Following back-to-back defeats to North Macedonia and Italy in the first two matches from Group C of the European Qualifiers, Malta lost five places in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and is now ranked 172nd.
Therefore, Malta is now 52nd in Europe. Moldova lies just ahead of Malta (171) and lying behind Malta are Liechtenstein (199), Gibraltar (201) and San Marino (211).
Malta will be back in action in June, facing Luxembourg in a friendly match on June 9, hosting England on June 16 at Ta’ Qali and then facing Ukraine away from home on June 19 at a venue yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, six years after last topping the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, Argentina (1st, plus 1) are once again at the summit of world football. Recent friendly wins against Panama (2-0) and Curaçao (7-0) helped the world champions dethrone Brazil (3rd, minus 2), who paid a high price for defeat in their friendly against Morocco (2-1).
Not only did A Seleçao surrender top spot, but they also saw France (2nd, plus 1) move ahead of them. Les Bleus’ ascent to second is down to back-to-back wins in UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying against the Netherlands (4-0) and Republic of Ireland (1-0).
Outside the leading trio, there were no other movers among the Top 10. Belgium (4th, -) remain just outside the podium places, closely followed by England (5th, -). In fact, the swapping of places by Senegal (18th, plus 1) and Denmark (19th, minus 1) were the only other notable changes in the Top 20.
Further down the Ranking, however, there has been no shortage of movement, with the strides made by Serbia (25th, plus 4), Algeria (34th, plus 6), Egypt (35th, plus 4), and Scotland (36th , plus 6) among the most significant. No less impressive is the progress of Romania (46th, plus 6) and Canada (47th, plus 6), who move into the Top 50 at the expense of Mali (53rd, minus 8) and Saudi Arabia (54th, minus 5).