Thursday 21 September 2023, 08:00

Argentina widen the gap while Guinea-Bissau, Aruba and Albania make headway

  • Total of 159 international matches played in September

  • Qatar 2022™ winners Argentina make perfect start to FIFA World Cup 2026™ qualifying campaign

  • Albania, Guinea-Bissau and Aruba make significant strides

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) tighten their grip at the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Second‑place France lose 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 a top five that remains unchanged from the July 2023 edition of the global ranking. The leading pack are followed by Croatia (6th), Netherlands (7th) and Portugal (8th), who are the only team amongst the top ten to climb a position. Italy (9th) slip 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.

Men's FIFA Ranking - September 2023

There is no shortage of changes further down the standings. Indeed, of the sides ranked between tenth and 50th, no fewer than 17 have risen by a place or more. Austria (25th) and Hungary (32nd) both make waves by climbing four berths. Elsewhere, Mali (49th) and Côte d’Ivoire (50th) move up two spots apiece to reclaim their positions amongst the top 50.

After succumbing to back-to-back away defeats – 4-2 to Slovenia and 1-0 against Kazakhstan – Northern Ireland (74th, down 10) are the biggest fallers in the latest instalment of the ranking. Belarus (105th) tumble seven places to drop out of the top 100, with Trinidad and Tobago (98th, up 4), Mauritania (99th, up 2) and Kazakhstan (100th, up 4) moving in the opposite direction to claim top-100 status.

LeaderArgentina (unchanged)
Moves into top 10none
Moves out of top 10none
Matches played in total159
Most matches playedMadagascar (4 matches)
Biggest move by pointsAlbania (up 20.08 points)
Biggest move by ranksAruba, Guinea-Bissau (up 6 ranks)
Biggest drop by pointsNorthern Ireland (down 27.97 points)
Biggest drop by ranksNorthern Ireland (down 10 ranks)
Newly ranked teamsNone
Teams that are no longer rankedNone
Inactive teams, not rankedAmerican Samoa, Eritrea, Samoa, Tonga

Thanks largely to their 2-0 win over Poland, Albania (62nd, up 3) record the biggest move by points (up 20.08). As for progress in terms of places, the biggest climbers are Guinea‑Bissau (106th) and Aruba (193rd), both of whom jump up six places.

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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 26 October.