Germany expected to move up to 1 and USMNT drops 2 spots in September FIFA ranking update



September’s FIFA rankings come out Thursday and with a round of World Cup qualification in the books, there is a bunch of movement in the standings. A couple wins against some top teams will vault a team over many others, while a couple losses will cause a team to drop like a rock.

While the rankings officially come out Thursday, we can tally up the point totals every team is expected to have and have a good idea who will be where before the actual list is revealed.

Due to Germany’s two wins against Czech Republic and Norway in World Cup qualification, they are expected to become the new No. 1 ranked team in the world. The previous top team, Brazil, defeated Ecuador and drew Colombia and that was enough to put Germany ahead.  Two big movers in the top five were Portugal and Belgium, who gained three and four spots respectively. The two teams who were in the top five, Poland and Switzerland (who anyone that watches soccer could say they aren’t two of the top five teams in the world) dropped to six and seven respectively.

The United States, who lost and drew this month, only dropped a couple spots to 28, and that was due to Denmark and Turkey vaulting up the standings to just pass them. Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Mexico remains at 14 while Costa Rica stays at 21.

We have the top 30 which is expected to be the order when FIFA reveals the list Thursday. After processing the point totals for the top 50, this top 30 isn’t 100% guaranteed. There is a chance where some team in 55th gains 30 or so spots and gets in the top 30, but that is unlikely to happen. So this is most likely going to be the list.

1) Germany – 1606 points, 1549 points last month, +1 positions from last month
2) Brazil – 1590 points, 1604 points last month, -1 positions from last month (Qualified)
3) Portugal – 1386 points, 1267 points last month, +3 positions from last month
4) Argentina – 1325 points, 1399 points last month, -1 positions from last month
5) Belgium – 1265 points, 1194 points last month, +4 positions from last month (Qualified)

6) Poland – 1250 points, 1319 points last month, -1 positions from last month
7) Switzerland – 1210 points, 1329 points last month, -3 positions from last month
8) France – 1208 points, 1157 points last month, +2 positions from last month
9) Chile – 1195 points, 1250 points last month, -2 positions from last month
10) Colombia – 1191 points, 1208 points last month, -2 positions from last month

11) Spain – 1184 points, 1114 points last month, +0 positions from last month
12) Peru – 1103 points, 1023 points last month, +3 positions from last month
13) Wales – 1089 points, 951 points last month, +5 positions from last month
14) Mexico – 1085 points, 1046 points last month, +0 positions from last month (Qualified)
15) England – 1056 points, 1051 points last month, -2 positions from last month

16) Uruguay – 1044 points, 995 points last month, +1 positions from last month
17) Italy – 1035 points, 1059 points last month, -5 positions from last month
18) Croatia – 977 points, 1007 points last month, -2 positions from last month
19) Slovakia – 967 points, 917 points last month, +3 position from last month
20) Northern Ireland – 945 points, 897 points last month, +3 position from last month

21) Costa Rica – 936 points, 918 points last month, +0 positions from last month
22) Iceland – 932 points, 927 points last month, -2 positions from last month
23) Sweden – 918 points, 933 points last month, -4 position from last month
24) Ukraine – 888 points, 843 points last month, +3 positions from last month
25) Iran – 865 points, 893 points last month, -1 positions from last month

26) Denmark – 848 points, 683 points last month, +20 positions from last month
27) Turkey – 842 points, 779 points last month, +6 positions from last month
28) United States – 828 points, 865 points last month, -2 positions from last month
29) Netherlands – 819 points, 734 points last month, +7 positions from last month
30) Egypt – 815 points, 866 points last month, -5 positions from last month

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