After Germany’s first group exit, U.S. ‘looking for third straight tournament win’ in round of 16
Powerhouses Canada and Brazil pack it in after shocking losses…rankings unreliable
FIFA’s ranking system for ranking nations has been shaken by a series of upsets at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The United States, the reigning champions of women’s soccer, are the main culprits in the FIFA rankings. The No. 1-ranked United States lost 4-5 on penalties to Sweden in the round of 16 at the Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, after playing to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes of extra time. The United States was eliminated in the round of 16 for the first time in Women’s World Cup history.
It’s understandable that the Americans’ quest for a third consecutive World Cup title is over. Not only is their opponent, Sweden, the third-ranked team in the world, but the penalty shootout itself has been likened to Russian roulette.
However, the U.S. has struggled against lower-ranked teams since the group stage. After a 3-0 win over No. 32 Vietnam in the first round, the U.S. struggled to reach the round of 16 with back-to-back draws against the Netherlands (No. 9) in the second round and Portugal (No. 21) in the third.
Second-ranked Germany also contributed to the FIFA rankings futility. The Germans crushed Morocco (72nd) 6-0 in their first group game, but faltered in a 1-2 loss to Colombia (25th) in their second group game. They eventually drew 1-1 in their final group game against South Korea (17th) to finish third in the group, and were eliminated for the first time ever.
Extending the scope to the top 10 in the FIFA rankings, No. 7 Canada and No. 8 Brazil also had disappointing group stage results. Canada was held to a 0-0 draw by the lowest-ranked Nigeria (40th) in Group B, dropping them to third place, while Brazil was held to a 0-0 draw by Jamaica (43rd) in Group F. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net.
There are two main reasons why the FIFA rankings have lost credibility. FIFA’s monthly rankings take into account A-match wins and losses, opponents, and the importance of the matches, but women’s soccer doesn’t play many friendlies during the A-match period, making it difficult to assess accurately. Compared to 2021, when there were no major tournaments, South Korea played 10 and 8 A matches for men and women, respectively.
The different level of strength and fitness required in women’s soccer has also made the ranking system unreliable.
Whereas in the past, teams with superior technical skills dominated, this tournament was characterized by “strength,” including quickness, focus, power, and height. South Korea, who were knocked out of the group stage for the second consecutive time in France in 2019, have also experienced limitations in this area.카지노
However, there is a possibility that the FIFA rankings will be irrelevant depending on how the team performs in the rest of the tournament. As the World Cup enters the quarterfinals, if Spain (6th), the Netherlands (9th), and Sweden, who are performing well, manage to win the tournament, the focus will be on improving the ranking system rather than on extreme futility.