Competitive Standard of World Cup

The Competitive Standard is defined 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 Chart

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
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+ : Argentina, Netherlands, France
Grade B : Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, USA, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Portugal
Grade B- : Uruguay, Switzerland, Greece, Ecuador, Croatia
Grade A- : France, Belgium
Grade B+ : Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, England, Russia, Uruguay
Grade B : Sweden, Colombia, Mexico, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland
Grade B- : Japan, Senegal, Tunisia, South Korea, Germany, Serbia, Nigeria, Peru, Iran


  1. Anonymous11/24/2014

    2014 - Portugal, B grade ?
    you were clearly not watching the same WC as the rest of the world. Portugal were abject, and rightly out before their last game.

  2. Anonymous6/10/2015

    I think Croatia deserves B- for 2014 World Cup.

    1. I think it could be fine since Croatia even has a better goal difference record than Spain while they got the same point.

  3. I thought, "Oh no, this is the same place he got stuck in patriots game live rehearsals."

  4. Anonymous5/16/2016

    I love football .. Thanks
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  5. This one is simply complex analysis. Hope so that this will make things good for me.I simply love watching games and among all football is my favorite. You people can take help from the latest sports news to know what's happening around.

  6. Anonymous8/04/2017

    Why do you put 1920s olympics here when amateurs played there?

    1. The 1920 Olympics was the only world stage at that period. I think it is important.

  7. Anonymous8/07/2017

    And you take only these olympics to consideration when ranking players and calculating scores: 1920, 1924, 1928 as "world cup" and 1948, 1952 as minor tournaments?

    1. 1948 and 1952 are counted in the same criteria as qualification round of world cup, higher proportion than minor tournament.

  8. Anonymous8/07/2017

    And 1920,24, and 28 olympics are calculated as 80% of a regular world cup?

    1. Basically yes but finally the criteria is also depend on importance of other competitions. For example, since 1927 Central European competition was started so the criteria of Olympic is less than that of 1920 and 1924 for CE nations.

    2. Anonymous8/10/2017

      Ok, thanks.

  9. You omitted the 1920 Olympic Games in the table. That tournament was the first "world football championship" organized by FIFA.

    1. I will surely add when I have time. Thanks.

    2. Anonymous11/27/2022

      Can you add the 1920 Olympic Games in the table?

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  11. Anonymous8/07/2018

    Yugoslavia is featured twice in the 1990 list

  12. Anonymous12/31/2022

    If I understand, for you 1990 world cup is the greatest standard because it was difficult to score. To me it came also from the mentality. Additionally to defensive strategy, defenders could compensate their lack of pace with brutality. You were given less cards than today, especially for your first foul of the game. Unfair fouls to stop a counter-attack were also not punished by cards. You could give the ball to your keeper also if needed.
    On the other way, even if sacchi or Cruyff may have started it a bit in club. You were not faced to Gegenressing like strategy that could give troubles to less technical defenders.
    What I want to point is that this is your personal choice to give a high standard to this way of playing.
    But today it becomes important because the standard you give to a world cup seems to matter a lot as you give only OW (and not SW) to Messi WC 2022.
    This is not obvious at all for many people.

    1. Anonymous1/20/2023

      your inputs would be really appreciated on the subject.