The September edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking has been heavily shaped by many qualifying matches, particularly for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Canada. The ranking points awarded for these games have seen three South American teams – Peru (52nd), Paraguay (54th) and Ecuador (49th) – return to the ranking, which means that all ten CONMEBOL teams are in the table once again, quite a turnaround in fortunes as only three South American teams were in the ranking in the second half of 2013.

Once again there are no changes at the very top, although Germany have cut the USA’s lead to a mere six points. World champions Japan are also looking over their shoulders in third place as France are now just 14 points behind them. It is therefore possible that the next edition of the ranking in December 2014 will reveal some movement in the top three. Meanwhile, England (7th, up 1) have swapped places with Canada (8th, down 1) and are also hot on the heels of Brazil (6th, unchanged) with just eight points separating the two sides. Denmark (12th, up 3) have also arrested their recent slide by climbing three places. Further down the ranking, four teams are currently in their highest-ever position since the introduction of the ranking, namely Switzerland (18th, up 1), Wales (32nd, up 5), Chile (38th, up 4) and Paraguay (54th, newly ranked).

The results of 103 matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the women’s world ranking. Eight teams have re-entered the ranking – Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Jamaica, Guam, the Dominican Republic and St. Lucia – bringing the current total of ranked teams to 132.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 19 December 2014.

Summary

Leader

USA (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

None

Moves out of top ten

None

Matches played in total

103

Most matches played

Jamaica, Romania, South Africa (6 each)

Biggest move by ranks

Wales (32nd, up 5)

Biggest drop by ranks

Uruguay (81st, down 10)

Newly ranked teams

8 (Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Jamaica, Guam, Dominican Republic, St Lucia)

Teams that are no longer ranked

None