ZURICH: Only 58 international fixtures were still played this past month in the men‘s game, mostly in Africa and Asia.

As a result, changes in the August edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking are few and far between. However, two countries – Mauritania (107th, plus 3) and Botswana (146th, plus 3) – have been posting good results, as reflected by a climb of three places each in the standings. That progress makes them jointly the two most-improved sides in terms of places.

In the Top 50, almost nothing has changed from the previous edition: Brazil (1st, – ), Belgium (2nd, – ) and Argentina (3rd, – ) still occupy the podium places, while their immediate pursuers remain in the same order they were in June. Only IR Iran (22nd, plus 1) and FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar (48th, plus 1) move up one place apiece.

Outside the Top 100, in addition to the aforementioned African duo, Mozambique (116th, plus 2) and Angola (120th, plus 2) also made up ground among CAF sides, as did Bermuda (168th, plus 2) in Concacaf. With a raft of international games to come, in September in particular, we can expect a lot more movement in the next edition.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 6 October 2022.

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Leader Brazil (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 None
Moves out of top 10 None
Matches played in total 58
Most matches played Botswana (8 matches)
Biggest move by points Botswana (plus 9.85 points)
Biggest move by places Botswana and Mauritania (plus 3 places)
Biggest drop by points Senegal (minus 8.86 points)
Biggest drop by places Somalia (minus 4 places)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None
Inactive teams that are no longer ranked None