With five major tournaments in different parts of world, international women’s football has been in the spotlight in recent months. That said, 58 international fixtures were still played in the men’s game, mostly in Africa and Asia.
As a result, changes in the August edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking are few and far between. However, two countries – Mauritania (107th, plus 3) and Botswana (146th, plus 3) – have been posting good results, as reflected by a climb of three places each in the standings. That progress makes them jointly the two most-improved sides in terms of places.
In the Top 50, almost nothing has changed from the previous edition: Brazil (1st, – ), Belgium (2nd, – ) and Argentina (3rd, – ) still occupy the podium places, while their immediate pursuers remain in the same order they were in June. Only IR Iran (22nd, plus 1) and FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar (48th, plus 1) move up one place apiece. Outside the Top 100, in addition to the aforementioned African duo, Mozambique (116th, plus 2) and Angola (120th, plus 2) also made up ground among CAF sides, as did Bermuda (168th, plus 2) in Concacaf. With a raft of international games to come, in September in particular, we can expect a lot more movement in the next edition.
|Moves into top 10||None|
|Moves out of top 10||None|
|Matches played in total||58|
|Most matches played||Botswana (8 matches)|
|Biggest move by points||Botswana (plus 9.85 points)|
|Biggest move by places||Botswana and Mauritania (plus 3 places)|
|Biggest drop by points||Senegal (minus 8.86 points)|
|Biggest drop by places||Somalia (minus 4 places)|
|Newly ranked teams||None|
|Teams that are no longer ranked||None|
|Inactive teams, not ranked||None|
Click here to view the full Ranking. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 6 October 2022.