Uruguay rise as Copa America makes mark

A total of 88 matches have been taken into account for the July edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, almost a third of which were part of this year’s Copa America, which therefore had a considerable impact on this month’s positions.

Following their 3-0 final win over Paraguay, champions Uruguay (5th, up 13) not only moved back into the top ten but also achieved their best-ever position. Finalists Paraguay also moved up six places to 26th, while defeated semi-finalists Peru (25th, up 24) and Venezuela (40th, up 29) were the biggest movers in the top 100.

Furthermore, thanks to their outstanding results in the group stage, Chile (11th, up 16) are once again knocking on the door of the top ten.

After their impressive triumph in the CONCACAF Gold Cup the month before, Mexico’s exit from the Copa America without a single point has brought them back down to earth, costing them their place in the top ten and taking them down 11 places to 20th.

Despite also making an early exit from the Copa America, Brazil have gone up one place (4th, up 1), but still have ground to make up on the leading trio of Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.

The Caribbean nations of the Dominican Republic (132nd, up 40), the US Virgin Islands (149th, up 44), the Bahamas (152nd, up 45) and Aruba (168th, up 32) have all made an impression on the ranking after making a successful start to their qualifying campaigns for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

With Colombia now 35th and Venezuela 40th, CONMEBOL have 80 per cent of their members in the top 50, the biggest share of all the confederations. UEFA, meanwhile, remain the confederation with the most members (28) inside the top 50, while CAF have eight and the AFC and CONCACAF have three each after both losing one of their places to CONMEBOL.