Australia's national women's team broke in to the top 10 of the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, to secure its highest ever place in the standings.
After a strong showing at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, where it reached the quarter-finals, the Matildas moved up two places from equal 11th (with Italy) to 9th.
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup winner is the second highest ranked Asian team, five spots behind World Cup finalist Japan.
FIFA Women's World Ranking Top 10
1. USA - 2162 pts
2. Germany - 2146 pts
3. Brazil - 2121 pts
4. Japan - 2101 pts
5. Sweden - 2085 pts
6. England - 1997 pts
7. France - 1981 pts
8. Canada - 1953 pts
9. Australia - 1946 pts
10. Norway - 1940 pts
Among the top 10, England made the biggest rise moving up four spots, Canada dropped two places while for the first time since the rankings began in 2003, DPR Korea dropped out of the top 10, to 12th.
Australia’s road to the Olympics begins in September in Jinan, China, in a gruelling six team, 11 day round-robin tournament with the top two teams progressing to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Former England player and manager