After going undefeated in its past seven games, it should not be surprising that the U.S. women’s national team continued to lead the latest edition of the FIFA world ranking, which was released Friday morning.
The Americans have accrued 2,192 points, the most since 2013. They lead second-place Germany (2,091) points. The Netherlands moved up to third place past France, which dropped a spot after losing to the USA last week, 2-0. Sweden and
South Korea (10th) moved back into the top 10 at the expense of Japan (11th), benefiting from the extension of the permissible period of inactivity from 18 to 48 months. Brazil (seventh) gained one place while Australia (ninth) dropped two spots.
Following its victory over Ukraine (31st) and qualification for the next UEFA Women’s Euro, Northern Ireland (48th) broke the 1,500-point mark for the first time in their history. Nicaragua (118th) and Belarus (54th) enjoyed the two next best points’ gains (up 18.15 and 15.64 respectively).
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