World champions, Japan have made a first ever top three appearance on the FIFA Coca Cola World Womenâ€™s rankings.The Women’s World Cup-winners, Japan, took advantage of Brazil’s recent inconsistent form to move into the top three of the world rankings, while Northern Ireland were the biggest moversâ€™ moving 10 places up from 64 to 54, thanks to their 3-1 away defeat of former world champions, Norway.
USA remains at the top, but are under pressure from second-placed Germany, who are only five points behind them with Brazil in fourth place.
On the African continent, Cameroon were the biggest movers going 5 places up to 61st in the world.
Nigeria, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea top the CAF best female three followed by Cameroon and South Africa now on fifth.
The Mighty Warriors have however dropped two places to 103 in the world, but remain pegged on 11th on the African ranks.
The current womenâ€™s world rankings include 135 countries, the highest number since December 2007 when a new record was set with 150 teams.