July 07, 2004

FIFA ranks USA at #7: This is the highest the USA has ever been ranked by FIFA. Still at #15 in the Elo Ratings, though.

posted by rabi to soccer at 04:59 PM - 10 comments

I've never understood these rankings - Spain are 3rd?

posted by dng at 05:37 PM on July 07, 2004

FIFA Ranking Procedure

posted by Stan Fields at 05:53 PM on July 07, 2004

Given that a bunch of our younger players are really coming on, I think we have a reasonable chance to go at least one round further in Germany than we did two years ago. W00t for USA!

posted by billsaysthis at 05:57 PM on July 07, 2004

Wow. Just found out a guy in my high school graduation class is in the player pool for USA though he hasn't actually been in the lineup.

posted by jmd82 at 09:10 PM on July 07, 2004

those ELO ratings answered a question I had. Does Vatican City have a football team? Apparently the do. They've played one match in the last couple of years, a scoreless draw with Monaco. No indication on whether or not PJPII was the keeper.

posted by gspm at 01:23 AM on July 08, 2004

The Vatican City only allows players up to the rank of bishop to play. If they let any higher ups play, the team would have to commit the cardinals in.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:55 AM on July 08, 2004

So, the European Champions are ranked behind: France Spain Czech Republic Holland England Italy Turkey Portugal Germany Great system they have there.

posted by Fat Buddha at 03:18 AM on July 08, 2004

Buddha, you don't really think that Greece will do anything similar to what they just did in any of the upcoming tournaments do you? The rankings in that respect are just fine... Greece came...they saw, they won...and we will never hear from them again.

posted by StarFucker at 11:21 AM on July 08, 2004

Pessimist. If they win more tournaments, they'll continue to move up. (cf. Sharapova, Maria, who is also not currently ranked #1 in the world.)

posted by chicobangs at 11:39 AM on July 08, 2004

USA at #7? Mexico at #6? Excuse me while I split my sides.. Seriously, the FIFA rankings have been known to be seriously deficient for a long time. USA is still a top 20 country, but is some way off breaking into the top 10.

posted by salmacis at 06:47 AM on July 11, 2004

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