ZURICH: The vast gap at the top of the previous FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking has been trimmed.
A widest-ever chasm of 124.20 points had separates the top two in June but the Olympic Games tournament has amended all of that.
However the United States, despite losing the gold medal, still occupy top spot.
Unlike the men’s ranking the Olympic tournament features in the ranking because it is contested by senior national teams (with the exception of Great Britain).
Moving into second place behind the Stars and Stripes, just 21.53 points adrift, are Sweden (2, +3), the side who took silver at Tokyo 2020 and beat USA 3-0 in their opening group match. Never have the Scandinavians climbed so high in the Ranking.
Buoyed by their Olympic gold, Canada (6, +2) are now sixth, while Germany (3, -1) have dropped a place to third and France
(5, -2) two places to fifth. Netherlands (4) are non-movers at fourth.
Korea DPR (9, +2) are back in the top ten, and Spain (10, +2) climb into it for the first time ever. Both sides have profited from falls for Japan (13, -3), who won just one match – against Chile (37) – at Tokyo 2020, and Australia (11, -2), whose quarter-final defeat of Great Britain was not taken into account when calculating the points.
Elsewhere, Zambia (94, +10) shot back into the top 100 and into their highest ever position thanks to their 4-4 draw against China PR (17, -2) in the group phase at Tokyo 2020, a result achieved despite nearly 90 Ranking places separating the two sides before the game.
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The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 10 December 2021.
Leader USA (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 Korea DPR (9, +2), Spain (10, +2)
Moves out of top 10 Australia (11, -2), Japan (13, -3)
Matches played in total 31
Most matches played USA (8)
Biggest move by points Sweden (+78.20)
Biggest move by ranks Zambia (+10)
Biggest drop by points USA (-87.04)
Biggest drop by ranks Japan (-3)
Newly ranked teams Turks and Caicos Islands (167)
Teams that are no longer ranked None