Brazil has surged to ninth in the FIFA rankings after winning the Confederations Cup. The United States has climbed six places to No. 22
Brazil, the five-time World Cup soccer winner and 2014 host, had fallen to all-time low of 22nd. Then came a five-match victory streak resulting in the title of the warmup tournament.
World and European champion Spain is No. 1 despite losing Sunday’s final. Italy, third at the Confederations Cup, climbs to No. 6.
The U.S. had a perfect record of four wins in June, including a 4-3 exhibition victory against No. 2 Germany.