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Offline Alan

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FIFA World Rankings
« on: March 17, 2007, 04:59:21 PM »
Following the 2007 Algarve Cup, FIFA has issued a new list of the top countries in the world of women's football:

1.  USA
2.  Germany
3.  Norway
4.  Sweden
5.  South Korea
6.  Denmark
7.  France
8.  Brazil
9.  Japan
10. Canada
11. China

After winning the Algarve Cup, USA displaces Germany which has been top for the past three and a half years.   Norway and Sweden have kept their places at third and fourth, while Denmark moves up to 6th and has changed places with Brazil since last time.  Japan enters the top-10 while China has gone from 9th to 11th place.
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Re: FIFA World Rankings
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2007, 05:55:36 PM »
They could at least have extended the list down to twelfth so that England were included.  :D

This latest ranking is likely to be quite significant as it is likely to be used, in some form or other, in the World Cup draw for the group stage. This will be good news for Norway as they would seem to be set for a top seeding.

I think England will just have to keep their fingers crossed...

We will have to wait for news from FIFA on the exact draw mechanism.

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Re: FIFA World Rankings
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2007, 12:01:01 AM »
Yes, sorry to miss England out, the information came from a Norwegian web site.  I'm sure the whole list could be found somewhere, and it's based on some kind of points score which includes all matches including friendlies, so England's good performances last week would count.  Also I think you are right about the FIFA ranking being a driver for seeding in the World Cup.
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Re: FIFA World Rankings
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2007, 01:15:45 AM »
You can find the full ranking on the FIFA website. Not surprisingly!!!!

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Re: FIFA World Rankings
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2007, 09:50:23 AM »
Here are the latest (Jun 07) FIFA rankings, specially extended to twelfth position:

1  USA 2204
2  Germany 2148
3  Sweden 2071
4  Norway 2055
5  Korea DPR 2052
6  Denmark 2019
7  France 2008
8  Brazil 2000
9  Canada 1962
10  Japan 1944
11  China PR 1934
12  England 1931

The main positional changes from the last ranking are Sweden changing places with Norway and Canada swapping places with Japan. stated in its article on the ranking that it was Norway's draw against Finland that cost them third place.

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Re: FIFA World Rankings
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 01:15:19 PM »
Champions return to the top
Friday 5 October 2007
History has repeated itself: Germany's women have claimed the World Cup title and risen to the top of the FIFA Women's World Ranking, dethroning Olympic champions the USA in the process. The Germans' formidable run of five victories and one draw without conceding a goal, including four wins against teams that were in the top ten before the start of the tournament, earned Birgit Prinz and Co a haul of more than 50 points.

Nevertheless, the USA were able to limit the damage with a convincing win over Norway in the play-off for third place. This is only the third change in leadership of the women's world ranking, which has been dominated by Germany and the USA since its introduction four years ago. The Americans had only taken over as leaders in April following a disappointing showing by the Germans in the Algarve Cup.

The biggest movers in the latest world ranking are Brazil (3rd, up 5), whose five victories in the World Cup put them among the crème de la crème. The points total of World Cup surprise packages England (10th, up 2) also increases, but only slightly, as despite some excellent performances they only managed one victory. In any case, they are now in the top ten for the first time. Meanwhile, World Cup hosts China (13th, down 2) lose some ground, primarily due to England and Australia's progress up the ranking.

The FIFA Women's World Ranking was first published in July 2003 to rate some 150 FIFA member associations on the basis of several factors including victories, home advantage, the strength of the opposition and the importance of matches. The ranking is published four times each year. According to FIFA's Big Count survey in 2006, 26 million women and girls around the world currently play football.

The next FIFA Women's World Ranking will be published on 21 December 2007.

  1  Germany
  2  USA
  3  Brazil
  4  Sweden
  5  Norway
  6  Korea DPR 
  7  France
  8  Denmark
  9  Canada
10  England
11  Japan
12  Australia
13  China PR
14  Italy
15  Russia
16  Finland
17  Ukraine
18  Netherlands
19  Czech Republic 
20  Spain

For full ranking and points system see:-