The United States men’s national team dropped 7 spots to 34th in the world in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on July 9th. The news may catch some fans of the Stars and Stripes off guard after Jurgen Klinsmann’s side defeated former #1 Germany and #6 the Netherlands in Europe last month but is not much of a surprise due to the way the FIFA algorithm calculates the rankings.
The U.S., and other CONCACAF teams, usually have a dip in rankings this time of year regardless of results as their spring schedule primarily includes friendlies unlike other regions like Europe which are playing competitive matches while qualifying for next year’s Euro. The drop was also due to the fact that past results including the 2014 World Cup carry less weight.
The U.S. actually fared better than other CONCACAF teams with Mexico dropping 17 places to 40th and Costa Rica dipping 27 spots to 41st.
Argentina may have come up short in the 2015 Copa America but La Albiceleste are back on top of FIFA’s world. The leapfrogged Germany into the #1 place in these rankings. The Netherlands moved up a spot to #5 while Brazil dropped to 6th.
Spain and France, both regulars in the Top 10, along with Uruguay all dropped out of the Top 10 while Romania, England, and Wales took their places.
Other big movers saw Belize up 37 places and the Central African Republic drop 29 places. Anguilla still props up the table rounding out the world teams at #209.