Socceroos just short of record in rankings surge

Australia have surged up the FIFA world rankings but will fall just short of their best-ever monthly move on the back of the 2015 Asian Cup triumph.

The latest FIFA rankings will be confirmed on Thursday, with the Socceroos set to move up 37 places from 100th to 63rd.

The ranking will be Australia’s best since May last year and comes on the back of the country’s first piece of major silverware.

The Socceroos’ previous best monthly move was 40 places, occurring back in June 2004 after the team won the OFC Nations Cup.

Australia will leapfrog the likes of the Republic of Ireland, Norway, Qatar, Uzbekistan and China.

Despite all that, the Socceroos won’t be the best movers of the month, with African Cup of Nations hosts Equatorial Guinea to jump 60 spots, including above Australia, to 58th.

The Socceroos had been the 10th-ranked Asian Football Confederation side heading into the Asian Cup, but now jump up to fourth in the region.

Iran will move into the top 50 and remain the leading nation from the AFC, ahead of Japan, Korea Republic and then Australia.

Qatar will be one of the worst movers of the month, set to drop 17 places down to 109th in the world.

Prior to the Asian Cup, Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou laughed off the relevance of the FIFA rankings.

Australia are next scheduled to return to action against world number one Germany in a friendly in Kaiserslautern on March 25.