28 Mar 2020 – Olympic Games-bound Zambia are this edition’s highest climbersin the FIFA Women’s World Rankings released by the World governing football body on Friday, 27 March 2020.

Following a busy start to the year, that included a shock preliminary triumph over Cameroon, Zambia are up by six spots to 100th in the world and 12th on the continent. They

Qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after 4-4 aggregate scoreline over two legs (winning on away goal), helping them emerge as the most improved national team in the last two months and earned 31 points.

At the top, Banyana Banyana made a significant climb of two spots – from 55th to 53rd – behind Nigeria (who moved from 38th from 39th) in the world.

On the continent the Super Falcons of Nigeria lead the way, followed by Cameroon with South Africa in third place. Completing the top five are Ghana and Ivory Coast.

In the world rankings other nations to have made moves are: France (3rd, up 1), Brazil (8th, up 1), Korea DPR (10th, up 1) and Korea Republic (18th, up 2) edged upwards in the top 20, while Slovenia (49th, up 1) and Jamaica (50th, up 1) reached their highest-ever positions. In truth, these gains were often indebted as much to others’ struggles as to the rising team’s successes. Korea DPR leapfrogged Japan (11th, down 1), for example, due to the Nadeshiko suffering three straight losses at the SheBelieves Cup, while Slovenia and Jamaica advanced thanks to that surprise qualifying defeat inflicted on Cameroon (51st, down 2).

At the very top, USA’s (1st, unchanged) long reign continues after the world champions lifted the SheBelieves Cup on home soil. But Germany (2nd, unchanged) at least narrowed the gap after impressing at the Algarve Cup gaining 12 Ranking points – more than any other top-10 team in this edition.

The global order also welcomed its newest addition, with Gambia (113th) increasing the number of teams ranked to 159 – the second-highest number on record.

Banyana Banyana remain third on the continent and 53rd in the world – just behind leaders Nigeria and Cameroon.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 26 June 2020.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 26 June 2020.


Leader USA (unchanged)
Moved into top ten Korea DPR (10th, up 1)
Moved out of top ten    Japan (11th, down 1)
Matches played in total 106
Most matches played Mexico (9)
Biggest move by points Zambia (plus 31)
Biggest move by ranks Zambia (100th, up 6)
Biggest drop by points Panama (minus 36)
Biggest drop by ranks Panama (60th, down 7)
Newly ranked teams Armenia, Gambia (first entry), Senegal, Tunisia
Teams no longer ranked due to prolonged inactivity None

 FIFA World Rankings
 1. 38 (world) Nigeria   1614
 2. 51 Cameroon   1486
 3. 53 South Africa   1434
 4. 60 Ghana   1404
 5. 63 Côte d’Ivoire   1392
 6. 71 Equatorial Guinea   1356
 7. 78 Tunisia   1313
 8. 81 Morocco   1280
 9. 83 Mali   1276
 10. 85 Algeria   1271


1. U.S.A
2. Germany
3. France
4. Netherlands
5. Sweden
6. England
7. Australia
8. Brazil

9. Canada
10. North Korea