United States out of the top spot in the FIFA women’s world rankings after six-year-long reign as semifinalists Australia fall out of the top-ten following success
- Sweden, despite losing in the semifinals, takes over the top spot in the rankings
- World Cup winners Spain, who defeated Sweden, sit behind them in second
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Women’s World Cup winner Spain rose to No. 2 in the FIFA rankings published Friday, with the United States falling off the top spot for the first time in more than six years.
Sweden, which lost to Spain in the semifinals, tops the rankings. FIFA said Spain, which jumped four spots, would have led but for ranking points lost in a group-stage 4-0 defeat by Japan.
The U.S. dropped to No. 3. The two-time defending World Cup champion lost in the round of 16 to Sweden. European champion England, which lost to Spain in the final, stayed at No. 4. England won its semifinal against France which is No. 5.
Australia – the host nation which made the semifinals of the tournament – ended up falling out of the top-ten altogether.
FIFA says this is due to the Matildas’ loss in the third-place game to Sweden.
Sweden have claimed the top spot of the FIFA women’s world rankings for the first time ever
Meanwhile Spain – who beat Sweden in the semis and won the World Cup – are in second
Rounding out the top=three is the United States – who held the top spot for six years in a row
Despite a fourth-place finish, Australia are out of the top-ten and behind three teams who failed to even reach the knockout stages: Germany (sixth), Brazil (ninth), and Canada (tenth)
Meanwhile, three nations who didn’t even qualify for the knockout stages remained at the top of FIFA’s list.
Germany dropped to sixth from second after failing to advance from the group stage at the World Cup. Germany was the last European team to lead the rankings in 2017.
Brazil, who will now have to get used to life without star Marta, also did not advance – but dropped only one spot to No. 9.
Olympic champion Canada also failed to reach the knockout rounds and dropped three places to No. 10.
Teams rising after impressing at the World Cup include Colombia (up three to No. 22), Nigeria (up eight to No. 32), South Africa (up nine to No. 45) and Morocco (up 14 to No. 58).