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US national team drop in latest FIFA rankings, Costa Rica, Mexico climb

Aug 14, 2014, 8:15 AM EST

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In the latest set of FIFA World rankings the U.S. national team have slipped three places down to 18th and are no longer the highest ranked team in the CONCACAF region.

That’s because World Cup surprise package Costa Rica are heading in the opposite direction, as Los Ticos have climbed one place to 15th.

To complete the CONCACAF merry-go-round, Mexico have climbed one place to 17th as all three CONCACAF sides who reached the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup are in FIFA’s top 20 in the latest batch of rankings. However the USA are now the lowest ranked of all three before their next batch of friendlies begin in September, October and November this year.

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Despite not playing any games in the last month since the World Cup ended, the U.S. have fallen due to the points system FIFA employ to calculate the rankings. World soccer’s governing body take into account the changing values of previous┬áresults in the four-year cycle of matches. Hence why CONCACAF teams have chopped and changed without playing a game.

Overall Germany remain in top spot after clinching the World Cup in Brazil this summer and after them a strong South American presence, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil are all in the top 10, means CONMEBOL has now overtaken UEFA as the highest ranked federation in world soccer. That is the first time South America has been deemed stronger than Europe since the rankings began.

Below is the full top 20 in full, as teams likes Portugal, Italy, Croatia and England all hang in there despite not making it out of their groups at the World Cup this summer.

FIFA World rankings, top 20

1. Germany
2. Argentina
3. Netherlands
4. Colombia
5. Belgium
6. Uruguay
7. Spain
7. Brazil
9. Switzerland
10. France
11. Portugal
12. Chile
13. Greece
14. Italy
15. Costa Rica
16. Croatia
17. Mexico
18. USA
19. Bosnia and Herzegovina
20. England

  1. christophershearin - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    i do not see how this is possible, considering the US showed better at the world cup, and have beaten both of these teams numerous times recently.

    Both mexico and costa rica had an easier road to the knockout stage, the US had to beat a strong ghana side, drew (beat) portugal, lost to a STRONG German side, and pushed belgium to the brink.

    Plus take into account we have beaten both of these teams numerous times over the last 4 years, it seems impossible to me, no matter how jacked the FIFA Math is

  2. keytoarson - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    FIFA rankings have always meant next to nothing to me. You don’t have to go further than how Mexico GOT into the WC in the first place to know that they should not crack top 20. And if you’re going off of “johnny come lately”, just look at the WC performance of each team. And all that @chris said.

  3. adriantx - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    People need to stop citing WCQ results (and friendlies for that matter). The only results that are meaningful for this ranking are WC results. And simply put, MEX had a better WC results wise than the USA!

    • christophershearin - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      costa rica actually had the better WC result, but they played Italy, Uruguay, Greece, and god awful England. Any one from our group would have cake walked that group as well

  4. patriotsdefense - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Who cares

  5. theinconvienenttruth - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    But Greece 13…are you kidding me

  6. talgrath - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    For those that don’t quite understand what happened, allow me to explain. Part of the way these calculations work is that the rankings have a “regional strength multiplier”; these multipliers determine how many points a team gets based when it wins or loses. Now, one of the biggest faults of the whole system is that when the regional strength multiplier is recalculated, it is done for all of a team’s past games, so given that the US played a lot of their games against European and African opposition, particularly in the run-up to the games and the only opponents they took points from were from Africa and Europe, you get the result where the US dropped to 18th.

  7. chelseaaregods - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    All of those mean absolute NOTHING! FIFA are a bunch of thieves!

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