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FIFA ranks Super Falcons 10th at 2023 Women’s World Cup

Africa was better represented than ever before in FIFA World Cup history, with a record three teams qualifying for the knockouts.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 21st August 2023
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The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, August 20, as Spain secured a historic 1-0 victory against the Lionesses of England in the final, clinching their maiden title. Spain’s triumph also etched their name in history as the second country ever to win both the Men’s and Women’s World Cups, an extraordinary achievement for the football powerhouse.


The tournament’s conclusion prompted FIFA, the world football governing body, to release the official rankings for the participating teams. The ranking, based on teams’ performance throughout the event, carried a unique twist. Teams eliminated at the same stage were further ranked according to their knockout circumstances.



In this ranking, Nigeria’s Super Falcons proudly secured the 10th position, a remarkable accomplishment that places them amongst the top-performing teams in the world. This achievement is particularly significant as the Super Falcons stood tall among African participants, showcasing their prowess on the global stage.


During the tournament, the Super Falcons exhibited their mettle by competing in four games. Their journey commenced with a goalless draw against Olympic Champions Canada, followed by a stunning 3-2 victory over tournament co-hosts Australia. A subsequent goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland displayed their resilience. In the round of 16, the Super Falcons emerged as formidable contenders, holding the reigning European champions, England, to a goalless stalemate after 120 minutes of intense football. While they narrowly lost on penalties, their performance resonated with fans worldwide.



In the detailed rankings, the USA stands at the ninth spot, while the Super Falcons of Nigeria occupy the impressive 10th position. Although both teams exited the competition in the round of 16, the Super Falcons’ higher goal difference and proficiency in penalty shootouts propelled them ahead of the USA in the rankings made by FIFA.



Notably, the Super Falcons are the highest-ranked African team in the tournament, showcasing their undeniable talent and dedication. Morocco holds the 12th position, reigning African champions South Africa stand at 16th, and Zambia occupies the 25th place.


As some members of the Super Falcons return home, others, such as Michelle Alozie and Uchenna Kanu, have resumed their respective club commitments. 

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