FIFA released their updated FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and it doesn’t look good for the United States. While the FIFA ranking isn’t the most accurate portrayal of how a team is doing right now, it is chronicling the USMNT as they’re slipping with their recent performances. The USMNT drops four spots to 31st this month. One reason is because the United States is obviously losing, another reason is the Africa Cup of Nations is weighted more for the African teams since it’s a continental tournament. Both AFCON finalists Ivory Coast and Ghana passed the United States this month. At 31, this is the lowest the United States have been ranked since March 2013.
We all know the process of the FIFA rankings is flawed but it’s fun to have a peek at the ranking just to see where everyone is.
Some other notes:
– On the top of the list, the top seven are the same as last month. Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil and Portugal remain in their spots. France, Uruguay and Spain round out the top 10.
– Costa Rica remains the highest ranked CONCACAF team as they move up three spots to 13.
– England drops two spots to 15. Other world powers include Italy at 12,
– Africa Cup of Nations finalists Ivory Coast and Ghana moved up to 20 and 25 respectively.
– Some teams who you wouldn’t expect to be where they are in the top 50 of the FIFA rankings include Algeria (18), Tunisia (26), Israel (32), Wales (34), Cape Verde Islands (35), Iran (41), DR Congo (46) and Equatorial Guinea at (49).
– Equatorial Guinea at 49 is the biggest mover, gaining 69 spots. Libya at 113 is the biggest loser, dropping 35 spots.
– Bhutan is the worst team at 209. They have 0 points and lost every game in the four year FIFA ranking cycle.
– Highest ranked teams by confederation include Germany (UEFA)-1, Argentina (CONMEBOL)-2, Costa Rica (CONCACAF)-13, Algeria (CAF)-18, Iran (AFC)-41, New Zealand (OFC)-131