November 2012: Canada moves up on world ranking

With 526 points, Canada posts highest total in 33 months.

Canada has moved up one spot on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking published on 7 November 2012. Canada is now ranked 60th on the overall ranking after climbing from 516 to 526 points following a win and a loss in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in October. Canada is ranked seventh amongst CONCACAF nations.

The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking looks at each country’s international results from the last four years. The ranking takes into account the result, the importance of the match, the strength of the opponent, the regional strength, the time period, and the number of matches per year. Matches played more than a year ago are valued 50% of matches played in the last year; matches played more than two years ago are valued at 30% while matches played more than three years ago are valued at 20%.

This marks Canada’s highest total in FIFA ranking points (526) since February 2010 (when it was ranked with 567 points). The new November 2012 ranking includes both the win over Cuba on 12 October and the loss to Honduras on 16 October.

Mexico, USA, Panama and Jamaica remain the top-four ranked CONCACAF teams on the world ranking. Haiti, Honduras, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago round out the rest of the CONCACAF top-10. 

Also on the November 2012 ranking, Spain and Germany remain the top-two ranked nations while Argentina, Portugal and Italy round out the top-5. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 19 December 2012.

CONCACAF AS PUBLISHED ON 7 NOVEMBER 2012
14 1 Mexico 984
27 2 USA 776
46 3 Panama 609
50 4 Jamaica 586
56 5 Haiti 572
57 6 Honduras 553
60 7 Canada 526
64 8 Costa Rica 509
76 9 Guatemala 467
79 10 Trinidad and Tobago 446

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.