USWNT keep top spot in FIFA rankings as Germany closes in

USWNT keep top spot in FIFA rankings as Germany closes in

Women's Soccer

USWNT keep top spot in FIFA rankings as Germany closes in

Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Holiday, Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux, Yael Averbuch

By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Women’s National Team is still No. 1.

Despite taking a thrashing earlier this month at the Algarve Cup, the USWNT hold onto their No. 1 spot in the latest FIFA rankings released Friday. It marks the seventh year the USWNT has topped the rankings.

Germany, again at No. 2, has whittled down the USA’s lead to just 24 points from 72 after winning the Algarve Cup, while Japan holds firm at No. 3.

France, who the USWNT will host for a pair of friendlies in June, moved up a spot to a best-ever No. 4 as Sweden moved up one to No. 5 and Brazil fell two to No. 6.

England made the biggest jump in the ranking, moving up three spots to No. 8 and breaking into the top ten after a strong Cyprus Cup performance.

FIFA began ranking women’s national teams in 2003 and the USWNT ranked No. 2 until moving up to the top spot in 2007, which they’ve held since then. The next rankings will be due out in June.

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