FIFA Women’s World Rankings
1 USA 2209
2 Germany 2171
3 Japan 2110
4 Brazil 2044
5 France 2033
6 Sweden 2021
7 Canada 2006
8 England 1976
9 Australia 1943
9 Korea DPR 1943
11 Italy 1931  
12 Norway 1909
13 Denmark 1902
14 Netherlands 1895
15 Iceland 1853
16 Korea Republic 1843
17 China PR 1825
18 Spain 1823  
19 Finland 1805
20 Russia 1791
21 New Zealand 1787
22 Ukraine 1780
23 Scotland 1779
24 Mexico 1768
25 Czech Republic 1711 
26 Switzerland 1708
27 Belgium 1659  
28 Colombia 1650
29 Thailand 1641
30 Vietnam 1640


The last FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking of 2012 reveals that the Olympic champions USA have once again comfortably held on to their lead on the back of their unbeaten run, which currently stands at more than 20 games. Their closest challengers, Germany, were unable to make up much ground in their two clashes with the Americans in October, with both finishing all square.

Elsewhere, Italy’s joy at returning to the top ten for the first time since 2006 was also short-lived, as the Azzurre (11th, down 1) have relinquished their place to Korea DPR (9th, up 2), who recovered after slipping out of the top ten for the first time. Vietnam (30th, up 1) are another Asian team with the wind in their sails, having beaten Myanmar in the final of the AFF Women’s Championship 2012 to not only avenge their defeat by the same opponents in 2011 but also to climb into the top 30 for the fifth time.

The biggest movers in December, however, are the new African champions, Equatorial Guinea (54th, up 8), with the team that played in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 recently lifting the coveted trophy for the second time in the association’s history. That victory has seen them overtake beaten finalists South Africa (56th) to move into their highest-ever position since the launch of the women’s world ranking.

Despite their narrow defeat in the play-offs for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013, Austria (32nd, up 3) are also higher than ever before and have gone from strength to strength in 2012, climbing from 39th to 32nd.


  1. Ken Suzuki 8 years ago

    Now, without Miyama and Sawa, Japan looks like the team at Algarve. 😀

  2. Women's Soccer United 9 years ago

    Agree @A-Hamm, I would have liked to have see the USA/China match. It stayed level for a long time, and according to the matchtracker China had a lot of chances, and Hope Solo had to make some saves to deny them.

  3. A-Hamm 9 years ago

    China seems back on track. Beat Australia, strong showing in the US in Game 1 and a move up two spots in the rankings.

  4. Ken Suzuki 9 years ago

    One interesting thing is USA had 2221 points immediately after Olympic but 2209 now. They lost 12 points as the result of winning streak in Fan Tribute Tour. Obviously, 2 draws with Germany are regarded more than easy wins against second-tier teams.

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