additional Spain who left for its Civil War.
There were also three nations automatically qualified by no match competition because of withdrawal of candidates are Dutch East Indies, Cuba and Brazil. The bottom teams were out of average standard by then. 

Grade B+ : Italy, Hungary
Grade B : Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland
Grade B- : Poland
The first World Cup in the post-war era saw withdrawal of Argentina and Austria during its prominent era. It had the most number of teams qualified automatically with five are India, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The European teams were in declined period within a step of recovering from the World War II. The format change from knock-out in the tournament system with preliminary group round. However, there were totally 13 teams participants.

Grade A- : Uruguay, Brazil
Grade B+ : Sweden, Yugoslavia
Grade B : Spain, Switzerland
Grade B- : Italy
Argentina had still abstained from participation with Soviet Union had not entered yet although it just competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics. The tournament won the highest ratio in goal average per game with 5.38.

Grade A : Hungary
Grade A- : West Germany
Grade B+ : Austria, Uruguay, Yugoslavia, Brazil
Grade B : Switzerland, England
Grade B- : France, Italy
It is the first time FIFA did not permit any team to qualify without playing once match except a previous champion and host nation. Three big nations like Italy, Uruguay and Spain were disqualified unexpectedly.

Grade A+ : Brazil
Grade A- : Sweden, France
Grade B+ : West Germany, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia
Grade B : England, Wales, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Czechoslovakia
Grade B- : Argentina, Paraguay, Austria
Sweden and France were disqualified although they had much more goal difference than opponents in case of equal point as the rule regulated to held the play-off.

Grade A : Brazil
Grade B+ : Czechoslovakia, Chile, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Soviet Union
Grade B : England, Argentina, Italy
Grade B- : Spain, Uruguay, West Germany, Mexico
The African Absence in qualification to protest FIFA in number of African team ruling in World Cup as it is not guaranteed a place.

Grade A- : England, Germany
Grade B+ : Portugal, Soviet Union, Argentina
Grade B : Hungary, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain
Grade B- : North Korea, Italy
It is the first tournament represent by nations from all continents. Five famous football nations were Argentina, Spain, Portugal, France and Hungary were disqualified as a sign of its declination in football.

Grade A+ : Brazil
Grade A- : Italy, West Germany
Grade B+ : Uruguay, Soviet Union, England
Grade B : Peru, Sweden, Mexico
Grade B- : Israel, Romania
The previous successful nations like England, Soviet Union and Spain were disqualified. The format was changed from knock-out in second round to the twice group. There was no Asian team qualified and was replaced by Oceania team Australia.

Grade A : Netherlands, West Germany
Grade A- : Poland
Grade B+ : Brazil, Sweden, East Germany
Grade B :  Yugoslavia, Scotland, Argentina, Italy
Grade B- : Chile, Bulgaria
The Big Eastern European Nations like Czechoslovakia who just won UEFA Euro in 1976, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were disqualified.

Grade A- : Argentina, Netherlands, Brazil
Grade B+ : Italy, West Germany, Poland, Scotland
Grade B :  Austria, Peru
Grade B- : Spain, Tunisia
The number of teams were expanded from 16 to 24 in this tournament. It has been regarded as the most attractive tournament in history of football for its classic and competitiveness combined. The qualifiers are from all six confederations.

Grade A : Italy
Grade A- : West Germany, Brazil, France
Grade B+ : Poland, Argentina, England, Soviet Union
Grade B : Austria, Belgium, Scotland, Spain, Yugoslavia, Algeria
Grade B- : Cameroon, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
The format was changed for second round return to basis knock-out round again.

Grade A- : Argentina, West Germany, France
Grade B+ : Brazil, Belgium, Soviet Union, Spain, England
Grade B : Uruguay, Italy, Morocco, Denmark, Mexico
Grade B- : Poland, Paraguay
It is considered as the most competitive tournament in football history. The competition receives the lowest goal ratio per game in history of World Cup with 2.21. France and Portugal were a big name disqualified for the tournament.

Grade A : West Germany
Grade A- : Argentina, Italy
Grade B+ : England, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Netherlands, Yugoslavia
Grade B : Ireland, Romania, Cameroon, Czechoslovakia, Spain
Grade B- : Uruguay, Colombia, Soviet Union, Costa Rica
It was the first time that three points was given to the winner of the match. England and France was notoriously disqualified for the final and Yugoslavia was banned as a part of FIFA sanction to Yugoslav war and the recent UEFA Euro winner Denmark was also disqualified.

Grade A- : Brazil, Italy
Grade B+ : Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, West Germany, Netherlands, Spain
Grade B : Nigeria, Mexico, Argentina, Belgium
Grade B- : Ireland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, United States
The tournament was increased number of qualifiers from 24 to 32 teams.

Grade A- : France, Brazil
Grade B+ : Netherlands, Croatia, Argentina, Italy
Grade B : Germany, England, Romania, Denmark, Mexico, Yugoslavia
Grade B- : Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Spain
It is the first ever World Cup in Asia continent and is regarded as the lowest standard tournament since the competition has been steadied in participants since 1954. The most notorious absence is Netherlands.

Grade A- : Brazil
Grade B+ : Germany
Grade B : Italy, South Korea, Turkey, England, Spain, Ireland, United States, Mexico
Grade B- : Senegal, Argentina, Sweden, Japan, Paraguay, Belgium, Denmark
The 2004 UEFA Euro Champion Greece was disqualified for World Cup.

Grade A- : Italy, France
Grade B+ : Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Spain
Grade B : Netherlands, England, Switzerland, Ukraine
Grade B- : Australia, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, Ecuador, Ivory Coast
It is the first time Word Cup held in the Africa continent and is also the first time the previous champion is not automatically qualified.

Grade A- : Spain
Grade B+ : Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay
Grade B : Brazil, Ghana, Mexico, England, United States, 
               Paraguay, Portugal, Argentina
Grade B- : Australia, Ivory Coast, Chile, Switzerland, Japan
Grade A- : Germany
Grade B+ : ArgentinaNetherlands, France
Grade B : Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, USA, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Portugal
Grade B- : Uruguay, Switzerland, Greece, Ecuador, Croatia