June 2013: Canada slips three places in FIFA ranking

Canada MNT drops three spots after loss to Costa Rica.

Canada has slipped three places from 80th to 83rd position in the June 2013 edition of the FIFA World Ranking.

The Canadians lost their only fixture of the previous month, suffering a 1:0 defeat to Costa Rica in a Men’s International Friendly in Edmonton, AB on 30 May.

The updated ranking has Canada listed in 9th place in the CONCACAF region.

The MNT’s next scheduled action is the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The team will gather in Oxnard, CA for a 10-day training camp ahead of the tournament beginning on 26 June.

Canada will kick-off the Gold Cup on 7 July against Martinique in Pasadena, CA; will then travel to Seattle, WA for an 11 July fixture against Mexico; and will then close-out the group stage with a match against Panama in Denver, CO on 14 July.

All of Canada’s matches at the tournament will be broadcast on Sportsnet. CanadaSoccerTV will also be on-site at all venues providing additional coverage.

The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking looks at each country’s international results from the last four years. The ranking takes into account the result, the importance of the match, the strength of the opponent, the regional strength, the time period, and the number of matches per year. Matches played more than a year ago are valued 50% of matches played in the last year; matches played more than two years ago are valued at 30% while matches played more than three years ago are valued at 20%.

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