There was no celebrating by the U.S. women today in wake of falling out of FIFA top spot in the ranking. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
The United States’ poor performance and results in the SheBelieves Cup cost the Americans the top ranking in the world among women’s team.
The latest FIFA women’s rankings has Germany sitting atop the heap with the United States in second place.
The Red, White and Blue had been No. 1 in the world since March 1, 2015, which was bolstered by winning the Women’s World Cup later that year.
Not even winning the Olympic gold medal in Brazil last August could boost the Germans past the U.S.
After defeating Germany in the first game of the U.S.-backed competition, 1-0, the hosts went into a tailspin, losing 1-0 to England and 3-0 to eventual champion France.
The U.S. dropped to 2,105 points, its lowest numbers since the ranking’s inception, three points behind the new leaders. The French were third with 2,072, only 36 points behind Germany and the smallest gap between the No. 1 and third-place teams since December 2004.
England was fourth, followed by Canada, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Brazil and North Korea rounding out the top 10.
The latest ranking also reflects an impressive period for No. 13 Spain, which recently won the Algarve Cup and climbed to its highest-ranking position (13th) on the back of a record number of points (1,885).
No. 16 Switzerland also have an unprecedented number of points (1866) after winning the Cyprus Cup.
Italy, by contrast, dropped to 19th, its lowest-ever ranking – after losing all three of its matches at the Cyprus Cup.