As the UEFA Women’s Championship took centre stage, it is no surprise to see European sides being the biggest movers and shakers in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s Ranking – the most eye-catching being champions Netherlands and semi-finalists England.
While glory on home soil has already brought joy to Dutch fans, a leap up the standings for the Oranje (7th, up 5) has added to that, reaching the top ten for the first time to claim a best-ever rank. The latter feat was matched by England (3rd, up 2) after reaching the final four.
Austria’s (20th, up 4) debut semi-final finish also saw them climb to their best placing to date. Denmark (12th, up 3) and Portugal (34th, up 4) both enjoyed gains, with the former’s surprise silver helping them climb eight places in the space of a year. Meanwhile, Germany’s (2nd, unchanged) elimination at the last eight, having won the previous six editions, sees their point tally fall to an all-time low of 2,077.
Away from Europe, USA’s (1st, unchanged) total of 2,104 points is similarly their lowest ever, while impressive wins over Japan (8th, down 2) and Brazil (9th, down 1) for Australia (6th, up 1) leaves them just 18 points shy of England.
Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Guyana and Papua New Guinea were removed for inactivity, leaving 118 member associations ranked.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 15 December 2017.
|**Moves into top ten**||Netherlands (from 12 to 7)|
|**Moves out of top ten**||Sweden (from 9 to 11)|
|**Matches played in total**||69|
|**Most matches played**||Denmark (8), Netherlands (7)|
|**Biggest move by points**||Austria (up 73 ranks), Netherlands (up 61 ranks), Australia (up 43 ranks)|
|**Biggest move by ranks**||Netherlands (up 5 ranks), Austria (up 4 ranks), Portugal (up 4 ranks)|
|**Biggest drop by points**||Norway (down 52 points), France (down 46 points), Iceland (down 39 points), Spain (down 36 pointss), Germany (down 34 points)|
|**Biggest drop by ranks**||Spain (down 4 ranks)|
|**Newly ranked teams (re-entries unless otherwise stated)**||None|
|**Teams no longer ranked due to prolonged inactivity**||Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Guyana, Puerto Rico|