ZURICH: With the curtains closed on the Women’s World Cup, a new FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking order has been established.
It will come as no surprise that back-to-back champions United States (first , unchanged) have strengthened their position at the very top, defeating four fellow top-six nations in the process to extend their lead to 121 points over Germany (2nd, unchanged) in what is the largest gap in the ranking’s history.
Runners-up the Netherlands (3rd, up 5) are the biggest movers within the top ten after their Cinderella run to the final in what was only their second-ever participation in the world finals. The Oranje Leeuwinnen’s ranking of third is the country’s best-ever position.
Sweden’s (6th, up 3) bronze-medal finish at France 2019 sees them make the second-highest move within the top ten and return to the top six for the first time in over two years.
Early exits for Canada (7th, down 2) and Australia (8th, down 2) and a fourth-place finish for England (5th, down 2) mean they all make marginal drops.
Further down the table, the Philippines (67th, up 7) and India (57th, up 6) are the biggest climbers thanks to their positive performances in qualifying matches for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020.
In Africa, Gabon (124th) have returned to the ranking for the first time since August 2016 after their impressive away win over Congo in the 2020 Olympics qualifiers.
The ranking itself has reached a new milestone with the number of teams increasing from 155 to 158, with no teams needing to be removed due to prolonged inactivity, which is an all-time record.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 27 September 2019.
Leader USA (unchanged)
Moves into top ten Korea DPR (9th, up 2)
Moves out of top ten Japan (11th, down 4)
Matches played in total 171
Most matches played USA (12)
Biggest move by points USA (up 79)
Biggest move by ranks Philippines (67th, up 7)
Biggest drop by points Korea Republic (down 78)
Biggest drop by ranks Namibia (138th, down 10)
Newly ranked teams (re-entries unless otherwise stated) Azerbaijan, Congo DR, Gabon
Teams no longer ranked due to prolonged inactivity None