ZURICH: The year will end as it started for the top teams in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women‘s World Ranking.
The United States (first) will see out 2020 at the top of the global standings with their highest points total for over six years (June 2014). Immediately below the world champions are Germany (2nd), over whom the Stars and Stripes have increased their lead, and France (3rd).
Following their draw with Austria (20th) in UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifying, Les Bleues came close to surrendering third place to the Netherlands (4th). However, the Oranjeleeuwinnen were unable to profit from that slip-up after going down to USA in a friendly. The Dutch remain in fourth place nevertheless, with Sweden (5th) completing the Top 5.
The main movement happened lower down the Ranking. The most significant point-increase (+37) came from Malta, who ascended 16 places thanks in particular to away wins in Georgia (114th) and Israel (68th). The Maltese end 2020 in 85th place, a ranking they have not attained for three years.
In addition, seven teams will finish 2020 in their highest ever position: Slovenia (48th), Northern Ireland (49th), Fiji (64th), the Philippines (65th), Cuba (81st), Gambia (104th) and Comoros (139th).
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 26 March 2021.
Leader USA (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 Japan
Moves out of top 10 Korea DPR
Matches played in total 111
Most matches played France, Russia (6 matches each)
Biggest move by points Malta (plus 37 points)
Biggest move by ranks Malta, Kosovo (plus 16 rank each)
Biggest drop by points Scotland (minus 42 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Belarus (minus 3 ranks)
Newly ranked teams Ecuador
Teams that are no longer ranked 18 teams