Canada ranked third in CONCACAF

Canada’s men’s national team is now the third-ranked country in the CONCACAF region. Canada and Costa Rica switched positions in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings which were released today. The rankings look back at each country’s record from the past four years.



Mexico and the United States are still ranked one-two amongst all CONCACAF countries in the world. They both rank amongst the top-20 nations.


Canada’s men’s national team is now the third-ranked country in the CONCACAF region. Canada and Costa Rica switched positions in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings which were released today. The rankings look back at each country’s record from the past four years.



Mexico and the United States are still ranked one-two amongst all CONCACAF countries in the world. They both rank amongst the top-20 nations.



Both Canada and Costa Rica lost points and places in the rankings from August to September. Canada dropped one place to 54th overall while Costa Rica dropped four places to 56th overall. Both countries played to a 1:1 draw one week ago in an international friendly at BMO Field in Toronto.



On the road to the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010, only the top-three CONCACAF countries (per qualifications, not rankings) will automatically win a place in the world’s biggest football event. The fourth-place team, meanwhile, goes into a playoff with a CONMEBOL team for another place at South Africa 2010.



CONCACAF countries

1 (13) Mexico 1026

2 (18) United States 897

3 (54) Canada 547

4 (56) Costa Rica 534

5 (59) Honduras 516

6 (64) Trinidad & Tobago 477

7 (66) Panama 470

8 (71) Cuba 442

9 (83) Haiti 407

10 (88) Guatemala 387

Guidelines for the Return to Soccer

Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.