FIFA Women’s Ranking: The decline of the Atlas Lionesses


The Women’s National Football Team has fallen in the FIFA world rankings. The Women’s Team lost one place in the rankings, going from 58th to 59th place in the world.

This decline comes as the Atlas Lionesses failed to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris after their defeat against Zambia.

Almost three months have passed since the last publication of the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and no less than 154 international matches have been played during this period. Qualifying matches for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, Paris 2024 notably took place in Africa, while the UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 qualifiers were on the program for teams from the Old Continent.

These meetings, to which must be added a good number of friendly matches, have led to some changes within the world hierarchy, notably impacting its top three.

Spain (1st) consolidates its leadership position but La Roja has a new team in its rearview mirror: France (2nd, +1). The Blues overtake England (3rd, -1) and thus climb to a rank they had never occupied before. Germany (4th, +1) settles, for its part, at the foot of the podium from which the United States (5th, -1) moves away.

Behind, Sweden (6th) and Japan (7th) maintain their position. Canada (8th, +1), Brazil (9th, +1) and Korea DPR (10th, +1) move up one level and overtake the Netherlands (11th, -3) who leave the TOP 10 for the first time in seven years.

Montenegro (85th, +4) and El Salvador (90th, +7) made nice breakthroughs within the Top 100, while Belarus (55th, +2) achieved the biggest gain in points of the quarter (+31, 91 points). But it is beyond that that we find the most spectacular progression in terms of place: it is achieved by North Macedonia (123rd, +12), following victories won in Latvia and Moldova.

In addition to North Macedonia, five other selections obtain their best total points: Spain, Zambia, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and DR Congo. Zambia (64th, +1) achieves a double blow by reaching its best rank, in a ranking set to evolve further, with Paris 2024 looming in the distance.

Leader Spain
Entries in the top 10 Korea DPR (11th to 10th)
Top 10 releases Netherlands (8th to 11th)
Total number of matches played 154
Most matches played Many teams (4 matches)
Biggest progression in terms of points Belarus (plus 31.91 points)
Biggest progression in terms of places North Macedonia (plus 12 places)
Biggest drop in points Cyprus (minus 32.71 points)
Biggest decline in terms of places Moldova (down 9 places)
New entries in the ranking None
Ranking exits None

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