Canada continues its climb up the world soccer ladder, moving eight places to No. 51 in the latest FIFA rankings.
It’s the highest position for the Canadian men since October, 2009, when they were 53rd. The country’s best ranking was No. 40 in December, 1996.
Canada sits fourth in CONCACAF, behind Mexico (No. 9, unchanged), the United States (No. 13, down four positions) and Costa Rica (No. 44, unchanged). The Canadians moved past Jamaica in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, with the Reggae Boyz falling nine places to No. 59.
John Herdman’s team started the year in 72nd place and has risen 19 positions over the past two updates.
Canada visits Mexico and Jamaica before playing host to Panama (No. 68, up six) when World Cup qualifying resumes next month.
Belgium remains atop the rankings with Brazil at No. 2.
England moved up one spot to No. 3 at the expense of France. Italy (No. 5) and Argentina (No. 6) are unchanged, with Portugal leapfrogging Spain to take over No. 7. Mexico and Denmark complete the top 10.
France paid for a mixed month in World Cup qualifying (a win and two draws), allowing England (two wins and a draw) to crack the top three for the first time in nine years.
Libya was the biggest mover in the new rankings, vaulting 12 places to No. 110. Canada was the next biggest climber.
The Canadian men went 1-0-2 in World Cup qualifying, tying the U.S. and Honduras (No. 63, unchanged) and blanking El Salvador (No. 65, down one), since the previous FIFA rankings were released Aug. 12
Canada has gone 8-2-2 since the May 27 rankings, losing only to the U.S. and Mexico at the Gold Cup.
In February, 2002, Canada jumped 19 places to No. 73 in the rankings, courtesy of a third-place finish at the Gold Cup. At the time, it marked Canada’s quickest climb up the world soccer ladder since winning the 2000 Gold Cup, when it rose 24 spots to 61st over all.
In June, 2007, Canada climbed 38 places from No. 94 to No. 56 as it progressed to the Gold Cup semi-finals. It reached No. 52 the following month.
Canada’s lowest-ever ranking was 122nd, a depth plumbed in both August and October, 2014.
The Canadian women, gold medalists at the recent Tokyo Olympics, are currently ranked sixth by FIFA.