The FIFA Women’s ranking, the first for the calendar year 2017, has been released with African teams making up four of the top 50.
Current African champions Nigeria, moved up one place to 34th, taking the place of Republic of Ireland (from the previous ranking) who jumped two places to 32nd. The African leader’s last fixture was the title-wining match against Cameroon on December 3. With this, they remain the number one Confederation of African Football (CAF) team on the log.
Ghana are placed second in Africa and 45th on the overall charts with Cameroon coming closely in third and 48th. Equatorial Guinea and South Africa make up the top five and occupy 50th and 51st spot in the world.
Apart from Nigeria, the top five teams on the continent registered no move on the overall FIFA ranking; a nod to the absence of competition since the Africa Women Cup of Nations in December 2016, hosted by Cameroon.
Of the 24 ranked CAF nations, Rwanda were the biggest movers as the climbed up 12 places to 108 in the world, accruing 908 points and taking up 19th spot in Africa.
Meanwhile, Germany displace the United States of America (USA) to take the number one spot in the world following their Rio 2016 Olympic gold. USA, France, England and Canada complete the top five.
FIFA Women’s World Rankings are only published four times a year. Normally, rankings are released in March, June, September and December; with the previous one published on December 23, 2016. In World Cup years, dates may be adjusted to reflect the World Cup results.
- Equatorial Guinea
- South Africa
- Ivory Coast
- Burkina Faso