The FIFA rankings have loads of critics already but at some point, we all need to find a better way to slot teams.
The United States has dropped to 32nd in the latest FIFA rankings, behind Israel, Tunisia and Ghana amongst others. The men have won just a single game since September and just two since beating the Black Stars in their World Cup opener.
The top ten only had one change. Italy slid into 10th in place of Spain.
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Australia’s Asian Cup win has the Socceroos up 37 spots to 63rd, while South Korea has moved 15 spots forward, to 54th. UAE, China and Iraq jumped a bunch as well.
That’s no surprise as competitions deemed more significant than friendlies have a bigger affect on the ranking. That’s what allows the States to tinker with its lineup without falling too far.
Israel is up six spots to 26th and Poland rose the same amount to 34th. Northern Ireland’s eight-spot jump to 43rd is the best in the Top 50.
The biggest losers? Ukraine (34) and Cameroon (49) dropped four spots, while Greece fell three spots to 27th.
Just as the States highest ever No. 4 overall ranking was inflated in 2006, the 32nd mark isn’t quite a fair representation of the club. This isn’t sour grapes from a U.S. writer; Would you favor Israel and its four-game win streak, two over Cyprus and Andorra in “meaningful competition”, over the Yanks in a neutral site match?