Sep 5, 2013; San Jose, COSTA RICA; General view of Nike soccer balls at United States training session at Estadio Nacional in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

FIFA World Rankings: September 2013


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.

From FIFA.com:

Rnk Team Pts +/- Pos
1  Spain 1514 0 Equal
2  Argentina 1263 2 Up
3  Germany 1261 -1 Down
4  Italy 1199 2 Up
5  Colombia 1180 -2 Down
6  Belgium 1159 4 Up
7  Uruguay 1126 5 Up
8  Brazil 1067 1 Up
9  Netherlands 1058 -4 Down
10  Croatia 1051 -2 Down
11  Portugal 1029 -4 Down
12  Greece 1016 -1 Down
13  USA 996 6 Up
14  Switzerland 992 1 Up
15  Russia 968 1 Up
16  Chile 967 5 Up
17  England 947 -3 Down
18  Bosnia-Herzegovina 934 -5 Down
19  Côte d’Ivoire 902 -1 Down
20  Ecuador 851 -3 Down
21  Mexico 837 -1 Down
22  Sweden 836 8 Up
23  Denmark 825 4 Up
24  Ghana 815 0 Equal
25  France 812 -2 Down
26  Ukraine 799 2 Up
27  Montenegro 766 1 Up
28  Algeria 762 6 Up
29  Slovenia 754 16 Up
30  Hungary 744 1 Up

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