It is mainly European teams that have caused a stir in the top ten of the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking. Germany, who successfully defended the European title they have held since 1995, have climbed back into second place above Brazil, with USA still the leaders.
Norway and the Netherlands were the two main surprises at the UEFA Women's Euro in Finland. The Norwegians, who reached the semi-finals before losing to Germany, have climbed three places (7th, up 3), whereas the Dutch, who have played 11 matches since the last edition, have gained two places (15th, up 2) and are now in their best-ever position in the ranking, not least thanks to victories over leading teams such as Denmark and France. The Danes, who exited the European Championship at the end of the group stage, have suffered the consequences of their early elimination (9th, down 3).
A total of 92 matches have been taken into account in this edition of the ranking. Guam and Kyrgyzstan have joined the ranking since June and only Senegal have dropped out, leaving a total of 99 teams in the table.
Apart from the Netherlands, other teams who are currently in their highest-ever position in the ranking include Japan (6th, up 1), England (8th, up 1), Argentina (27th, up 1), Myanmar (42nd, up 2) and Algeria (63rd, up 1).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 18 December 2009.