Socceroos slump to decade low ranking

The Socceroos have dropped to their lowest ranking in almost a decade following the release of the latest FIFA rankings.

Australia fell 10 places down to 63rd in the world, below the likes of Guinea, Albania, United Arab Emirates and Burkina Faso.

The ranking is Australia’s worst since October 2004 - nine years and six months ago - prior to the Socceroos' qualification for three consecutive FIFA World Cups.

The Socceroos drew 2-2 with the Solomon Islands during the OFC Nations Cup in June 2004, while they had home defeats to Turkey and a 1-0 win over South Africa in London in that calendar year.

Australia’s slide down to number 63 comes in the wake of the 4-3 loss to Ecuador at The Den in London.

The move means the 2014 World Cup competitors are the sixth ranked nation in the Asian Football Confederation, behind Iran (42), Japan (48), Uzbekistan (55), Korea Republic (60) and UAE (61).

It also means the Socceroos are currently the lowest ranked nation due to compete at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Australia’s 2014 World Cup opponents Netherlands slipped outside the top 10 for the first time since July 2002 down to 11th.

Spain remain top of the FIFA rankings, while Chile drop one spot to 15th.