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Switzerland jumps to seventh in FIFA men's soccer rankings

  |   Oct. 17, 2013 at 7:54 AM
NYON, Switzerland, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Switzerland jumps seven spots to No. 7 in the FIFA men's world soccer rankings, an improvement that puts the Swiss in Pot 1 for the 2014 World Cup draw.

The seven teams atop the October FIFA world rankings, along with host Brazil, are put into Pot 1 for the World Cup draw. The 2014 World Cup is to be contested June 12-July 13.

The draw to determine the eight World Cup groups is set for Dec. 6.

Switzerland won UEFA Group E World Cup qualifying, capping a 7-0-3 run through the group with a 1-0 win Tuesday over Slovenia. That helped the Swiss move from 14th to seventh in the world rankings, putting them in the prime Pot 1 for the World Cup draw.

Only No. 1-ranked Spain retained its position among the first 12 teams in the rankings. The United States is again 13th but every position between Spain and the United States has a different team than a month ago.

Germany regains the No. 2 ranking, passing third-ranked Argentina while Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay, all up one place, come in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

After Switzerland comes the Netherlands, which was ninth a month, ago, and Italy, which was fourth but falls into a tie with the Netherlands for eighth. England, bolting from 17th, takes over the No. 10 place.

World Cup host Brazil falls three places to 11th and Chile is up four to 12th.

Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and Brazil have locked in places for inclusion in Pot 1 of the draw. Uruguay must win an international play-in with No. 70 Jordan to end up in Pot 1. If Jordan wins, the Netherlands takes the final Pot 1 position.

The FIFA world rankings are determined by points awarded from match results in a three-year period, with more recent games given greater weight. Teams get additional points for playing relatively strong opponents. The next ranking update is scheduled for Nov. 28.

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