The award was given to Canada as the country with the highest ranking increase when the FIFA rankings were announced on February 10, 2022.
If calculated from October 2014 to February 2022, Canada has increased by 89 levels. From December 2020 until the last announcement on February 10, Canada jumped 39 places, from 72nd to 33rd.
This is the highest FIFA rating in Canadian football history. Previously, Canada’s highest ranking was 40th in 1996.
This is a new FIFA record since the ranking system was introduced in 1993. The previous record was set by the Jamaican national team in 2015 by jumping 21 levels from 76th to 55th.
When FIFA 10 was released last February, The Gambia also jumped 25 levels (to rank 125 out of 150) after their first appearance at the 2022 Africa Cup, successfully reaching the quarter-finals.
Indonesia were also able to move up 10 levels in October 2021 (175 to 165) after successfully beating Taiwan (2-1, 3-0) in the 2023 Asian Cup qualifying play-off.
“Building a quality national team requires a process. Even a process that is never finished or an endless process. It is not a one-time job,” PSSI wrote on the official website.
“It takes hard work, patience and sacrifice. It can go up and down like Canada or other countries. But optimism, drive and a fighting spirit can ultimately bring shine to the Garuda national team.”
Currently, the Indonesian national team under the leadership of Shin Tae Yong is preparing to face the FIFA Matchday, from March 21 to 30, 2022.
This test match will also be used as a series of preparations for the SEA-Games in Hanoi on May 12 and 23. Also qualifier for Asian Cup 2023 June 8-14.
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