Two victories in the Concacaf Nations League allowed the United States to move up a place in the latest FIFA men’s rankings.
The Americans, who defeated Canada and Cuba, climbed to No. 22. They still are the second ranked team in Concacaf, trailing Mexico, which is 11th in the overall poll.
Costa Rica moved up a slot to 46th.
Canada, which was beaten by the USA, 4-1, fell four spots to 73rd.
The top five of the overall rankings remained the same with Belgium on top, followed by France, Brazil, England and Uruguay.
There was only one change in the top 10, with Croatia (6th, up 1) climbing for the second consecutive time at the expense of Portugal (7th, down 1). There are, however, more significant changes further down the table, with Italy (13th, up 2), Poland (19th, up 2), Serbia (29th, up 4) and Nigeria (31st, up 4) pushing their way upwards.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers in Asia have also made an impression. Myanmar (136th, up 11), for example, was the only team to have advanced more than 10 positions, having done so thanks to impressive wins over Nepal (170th, down 3), Tajikistan (121st, down 5) and Mongolia (190th, down 4). Kuwait (147th, up 9) have also made a substantial jump on the back of their fine results in the Qatar 2022 preliminaries.
Perhaps the most significant success story was Venezuela (25th, up 1). While the South American side’s rise might be more modest than those of others, La Vinotinto – due largely to a recent friendly victory over Japan (28th, unchanged) – have ascended to it highest position since the ranking was introduced in 1993.
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The next world ranking will be published Dec. 19.