Big Movers of 1997
The rankings began with only 65 nations actively taking part in women's international football rising to 71 by the end of the year and with far fewer matches played compared to men's football there was less movement in the table.
North Korea showed power by finishing 2nd in the Asian Cup in China and consequently qualifying for the 1999 World Cup pulverising the Philippines 14-1 and smashing 8 past Uzbekistan without reply on their way.
India moved up the rankings after a 3-0 win over Hong Kong in the Asian Cup.
Czech Republic battered Baltic teams Estonia 8-0 and Lithuania 12-0 in World Cup qualifiers away from home.
Yugoslavia slammed 5 past Turkey without reply in an away qualifier for the 1999 World Cup.
Lithuania who lost a World Cup qualifier 5-0 at home to Scotland were smashed 12-0 at home by Ukraine in a friendly and the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier.
Taiwan were taken apart 10-0 by hosts China in the Asian Cup.
Hong Kong were beaten 3-0 by India, thumped 9-0 by Japan and could only manage a meagre 1-0 win over Guam in Asian Cup matches.
Estonia suffered 7-1 and 8-0 home humiliations against Scotland and the Czech Republic respectively in World Cup qualifiers.
Turkey struggled to win 1-0 in Georgia and lost 5-0 at home to Yugoslavia in World Cup qualifiers.
The most unexpected result of the year was the slender 1-0 win for Hong Kong in the Asian Cup against Guam who had been annihilated 21-0 by Japan 2 days earlier.