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Canada continues FIFA ranking slide...

from Canadian Press:

Despite not playing the last two months, Canada tumbled four places to No. 91 in the world soccer rankings released Wednesday.

It's Canada's lowest rating since January 2002, when the Canadian men were 92nd. And it marked the 16th month in a row the Canadian rating has remained the same or got worse.

It's hardly a distinguished soccer neighbourhood. Canada is sandwiched between Guinea and Syria, tied at No. 89, and Macedonia and Cyprus, both at No. 92. The Canadian men last played Jan. 18 when they defeated Barbados 1-0 in an away friendly.

Canada's highest ranking since FIFA started its calculations in 1993 was No. 40 in December 1996.

To rub salt in the wound, Haiti moved up eight places to overtake Canada, leaving Frank Yallop's side ranked 10th in CONCACAF. Haiti stands at No. 86.

Wales, Canada's next opponent in Wrexham on May 30, is ranked 65th.

FIFA, soccer's world governing body, uses a complex mathematical formula to set the monthly rankings. Despite the complicated calculations, however, it seems inexplicable that an inactive Canada dropped further than any of the other 34 rated CONCACAF countries.

Belize, Canada's first opponent in 2006 World Cup qualifying, fell one place to No. 178.

Should Canada dispatch Belize in June, it will move to a likely semifinal group with No. 18 Costa Rica, No. 50 Honduras and No. 81 Guatemala. The top two advance to the final round of qualifying in the region.
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