The U.S. women’s national team remained atop the FIFA rankings, which were released on Friday morning.

They were the first rankings released by the organnization in nearly four months.

The defending world champions have been No. 1 since 2017.

Sweden remained in second place, followed by Germany in third.

France moved up a spot to fourrth place past No. 5 the Netherlands. Spain climbed to ninth place, the contry’s all-time high.

The next work rannkings will be released on March 25.

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Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at