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May FIFA Rankings Roundup: Top 17 unchanged, US drops to 28

FIFA Rankings were released today and there isn’t a lot of change in the top of the standings. There were only three games played throughout April so it’s not shocking that there isn’t much change.

The top 17 is unchanged so Germany, Argentina and Belgium are still in the top three. Mexico is the first team to move as they dropped four spots to 22 after their 2-0 to the United States. Czech Republic, Slovakia, Algeria and Wales each moved up a spot over Mexico.

Even though Russia didn’t play a game, Russia moved up five spots to 27 passing the United States (even with a 2-0 win), Denmark, Scotland, Tunisia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here’s the top 25 with notable teams added afterwards.

1) Germany (Top UEFA Team)
2) Argentina (Top CONMEBOL Team)
3) Belgium
4) Colombia
5) Brazil
6) Netherlands
7) Portugal
8) Uruguay
9) Switzerland
10) Spain
11) France
12) Romania
13) Italy
14) England
15) Costa Rica (Top CONCACAF Team)
16) Chile
17) Croatia
18) Czech Republic +1
19) Slovakia +1
20) Algeria (Top CAF Team) +1
21) Wales +1
22) Mexico -4
23) Ivory Coast
24) Greece
25) Austria

Notable teams:
27) Russia +5
28) United States -1
37) Cape Verde Islands
39) Sweden
40) Iran (Top AFC Team)
50) Japan
53) Panama
99) Qatar
129) Mauritania (Biggest Drop) -9
144) New Zealand (Top OFC Team)
155) Suriname (Biggest Gain) +14
209) Anguilla (Worst Ranked Team)

There aren’t too many international games in May so don’t expect the rankings to change that much next month. Once Summer hits and we have the various international tournaments around the world, you’re going to see some change.

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