Not surprisingly, the United States was No. 1 in the latest FIFA women’s world rankings, which was released on Friday.
The two-time defending world champion Americans, who won the recent SheBelieves Cup, accrued 2,181 points. Second-ranked Germany was next at 2,090, with France (2,036), the Netherlands (2,032) and Sweden (2,007) rounding out the top five.
England was sixth, followed by Australia, Brazil, Canada and North Korea.
Zambia was among several teams to earn a big boost following a busy start to the year.
A combination of Women’s Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers and several friendly tournaments have caused significant movement across the continents, and while the Zambians (100th, up 6) are this edition’s biggest climbers after clinching a spot at the Olympics with a shock triumph over Cameroon, they are not the only team ascending the order.
France (3rd, up 1), Brazil (8th, up 1), North Korea (10th, up 1) and Korea Republic (18th, up 2) have all edged upwards in the top 20, while both Slovenia (49th, up 1) and Jamaica (50th, up 1) are now in their highest-ever positions.
These gains were indebted as much to others’ struggles as to the rising team’s successes. North Korea leapfrogged Japan (11th, down 1), due to the Nadeshiko suffering three consecutive losses at the SheBelieves Cup, while Slovenia and Jamaica advanced thanks to Zambia’s surprise qualifying defeat of Cameroon (51st, down 2).
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The next world ranking will be published on June 26.