Gold medal winners the USA have strengthened their grip at the top with a run of nine consecutive wins, posting a total that is just short of their all-time high of 2233 points in May 2010 and the overall record of 2234 points set by Germany in 2005.


However, world champions Japan have lost ground to second-placed Germany after a patchy performance at the Olympics, due largely to the Nadeshiko’s goalless draw against outsiders South Africa. After being knocked out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage, Sweden have been overtaken by Brazil and France, the latter knocking out the Swedes en route to the semi-finals and returning to the top five in the process, matching their highest position of 2006. Italy are also back in the top ten following Korea DPR’s drop of three places.

Apart from the USA, two countries have impressed over the past three months: South Africa, after their unexpected 0-0 draw against reigning world champions Japan, and Wales, whose defeats of the Republic of Ireland, Israel and Belgium have catapulted them into the top 40 for the first time.

The results of 98 international matches have been recognised in the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, the majority of them UEFA Women’s EURO 2013 qualifiers and matches for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012.

Three teams (Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) have been inactive for over 18 months and are therefore no longer ranked. Antigua and Barbuda have re-entered the ranking in 126th position, which brings the total number of teams to 127.

1 USA 2221 
2 Germany 2168 
3 Japan 2110 
4 Brazil 2044  
5 France 2021 
6 Sweden 2019 
7 Canada 2006 
8 England 1970 
9 Australia 1948 
10 Italy 1947 
11 Korea DPR 1943 
12 Denmark 1923 
13 Norway 1907
14 Netherlands 1895 
15 Korea Republic 1843 
16 Iceland 1842 
17 Spain 1831  
18 Finland 1819 
19 China PR 1818  
20 Russia 1801  
21 New Zealand 1787  
22 Scotland 1785  
23 Ukraine 1769  
24 Mexico 1768 
25 Switzerland 1722  
26 Czech Republic 1712  
27 Nigeria 1675 
28 Belgium 1650 
28 Colombia 1650 
30 Thailand 1645 



View the previous FIFA Women’s World Rankings here.


  1. Women's Soccer United 10 years ago

    74′ USA Sub: Leroux IN, Heath OUT

  2. Women's Soccer United 11 years ago

    Agree with you @Lutendo

  3. Lutendo Morris 11 years ago

    Japan deserve to be 2nd despite the RSA game,they are current world champions and get a silver on the Olympics,I mean this ranking rules sometimes can be little-bit confusing.

  4. A-Hamm 11 years ago

    Japan should be 2nd…didn’t think you’d get penalized that much for a draw against a weaker opponent. 

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