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Top 25 Rankings as of September 2009
Rank Team Points Confederation
2 2162 UEFA
4 2069 UEFA
5 2026 AFC
6 2011 AFC
7 1998 UEFA
8 1977 UEFA
9 1972 UEFA
10 1954 UEFA
11 1948 UEFA
12 1946 AFC
13 1939 CONCACAF
14 1892 AFC
15 1865 UEFA
16 1837 UEFA
17 1830 UEFA
1830 UEFA
19 1829 UEFA
20 1797 UEFA
21 1793 AFC
22 1775 CONCACAF
23 1767 UEFA
24 1747 OFC
25 1722 UEFA
FIFA Women's World Ranking Leaders

The FIFAmarker Women's World Rankings for football were introduced in 2003, with the first rankings published in March of that year, as a follow-on to the existing FIFA World Rankings for men. FIFA Women's World Rankings attempt to compare the strength of internationally active teams at any given time.

Differences with men's system

There are several important distinctions in the FIFA Women's World Rankings formula:
  • FIFA Women's World Rankings are only published four times a year. Normally, rankings come out in March, June, September and December. However, the dates may be adjusted in World Cup years; for example, in 2007, the third set of rankings came out in October, allowing the rankings to reflect the results of the World Cup held in September. In contrast, FIFA Men's World Rankings are published monthly.
  • FIFA Women's World Rankings are based on every international match a team ever played, going back to 1971, the first FIFA-recognized women's international between France and the Netherlands. The men's ranking system considers only matches in the last four years.
  • FIFA Women's World Rankings is not weighted to emphasize recent results, whereas the men's results are weighted on a sliding scale, thus emphasizing recent results.

This results in a FIFA Women's World Rankings system which is far more similar to the Elo football rating system; ratings for teams with fewer than 30 matches should be considered provisional.


Team Times

To date Germany and the USA have been the only two teams to have led the rankings. Between them, they held the top two spots from the third set of rankings in October 2003, immediately after the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, through the December 2008 rankings. Germany was third behind Norway in the first two rankings, and dropped out of the top two in March 2009, replaced by Brazil, though their successful 2009 EURO title defense pushed them back into the top two for the September 2009 ranking.

Note that Germany and the USA tied for first in the March 2005 rankings, so though there have only been 27 sets of rankings published, the total in the table above is 28.

See also


  1. FIFA current ranking

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