Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Matildas Kyah Simon (left), Michelle Heyman and Clare Polkinghorne supporting the bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Matildas Kyah Simon (left), Michelle Heyman and Clare Polkinghorne supporting the bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. LUKAS COCH

Rise in rankings for Matildas

THE Matildas have scored on the latest FIFA women's rankings, jumping up the ladder into seventh place.

The Australian women's football team now sit just a place behind Japan.

With qualifying for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 now under way across Europe and Asia, there has been plenty of movement in the world rankings.

In the last rankings Germany had taken the top spot off the US for the first time in more than two years.

But on the latest ranking they have given up their position to their old foes.

The US regained the top mantle after four impressive consecutive wins against Russia (twice), Sweden and Norway.

In other movement Canada retook fourth place from England thanks to a friendly win over Sweden with Tajikistan (108th) and Kosovo (109th) entering the table for the first time.

France stayed in third place with Canada fourth and England fifth.

Australia is bidding for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023.

News Corp Australia


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