Ten of the top 32 teams in the latest FIFA rankings will not be in the World Cup draw next week.
ZURICH (AP) Ten of the top 32 teams in the latest FIFA rankings will not be in the World Cup draw next week.
No. 10 Chile, No. 14 Italy are among those who will be missing on Dec. 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The USMNT rose three spots to 24th and is the fifth-highest ranked team to not qualify for the World Cup.
Mexico at No. 16 is best of the teams from CONCACAF.
All five of the Asian Football Confederation's World Cup entries are outside the top 32.
Defending champion Germany leads an unchanged top five ahead of Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, and Belgium. Spain is up two places to No. 6.
European teams that won World Cup playoffs this month rose in the rankings. Switzerland moved up three spots to No. 8, while Denmark and Sweden each climbed seven to Nos. 12 and 18, respectively.
FIFA used October rankings to decide the draw seedings, and avoided giving playoff teams an advantage.
Host Russia is the lowest-ranked team at No. 65, though it has played mostly lower-valued friendlies in the past year which weighs heavily in the four-year cycle of results FIFA uses to calculate the standings. No. 63 Saudi Arabia is the next lowest.
Senegal moved up nine to be Africa's best at No. 23.
Asia leader Iran is in a three-way tie at No. 32, though is officially ranked just behind Ireland.