Socceroos rise to highest FIFA ranking in more than a decade

The Socceroos have climbed to their highest men’s FIFA ranking in over a decade.

Graham Arnold’s Australia rose two places into 25th position following wins over Bangladesh and Palestine in 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifying in November.

It is the Socceroos’ best position since they also ranked 25th in September 2012.

Australia have experienced an incredible 12-month period, dating back to last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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After their memorable run to the World Cup last 16, the Socceroos have played five nations ranked 10 or higher in that period – Australia’s highest number of games against top-10 opposition since men’s rankings began in 1992.

The Socceroos faced France, eventual champions Argentina at the World Cup and in a friendly in June, before going head-to-head with England at Wembley.

They also met Ecuador in a pair of friendlies Down Under, and CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico in the United States.

Arnold and the Socceroos are gearing up for January’s AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.