Ireland up to 31st in FIFA World Rankings
The latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings have been announced, with the Republic of Ireland moving up three places to 31st.
Victories over Northern Ireland, Scotland, Macedonia, and Italy have seen Ireland gain 71 ranking points to move above Ghana and Paraguay into 31st. It’s our highest position since March 2009, when we were ranked 29th in the world. We are now the 20th highest European team in the table, sandwiched between Israel and Belgium.
World Cup finalists Spain and Netherlands hold onto their top two placings, while Germany and England have moved up to third and fourth respectively. This is thanks to recent disappointing results from both Brazil and Argentina, as well as the natural exclusion of Copa America 2007 from the latest rankings. Ireland’s Euro 2012 Group B opponents Russia have moved up one place to 17th, Slovakia drop two to 28th, Armenia have lost eight places and are now 70th, while Macedonia’s disappointing form sees them in 98th. Andorra are still joint last with 0 ranking points.
Scotland’s 3-0 win over Wales at the Carling Cup saw them overtake Northern Ireland into 61st, with our neighbours filling the next spot despite picking up no ranking points last month. Wales have held on to 114th in the table. Despite Ireland’s rise in places, we will still be seeded third for the World Cup 2014 draw, which takes place next month.