Belgium top first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown, Portugal enter top 5

By: AP | Zurich |

Updated: September 17, 2020 6:20:34 pm

Portugal rose two spots within the FIFA rankings. (Reuters Photo)

The first FIFA males’s world rankings for 5 months have been nonetheless led by Belgium on Thursday after the shutdown of European groups in the course of the coronavirus pandemic led to September.

Belgium lead an unchanged top 4 nations from 2018 World Cup winner France, Brazil — which has but to play in 2020 — and England.

Portugal, the reigning European and UEFA Nations League champion, rose two locations to No. 5.

India fell one spot within the rankings to be ranked 109. They are the nineteenth positioned aspect in Asia.

Rankings after the November worldwide break will determine seedings when FIFA attracts the European qualifying teams for the 2022 World Cup in early December.

The 10 highest-ranked European groups might be top-seeded in teams the place solely the winner will advance on to the finals match in Qatar. Three extra groups will qualify via playoffs scheduled in March 2022.

Currently, Germany are the ninth-best European ranked No. 14, and No. 15 Switzerland would take the final top-seeded place within the draw. Denmark are subsequent at No. 16.

Senegal are the top-ranked African nation at No. 20, and No. 28 Japan lead Asian confederation groups.

World Cup host Qatar are ranked No. 55.

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