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Fijian Women Football Out Of FIFA Rankings

Fiji FA targets age group development as plans for international games are in the pipeline  The Fijian women’s football team are among the six Pacific nations that are ruled out
28 Mar 2017 11:17
Fijian Women Football Out Of FIFA Rankings
Fiji FA is concentrating on age group development for women football in the country. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Fiji FA targets age group development as plans for international games are in the pipeline 

The Fijian women’s football team are among the six Pacific nations that are ruled out of the FIFA world rankings because of prolonged inactivity.

FIFA released the latest rankings last Friday identifying Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga as countries not ranked in the current listing. The other 11 teams are from other small island developing states in the Caribbean.

 

FIJI FA TELLS WHY

When contacted yesterday Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they are currently concentrating on the age group development in women’s football but there are plans already underway for the national women’s team to play international matches this year.

“We have accepted an invitation from Vanuatu Football in October to play in their independence day,” Yusuf said.

“At the moment we are committed in the development of women’s football in the country. We are running domestic competition like Vodafone Women’s League, Vodafone Women’s Youth League and Vodafone Under-16 League which is a way forward for our women’s national team.”

 

GERMANY BACK ON TOP

The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s world ranking has Germany back at the summit.

The European champions have dethroned ranking stalwarts the USA– who now sit in second– in a table that has been shaped by an eventful three months of friendly matches and invitational tournaments.

Shock results at the recent SheBelieves Cup have done the most to end USA’s reign, with the hosts losing twice to finish bottom of the standings – leading to their lowest number of points (2105) since the ranking’s inception.

That has allowed Germany to leapfrog them into the top spot, although the new leaders also lost ranking points at the same tournament, having been the only side to lose to the USA before eventually finishing second.

She Believes Cup champions France have consequently been able to close in on the leading duo and now sit just 36 points behind Germany – the smallest gap between the ranking’s leaders and third-placed team since December 2004.

 

WHAT IT MEANS

The latest rankings also reflects an impressive period for Spain, who recently won the Algarve Cup and have climbed to their highest-ever ranking position (13th) on the back of a record number of points (1885).

Switzerland, too, currently have an unprecedented number of points (1866) after winning the Cyprus Cup, while there are also notable upward moves from the likes of England (4th, up one place), Sweden (6th, up two), Iceland (18th, up two) and Northern Ireland (55th, up four).

Italy, by contrast, have dropped to 19th – their lowest-ever ranking – after losing all three of their matches at the Cyprus Cup.

Further down the table, three countries – Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Bhutan – have returned to the ranking, while 15 have dropped out due to prolonged inactivity.

This has contributed to significant movement throughout the table, with no fewer than 20 countries improving on their previous best positions.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola women’s world rankings will be published on June 23.

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