FIFA World Ranking Dec - Germany on top

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  1. jonny63

    jonny63 Member+

    Feb 17, 2005
    ( 21 Dec 2005

    The third year-end FIFA Women's World Ranking is once again headed by world and European champions Germany. Success in this year's European Championship has doubled Sylvia Neid's team's advantage over the American Olympic champions, while Norway (3rd) and Brazil (4th) - the only South American team in the top ten - lie some way back in third and fourth respectively. The remaining places in the top ten are occupied by Sweden (5th), Korea DPR (6th), France (7th), Denmark (8th), China PR (9th) and Italy (10th).

    In terms of the number of points gained in 2005, Germany (+ 53 points) and England (+ 39) lead the way. However, the Best Mover of the Year comes from Asia, with Vietnam climbing seven places to 36th on the back of an impressive haul of points. Other teams heading in the right direction include Poland, Slovenia and Northern Ireland, while Mozambique (down 6), Portugal (down 6) and Hungary (down 8) are the teams who have lost the most ground in 2005. Egypt, Bermuda and FYR Macedonia now appear in the FIFA Women's World Ranking, in contrast to Morocco, who for the time being are no longer listed.

    The ranking currently features 123 teams, who are evaluated on a number of factors, including match results, home advantage, the significance of a match and the strength of the opposition. The ranking is published four times per year. According to the Big Count survey published by FIFA in 2001, 22 million women and girls around the world play football.
    - The next FIFA Women's World Ranking will be published on 17 March 2006.,1624,112777,00.html?articleid=112777,1624,All-12,00.html

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