FIFA Rankings: Falcons Rise 8 Places, Remains Africa’s Best As Sweden Becomes No.1

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have moved up eight places to 32nd, from 40th position, in the latest FIFA Women’s World ranking.

According to the list released on Friday by the world football governing body, the nine-time African champions maintain their position as the number one female national team on the continent.

The Falcons’ rise in the latest ranking is due to their impressive outing at the just concluded 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The Super Falcons finished second in Group B with five points to qualify for the Round of 16 stage at the tournament, despite being ranked the lowest in the Group that had co-hosts Australia, reigning Olympic Champions Canada and the Republic of Ireland.

The Nigerian ladies were unfortunately eliminated 4-2 on penalties by European champions England after playing out a goalless draw in 120 minutes.

South Africa and Cameroon maintained their places as the second and third-best teams in Africa, while Morocco leapfrogged Ghana to fourth with the Black Queens of Ghana rounding up the top five teams on the continent.

Sweden moved up to number one in the world, followed by newly crowned world champions Spain. The US dropped to third, while England and France remained unmoved in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

The Falcons were also ranked as the 10th best participating team after the conclusion of the tournament.

The next FIFA women’s world ranking will be released on December 15, 2023.

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