Nigeria continues to lead the continent in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings released on 7 December.
The African champions, right from qualifying for a record eighth Women’s World Cup, drop a point to 39th globally, though.
Right below them, we see movement for the first time in a while as Ghana slips out of the top three.
Cameroon, 46th worldwide, finish the year ranked 2nd in the continent—a position they last held in March 2016 following an impressive Women’s World Cup debut in 2015.
South Africa, who have just earned a first ever Women’s World Cup berth, finish the year in position 48 worldwide and third in Africa (up 2).
Ghana slip from their usual second spot in the continent to 4th and from 47th worldwide to 50th, after a forgettable Africa Women’s Cup of Nations 2018 (AWCON 2018).
Ivory Coast, still riding on their 2015 World Cup debut, complete the top five in Africa at position 68th worldwide.
Equatorial Guinea registers the biggest drop in Africa’s top ten, falling from position 54 to 70 worldwide.
The former African champion also moves out of the top five in the continent after collecting cricket scorelines in their worst continental performance in the just-ended AWCON.
Morocco and Algeria retain their positions in the continent seventh and eighth and 79th and 83rd worldwide, respectively.
Mali, the surprise package of AWCON 2018, swap places with Senegal both in Africa and worldwide.
The AWCON 2018 semi-finalist conclude 2018 ranked 9th in Africa and 85th worldwide while Senegal occupies Mali’s September ranking: 10th in Africa and 89th worldwide.
Congo, set to host AWCON 2020, drop from 96th to 99th worldwide and Zimbabwe also drop from 97th to 100th to complete the African nations in the top 100 worldwide.
There has been a bit of a shuffle at the peak with USA still leading and Germany in 2nd, but with France climbing a point up to 3rd while England drop a point to 4th.
On matters biggest movers, Panama (54th, up 12) and Jamaica (53rd, up 11) register their highest-ever positions after reaching the CONCACAF 2018 semi-finals.
OFC 2018 finalists Fiji (72nd, up 9) and Zambia (114th, up 2) mark the month’s highest points total (66).
Zambia gain the massive points thanks to their demolition of Equatorial Guinea and holding eventual runners-up South Africa to a draw in AWCON 2018.
Egypt, one of the eight nations that qualified for AWCON 2016, continue to remain unranked due to prolonged inactivity.
Africa’s Top 20 | Dec 2018
(in brackets, worldwide ranking)
- Nigeria (39)
- Cameroon (46)
- South Africa (48)
- Ghana (50)
- Côte d’Ivoire (68)
- Equatorial Guinea (70)
- Morocco (79)
- Algeria (83)
- Mali (85)
- Senegal (89)
- Congo (99)
- Zimbabwe (100)
- Zambia (114)
- Ethiopia (116)
- Burkina Faso (120)
- Namibia (126)
- Tanzania (131)
- Kenya (135)
- Rwanda (137)
- Uganda (141)
- Complete December 2018 FIFA Rankings » FIFA Women’s Ranking
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on 29 March 2019.