Argentina maintains top spot in new FIFA rankings; USA up to No. 29
Argentina maintained its lead in the monthly FIFA rankings released Thursday, while World Cup champion Germamy fell to No. 3.
Belgium rises a spot to No. 2, with Colombia and Brazil rounding out the top five. FIFA says Germany’s drop is due to the devaluation of last year's World Cup results.
Portugal, Romania and England are next in the rankings, while Wales achieved its highest rankings ever, coming in at No. 9. Copa America winner Chile is up one spot to close out the Top 10.
The Netherlands fell seven places to No. 12, also due to the World Cup match devaluation and Uruguay is down five spots to No. 18.
Mexico leads all CONCACAF teams in the rankings, using its Gold Cup victory to rise 14 places to No. 21. Gold Cup runner-up Jamaica is up 21 to No. 55. The United States, which was beaten in the Gold Cup semifinals by Jamaica, is up five places to No. 29.
Austria (T-14th), Slovakia (T-14th) Albania (No. 22), Congo (No. 43) and Guam (No. 146) all achieved their highest rankings ever.
Iran is Asia's highest-ranked team at No. 41; Algeria (No. 19) tops all African teams; and New Zealand paces the Oceania Football Confederation, coming in at No. 135.
Overall, UEFA has 31 teams in the Top 50, with South America and Africa having eight teams in top half of the rankings.
- Scooby Axson