Portugal moved up one position in relation to the previous update - carried out on October 13 and in which the 23rd place also represented the best ranking ever -, surpassing New Zealand and approaching the score of Switzerland, in 21st place.

The progression of the team in the world ranking is linked to the recent performance in the European qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup.

The team led by coach Francisco Neto finished in second place in Group H, behind Germany (qualified directly for the final phase), later winning the two games of the European 'play-off', against Belgium, by 2-1, and Iceland, 4-1, after extra time.

Portugal gained seeded status in the intercontinental play-off draw, in which the last three places for the 2023 World Cup will be allocated.

The United States remains at the top of the world rankings, now seconded by Germany, which relegated Sweden to third place, in a 'top 10' without any new entries and in which Canada overtook Spain in sixth place.