Saturday, 20 December 2014

FIFA rankings: Super Falcons end year with climb to 32nd spot

Nigeria Super Falcons
Nigeria’s Super Falcons have ended the year as the 32nd ranked national team in the world following Friday’s release of the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings.
The Super Falcons defeated Cameroon 2-0 in the final of the 2014 African Women’s Championship in Namibia to clinch the title for a record nine times.
The reigning African champions were previously ranked 35th in the world but have now climbed three spots in the rankings and remain as the highest ranked team in Africa
Nigeria are the least-ranked side in World Cup 2015 Group D compared to USA (2nd), Sweden (5th) and Australia (10th) ahead of the tournament which holds from June 6 to July 5.
The Super Falcons garnered a total of 1633 points from the month of September till date and remained the best in Africa ahead of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The Black Queens of Ghana remain unmoved as second best African team with 1459 points at 50th spot. Cameroon are now ranked third in Africa and 52nd in the world, followed by Equatorial Guinea (54th), South Africa (60th), Cote d’Ivoire (65th), Algeria (77th), Morocco (78th), Tunisia (79th) and Egypt (87th).
Meanwhile, Germany displaced USA, who dropped a place at the summit of the World Ranking while France, Japan and Sweden complete the top five countries.

The next Fifa ranking for women will be published on 19 March, 2015.

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