USA continue to lead the way in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, extending their lead over Germany, whom they defeated 4-0 in a friendly match last week. China (10th, up 2) break into the top ten at the expense of Canada (11th, down 1). Otherwise, the best ten teams remain unchanged.

In all, 124 international matches have been played around the world since the previous edition of the world ranking in March. In the wake of many qualification matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011, it is pleasing to see 13 teams return to the ranking after what has been a long absence in some cases, taking the total number of listed teams to 116, including 12 teams from CONCACAF. Honduras, for instance, appear in the ranking for the first time since October 2007. They racked up eight matches as part of their qualification campaign for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™, alongside El Salvador the most matches played by any team since the previous ranking in March.

A series of further qualifiers is due to take place in the weeks ahead, above all in the European zone. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 13 August 2010.