Inside the Glasgow 2016 Rankings

The 2016 Homeless World Cup team rankings are out! So what do they mean?

The tournament rankings are calculated based on team performance over the last seven years, with extra weight given to Amsterdam 2015, Santiago 2014, and Poznan 2013. Since players can only participate in the Homeless World Cup once, team performance can vary greatly from year to year. Consistency from year to year is more important than final position in a single tournament.

Brazil hold on to their top ranking in the men’s competition thanks to consistency over the last seven years – with top four finishes and two titles since 2009. This year’s defending men’s champions Mexico are close on their heels, with five top four finishes and one title. Portugal hold on to their third place ranking, while Chile claim the fourth slot.

The Netherlands, Ireland, and Romania all rise to reach the first pot for this year’s draw, joining 2014 runner up Bosnia and Herzegovina to round out the top eight.

Rising African contenders Zimbabwe jump a remarkable 16 places and South Africa move from 28th to 16th after great performances in Amsterdam.

In the women’s competition, Mexico hold on to their top ranking following their third Homeless World Cup championship. The Chilean women hold on to their number two seed, followed by Argentina. Norway, who enter this year’s tournament in the fourth slot, and Scotland (7) make the biggest jumps in this year’s rankings, climbing seven and six places respectively. Other teams to watch are Kenya – who took the title in 2011 and are back this year as the 12 seed – and India who rose five places after a strong showing last year.

Teams who have not previously participated – including Burkina Faso and Egypt on the men’s side and Greece, and Ivory Coast in the women’s tournament – are automatically ranked last and ordered alphabetically.

About the Draw

The rankings are used to seed the tournament draw for the first round of group play at the Homeless World Cup tournament.

Men’s/Mixed Homeless World Cup Draw

  • Six seeding pots are formed based on the Homeless World Cup rankings.
  • The top eight seeded teams will be placed in to Pot 1, the next eight (ranked 9-16) into Pot 2, and so forth.
  • Group A will be populated first with a top-seeded country drawn from Pot 1, then with a team ranked 9-16 from Pot 2, a team ranked 17-24 from Pot 3, and so on, until the group has a total of six teams – one from each pot.
  • The first stage will consist of eight groups of six teams each, with all groups containing one of the top eight teams.

Women’s Homeless World Cup Draw

  • Two seeding pots are formed based on the Homeless World Cup rankings.
  • The eight top teams form Pot 1 and the remaining eight form Pot 2.
  • Four teams from Pot 1 and four teams from Pot 2 will be drawn to form each group, for a total of eight teams per group in the first stage of play.

The draw for Glasgow 2016 will take place in May and will be broadcast live. More information to follow.

2016 Homeless World Cup Rankings: Men’s

Country 2016 Rank Pot Number
Brazil 1 1
Mexico 2 1
Portugal 3 1
Chile 4 1
Poland 5 1
Netherlands 6 1
Ireland 7 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 1
Romania 9 2
Costa Rica 10 2
Russia 11 2
Namibia 12 2
Bulgaria 13 2
Indonesia 14 2
Scotland 15 2
South Africa 16 2
Lithuania 17 3
Austria 18 3
Argentina 19 3
Hungary 20 3
Peru 21 3
Norway 22 3
Slovenia 23 3
Northern Ireland 24 3
Denmark 25 4
United States 26 4
England 27 4
Hong Kong 28 4
Zimbabwe 29 4
Czech Republic 30 4
India 31 4
Italy 32 4
Greece 33 5
Germany 34 5
Wales 35 5
Belgium 36 5
Cambodia 37 5
Switzerland 38 5
Grenada 39 5
Finland 40 5
Canada 41 6
South Korea 42 6
Nigeria 43 6
Sweden 44 6
Australia 45 6
Ivory Coast 46 6
Burkina Faso 47 6
Egypt 47 6

2016 Homeless World Cup Rankings: Women’s

Country 2016 Rank Pot Number
Mexico 1 1
Chile 2 1
Argentina 3 1
Norway 4 1
India 5 1
Netherlands 6 1
Scotland 7 1
Wales 8 1
United States 9 2
England 10 2
Kyrgyzstan 11 2
Kenya 12 2
France 13 2
Guatemala 14 2
Greece 15 2
Ivory Coast 15 2