ZURICH: It has been a busy few weeks for the world of football. With UEFA EURO 2020, the 2020 Copa America, the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and continental tournaments, as well as friendly matches all on the slate, no fewer than 348 international encounters have taken place since the last edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Ranking was released.

Consequently, there has been a considerable amount of movement in the standings, although Belgium managed to retain their top spot despite being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the European Championship. Their last-eight opponents and eventual winners of the tournament, Italy, (5, +2), moved up into the Top 5, just behind EURO runners-up England (4, no change). Just above that pair, Brazil (2, +1) and France (3, -1) swapped places.

Argentina (6, +2) reaped the benefits of a triumphant Copa America campaign, while the two Gold Cup finalists broke into the Top 10. Victorious in that tournament and winners of the CONCACAF Nations League as well, United States (10, +10) climbed no fewer than ten places, eight more than Mexico (9, +2), who, despite losing in the final of both competitions, now sit one spot above their continental rivals.

In addition, it is worth noting the impressive progress made by Gold Cup invitees Qatar (42, +16), who reached the semi-finals in the USA, thereby recording the largest climb of the month and equalling their highest-ever position in the Ranking, which dated back to the first edition in 1993.

A handful of other teams that did not take part in regional tournaments, such as Sierra Leone (106, +8), Eswatini (146, +8), Puerto Rico (171, +7), and Mongolia (185, +7), still managed to gain ground courtesy of positive friendly results.

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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Ranking will be published on 16 September 2021.

Leader    Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10    Mexico (9, plus 2) USA (10, plus 10)
Moves out of top 10    Denmark (11, minus 1) Uruguay (13, minus 4)
Matches played in total    348
Most matches played    Mexico (12 matches)
Biggest move by points    Italy (plus 102.61 points)
Biggest move by ranks    Qatar (plus 16 ranks)
Biggest drop by points    Grenada (minus 43.54 points)
Biggest drop by ranks    Thailand (minus 14 ranks)
Newly ranked teams    none
Teams that are no longer ranked    none
Inactive teams, not ranked    Cook Islands