The United States is still No. 1 in the latest FIFA women’s world rankings that were released Friday morning.
The rankings were the last edition prior to the Women’s World Cup in France this June and July.
England climbed over France into third place.
The in-form Lionesses (third, up one) swapped places with Les Bleues (fourth, down one) on the back of winning the SheBelieves Cup this month. This was the fourth successive ranking in which England and France exchanged positions behind the leading duo of the U.S. and Germany (second, unchanged).
Besides the recent friendly tournaments, it has been a fairly quiet period in international women’s soccer since the ranking’s most recent edition in December 2018. The result is that the only other change in the top 10 is Japan (seventh, up one) overtaking the Netherlands (eighth, down one), largely as a result of the European champions’ disappointing showing at the Algarve Cup.
Further down the table, Poland (28th, up six) were the biggest climbers after a surprise run to the Algarve Cup final, while Belgium (20th, up one) and Portugal (30th, up two) have both reached their highest positions.
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