Aussies go ninth, Swiss reach personal best
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The latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking shows some movement in almost every confederation following qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ and for continental championships.

The top three of USA, Germany and Japan are unchanged and there has been only one alteration in the top ten, with Australia rising to ninth at the expense of Korea DPR (11th, down 2). Close on their heels are China PR (13th, up 3), who have reached their best position since 2011, while Denmark (15th, down 2) are still in freefall, having sunk to their lowest position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking was introduced.

On the back of their qualification for the Women’s World Cup for the first time, Switzerland have entered the top 20 by climbing from 22nd to 19th, achieving their best-ever ranking in the process.

The results of 154 matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the women’s ranking. Along with Switzerland, Austria (26th, up 3), Côte d’Ivoire (61st, up 7), Bosnia and Herzegovina (71st, up 9) and St Kitts and Nevis (110th, newly ranked) have all climbed to their highest-ever positions.

In addition to St Kitts and Nevis, eight other teams have returned to the ranking after lengthy periods of inactivity: Cuba, Suriname, Puerto Rico, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Aruba. However, Trinidad and Tobago, Congo DR, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bhutan are no longer in the list, which brings the total number of ranked teams to 124.

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

Summary

Leader

USA (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

Australia (9th, up 2)

Moves out of top ten

Korea DPR (11th, down 2)

Matches played in total

154

Most matches played

China PR (9)

Biggest move by ranks

Bosnia and Herzegovina (71st, up 9)

Biggest drop by ranks

Albania (67th, down 6)

Newly ranked teams

9 – Cuba, Suriname, Puerto Rico, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba

Teams that are no longer ranked

7 – Trinidad and Tobago, Congo DR, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan