Socceroos up one spot in FIFA rankings


The first FIFA men's world rankings for five months have been released with the Socceroos one place higher at number 41.

Australia have not played a game since their World Cup qualifying win in Jordan last November, while the Asian Football Confederation has postponed all further qualification games until 2021.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold is hopeful of scheduling a training camp and friendlies in Europe during the international windows in October and November.

The rankings were still led by Belgium after the shutdown of European teams during the coronavirus pandemic ended in September.

The Belgians lead an unchanged top four nations from 2018 World Cup winner France, Brazil - who have yet to play in 2020 - and England.

Portugal, the reigning European and UEFA Nations League champions, rose two places to No.5.

Rankings after the November international break will decide seedings when FIFA draw the European qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup in early December.

The 10 highest-ranked European teams will be top-seeded in groups where only the winner will advance directly to the finals tournament in Qatar.

Three more teams will qualify through playoffs scheduled in March 2022.

Germany are the ninth-best Europeans ranked No.14, and No.15 Switzerland would take the last top-seeded place in the draw.

Senegal are the top-ranked African nation at No.20 while No.28 Japan lead Asian confederation teams.

World Cup hosts Qatar are ranked No.55.

Source AAP