Soccer

Canada falls to No. 103 in FIFA rankings

Canada plummeted to an all-time low, while Argentina scaled new heights Wednesday when the monthly FIFA world soccer rankings were released.

Canada plummeted to an all-time low, while Argentina scaled new heights Wednesday when the monthly FIFA world soccer rankings were released.

While the South American powerhouse displaced world champion Italy in the top spot in the rankings, Canada dropped 16 places to No. 103, sandwiched between Uganda and Malawi.

No team fell farther than Canada did this month.

The previous Canadian low was No. 101 in December 1998. Canada reached an all-time high when it climbed to No. 40 in December 1996.

It's the first time Argentina has topped the world rankings since they were introduced bysoccer's world governing body in 1993. The Argentines, ranked No. 3 last month, lead the rankings by virtue of their 1-0 win over France last month.

Argentina's rise to No. 1 dropped Italy to No. 2 and Brazil to No. 3. France, last year's World Cup runner-up, remained fourth, ahead of Germany, England and the Netherlands.

Portugal, the Czech Republic and Spain round out the top 10.

Long stay on top

Brazil enjoyed a 4½-year tenure in the No. 1 spot before being dislodged by the Italians last month.

Mexico is the top team from CONCACAF, the soccer confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Canada stands 13th among CONCACAF countries, behind such powerhouses as Mexico (No. 21) and the U.S. (30), and tiny Guyana (No. 95) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (No. 100).

Cameroon was the top African country at No. 18 and Iran was the top Asian team in 34th place.

Nine teams, including Guam, Belize and the U.S. Virgin Islands, were tied for last at No. 199.

The next FIFA rankings will be published April 18.

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