Brazil back on top while Gold Cup performers climb
Brazil have returned to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after a one-month hiatus, replacing reigning FIFA World Cup™ champions Germany (2nd, down 1), who slipped back into second spot.
Argentina remain in third but the heavyweight trio are accompanied in the top five by two sides reaching unusually heady heights. Switzerland (4th, up 1) have reached their highest position since the very first month of the World Ranking (they were third in August 1993), while Poland (5th, up 1) are at an all-time high. Neither have dropped in the standings for 11 months.
Portugal (6th, down 2) make way for the pair, while Belgium (9th, up 1) are the only other climber within the top ten.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup was responsible for some major movement further down the table, with defeated finalists Jamaica (57th, up 19) accruing the most points over the month. Meanwhile, champions USA (26th, up 9), Costa Rica (21st, up 5) and Mexico (14th, up 2) all moved up the standings.
A special mention also goes to Namibia (136th, up 20), who were the month’s biggest climbers.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 14 September 2017.
Moves into top ten
Moves out of top ten
Matches played in total
Most matches played
Jamaica (6 matches)
Biggest move by points
Jamaica (up 172 points)
Biggest move by ranks
Namibia** **(up 20 ranks)
Biggest drop by points
Curaçao (down 147 points)
Biggest drop by ranks
Cuba, Curaçao (down 18 ranks each)
Newly ranked teams
Teams that are no longer ranked
Inactive teams, not ranked