The final 2014 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking sees a change of leadership, with Germany leapfrogging USA thanks to away wins over Sweden and England to hold the top spot for the first time in seven years. The Americans have paid dearly for their draw with China PR (13th, up 1) and loss to Brazil (8th, down 2).

Behind the top two, France (3rd, up 1) have replaced reigning world champions Japan (4th, down 1) in third position. Breaking into the top ten are Korea DPR (7th, up 4), who have been rewarded for victories against their continental rivals Japan, China PR and Korea Republic.

With impressive away wins against Norway (12th, down 3), Scotland (21st, unchanged) and Italy (14th, down 1), Netherlands (11th, up 4) now have the top ten in their sights after moving up four places. Having qualified for their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the Dutch women have reached their highest position for many a year.

Five teams have climbed to their highest-ever positions: France, Netherlands, Costa Rica (37th, up 3), Ecuador (46th, up 3) and Paraguay (50th, up 4).

The results of 170 matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the Women’s World Ranking. Seven teams have re-entered the ranking: Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Cook Islands, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bhutan. As seven teams have also dropped out of the ranking after long periods of inactivity, the number of ranked teams remains at 132.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 27 March 2015.