Switzerland and Portugal were the notable movers in the February edition of the FIFA World Ranking, though the top three remained the same.
Spain, Germany and Argentina continue to make up the top three, but Portugal rose one place to fourth, swapping positions with Colombia, while Switzerland ascended two spots up to sixth place.
Switzerland’s rise shunted Uruguay down into seventh and Italy to eight, while Brazil climbed above Netherlands into ninth place.
Elsewhere, there was some big movement among the African Nations, as the 2010 African Nations Cup is no longer part of the four-year cycle of matches that the FIFA World Ranking considers.
That meant major falls for 2010 winners Egypt, who dropped seven places to 39th and beaten finalists Ghana, who dropped 13 places to 37th. In contrast, Cape Verde Islands rose to become the third-best team in Africa, rising eight places to their highest ever ranking spot of 27th.
Ivory Coast remain Africa’s highest-ranked team, despite dropping six places to 23rd, while USA lead the way in CONCACAF, climbing up to 13th place.
Iran dropped four places to 38th but remain Asia’s top dogs and 89th-placed New Zealand are the OFC’s No. 1 team again.
The next FIFA World Ranking will be released on March 13.