US remain top in FIFA rankings before Women’s World Cup

Washington, June 9 (BNA): The defending champions, the United States, head into next month’s Women’s World Cup as the highest-ranked team, with no changes in the top five in the latest FIFA rankings published Friday.

Reuters reported that the United States, which has occupied the lead since June 2017, continues its progress, surpassing Germany, Sweden, European champions England and France, respectively.

Spain and Brazil, the sixth and eighth seeds, swapped places with Canada (seventh) and the Netherlands (ninth) the only changes in the top 20.

After friendlies in April, Spain equaled their best-ever ranking with high-scoring wins over Norway and China, while Copa America champions Brazil pulled off an impressive victory over Germany.

Australia and New Zealand, the host country for the World Cup, come in tenth and twenty-sixth. Newcomers Zambia will be the lowest ranked team in the tournament at 77th.

The World Cup runs from July 20 to August 20.


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