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MLS Ranked As 49th Strongest League In The World

MLS LogoThe latest report from The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) names Major League Soccer as the 49th strongest league in the world, out of 125.

The criteria is based on all national and (inter)continental results, or to put it in plain English, the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League. Neither of these tournaments get any respect from MLS coaches, especially the CONCACAF Champions League and until that changes, MLS will continue to be ranked below the likes of Cyprus, Tunisia, Moldova and Azerbaijan.

For those of you discounting the report, which has been coming out since 1991, the IFFHS ranks Spain’s La Liga as the top league in the world, followed by the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A. A ranking that most fans would agree with.

For La Liga it is the fourth year in a row that is has been named the world’s best league. The Premier League ran it close as the best English clubs got a better performance for continental competitions (524 points) than Spanish (469 points), but strongly they failed in the FA Cup (72 points), meanwhile La Copa del Rey semifinals were played by the four strongest Spanish teams (144 points).

Top 50 Leagues In The World

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1

2012

(1)

Country

Spain

Points

1155,00

2

(5)

England

1128,00

3

(3)

Germany

1056,00

4

(4)

Italy

927,00

5

(2)

Brazil

896,00

6

(6)

Argentina

868,00

7

(7)

France

796,00

8

(19)

Russia

739,50

9

(21)

Colombia

724,50

10

(14)

Romania

722,50

11

(9)

Paraguay

721,00

12

(23)

Switzerland

698,00

13

(15)

Turkey

683,50

14

(11)

Ukraine

682,00

15

(20)

México

678,50

16

(12)

Belgium

669,50

17

(21)

Czech Republic

661,50

18

(17)

Portugal

646,50

19

(10)

Chile

621,50

20

(13)

Ecuador

587,50

21

(8)

Netherlands

578,50

22

(17)

Greece

578,00

23

(15)

Korea Republik

571,50

24

(28)

Saudi Arabia

519,00

25

(24)

Scotland

503,00

26

(29)

Cyprus

488,50

27

(68)

Bulgaria

486,50

28

(43)

Austria

476,00

29

(30)

Norway

472,00

30

(27)

Japan

469,50

31

(42)

Tunisia

462,00

32

(32)

Croatia

458,00

33

(26)

Denmark

435,50

34

(70)

China

430,50

35

(25)

Uruguay

429,00

36

(44)

Israel

427,50

37

(36)

Iran

419,00

38

(61)

Costa Rica

403,00

39

(51)

Poland

392,00

40

(31)

Perú

384,00

41

(34)

Moldova

380,00

42

(41)

Serbia

372,00

43

(84)

Azerbaijan

370,50

44

(38)

Bolivia

370,00

45

(33)

Sweden

366,50

46

(87)

Egypt

361,50

47

(56)

Maroc

359,00

48

(69)

Venezuela

351,00

49

(37)

USA

349,50

50

(46)

Georgia

343,00

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