With the continental finals of Africa, South America, and North, Central America and the Caribbean reaching a crescendo in the past month, the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has seen a number of significant changes. Unsurprisingly, the regional kings are some of the primary beneficiaries in the July update.
New South American champions Brazil (2nd, up 1) leapfrogged France (3rd, down 1) in second place and trail leaders Belgium by a narrow margin of 20 points. Other sides in the Copa América have improved their ranking positions substantially, namely quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5), and Venezuela (26th, up 7), who reached their best-ever ranking position after their run to the last eight. Argentina (10th, up 1), who came third, complete a quartet of South American teams in the top ten.
While the South American sides dominate the upper echelons of the ranking, there have been significant gains by sides taking part in both the Africa Cup of Nations and the Concacaf Gold Cup.
Concacaf champions Mexico (12th, up 6) and fellow finalists USA (22nd, up 8) have made big strides up the table with an honourable mention for surprise semi-finalists Haiti (83rd, up 18).
African champions Algeria (40th, up 28) are the biggest movers in the July edition by ranks and points (up 117), while fellow finalists Senegal (20th, up 2) have not made a huge leap but reached their best-ever ranking position. Semi-finalists Nigeria (33rd, up 12) are joined by surprise quarter-finalists Madagascar (96th, up 12) and Benin (82nd, up 6) in seeing their continental performances rewarded with a rise in the ranking.
Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 Colombia (8, plus 5), Argentina (10, plus 1)
Moves out of top 10 Switzerland (11, minus 2), Denmark (13, minus 3)
Matches played in total 146
Most matches played Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal (8 matches each)
Biggest move by points Algeria (plus 117 points)
Biggest move by ranks Algeria (plus 28 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Nicaragua (minus 43 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Burundi (minus 14 ranks)
Newly ranked teams none
Teams that are no longer ranked none
Inactive teams ranked none
The 10 first teams are:
1. Belgium 1746 points
2. Brazil 1726 “
3. France 1718 “
4. England 1652 “
5. Uruguay 1637
6. Portugal 1631
7. Croatia 1625
8. Colombia 1622
9. Spain 1617
10. Argentina 1610