Orange Women close eventful year as world number eight | Football
The Orange Women end the year in eighth place in the world, according to the world rankings that the world football association FIFA published on Friday. The Netherlands also occupied this position in the previous ranking, published in October.
Since the publication of the previous ranking, the women of Orange have settled amicably with Costa Rica (4-0) and Denmark (2-0).
As in October, the United States leads the dance. Germany moved up to second place at the expense of Sweden, which is now third. The top five is completed by England and France.
The Orange Women finished the last international match year as world number five. In last summer’s European Championship, the team found themselves the defending champions after a lackluster performance in the quarter-finals. France won 1-0 after extra time.
Soon after, Mark Parsons had to leave as national coach. With his successor Andries Jonker, the Orange Women are preparing for next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
In the draw for the final round, the Netherlands were linked with the United States, Vietnam and one of the winners of the play-offs: Cameroon, Portugal or Thailand at the end of October. Numbers one and two from each group qualify for the knockout stage.
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