Thursday 13 October 2022, 12:00

USA still out front

  • USA remain atop the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking

  • October ranking will decide seedings for the Final Draw for Australia & New Zealand 2023

  • A record 187 national teams now included in the ranking

There have been changes aplenty in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, which will be used to determine the seedings for the Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ (Draw procedure available here). The Draw will be held in Auckland (New Zealand) on 22 October, with the Draw for the Play-Off Tournament taking place eight days earlier.

The three teams at the top in the August 2022 ranking are still there, with one slight change in the order. Though USA (1st, - ) remain out front, Sweden (2nd, plus 1) have jumped into second place at the expense of Germany (3rd, minus 1). England (4th, - ) and France (5th, - ) complete the top five.

There is plenty of movement below them. After their 2-0 defeat of USA on Tuesday, Spain (6th, plus 2) climb two places, while Netherlands (8th, minus 2) drop two. No fewer than nine teams between 11th and 20th changed positions, among them Belgium (20th, minus 1), who suffered the biggest points drop in the whole ranking (minus 32.46). Newly qualified for the intercontinental play-offs for Australia & New Zealand 2023, Portugal (23rd, plus 4) were the highest climbers in the Top 50 with a rise of four places and 54.19 points. However, nobody made more progress in the October ranking than Estonia (96th, plus 10), who leapt ten places into the top 100, while Bangladesh (140th, plus 7) rose seven themselves. Two new teams have joined since the publication of the previous ranking in August: Syria (157th) and Pakistan (160th). This takes the total number of FIFA member associations now included in the women’s ranking to 187. FIFA has 211 member associations in all.

Women Ranking October 2022

The Draw for the Play-Off Tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ will take place at 12.00 CET on Friday 14 October. The following ten teams have qualified for the play-off tournament: Portugal (23rd), Chile (38th), Chinese Taipei (40th), Thailand (41st), Papua New Guinea (50th), Paraguay (51st), Haiti (56th), Panama (57th), Cameroon (58th), Senegal (84th) Click here for the full ranking. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 9 December 2022.

LeaderUSA (unchanged)
Moves into top 10None
Moves out of top 10None
Matches played in total133
Most matches playedTanzania, Bangladesh, Bhutan (5)
Biggest move by pointsPortugal (plus 54.19)
Biggest move by ranks Estonia (plus 10)
Biggest drop by pointsBelgium (minus 32.46)
Biggest drop by ranksKazakhstan (minus 11)
Newly ranked teamsSyria, Pakistan
Teams that are no longer rankedNone