2014 FIFA World Cup™ finalists Germany and Argentina have slightly extended their lead over the chasing pack and remain unchallenged at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. They are followed in third position by Colombia, who have swapped places with the Netherlands.

The Oranje have paid dearly for their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Czech Republic in their opening qualifying match for UEFA EURO 2016. For their part, Colombia have equalled their highest-ever position, Los Cafeteros having previously achieved third in July and August 2013. In the top ten, meanwhile, Brazil (6th, up 1) and France (9th, up 1) have gained ground, while Uruguay (7th, down 1), Spain (8th, down 1) and Switzerland (10th, down 1) have each dropped a place.

However, this month’s biggest winners are Guatemala, whose three wins in four matches in the qualifiers for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 have seen the team led by coach Ivan Franco Sopegno leap by 77 places to 57th in the table. The win against World Cup participants Honduras yielded many of those points. With Iceland (34th, up 12), Congo (48th, up 30) and Antigua and Barbuda (80th, up 69), September 2014 saw three teams reaching their highest-ever position since the world ranking was introduced in 1993.

Of the 141 international “A” matches taken into account for this month’s ranking, over half of them (80) were continental qualifiers in Europe, Africa and CONCACAF, the other 61 fixtures being friendlies. This takes the total number of international “A” matches played in 2014 so far to 526.

Leader

Germany (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

none

Moves out of top ten

none

Matches played in total

141

Most matches played

Guatemala (6 matches)

Biggest move by points

Guatemala (up 331 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Guatemala (up 77 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Venezuela (down 248 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Togo (down 38 ranks)