December 9, 2021

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Canada returns to the top 50

The Canadian men’s football team topped the FIFA rankings for the first time in the early 21st century.

The team, led by John Hertman, moved up three places to Thursday’s update and is now 48th. The last Maple Leaf delegates were in the top 50 football teams in the world in 1997, when they were ranked 46th out of 48. Rank 40 for men in Canadian history, 1996.

Only three CONCACAF teams are ahead of Canada in the FIFA rankings: Mexico (8th), USA (13th) and Costa Rica (45th).

During the most recent international break in early October, Canada recorded a win and two draws in its bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. With two wins and an unbeaten record of four draws, Maple Leaf members finished third with 10 points, behind the Mexicans (14 points) and the Americans (11 points).

Canada is trying to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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