The latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings were announced today with Scotland dropping down one place to 22nd.
It is unsurprising that the major changes in the rankings were influenced by the recent UEFA Women’s Euro 2017. Champions Netherlands move up into the top ten for the first time ever, jumping up five places from twelfth to seventh. Runners-up Denmark also moves up three places to twelfth, whilst there is a big jump of four places from debut Semi-Finalists Austria. The other Semi-Finalist, England, move up two places to third.
Scotland’s other Group D opponents, Spain and Portugal, had significant changes. Spain, who Scotland beat 1-0, drop down four places to 17, whilst Portugal jumped up by the gap and are now ranked 34th.
At the top, it is still the USA who leads the rankings with Germany in second. However, Germany’s total of 2,077 is their lowest ever – not a surprise, as they were eliminated in the quarter-finals, having won the past six European Championships. USA’s points total of 2,104 is also their lowest ever.
The next rankings will be announced on the 15th December. The full ranking list can be found here.