Soccer

Canada drops to 81st in FIFA rankings

European champion Spain held on to the top spot in the FIFA world rankings released Wednesday by soccer's international governing body.

European champion Spain held on to the top spot in the FIFA world rankings released Wednesday by soccer's international governing body.

The news wasn't so good for Canada, which dropped two spots to No. 81.

Spain, winners over Germany in the final of the European Championship on June 29, retained the top ranking for the third consecutive month while the Germans fell one place to No. 3.

World champion Italy moved up one spot to No. 2.

The top 10 is rounded out by the Netherlands, Croatia, Brazil, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Turkey.

Eight countries, including Montserrat and Papua New Guinea, are tied for last at No. 200.

Mexico is the top team from CONCACAF, the soccer confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, at No. 24.

Canada ranks sixth among CONCACAF nations behind Mexico, the United States (No. 28), Honduras (No. 60), Costa Rica (No. 73) and Trinidad and Tobago (No. 80).

The next FIFA ranking will be published on Oct. 8.

October's rankings promise significant movement with the start of the European World Cup qualifying campaign, which kicks off on Saturday.