After their first ‘ Round of 16 ‘ appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 20 years, Nigeria moved two places up the rankings of FIFA Women.
The rankings were released on FIFA’s website on Friday.
With 1,643 points, the African champions are now ranked 36th, but they stay the top-placed team on the continent.
World Champions U.S.A retained their top spot after their exploits in the just concluded FIFA Women World Cup in France.
Jill Ellis’ team strengthened their hold after defeating four fellow top-six nations in the process to extend their lead to 121 points over Germany who are second.
The world champions accumulated 2,180 points against the 2, 059 by the German side who lost in the quarter-finals to Sweden. This has become the biggest Margin in the history of the ranking.
The Netherlands, who were runners-up at the World Cup, moved five places to third place and are the biggest movers in the top 10.
After their Cinderella run to the final in what was only their second ever World Finals participation, the Netherlands ‘ third-place ranking is the best-ever position of the country.
For the African teams, Cameroon, who reached the round of 16 alongside Nigeria, rose five places with 1,552 points in 41st place to become the second best team in Africa.
Debutants South Africa retain their 49th spot in the world and are third on the continent’s list.
Gabon also returned to the ranking for the first time since August 2016, placed 124th, after their remarkable away victory over Congo in the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics.
Bronze-medalist, Sweden made the second-highest move within the top 10 as they moved from ninth to sixth position and returned to the top 6 for the first time in over two years.
With the number of teams increasing from 155 to 158, the ranking achieved a new milestone.
This means that due to prolonged inactivity, which is an all-time record, no team had to be removed. The next Women’s World Ranking of FIFA / Coca-Cola will be released on September 27.