Continental titles, FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ qualifiers and an influx of new names have seen the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking enjoy a fair shake-up since March.
After dropping out of the top ten for the first time in over a decade three months ago, Japan (6th, up 5) have made a swift return to the upper echelons after lifting the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Brazil (7th, up 1) have also enjoyed a boost from lifting the Copa América Femenina.
A reshuffle on the podium has seen Germany (2nd, up 1) and France (3rd, up 2) edge out England (4th, down 2), with Canada (5th, down 1) also slipping.
With a total of 202 matches having been played in the latest period, an impressive 25 new names are back in the ranking compared to the March edition, with Barbados (115th) making their first appearance and the US Virgin Islands (126th) and Curacao (135th) returning after a decade-long absence.
Leader: USA (unchanged)
Moves into the top ten: Japan (6th, up 5)
Moves out of the top ten: Sweden (11th, down 2)
Matches played in total: 202
Most matches played: Thailand (10)
Biggest move by points: Japan (6th, up 38)
Biggest move by ranks: Slovenia (54th, up 8)
Biggest drop by points: Jordan (57th, down 47)
Biggest drop by ranks: Bosnia and Herzegovina (66th, down 9)
Newly ranked teams (re-entries unless otherwise stated): Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Indonesia, Algeria, Guyana, Cuba, Congo, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ethiopia, Suriname, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, Barbados (first appearance), Tanzania, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Grenada, US Virgin Islands, Uganda, Antigua and Barbuda, Curaçao, Aruba
Teams no longer ranked due to prolonged inactivity: Guam, Egypt