Despite falling twice at the Tokyo Olympics and despite finishing third in the competition the U.S. women’s national team still was No. 1 in the latest FIFA women’s ranking, which was released Friday morning.
Sweden, which won the silver medal and defeated the Americans in the opening round, moved into second place.
Only 21.53 points adrift, the Swedes moved up three spots in the rankings. They had beaten the USA 3-0 in their opening g roroup maatch at the Summer Games. This is Sweden’s highest ranking.
Buoyed by its Olympic gold medal performance, Canada moved up two positions to sixth place. Germany (3, -1) have dropped a place to third and France (5, -2) fell two places to fifth. Netherlands (4) remained in fourth place.
North Korea (9, +2) was back in the top ten, and Spain (10, +2) climbed into it for the first time. Both sides have profited from falls for Japan (13, -3), which won just one match – against Chile (37) – at Tokyo 2020, and Australia (11, -2), whose quarterfinal defeat of Great Britain was not taken into account when calculating the points.
Zambia (94, +10) shot back into the top 100 and into its highest ever position after it 4-4 draw against China PR (17, -2) in the group phase at the Olympics, a result achieved despite nearly 90 Ranking places separating the two sides before the game.