Jordan climb up to 50th in Women’s World Ranking
Jordan has progressed to its highest ever position in the Women’s World Ranking, reaching 50th in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking, which was released on June 23, 2017.
The National Team advanced in the World Ranking following their impressive campaign at the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers, which saw Jordan go on top of their group with five wins from five matches, despite booking an automatic qualification ticket to the finals as host nation.
Jordan topped group A with 15 points, scoring a staggering 37 goals, while conceding 3 goals only, beating Bahrain (6-0), UAE (6-0), Iraq (10-0), Tajikistan (10-2), and the Philippines (5-1).
Internationally, a busy few months across the world of women’s football has seen qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 get underway across Europe and Asia. This has meant some re-entries, new entries and movement in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking.
At the summit, Germany had knocked USA off the top spot for the first time since March 2015 in the previous ranking, but the Stars and Stripes are back on top after four impressive consecutive wins against Russia (twice), Sweden and Norway. Elsewhere in the top ten, Canada retook fourth place from England thanks to a friendly win over Sweden. The Blagult themselves dropped three places to ninth, their lowest ever ranking.
Eight teams re-entered the ranking, thanks to the recent glut of competitive games and friendly matches across the globe, with Tajikistan (108th) and Kosovo (109th) entering the table for the first time. With three countries (Jamaica, St Lucia and Malawi) dropping out due to inactivity, the total number of teams has risen by seven from March 2017, up to 122.
Of those 122, seven reached their best-ever ranking. New entries Tajikistan and Kosovo aside, Belgium (22nd, up one place) rose in part thanks to their 5-0 thrashing of Scotland in a UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 warm-up game and Chile (40th, up one place) progressed due partly to a 12-0 demolition of Peru. Other landmark placings saw Jordan (50th, up two places), Syria (114th, up one place) and Iraq (117th, up one place) achieve record highs.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 1 September 2017.