FIFA World ranking of women's soccer national teams 2019

The world soccer governing body, FIFA, first released world rankings for women's international teams in 2003, with the men’s rankings first appearing in December 1992. The rankings are published four times a year and are weighted to emphasise recent results. The latest release of the world rankings sees the United States national team sit top of the pile with 2,180 points, just ahead of Germany and the Netherlands in second and third place respectively.

USA on top of the world

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 four FIFA Women's World Cups , the last time in France in 2019, as well as four Olympic women's gold medals. Such is the success of the US women's national team that they generated game revenue of 50.8 million U.S. dollars since winning the 2015 World Cup, marginally higher than their male counterparts. Alex Morgan, one of the stars of the team, ranked 12th on the list of highest paid female athletes in 2019. The vast majority of this income was generated by Morgan's various endorsements, which includes deals with Nike, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

Women's World Cup

The inagural FIFA Women's World Cup took place in China in 1991 and has been held every four years since. The eight editions of the World Cup have been won by four different teams - the United States have claimed the title a record four times, while Germany have been crowned champions twice, and Japan and Norway once each. The popularity of women's soccer in the United States is highligthed in the fact that the 1999 Women's World Cup held in the US remains the tournament with the highest average attendance - an average of 37,319 fans watched each game during that tournament. The local fans got the result they wanted as the hosts beat China on penalties in the final held at the Rose Bowl in California. The most recent World Cup was held in France in 2019 and saw the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final. Some 14.3 million viewers in the United States tuned into this final, an impressive number considering the unfavorable time difference.

World ranking of national women's soccer teams

Points
USA2,180
Germany2,059
Netherlands2,037
France2,029
England2,027
Sweden2,021
Canada1,976
Australia1,965
Korea DPR1,940
Brazil1,938
Japan1,937
Norway1,917
Spain1,899
Italy1,891
Denmark1,839
China PR1,838
Iceland1,822
Switzerland1,815
Belgium1,813
Korea Republic1,805
Austria1,793
Scotland1,791
New Zealand1,766
Ukraine1,708
Russia1,704
Colombia1,703
Mexico1,699
Czech Republic1,679
Poland1,675
Portugal1,671
Finland1,668
Wales1,667
Republic of Ireland1,666
Argentina1,664
Vietnam1,659
Nigeria1,643
Costa Rica1,630
Chile1,621
Thailand1,616
Chinese Taipei1,590
Cameroon1,552
Romania1,548
Serbia1,546
Uzbekistan1,542
Hungary1,525
Myanmar1,521
Slovakia1,500
Paraguay1,494
South Africa1,486
Papua New Guinea1,479
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of July 12, 2019

Supplementary notes

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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