The FIBA World Ranking Women has been updated after the conclusion of the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania and the November window of the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers.
While no ranking changes occurred among the top 15 countries, ninth-ranked Belgium (557.6) did move a little closer to China (560.3) in total points.
Switzerland (99.0) was the biggest climber, gaining 12 spots and rising to 65th place, after taking a victory against Estonia in the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers, having gone winless in their previous Qualifiers campaign.
The other big upward movers were also European, with Portugal and Bulgaria each climbing seven spots in the rankings. Portugal is now 47th off the back of their win against Finland, while Bulgaria also squeezed into the Top 50.
The latest ranking serves as the basis to determine the seeds and pots for the draw of FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place next week.
The seeds are as follows:
The top-seeded teams include the current Olympic and FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup champions, the USA, along with the Women’s World Cup runners-up, Australia, the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket reigning champions, Spain, and the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup finalists, Canada.