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The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system that rates the men's national teams that are currently led by the Italy.
In June 1928, FIFA published a ranking system to determinate the 1930 FIFA World Cup qualification seeds. This was a simple system which factored in the performance in the world tournaments with one for the winner to seven for not participating in the qualifers. This immediately caused a controversy with the English captain saying that it didn't reflect the true ranking of the English team and withdrew from competing in the World Cup qualifiers of 1930. After the British teams withdrew from the competition, a change in how the ranking system worked in 1936 with a extension of playoffs while increasing each by one.
When the FIFA rankings was introduced, the Netherlands debuted as the top ranked team following from previous performances which include making the final of the 1926 FIFA World Cup. For the Netherlands they stayed as the top team until the Olympic Football tournament in 1936 where Italy gained the top spot for the first time and they would hold all of the way through the second World War.