FIFA Women's 2022 Ranking: USA consolidates top spot, Spain climbs to seventh place
Many changes in the first update of the FIFA Women's Ranking after the February international window | Photo: U.S. Soccer

With qualification for the 2023 Women's World Cup in the spotlight, China climbed to 16th place after the Asian Women's Cup. The Philippines is the most notable progression in the first update of the FIFA Women's Ranking 2022, the United States consolidates its position at the top, Spain climbs to seventh place, Brazil ninth, in total 146 matches have been played worldwide.

The Philippines is the team that gained the most points and climbed the most positions, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam are the teams with the most matches played with six each. Togo, Cayman Islands and Anguilla are the new entries. Afghanistan drops out of the women's rankings. The second update will be published on Friday, June 17.

We cannot forget the World Cup qualifiers either, Australia and New Zealand are automatically qualified as hosts, China, Japan, South Korea, Philippines and Vietnam entered through the Asian Women's Cup. There are 25 places left to be decided and there will also be a qualifying playoff tournament in February 2023. The next international window will be played in April.

TheUnited States won the SheBelieves Cup, England won the Arnold Clarke Cup, Africa already knows all the qualified teams for the African Women's Cup in Morocco, which will serve as a World Cup qualifier. Russia was expelled until further notice by FIFA and UEFA, its options to resolve its complex case are increasingly reduced since the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected two injunctions. The case does not have a fixed date, it could take between six months to a year.

The reigning world champions drew 0-0 against the Czech Republic, thrashed New Zealand 5-0 and beat Iceland by the same scoreline. Uzbekistan will be the two teams to beat on April 10 and 18, respectively. The United States is gearing up for the CONCACAF Women's Championship.