Today FIFA released the new World Rankings for September 2013. It follows a weekend of friendlies and World Cup qualifying games. There was a lot of movement following the weekend.
Argentina moved up to the number two spot while Germany slid. Colombia also fell while Italy moved up. Belgium, Uruguay and Brazil all moved up while the Netherlands and Coratia slid.
Uruguay jumped 5 spots and into the top 10 to land at #7, and the Netherlands slid 4 spots into 9th.
None of that was the biggest move in the top 20. That honor lies with the American men who, despite losing 3-1 in Costa Rica, moved up 6 spots from #19 to #13 following a World Cup clinching win over Mexico. That win did not factor into the rankings however.
From Pro Soccer Talk:
The rankings are based on the USMNT’s 4-3 victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the 3-1 loss at Costa Rica. They do not, however, count Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Mexico, which will be factored into October’s rankings.
Sweden also made a huge leap from 30 to #22 following the weekend.