Australia have dropped to 50th in the FIFA world rankings because of mixed results in World Cup qualifying
Their upcoming playoff opponents Syria have surged to a record 75th after unexpectedly finishing third in their qualifying group.
Iran remain the top-ranked Asian side at 25th, while Japan have risen four places to 40th.
The other two Asian sides to earn automatic World Cup qualification - Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia - are 51st and 53rd respectively.
The biggest climbers were Cape Verde Islands, who jumped 47 places to 67th following shock back-to-back wins over South Africa.
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