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USMNT down to No. 19 in FIFA rankings


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The latest FIFA rankings are out, and the United States has dropped a spot.

The Americans swapped spots with France to move from 18th to 19th in the world. Over the last month, the United States had its scheduled friendly with Egypt cancelled, while France defeated Brazil.

Mexico remains as CONCACAF's second highest-ranked nation, maintaining its spot at No. 27. Honduras moved up a spot to 38 and Jamaica took a large step, climbing 11 places and into the top 50 at No. 48.

There was hardly any change in the top 10, as Spain, Netherlands and Germany remained the top three teams in the world, respectively. Argentina moved up to fourth and Brazil fell to fifth, followed by England, Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal and Greece.

What do you think about the rankings? Do they matter to you? Impressed with Jamaica's rise?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Agreed as to Paraguay (and FIFA ranks us ahead of them). Hard to argue that we should be ranked ahead of Slovenia, given that we failed to beat them at the WC (FIFA system doesn’t care that the ref stole the game).

    Russia and Greece? It’s a close call. We did better in the WC than both (Russia didn’t event make it), but both Russia and Greece have been solid performers in Europe over the last decade. And really, other than beating the teams we are supposed to beat, what have we done to warrant a higher ranking? Other than Spain in the confed cup and Mexico in one home game in qualification, what top shelf opponents have we actually beaten?

    You have to beat the best to be the best.

    And pounding on CONCACAF teams is, unfortunatly, not beating the best. 19 in the world is nothing to be ashamed of, and I don’t think too far off.

  2. I’m Greek and it’s sad to say that The FIFA rankings are Ridiculously out of wack!
    Sorry countrymen, but the Greek National Team Sucks!

  3. World Cup seeding is based on the weighted results of the last two World Cups, FIFA rankings and the amount of cash stuffed into a suitcase. Hookers can help, too.

  4. My wife just bought tickets for Tampa. I will have just gotten home from 6 months in the desert, and I get to take my 11-year-old twins to their first cap! Never been so excited for a Panama match before!

  5. Well…politically they do! All CONCACAF teams can do is kick butt in a consistent way and win a couple of the biggies and then the eurosnobs led by king Blatter will have no option but to capitulate! It will happen at leat for the US and Mexico and sooner than he thinks!

  6. That’s not to bad. I dropped about $60 or $70 per ticket for my girlfriend and I at the USA vs. Chile game at the HDC and we were in Row Q (Row Z being the front row)

  7. Answered my own question. If Jamaica stays at 50 or better for April, May & June then their 24 month average ranking is 70.00 and Cummings would qualify for his England work permit. That’s a straight average ranking, not weighted toward recent months.

  8. “What do you think about the rankings? Do they matter to you?”

    Norway is ranked #11

    Haha, the answer is a resounding no.

  9. for the Semi-final double header here in Houston the price range (with fees) is as follows:

    I got the 70 range which put me in section 105 (mid mid-field), row L

  10. Well, Italy was 26th and France ranked 29th in 2010 world cup finish. Those were #1 and #2 from WC 2006.

    Things can shuffle, France was runner up in ’06 and didn’t make pot A for ’10.

    I think the reason I even think it is possible is because we play lots of games, and have to confederation tourneys (Gold Cup) in 1 cycle, plus a new WCQ format could see us play even more games, and these games are even more winnable and by a larger margin.

  11. USAFAN is the presale password.

    Just picked up my Chicago Tickets 🙂

    Im a USA fan but I have no qualms hanging with the crazy Mexico supporters. Good times!

  12. These aren’t a big deal, but how on EARTH is England still in the top 10! After their performance at the Euros in 2008 and WC who have they beaten to stay near the top?

  13. Ives – how long would Jamaica have to retain its current ranking for Omar Cummings to qualify for his EPL work permit? I they stayed 48 thru the summer would he be able to try his Aston Villa move again?

  14. I live in CA, so the tickets aren’t up yet, anybody know the general price range for these games? I’d imagine the final will be more expensive.

  15. I think FIFA will determine the seeded teams in 2014 based on the top 7 ranked countries plus Brazil (so the top 8 countries). If this is right, then the rankings are extremely important.

  16. Ranking Team Pts +/- Ranking Feb 11 +/- Pts
    201 Timor-Leste 3 0 0
    202 Andorra 0 0 -2
    202 San Marino 0 1 0
    202 Anguilla 0 1 0
    202 Montserrat 0 1 0
    202 American Samoa 0 1 0
    202 Papua New Guinea0 1 0

    I find it funny that since Andorra lost two points to get to zero, the other 5 last place teams moved up a ranking spot

  17. Can the USA can seeded for WC 2014? That is my only care for these rankings.

    If WC ’06 doesn’t hurt us too much, the ’10 finish isn’t too bad, maybe a consistent high ranking would help us get a pot A seed. Especially if we can manage to win both Gold Cups (11 & 13) and do well in Confed Cup.

    The things that hurt the ranking are the games where we Bob calls in fringe players to test and give experience. Luckily we beat SA and tied Chile.

  18. I don’t think you need a code. The presale is for internet sales through ticketmaster. But use “USAFAN” to save $5 per ticket. I already bought charlotte tix this morning at 10:00.


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