Nigeria have moved two places up the FIFA Women’s rankings, following their first Round of 16 appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 20 years. The rankings were released on FIFA’s website today. The African champions are now ranked in the 36th position with 1643 points, but they remain the continent’s top placed team.
The U.S. at the tournament see them retain their top spot as the world’s best. Jill Ellis team strengthened their hold after defeating four fellow top-six nations in the process to extend their lead to 121 points over Germany who are second.
The world champions amassed 2180 points against 2059 by the German side, who lost to Sweden in the quarter-finals. This has become the largest gap in the ranking’s history.
For the African teams, Cameroon who alongside Nigeria reached the Round of 16, rose five places up with 1552 points in the 41st position to become Africa’s second best team. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on September twenty-seventh.