Ghana drop in latest FIFA Women's ranking

Author: Derrick Elorm Adzokpa
The Black Queens Team

Ghana have slipped two places on the continent in the latest FIFA Coca Cola women ranking released on Thursday, July 25.

The Black Queens failure to qualify for this year’s Women’s World Cup (WWC) seem to have contributed to their slip on the continent as they moved from second position to fourth in the Africa ranking.

Despite picking bronze at the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Women’s Competition which was staged in Ivory Coast, it was not enough to help them accrue more points as they maintained their 1452 total points they garnered from their previous ranking.

On the world stage, the slip has also seen Ghana move from the 51st position to 53rd on the globe in women ranking.

2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2019 WAFU Women’s competition champions, Nigeria, maintained their position as the best team on the continent with a significant increase in their total points after accumulating a total of 1643 from their previous 1599.

The significant gain in points also helped the Super Falcons of Nigeria move two places on the globe from 38th to 36th in the world ranking.

Africa heavyweights and last year women’s  AFCON silver medalist, South Africa, maintained their third position on the continent with a slight increase in points, accruing 1486 from their previous 1485 while Cameroun moved to the second position after garnering 1552 in total points from their previous 1499.

Former continental champions, Equatorial Guinea, dropped one place to the sixth position, the continent with no change in their 1356 points they accumulated in their previous ranking.

After finishing fourth in 2018 Women’s AFCON and 2019 WAFU Women’s competition champions, and failing to qualify for this year’s WWC, Mali moved five places on the continent ranking from 12th to 7th.

Morocco lost their position as part of the top four countries on the continent after moving from fourth to eighth in this month’s ranking.

Having successfully defended their Women’s World Cup (WWC) title, the United States of America (USA) have also maintained their position at the summit with a massive points increase from 2101 in March’s ranking to 2180.

Netherlands made a significant leap in the ranking after winning silver in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. They moved five places from their eighth position in March, accruing 2037 points.

Germany and France maintained their second and fourth position respectively in the top four countries in the world. England following their fourth place finish at the 2019 World Cup found themselves  fifth on the globe after slipping two places in July’s ranking.

After their impressive campaign at this year’s WWC, Sweden, who picked bronze, moved three places to the sixth position just behind England who they beat in the third place playoffs.

Canada and Australia slipped two places to rank seventh and eighth respectively on the globe. Brazil maintained their 10th position while Korea DPR moved two places into the top ten countries in the world from 11th to ninth.