The U.S. women’s national team’s early exit from the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has cost them in the first post-tournament rankings.
The Americans fell to No. 3 after holding the top spot for a lengthy period of time, FIFA announced Friday. Vlatko Andonovski’s side suffered elimination in the Round of 16 in Australia and New Zealand, which was the worst finish in a World Cup by the Americans in team history.
Andonovski has since stepped down as head coach of the program, as did USWNT GM Kate Markgraf.
The USWNT defeated Vietnam 3-0 before tying the Netherlands 1-1 and Portugal 0-0 in group stage play. Sweden eliminated the USWNT on penalties in the knockout stage, ending a disappointing tournament by the 2015 and 2019 tournament winners.
The top three Concacaf nations all dropped in the latest rankings with the USWNT, Canada, and Mexico, while Jamaica and Haiti were the lone top-six teams to move up.
Sweden moved to the No. 1 spot while World Cup winners Spain leapfrogged the USWNT into the No. 2 place. England and France rounded out the top five just behind the USWNT.
Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, and Canada rounded out the Top 10.
The USWNT returns to action on home soil in September with 45th-ranked South Africa taking on the Americans in a pair of friendlies.