Socceroos ranking slide reaches historic lows
On the day FFA boss David Gallop spoke of a “golden period” for the local game, Australia’s flagship team the Socceroos continued their relentless slide down the FIFA world rankings.
The green and gold tumbled five places to 84 and are now ranked just below the likes of Uganda, Antigua and Barbuda, Estonia and Gabon.
Saudi Arabia, who the Socceroos defeated 3-2 earlier in the month, has overtaken Australia, moving up one place to 82.
Ange Postecoglou’s men have also dropped one place to 9th in Asia ahead of the Asian Cup in January,
Iran has replaced Japan as the confederation’s top team followed by Uzbekistan, Korea Republic, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Iraq moves up one place to take the final spot in the top 10.
Overall, Asia has just two teams in the world top 50 and 12 in the top 100.
Globally, Germany and Argentina have extended their lead at the top of the table, while Colombia move into third, bumping the Netherlands down one spot to fourth.
Belgium (who defeated the Socceroos 2-0 recently) remain in 5th, while Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, France and Switzerland round out the top 10.
England has moved up two places to 18th, one behind the USA.
Sixth months ago the Socceroos reached their lowest ranking in almost a decade falling 10 places to 63rd and it has been mostly downhill ever since.
Australia reached its highest position in 2009 when it peaked at 14 under Pim Verbeek, leading to talk in some quarters of the nation becoming a top 10 team.
The Socceroos average position since the creation of the FIFA world ranking system in 46.