USA extend lead, Brazil slip
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There has been no change at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, with USA still leading the way ahead of Germany and world champions Japan. Sweden have moved up to fourth place following victories over Scotland and Canada and Brazil’s drop to fifth as a result of defeats by Japan, USA and Canada in the past three months.

The surprise package is Belgium, who beat the much higher ranked Iceland 1-0 and have climbed three places to 30th. For their part, Iceland have had to cede their place in the top 15 to Korea Republic, who at 15th have achieved their highest-ever ranking.

The results of 62 international matches, the majority of them qualification matches for confederation championships, have been taken into account in compiling the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking. Six teams (Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela, Guyana and Bolivia) have been inactive for over 18 months and are therefore no longer ranked. However, Senegal have re-entered the ranking, which brings the total number of teams to 129.

We eagerly anticipate the next edition of the ranking, which will take into account numerous warm-up matches as well as the 26 games being played at the Olympic Football Tournament in London.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 17 August 2012.