FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking

FIFA Ranking

USA dominance maintained as Belgium, Chile and Fiji reach record highs

Yanara Aedo and Rocio Soto of Chile celebrate their side's first goal
© Getty Images

Belgium, Chile and Fiji have all climbed to their highest-ever positions in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking, which continues to be led by USA.

The Belgians (18th, up 1), Chileans (37th, up 1) and Fijians (68th, up 4) were among relatively few notable success stories to emerge from the latest edition, with very little movement in the upper echelons in particular. Indeed, no country in the top 35 moved up or down by more than a single place, this after recent matches – including the opening UEFA Women’s EURO qualifiers – yielded precious few upsets.

A surprise did come in South America, though, with Brazil’s (11th, down 1) penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino leading to A Seleção dropping out of the Ranking’s top ten for the first time. Japan (10th, up 1), who have yet to play since this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, were the main beneficiaries besides, of course, the Chileans themselves.

In Oceania, Samoa (107th, up 8) also sprung a couple of notable surprises, beating Tonga (5-0) and Fiji (1-0) to become the continent’s biggest climbers.

But this edition’s most valuable tie in terms of points came in Africa, where Zimbabwe (111th, down 9) tumbled down the ladder on the back of losing the first leg of an Olympic qualifier against 5-0 and then forfeiting the second. They were duly leapfrogged by their conquerors, Zambia (111th, up 9).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 13 December 2019.

Leader USA (unchanged)
Moved into top ten Japan (10th, up 1)
Moved out of top ten Brazil (11th, down 1)
Matches played in total 113
Most matches played Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe (all 7)
Biggest move by points Botswana (plus 56)
Biggest move by ranks Zambia (110th, up 9)
Biggest drop by points South Africa (minus-53)
Biggest drop by ranks Zimbabwe (102nd, down 9)
Newly ranked teams Kyrgyz Republic, Angola, Comoros, Mauritius
Teams no longer ranked due to prolonged inactivity Afghanistan

All related documents

Explore this topic

Recommended Stories