New Low: Socceroos drop out of top 100

As expected the Socceroos have tumbled out of the top 100 in the FIFA world rankings following the 2-1 loss to Japan last week.

The Australians continue to plumb new depths eclipsing October’s record low of 94 by sliding after another eight places to 102.

Prior to that the nation’s lowest ranking was 92 in 2000.

Ange Postecoglou’s men have now dropped 23 places since August and sit just three spots above Faroe Islands which was the biggest mover, up 82 spots following a shock win over Greece (25th, down 7) in the EURO 2016 qualifiers.

Despite the plunge, the Socceroos have moved back into Asia’s top 10, up from 11th and behind Japan - which leapfrogs Iran at the confederation’s summit - Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman, Qatar and China.

Iraq was the biggest loser slipping to 104th (down 23) in the world rankings and falling to 11th in Asia.

The Socceroos face Korea Republic (69th), Kuwait (123th) and Oman (96th) in the group stage of the Asian Cup in January.

The AFC continues to lose touch with the top 50 ranked countries with Japan the highest at 53.

 Elsewhere there was little movement in the global top 10.

World Cup champions Germany remain the highest ranked national team ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands and Brazil.

Portugal jumped two spots to share joint seventh with France ahead of Spain and Uruguay, which dropped two places to 10th.

Italy (11th) and Switzerland  (12th) continue to sit just outside the top nations while England continues its climb towards the apex moving up seven places to 13th.

Romania jumped six spots to claim 15th.

Which is still one place lower than Australia reached in 2009 when it peaked at 14 under Pim Verbeek.