World ranking of national women's soccer teams (as of December 7th, 2018)

FIFA World ranking of women's soccer national teams 2018 This statistic depicts the ranking of the women's national soccer teams as of December 7th, 2018. The U.S. national team is currently ranked first with a score of 2,123.
Women’s soccer - additional information

Soccer, officially known as association football, is considered to be the most popular sport in the world among both men and women. According to the “Big Count,” a large scale survey conducted by the sport’s governing body, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), there are around 265 million soccer players in the world, over 20 million of which are women.

Although sports similar to soccer are believed to have originated in ancient times, the rules of the present-day version were first drawn-up in 1848, at Cambridge University, England. The first recorded games played by women in Scotland and England took place in the late 1890s. Historically, women’s traditional roles in society at the turn of the last century, as well as their impractical clothes, were incompatible with the requirements of soccer. Nevertheless, the sport flourished and in the 1920s there were already around 150 women’s teams in England alone. In the early 1930s, women’s soccer leagues were established in France and Italy, while other countries, such as Germany, Norway, and Sweden followed suit in the 1940s. In the United States, the first women's soccer league was the Craig Club Girls Soccer League, established in the 1950s, but the sport did not gain universal appeal until some two decades later, when it became a popular varsity sport.

The United States women's national soccer team, which played its first game in 1985, is currently considered the best women’s soccer team in the world. They have won a total of three FIFA Women's World Cups, the last time in Canada in 2015, four Olympic women's gold medals, and ten Algarve Cups. According to FIFA, the world’s best men’s national soccer team, as of 2015, is Argentina.
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Score
USA2,123
Germany2,057
France2,046
England2,021
Canada2,006
Australia1,999
Netherlands1,987
Japan1,984
Sweden1,976
Brazil1,964
Korea DPR1,938
Spain1,920
Norway1,902
Korea Republic1,880
China PR1,871
Italy1,859
Denmark1,842
Switzerland1,832
New Zealand1,819
Scotland1,810
Belgium1,803
Iceland1,798
Austria1,797
Ukraine1,728
Russia1,713
Colombia1,700
Mexico1,698
Finland1,672
Thailand1,670
Wales1,670
Czech Republic1,668
Portugal1,665
Republic of Ireland1,663
Poland1,656
Vietnam1,638
Argentina1,631
Costa Rica1,630
Chile1,601
Nigeria1,586
Chinese Taipei1,577
Romania1,549
Serbia1,543
Hungary1,524
Myanmar1,519
Slovakia1,509
Cameroon1,499
Paraguay1,494
South Africa1,480
Papua New Guinea1,479
Ghana1,452
Score
USA2,123
Germany2,057
France2,046
England2,021
Canada2,006
Australia1,999
Netherlands1,987
Japan1,984
Sweden1,976
Brazil1,964
Korea DPR1,938
Spain1,920
Norway1,902
Korea Republic1,880
China PR1,871
Italy1,859
Denmark1,842
Switzerland1,832
New Zealand1,819
Scotland1,810
Belgium1,803
Iceland1,798
Austria1,797
Ukraine1,728
Russia1,713
Colombia1,700
Mexico1,698
Finland1,672
Thailand1,670
Wales1,670
Czech Republic1,668
Portugal1,665
Republic of Ireland1,663
Poland1,656
Vietnam1,638
Argentina1,631
Costa Rica1,630
Chile1,601
Nigeria1,586
Chinese Taipei1,577
Romania1,549
Serbia1,543
Hungary1,524
Myanmar1,519
Slovakia1,509
Cameroon1,499
Paraguay1,494
South Africa1,480
Papua New Guinea1,479
Ghana1,452
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This statistic depicts the ranking of the women's national soccer teams as of December 7th, 2018. The U.S. national team is currently ranked first with a score of 2,123.
Women’s soccer - additional information

Soccer, officially known as association football, is considered to be the most popular sport in the world among both men and women. According to the “Big Count,” a large scale survey conducted by the sport’s governing body, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), there are around 265 million soccer players in the world, over 20 million of which are women.

Although sports similar to soccer are believed to have originated in ancient times, the rules of the present-day version were first drawn-up in 1848, at Cambridge University, England. The first recorded games played by women in Scotland and England took place in the late 1890s. Historically, women’s traditional roles in society at the turn of the last century, as well as their impractical clothes, were incompatible with the requirements of soccer. Nevertheless, the sport flourished and in the 1920s there were already around 150 women’s teams in England alone. In the early 1930s, women’s soccer leagues were established in France and Italy, while other countries, such as Germany, Norway, and Sweden followed suit in the 1940s. In the United States, the first women's soccer league was the Craig Club Girls Soccer League, established in the 1950s, but the sport did not gain universal appeal until some two decades later, when it became a popular varsity sport.

The United States women's national soccer team, which played its first game in 1985, is currently considered the best women’s soccer team in the world. They have won a total of three FIFA Women's World Cups, the last time in Canada in 2015, four Olympic women's gold medals, and ten Algarve Cups. According to FIFA, the world’s best men’s national soccer team, as of 2015, is Argentina.
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December 2018
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December 2018
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The venue, importance of games, and differences between teams are all taken into account. Additional information on the calculation of this ranking can be found here. This ranking is updated quarterly.
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