US women stand firm

There has been little movement in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking. The USA remain on top, followed by world and European champions Germany, and Brazil, neither of whom were in action in the past three months.

The only change in the top ten is at number 10, with Denmark (10th, up 1) dislodging China (14th, down 4), who now occupy their lowest-ever position in the ranking. Another team ready to pounce is Australia, who have rocketed to 11th place, thus achieving their best-ever ranking. Further down the ranking, Guyana (85th) are also worthy of mention, as this is the first time they have ever been ranked. This brings the total number of teams in the women’s world ranking to 117.

The footballing world has of course mainly been focused on the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa over the past few months. Nevertheless, 75 women’s “A” matches have also been played, the majority qualifying matches for next year’s main event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™. Currently, only four teams have booked their places, hosts Germany, Australia, Korea DPR and Japan, meaning that we have an action-packed and hopefully exciting second half of the year to look forward to.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 19 November 2010.