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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Canada men’s soccer team has risen to 40th in the FIFA rankings

Canada men's soccer team

Key Takeaways:

  • Herdman’s Canadians move up to No. 72 thanks to a 13-2-4 record.
  • The top three remained unchanged, with Belgium leading Brazil and France by a much smaller margin.

In December 1996, the Canadian men also achieved No. 40. FIFA revamped its rating system in 2018, after starting the rankings in 1992. Excited by the victories over Mexico and Costa Rica, Canada has risen eight places to 40th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, matching its highest ranking ever.

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Canada started the year at No. 72 but continued to rise in 2021 due to a 13-2-4 record that led John Hurdman’s team to the final round of ongoing World Cup qualifying at CONCACAF, covering North and Central America the Caribbean. At the Gold Cup, Canada has only losses to the United States and Mexico. This season, the Canadians have outscored their opposition 55-11.

In the region, Canada is ranked 3rd.

When Herdman carried over as coach in January 2018, Canada was ranked 94th, sandwiched between Gabon and the Faroe Islands.

In the FIFA rankings, the Canadian men were rated 10th among CONCACAF countries, ahead of Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Haiti, Honduras, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago. However, following World Cup qualifying losses to the United States and Canada earlier this month, Mexico fell five places to No. 14. At the same time, the US rose one spot to No. 12 to take over the top spot in CONCACAF.

England and Argentina both went up one spot to No. 4 and 5, while Italy fell to No. 6. Spain and Portugal remained at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively  Denmark and the Netherlands, finished the top 10, with both moving up one place at the expense of Mexico.

Source: CBC News

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