Croatia and Morocco, Canada’s other first-round opponents in Qatar, both move up the standings. Croatia jumped three places to No.12 while Morocco moved up a rung to No.22.
The Canadian men reached their all-time high of 33rd in February 2022, wiping out their previous record of 40th.
Canada was 94th, sandwiched between Gabon and the Faroe Islands, when John Herdman took over as coach in January 2018. At the time, Canada’s men ranked 10th among countries in the CONCACAF, watching Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, Haiti, Honduras, Curaçao and Trinidad and Tobago.
Canada’s lowest ever ranking was 122nd in August and October 2014.
A total of 53 UEFA Nations League matches and 119 friendlies have been played in the last international break before the World Cup, which begins on November 20.
The biggest drivers of the new rankings are the teams that failed to qualify for Qatar. Scotland and Azerbaijan moved up five places to 40th and 123rd respectively.
The Canadians, gold medalists at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, are currently ranked sixth by FIFA.
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This report from The Canadian Press was first published in October. 6, 2022
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press