AMMAN — Jordan went up 14 spots to 76th in the latest FIFA /Coca-Cola World Ranking issued on Thursday.
The big leap came following last week’s 2-1 win over Japan in their return leg Round 4, FIFA World Cup Group B Asian qualifier to move from fifth to second in Group B behind Japan. Australia are third, Oman fourth and Iraq fifth.
Jordan’s surprise win over Asian champions Japan prevented the visitors from becoming the first side to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
It is the Kingdom’s best FIFA Ranking since 2005. Jordan are sixth among Asian teams. Top ten Asian teams are led by Japan at 29th spot, followed by South Korea (42), Australia (46), Iran (56), Uzbekistan (66), Jordan , the UAE (89), Iraq (94), China (98) and Qatar (102).
World Cup 2014 tournament host Brazil dropped to 19th spot.
Rankings weigh results over a four-year cycle and Brazil, who fell one place, have dropped down while playing no World Cup qualifiers.
World and European champions Spain, followed by Germany and Argentina, lead an unchanged top three.
Croatia’s victories against Wales and Scotland last month lifted them five spots to 4th place, and Portugal climb two spots into 5th spot.
Colombia remained unchanged in 6th spot, followed by England and Italy, who both fell three places.
At the tail end, the Netherlands are followed by Ecuador who entered the top 10.
Jordan will play Australia on June 1 and Oman on June 18 with hopes of continuing a winning streak after the latest win kept alive chances of possibly reaching the World Cup for the first time.
So far in the qualifiers Jordan drew 1-1 with Iraq, scored a historic 2-1 win over Australia before two consecutive defeats — 2-1 to Oman and 1-0 to Iraq — complicated their chances. They lost 6-0 to Japan in the away match.
The Kingdom joined the continent’s top 10 qualifying teams in the final qualifying Round 4 for the first time since taking part in the back in 1985.
Japan now lead Group B with 13 points followed by Jordan (7), Australia (6), Oman (6) and Iraq (5). Uzbekistan lead Group A with 11 points followed by South Korea (10), Iran (7), Qatar (7) and Lebanon (4).
Jordan exited Round 1 of the West Asian Championship in late 2012, but scored a 4-0 win over Singapore in Group A 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers. They also beat Indonesia 5-0 and Belarus 1-0 in friendlies.