Newly-crowned European Women‘s Champions England moves into fourth place in the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday. At the same time, four-time World Cup winners, the United States retain their spot at No.1. Brazil remains ninth after winning Copa America Femenina, defeating Colombia in the final. In contrast, women’s Africa Cup of Nations champs South Africa moved four places to 54th on FIFA’s rankings. Aside from the European and South American leagues, South Africa won the Women’s African Cup of Nations at CAF.  The United States won CONCACAF’s Women’s Cup to help maintain its spot atop the rankings. 

Euro 2022 was not the only tournament held worldwide last month, with continental championships also held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand. July 2022 was a busy month for women’s soccer, with five essential tournaments happening worldwide. Since 17 June 2022, the last FIFA/Coke-Cola Women’s World Rankings were published, and no less than 221 matches have been played, generating significant movement in the rankings.

While the Republic of Ireland is ranked 26th, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are ranked 23, 30, and 50, respectively. Fifth-placed France and the sixth-placed Netherlands both fell into two positions. No. 7 is Olympic champion Canada. Germany is now in second place despite losing the Euro 2022 championship.

Women’s Football in FIFA 23

Sam Kerr of Chelsea will be featured with Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain on the game’s cover for the very first time ever, according to a separate announcement from EA. “We’re dedicated to producing an equal experience and hope to help promote women’s football,” said FIFA 23 producer Matt Lafreniere in reference to the Euro 2022 event, which will bring increased prominence to the women’s game. In the future, further announcements will be surrounding the women’s club game.

EA wants to make FIFA 23 the “most interactive, inclusive, ambitious and overall largest entry ever,” according to a blog on the PlayStation website. As a result, the men’s World Cup Qatar 2022 and the women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 will both be played. Only the FA Women’s Super League and the French Division 1 Féminine will be available at launch. EA claims, though, that it will eventually increase the roster. With Fifa 16, EA introduced women’s football to its 325 million-copy franchise. However, there weren’t many foreign teams in that match. Fifa 22 from the previous year increased the number of international groups on the roster to 17 and included the ability for users to create female players in the Pro Clubs mode.

This has happened because the popularity of women’s football has increased, and fans are also taking an interest in women’s football.