Nothing like winning six consecutive matches in the Concacaf Gold Cup and also the Concacaf Nations League to climb up the rankings in the latest FIFA men’s rankings, which was released Thursday morning.
The United States jumped up 10 spots to land in the 10th spot in the rankings. Mexico moved up two positions into the ninth spot.
Both tournament final victories were over El Tri.
with Euro 2020 and Copa America being playingn, there has been a considerable amount of movement in the standings, although Belgium managed to retain its top spot despite being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the European Championship. Their last-eight opponents and eventual winners of the tournament, Italy, (5, +2), moved up into the Top 5, just behind Euro runners-up England (4, no change). Just above that pair, Brazil (2, +1) and France (3, -1) swapped places.
Argentina (6, +2) reaped the benefits of a triumphant Copa America campaign.
Gold Cup invitees Qatar (42, +16), which reached the Gold Cup semifinals, recording the largest climb of the month and equaling its highest position in the ranking, which dated back to the first edition in 1993.
A handful of other teams that did not take part in regional tournaments, such as Sierra Leone (106, +8), Eswatini (146, +8), Puerto Rico (171, +7), and Mongolia (185, +7), still managed to gain ground courtesy of positive friendly results.
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Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 Mexico (9, plus 2) USA (10, plus 10)
Moves out of top 10 Denmark (11, minus 1) Uruguay (13, minus 4)
Matches played in total 348
Most matches played Mexico (12 matches)
Biggest move by points Italy (plus 102.61 points)
Biggest move by ranks Qatar (plus 16 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Grenada (minus 43.54 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Thailand (minus 14 ranks)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams, not ranked Cook Islands
The next rankings will be published Sept. 16.