Canada’s men’s team climb to No. 40 in FIFA World Rankings

The Canadian men’s team climbed to No. 40 in the FIFA World Rankings, matching the team’s all-time high. Canada’s climb to 40 ranks the country higher than the the United States and Sweden, but…

Canada's men's team climb to No. 40 in FIFA World Rankings

The Canadian men’s team climbed to No. 40 in the FIFA World Rankings, matching the team’s all-time high. Canada’s climb to 40 ranks the country higher than the the United States and Sweden, but lower than Germany, England and Mexico.

Canada’s Men’s National Team in action at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia #BestOnESoccer #WC2018 pic.twitter.com/0qGpeqtwVs — Soccer World Cup (@WorldCupTwitter) July 14, 2018

Canada is fifth in North and Central America and the Caribbean and holds onto its top rank from August. Canada also climbed five places to 18th in the CONCACAF confederation. CONCACAF countries were strong, with Panama moving up nine places to No. 33.

The United States, ranked second in the CONCACAF region, fell two places to No. 23 in the FIFA world rankings, which were released on Thursday. The US-based North and Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region was full of new names. Other new teams and newcomers in the top-100 were Costa Rica, at No. 50, and Panama, which moved into the top-100 after defeating France 1-0 last month.

Mexico moved up to third in the CONCACAF, after its 6-1 victory over Serbia in the 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifying opener last month. Honduras moved up to No. 22, while the USMNT’s friendly next month will give coach Bruce Arena a great chance to pick his final squad for the preliminary list for the World Cup in June, which must be submitted to the FIFA office no later than 27 February.

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