Canada’s women’s soccer team unchanged at 7th in latest FIFA rankings ahead of 2023 World Cup draw

Canada’s Adriana Leon is challenged by Argentina’s Marina Delgado during an international friendly match in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain on October 6.Juan Carlos Toro del Rio /Associated Press

The Canadians are unchanged at 7th in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

The United States remains at the top of the list with Olympic silver medalist Sweden moving up to second place, dropping Germany by one spot. England are fourth, followed by France with Spain – fresh off a 2-0 win over the Americans – moving to No.6 from No.8 with the Netherlands falling below Canada. Brazil and North Korea complete the top 10.

The new rankings will be used to determine the seeds for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 draw in Australia and New Zealand. The draw is scheduled for October 22 in Auckland.

The Canadians are coming off wins over Argentina (2-0) and Morocco (4-0) in the recent FIFA international window. Despite the loss, Argentina moved up two places to No. 29 while Morocco remained at No. 76.

Canada’s highest ranking to date is No. 4. Women got there for the first time after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics, moving up six places after beating Brazil 2-1 in the match for third place.

The Canadians fell to 5th in March 2017, returning to 4th in June. Canada bounced between No. 4 and 5 until falling to No. 7 in June 2019 and No. 8 in December 2019.

Bev Priestman’s team moved up to sixth place on August 21 after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics. He slipped to 7th in the August 2022 rankings.

Estonia was the big driver of the new ranking, climbing 10 places to No. 96 in the top 100. Pakistan moved up seven places to No. 140.

Portugal (No. 23, up four) was the top climber in the top 50.

Syria (#157) and Pakistan (#160) join the rankings, meaning 187 of FIFA’s 211 member associations are now included in the women’s rankings.

The draw for the World Cup qualifiers is scheduled for Friday with Portugal (No. 23), Chile (No. 38), Chinese Taipei (No. 40), Thailand (No. 41), Papua -New Guinea (n°50), Paraguay (n°51), Haiti (n°56), Panama (n°57), Cameroon (n°58) and Senegal (n°84) in competition for three places in the tournament.

Canadian men are currently ranked 41st in the world.

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