The World Soccer governing body FIFA has released its ranking for September
Following their 1-0 triumph over Ecuador and a 3-0 away success against Bolivia in their opening CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2026™️ qualifiers, Argentina (1st) tightened their grip at the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Second place France lost some ground on the Albiceleste after suffering a 2-1 friendly defeat at the hands of Germany.
Meanwhile, Brazil (3rd), England (4th), and Belgium (5th) retain their places in the top five which remain unchanged from the July 2023 edition of the global ranking. The leading pack are followed by Croatia (6th), the Netherlands (7th), and Portugal (8th), who are the only team amongst the top ten to climb a position. Italy (9th) slipped down a spot after having been held to a 1-1 draw away to North Macedonia in the sides’ UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier. The top-ten line-up is completed by Spain.
On the African continent, Morroco remains the best-ranked African nation while the Super Eagles drop one spot in the latest ranking.
The latest drop in ranking for Nigeria comes after they humiliated Sao Tome and Principe 6-0 in their last Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations champions were previously ranked 39th globally but now dropped.
The three-time African champion is now behind the Atlas Lions of Morocco, the Teranga Lions of Senegal, and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.
Leader Argentina (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 None
Moves out of top 10 None
Matches played in total 159
Most matches played Madagascar (4 matches)
Biggest move by points Albania (up 20.08 points)
Biggest move by places Aruba, Guinea-Bissau (up 6 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Northern Ireland (down 27.97 points)
Biggest drop by places Northern Ireland (down 10 ranks)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None
Inactive teams that are no longer ranked American Samoa, Eritrea, Samoa, Tonga