After going undefeated in its two European matches earlier this month, the U.S. men’s national team remained at No. 22 in the latest FIFA rankings, which was released Friday morning.
The Americans registered a 1-1 draw at Wales Nov. 12 and then recorded a 6-2 triumph over Panama in Austria Nov. 16.
With no fewer than 160 full internationals played in November, including qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, CAF Africa Cup of Nations and Euro 2020, rankings saw plenty of movement.
While the podium remained unchanged, Belgium widened the gap on second-place France. Third-place Brazil is closing in on Les Bleus after extending its perfect start in South American qualifying for Qatar 2022.
Despite the lack of movement at the summit, there were some familiar faces back in the top 10, with Mexico (9th, +2) and Italy (10th, +2) made their return after nine and four years respectively. Croatia (11th, -2) and Colombia (15th, -5) were the two teams dropping out.
A little further down, Romania (37th, +7) and Hungary (40th, +7) have also made impressive gains, while Egypt (49th, +3) and Cameroon (50th, +3) move into the Top 50 at the expense of Costa Rica (51st, -1) and Ghana (52nd, -4).
The biggest climbers this month are two other African sides: Equatorial Guinea (134th, +10) and Burundi (138th, +10). The former shone in back-to-back victories over Libya (111th, -9) in AFCON qualifying, while the latter first drew and then defeated Mauritania (101st, -3) in the same competition.
Four other national teams have moved up five or more places in this month’s classification, namely: Latvia (136th, +6), Curacao (76th, +5), Azerbaijan (109th, +5) and South Sudan (163rd, +5).
For the purposes of UEFA‘s preliminary draw for Qatar 2022 which will take place on 7 December 2020 , the 55 participating teams will be divided into six pots on the basis of November’s rankings.
The method used to calculate positioning in the World Ranking is explained HERE.
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The next ranking will be published Dec. 10.