FIFA women's ranking August 2023: Sweden dethrones the United States, Benin is treading water

FIFA women’s ranking August 2023: Sweden dethrones the United States, Benin is treading water

FIFA unveiled its updated ranking of women’s national teams on Friday. At the top of the table, Sweden and Spain lead the dance ahead of the USA. The Beninese Amazons maintain their position in the general classification.

The draw snatched by the Amazons against Guinea-Bissau (2-2) last July, on the occasion of the first leg of the first qualifying round of women’s football at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, will ultimately have no consequence on Benin’s position in the FIFA ranking of women’s national teams unveiled this Friday. The Beninese retain their 145th place in the ranking, 27th in Africa.

Eliminated in the round of 16 of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, for their first participation in this tournament, the Lionesses of Morocco make a spectacular leap in this last score. The Cherifian selection gains 14 places and rises to 72nd position in the ranking. However, Moroccans remain at the bottom of the podium in Africa, dominated by Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon.

Spain dethrones the United States

In the top 10, Spain gains 4 places and rises to second position (2nd, +4). “The world champions could have even won the first place if they had not lost 35 points by losing heavily (4-0) against Japan in their last group match“explains FIFA. The first place in the standings went to Sweden (1st, +2), who dethroned the United States, relegated to the last round in the top 3.The Scandinavians dethrone the United States (3rd, -2) which they eliminated in the round of 16 before failing in the last four and bouncing back against Australia in the duel for third place“, Details the governing body of world football.

Among the other movements in the Top 10, we note the progression of the Netherlands (7th, +2) and the stall of Germany (6th, -4) after the first elimination in the first round in its history. Canada (10, -3) is also paying the price for its premature exit.

The world top 10

Benin’s position in the ranking: