Friday 24 March 2023, 09:00

Leaders stand firm, fresh faces join the fray

  • USA retain first place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking

  • Australia return to Top 10, while Panama and Kosovo make great strides

  • Cabo Verde and Saudi Arabia included in World Ranking for first time

Over three months have gone by since the last FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking was published on 9 December 2022. During that time, 112 international matches have been played, incorporating the Play-Off Tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand™ and several friendly competitions, and the corresponding results have inevitably had a significant impact on the standings.

Winners of the SheBelieves Cup for the sixth time, United States (1st) have consolidated top spot, while Germany (2nd) and Sweden (3rd), who played out a 0-0 draw in a friendly last month, remain in pursuit. England (4th), stay in touch courtesy of their impressive triumph at the Arnold Clark Cup, which included victories over Italy (16th, up one place), Korea Republic (17th, down two) and Belgium (19th, up one). France (5th), meanwhile, defeated Denmark (15th, up three) and Uruguay (66th, up one) on their way to winning the Tournoi de France, strengthening their place in the top five.

Women's World Ranking, March 2023

Australia (10th, up two) have battled their way back into the Top 10, largely due to their positive Cup of Nations results versus three formidable teams, Spain (7th), (43rd, up one) and Czech Republic (27th, up one). These successes augur well for the Matildas’ chances at the upcoming Women’s World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by their nation and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The qualifying campaign for that prestigious event concluded with the Play-off Tournament in February. As well as booking the last available berths at Australia & New Zealand 2023, Portugal (21st, up one), Panama (52nd, up five) and Haiti (53rd, up two) attained all-time high points totals in the Women’s World Ranking. In addition, A Selecção das Quinas and Las Canaleras reached their highest-ever position, as did Austria (18th, up one), Republic of Ireland (22nd, up one), Slovenia (40th, up three), Northern Ireland (45th, up two), Philippines (49th, up four), Venezuela (51st, up one), Zambia (77th, up four) and Cambodia (119th, up one).

LeaderUSA (unchanged)
Moves into top 10Australia (from 12 to 10)
Moves out of top 10Korea DPR (from 10 to not ranked)
Matches played in total112
Most matches playedSenegal (7 matches)
Biggest move by pointsPanama (plus 42,16 points)
Biggest move by ranksKosovo (plus 8 ranks)
Biggest drop by pointsPapua New Guinea (minus 42,91 points)
Biggest drop by ranksPapua New Guinea, Estonia (minus 4 ranks)
Newly ranked teamsCabo Verde, Saudi Arabia
Teams that are no longer rankedKorea DPR

Boosted by victories over Estonia (95th, down four), Hong Kong (79th, down two) and Bulgaria (90th, up two), Kosovo (103rd, up eight) were the biggest climbers in terms of places, and are now on the verge of breaking into the Top 100.

Cabo Verde (133rd) and Saudi Arabia (171st) are positioned a little further down, but the duo can still take immense pride in having joined the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the first time. Consequently, the March 2023 Ranking features 188 teams, which is ten more than at the same time last year!

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 9 June 2023