MNT Jul 28, 2011
"HEY! SPAIN IS STILL RANKED #1"
The new FIFA World Rankings are out, with Copa America having a big impact on the way teams moved up and down the table in July. While not playing a match in the last month, the U.S. MNT are ranked 30th, down six places, as teams from South America participating in their confederation championship jumped up the table.
FIFA.com notes 88 matches were taken into account for the July edition of the rankings, most of which came from the South American championship. The biggest movers from that continent were Peru (ranked 25th) and Venzuela (ranked 40th), jumping 24 and 29 places, respectively. But the big winner was Uruguay, who are now ranked 5th in the world after their triumph in Argentina.
With World Cup qualifying underway in CONCACAF, a few Carribbean nations have jumped considerably in the rankings. Domincan Republic moved up 40 places to 132nd and the U.S. Virgin Islands are up 44 places to 149th.
The rankings will come into play this weekend when the Preliminary Draw for World Cup qualifying is conducted in Brazil. Many confederations take the current rankings into account when drawing groups and opponents for World Cup qualifying. Since CONCACAF qualifying is already underway, the rankings from March were used for determining a nation’s starting position in qualifying.
The USA's next opponent, Mexico, experienced a dip in the rankings after peaking at 9th place last month. Mexico's early exit from Copa America, combined with the movement of teams around them, resulted in a drop of 11 places down to 20th.
After Mexico, the USA's next two opponents are Costa Rica (ranked 56th) and Belgium (ranked 37th).
FIFA World Ranking