U.S. continues freefall in FIFA soccer rankings, to No. 31

U.S. continues freefall in FIFA soccer rankings, to No. 31
Mix Diskerud (10) of the United States tumbles while fighting for the ball with Chile's Roberto Gutierrez during a friendly soccer match in Rancagua on Jan. 28. (Luis Hidalgo / Associated Press)

The U.S. fell four more places in FIFA's February world rankings, dropping to No. 31 overall, the team's lowest spot in the monthly soccer ratings in nearly two years.

The Americans ranked 13th in the world entering last summer’s World Cup. But after winning their first game in the tournament, they have won just twice in 10 games since.

There were no changes among the top seven teams with World Cup champion Germany again No. 1 followed by Argentina, the team it beat in the final in Brazil.

Costa Rica was the biggest mover among the new top 15, jumping three places to No. 13 overall. That left the Ticos as the only CONCACAF team in the top 20 after Mexico fell one spot to No. 21 overall.


Ivory Coast, which beat Ghana on penalty kicks in last weekend's African Cup of Nations, climbed eight spots to No. 20 while Ghana made the biggest move in the top 45, going from No. 37 in January to No. 25 now.

The FIFA top 25

  1. Germany
  2. Argentina
  3. Colombia
  4. Belgium
  5. The Netherlands
  6. Brazil
  7. Portugal
  8. France
  9. Uruguay
  10. Spain
  11. Switzerland
  12. Italy
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Chile
  15. England
  16. Romania
  17. Czech Republic
  18. Algeria
  19. Croatia
  20. Ivory Coast
  21. Mexico
  22. Slovakia
  23. Austria
  24. Greece
  25. Ghana