The latest FIFA rankings released on 24 September see Australia regain its place at the top of the Oceania hierarchy gaining six places to occupy the 62nd spot. However, they still have a way to go to get back into the top fifty and can do with more similar results to their 2-1 victory over Jamaica last month.
New Zealand fell off the pace losing seven spots to its new ranking of 70, and with it, their brief reign at the top. But a good result in their upcoming AFC-OFC Challenge Cup match against Iran in Tehran on 12 October could see them make up for lost ground.
Tahiti, Fiji and Solomon Islands each went down a slot to occupy 127, 142 and 151 respectively.
Vanuatu the only Oceania nation to make gains this month, rose one place to occupy 155 and are breathing down the necks of the Solomon Islands.
Papua New Guinea remains at seventh position in Oceania despite losing one place to occupy 179 on the latest FIFA ranking. Samoa dropped two spots and is now on 172.
Tonga, Cook Islands and American Samoa remain as they were in August on 182, 188 and 202 respectively.
In other news, Brazil remains the number one on the overall FIFA ranking with France and Spain right behind on second and third respectively. Argentina, Mexico, England, Netherlands, Turkey, Czech Republic (9=), Germany (9=) and the United States round out FIFA’s top ten.
Click on the following link on the official FIFA website for more detail on how the OFC countries performed in the latest FIFA ranking.