Confederation tourneys bring change to FIFA rankings with Algeria gaining 26 places

July 25 – The now completed confederation championships for CAF, Concacaf and Conmebol have brought change to the FIFA men’s rankings.

Conmebol champions move above France to take second spot, Concacaf winners Mexico move up six places to 12th, while African champions Algeria are the biggest movers in the rankings, climbing 26 places to 40th.

Other movers for Conmebol were quarter-finalists Uruguay (5th, up 3), Colombia (8th, up 5), and Venezuela (26th, up 7), their best-ever ranking position. Argentina, blaming the refereeing for their early exit from the Copa America, still moved up one spot to 10th.

The Gold Cup’s breakout team Haiti moved up 18 places to 83rd, while losing finalists the USA jumped eight places to 22nd. For the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for Conmebol the FIFA rankings will assume a new importance with the top 6 ranked teams qualifying automatically for the ‘hexagonal’ which will in turn qualify the top three for Qatar, with the fourth entering the play-offs for a finals place.

In Africa, losing finalsits Senegal moved up two places to 20th while semi-finalists Nigeria moved up 12 places to 33rd.  Africa’s surprise packages of Madagascar (96th, up 12) and Benin (82nd up 6) saw rankings reward for their summer work.

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