Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The third-placed team at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Sweden took over the leadership position as FIFA released the latest rankings after the conclusion of the World Cup.

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Sweden and world champions, Spain made the most moves on the rankings after their wonderful performances at the Mundial.

The Scandinavian side moved two places to occupy the first position on the rankings, replacing former champions, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT).

World champions, Spain occupy the second position after moving four places from sixth, a reward for winning their first world title in Australia and New Zealand.

After crashing out at the Round of 16 at the World Cup for the first time, USWNT took the position of Sweden in the third position, dropping two places.

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World Cup-beaten finalist, England, and France maintained their fourth and fifth positions respectively on the rankings.

Two-time world champions, Germany dropped four spots to sixth after failing to progress from the group stage for the first time.

The Netherlands and Japan moved two and three places to the seventh and eighth positions respectively.

Brazil which also crashed out at the group stage dropped a place to ninth position while Olym[ic champions, Canada dropped from seventh to tenth position.


In Africa, Nigeria moved eight places during the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday.

Super Falcons moved from the 40th position occupied in June to the 32nd position after keeping three clean sheets at the World Cup and going unbeaten in three group games.

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The team remained the top-ranked women's football team in Africa ahead of South Africa which also made appreciable movement on the rankings.

The top three ranked teams in Africa remained unchanged as South Africa maintained their second position in Africa and moved nine places to 45th in the world.

Top 10 (World)

  1. Sweden

2. Spain

3. USA

4. England

5. France

6. Germany

7. Netherlands

8. Japan

9. Brazil

10. Canada

Top 10 (Africa)

1. Nigeria 

2. South Africa 

3. Cameroon 

4. Morocco 

5. Ghana 

6. Ivory Coast

7. Zambia 

8. Tunisia 

9. Equatorial Guinea 

10. Algeria

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