According to IFFHS, the English Premier League is no longer the strongest league in the world. The Spanish Primera Division is the new number one in IFFHS' special ranking system.
Every July it is possible to make the first assessment of the relative strengths of the various leagues. The methodology for determining the current strength of the national leagues takes into consideration that, because of the national and international schedules, the South American and west Asian leagues are better placed in the first half of the year and those from northern and eastern Europe less so.
The rankings indicate that the English Premier League has shown a drop in performance not previously seen in the first decade of the 21st century. At the beginning of the year the English league had a lead of 110 points ahead of the Spaniards. In the month of July though, the Spanish Primera División was ahead of the Englishmen by 94 points.
The trend shows that the Spanish Primera Division is on the way to becoming the strongest league in the world. But the gaps to the next placed national leagues are small.
A similar drop in performance to the Englishmen took place also in the leagues of Ukraine and Romania. Negative trends have also been shown by the national leagues of the Netherlands, Turkey and Greece while the leagues of Portugal and Belgium remained constant.