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France tops first post-World Cup FIFA Rankings, USMNT up to 22nd


The first set of post-World Cup FIFA Rankings are out and the top spot should come as no surprise.

World Cup champions France sit atop the newest list, jumping six positions from their ranking before the tournament. Their opponent in the Final, Croatia, also made a massive jump. They soared 16 spots all the way up to fourth, their highest spot since they were ranked third back in 1999.

Another big mover was Russia. The World Cup hosts went up 21 places from 70th up to 49th as they made a surprising run to the quarterfinals.

As for the U.S. Men’s National Team, they rose three spots to 22nd despite not playing in the World Cup. Their summer consisted of a trio of friendlies that saw them go 1-1-1, including a draw on the road against the eventual world champions in Lyon.

That puts the USMNT as the second best team in CONCACAF. Only Mexico in 16th ranks higher than them in the confederation. Costa Rica, who was disappointing in the World Cup over the summer, dropped nine spots down to 32nd in the world.

Panama, the other North American side at the World Cup, fell 14 spots down to 69th after going winless in the tournament.

Here is the top ten in the latest FIFA rankings:

1- France
2- Belgium
3- Brazil
4- Croatia
5- Uruguay
6- England
7- Portugal
8- Switzerland
9- Spain
10- Denmark


  1. i have a theory that fifa has an agenda to promote the usa for its own financial gain. i have observed in the past that the usa ranked as high as 4th in the world and i think we should have been about 100 or 150. since that time, the wc 2022/qatar scandal/usdoj front office raid have done nothing to lead me to believe that i might be wrong in questioning the rankings that fifa releases about its world football.

    • to clarify, i mean that i believe that fifa ranks the usa higher in the world rankings than we actually are.

    • the next wc will be in qatar in 2022, yes? it’s like one of those propaganda
      campaigns that governments will use before a military action. fifa now claims that the usa is 22 in the world. the wc 2022 draw will be in approximately march 2022 (add three months for late winter wc start date), yes? so that gives fifa about three years and seven months to move the usa up 22-8=14 more places TO BE A SEEDED TEAM.

    • if the usa is seeded in qatar in 2022, then it will have its own group. it will be grouped with three teams, NONE OF WHICH ARE IN THE TOP 8 TEAMS AT THE WC. to be placed into a group that DOES NOT HAVE a world-beater, a true top 8 team in it. this would be a group that is much easier to get out of, yes?

    • so by falsely ranking the usa higher than we really are, it has an ultimate purpose to falsely seed the usa at the next world cup, in order to give the usa a weak group and increase the odds of the usa getting to the round of 16.

    • the term “group of death” is always used with the usa’s group. the implication is that the reason that the levels of these three teams are so similar is because the usa is so much better than people think. but actually, its the opposite. the reason that the levels in the weakened group are so similar is because THE TEAMS ARE WEAK.


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