December 16, 2009
U.S. remains No. 14 in FIFA rankings
The United States remained in 14th place in the final FIFA rankings of the year, which were released Wednesday.
The Americans accrued 980 points, behind Greece (1,016) and ahead of Chile (935).
Spain, which was eliminated by the U.S. in the FIFA Confederations Cup semifinals in South Africa in June, took the top spot with 1,627 points, followed by Brazil (1,568), Netherlands (1,288), Italy (1,209) and Portugal (1,176).
As it turned out, the top 10 teams did not move in the rankings. Germany (1,173) took sixth place, followed by France (1,117), Argentina (1,1085), England (1,085) and Croatia (1,042).
England and the U.S. will compete in Group C in the World Cup, meeting in Rustenburg, South Africa June 12. Their Group C opponents, moved up in the rankings. Algeria climbed to the 26th spot, up 38 places, while Slovenia jumped 26th spots to 31st place.
For the entire rankings, go to www.FIFA.com.