The Vodafone Fiji Football team has moved up four places in the latest FIFA ranking released last week.
The Bula Boys are now ranked 165th position after successful outings against New Caledonia and Mauritius in the Three Nations FIFA International Friendly last month.
Fiji which was 169th on the rankings gain the points after 3-1 win against New Caledonia and 1-0 against Mauritius.
Meanwhile 150 games were played across the globe during the recent international period, it is still tight at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as the top three remain unchanged.
As a result, Belgium (1st, unchanged) still hold a slender lead – which has increased marginally to three points – over 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ winners France (2nd, unchanged). Brazil (3rd, unchanged), however, are looking over their shoulders as England (4th, up 1) have leapfrogged World Cup finalists Croatia (5th, down 1).
Uruguay (6th, up 1) are the only other climbers within the top ten, whereas a dramatic win for Germany (13th, up 3) has seen them overtake the team they defeated – the Netherlands (16th, down 2) – as well as Sweden (14th, unchanged) and Chile (15th, down 2).
Israel (84th, up 8) have enjoyed the biggest jump of all, followed closely by Guatemala (143rd, up 6) and Tanzania (131st, up 6) after the latter booked their CAF Africa Cup of Nations place.
Two other sides preparing to appear at Africa’s showpiece in June, Congo DR (46th, up 5) and Ghana (49th, up 3), are the only two sides to break into the top 50, while Kosovo (127th, plus 3) have also continued their steady climb up the ranking.
Fiji is expected to play more International Friendlies in June this year.