US drops in FIFA rankings, Uruguay climb

Netherlands and Germany rounded out the top three in the standings that will be used to help decide seedings in Saturday’s World Cup qualifying draw.

Brazil climbed one place to fourth despite only reaching the Copa America quarterfinals, while Copa winner Uruguay rose to fifth, its highest ranking.

Sixth-place England and No. 8 Italy both fell two places, but are assured of top seeding in their qualifying groups.

Portugal (No. 7), Croatia (No. 9), Norway (No. 12) and Greece (No. 13) completed the list of nine European countries set for top seedings.

France will be in a pool of second-seeded teams, which also includes 2018 World Cup host Russia and fast-improving Montenegro.

In the world rankings, Argentina stayed at No. 10 after it was eliminated in the quarterfinals as the Copa America host. Chile rose 16 spots to No. 11, and beaten finalist Paraguay climbed six to No. 26.

Copa America semi-finalists Peru (rising 24 places to No. 25) and Venezuela (up 29 to No. 40th) made the biggest moves in the top 100.

Mexico won the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month, but fell 11 places to No. 20 after poor Copa America results with a young team of backups. The U.S. fell despite being the Gold Cup runner-up.

Ivory Coast led the African nations at No. 14, and Asian Cup champion Japan heads its continent at No. 16.

Elsewhere, 2022 World Cup host Qatar is up four places to No. 90.

A total of 175 national teams will take part in the 2014 qualifying tournament that will be drawn Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.

FIFA rankings for July (June position in parentheses):

1. Spain (1).

2. Netherlands (2).

3. Germany (3).

4. Brazil (5).

5. Uruguay (18).

6. England (4).

7. Portugal (7).

8. Italy (6).

9. Croatia (8).

10. Argentina (10).

11. Chile (27)

12. Norway (11).

13. Greece (12).

14. Ivory Coast (14).

15. France (15).

16. Japan (13).

17. Montenegro (16).

18. Russia (17).

19. Sweden (19).

20. Mexico (9).



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