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Soccer Power Index: Daily update

Explanation of SPI | FiveThirtyEight's World Cup Predictions

ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) is a rating system which uses historical data on both the international and club level to predict the outcome of a match. The algorithm uses several years of data, taking into account goals scored and allowed, quality of the lineup fielded, and the location of the match. In addition, SPI weights recent matches more heavily, and also takes into account the importance of the match, so a World Cup match counts much more than a Friendly.

Soccer Power Index ratings for all participating countries in the 2014 World Cup for July 14. 

Rank Team Off Rating Def Rating Rating
1 Germany 3.29 0.54 91.3
2 Netherlands 2.73 0.47 89.1
3 Colombia 2.59 0.40 89.0
4 Argentina 2.42 0.33 88.7
5 France 2.58 0.51 87.9
6 Brazil 2.87 0.75 87.2
7 Spain 2.51 0.62 86.3
8 Chile 2.48 0.62 86.1
9 Belgium 1.99 0.57 83.0
10 England 2.05 0.76 81.0
11 Uruguay 2.10 0.81 80.8
12 Ecuador 1.81 0.65 80.3
13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 2.31 0.99 80.3
14 Portugal 2.19 0.91 80.2
15 Mexico 1.63 0.56 79.7
16 Switzerland 2.19 0.96 79.6
17 Ghana 2.05 0.91 79.0
19 Costa Rica 1.44 0.51 78.5
20 USA 2.02 0.92 78.5
21 Italy 1.82 0.79 78.4
22 Ivory Coast 2.24 1.10 78.3
24 Croatia 2.01 0.99 77.4
25 Russia 1.45 0.64 76.6
27 Nigeria 1.68 0.84 76.2
28 Algeria 2.06 1.12 76.2
30 Greece 1.19 0.56 74.8
34 Japan 2.04 1.34 72.8
40 Iran 1.13 0.84 69.4
46 Cameroon 1.46 1.19 68.1
48 Australia 1.73 1.44 67.6
58 Honduras 1.43 1.33 65.4
59 South Korea 1.52 1.41 65.3

Off Rating: Number of goals a team would be expected to score against a league-average team at a neutral site.

Def Rating: Number of goals a team would be expected to allow against a league-average team at a neutral site.

Changes from yesterday:

  • Netherlands 2 (was 3)
  • Colombia 3 (was 4)
  • Argentina 4 (was 2)
  • Ecuador 12 (was 13)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina 13 (was 12)
  • Nigeria 27 (was 26)
  • Cameroon 46 (was 47)
  • South Korea 59 (was 60)

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