USA top the first FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking of 2018, thanks to victory in the SheBelieves Cup tournament earlier this month.
Featuring four of the top six teams in the ranking, the round-robin friendly tournament was won by the hosts ahead of England (2nd, up 1), France (5th, up 1), and Germany (3rd, down 1). In finishing runners-up, and earned nine points during this period, England moved into the top two in the ranking for the first time.
Germany’s disappointing showing at the SheBelieves Cup sees them fall out of the top two for the first time since June 2009, with the Olympic champions having lost 19 points and dropped to an all-time low of 2,033. This is the second successive time that the Germans have suffered the greatest number of ranking points dropped. Their last-place finish at the tournament also prompted the German Football Association (DFB) to replace coach Steffi Jones with Horst Hrubesch last week.
The Netherlands (7th, unchanged) and Sweden (9th, up 1) are now in the top ten after sharing this year’s Algarve Cup title. The Swedes have moved up at the expense of Japan (11th, down 2), who have dropped out of the top ten for the first time since December 2007. Just behind the Japanese are Spain (12th, up 1), who are now in their highest-ever position after claiming this year’s Cyprus Cup title. After gaining 32 points this period, Portugal (36th, up 2) are the most improved team over the past three months.
Six teams have re-entered the ranking: namely, the South American duo of Paraguay (50th) and Uruguay (68th), and four African sides in the shape of Côte d’Ivoire (65th), Morocco (73rd), Senegal (79th) and Burkina Faso (97th).
Seven teams – El Salvador, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, FYR Macedonia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda – are no longer in the ranking due to prolonged inactivity.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 22 June 2018.
Moves into top 10
Korea DPR (10th, up 1)
Moves out of top 10
Japan (11th, down 2)
Matches played in total
Most matches played
China PR (9 matches)
Biggest move by points
Portugal (up 32 points)
Biggest move by ranks
Israel (up 3 ranks)
Biggest drop by points
Germany (down 19 points)
Biggest drop by ranks
Montenegro (down 8 ranks)
Newly ranked teams
Paraguay, Côte d’Ivoire, Uruguay, Morocco, Senegal, and Burkina Faso
Teams no longer ranked due to prolonged inactivity
El Salvador, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, FYR Macedonia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda