Big Movers of 2015
Having thrashed Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup in Canada, the USA moved back to the top of the pile followed by Brazil who had some impressive results without achieving much.
Moldova topped the group in the preliminary round of the Euro qualifiers with 2-0 and 1-0 home wins over Lithuania and Luxembourg respectively.
Iran took part in the Olympic qualifiers in Taiwan where they thumped Laos 5-1 before losing by a single to their hosts.
Georgia shocked the Faroe Islands 2-0 in the preliminary round of the Euro qualifiers in Malta on their way to winning the group.
Zimbabwe qualified for the Olympics for the first time having been given a walkover against Ivory Coast before meeting Cameroon whom they defeated 1-0 at home after losing 2-1 in their away match and progressing on the away-goals rule.
Hong Kong were knocked out of the Olympic qualifiers in Jordan after losing 1-0 to Uzbekistan and relinquishing a 2 goal lead to draw 2-2 against Palestine.
Anguilla moved down having been dormant for another year.
Luxembourg finished bottom of their Euro qualifiers group in Moldova losing 2-0 to Lithuania and 3-0 to their hosts.
Estonia had an unsuccessful year, drawing 1-1 against Lithuania in the Baltic Cup in Tallinn where they drew 1-1 with Malta in a friendly before being swept aside 3-0 by the same team two days later.
The most surprising results of the year were Cameroon's 6-0 demolition of Ecuador and Colombia's 2-0 triumph over France in World Cup matches.
The highest score of the year was Myanmar's 16-0 slaughtering of Sri Lanka in an Olympic qualifier.
There were 5 new teams in the rankings with Madagascar moving into 129th place followed by Andorra in 158th spot and Mauritius at 163rd. Mayotte and Seychelles began in 178th place.