USA hold top spot, Germany stationary
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The August edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking has been mainly shaped by the Women’s EURO 2013 in Sweden, with Germany overcoming Norway 1-0 in the final to secure their eighth title and underline their dominance of European women’s football.

Their triumph, however, has not brought them any more points – and instead, their victories in Sweden, which were actually close-fought affairs by Germany’s high standards, have seen them lose ten ranking points as the actual results of matches are also taken into account in the women’s world ranking. In this respect, the Germans’ defeat by Norway and draw with the Netherlands in the group phase did the most damage. Nevertheless, Germany are still sitting comfortably in second place ahead of Japan, Brazil and Sweden. Other teams in the top ten who have made up ground include Canada (7th, up 1), Australia (8th, up 2) and Korea DPR (8th, up 1).

Further down the ranking, no fewer than ten teams have climbed six places to move closer to the top 100: Namibia (102nd), Bangladesh (103rd), Sri Lanka (104th), Lebanon (105th), the Maldives (106th), Tanzania (107th), Zambia (108th), Pakistan (109th), Dominica (110th) and Afghanistan (111th). Seven teams have also dropped out of the ranking due to a lack of activity, whereas Qatar and Lesotho, who were not in the June ranking, are now in the list. The total number of teams in the ranking now stands at 119, five less than in June 2013.

Meanwhile, New Zealand (19th, unchanged) currently have their highest number of points (1810) since the introduction of the ranking.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 13 December 2013.

Leader

USA (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

Norway (10th, up 1)

Moves out of top ten

England (11th, down 4)

Matches played in total

57

Most matches played

Norway (8)

Biggest move by ranks

Namibia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Maldives, Tanzania, Zambia, Pakistan, Dominica, Afghanistan (up 6 ranks each)

Biggest drop by ranks

England (11th, down 4)

Newly ranked teams

Qatar (112th, 879 points)

Lesotho (115th, 841 points)

Teams that are no longer ranked

7 – Tunisia, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Mali, Cuba, Guinea, Malawi