CHICAGO (Sept. 25, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team held strong in first place in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings released today, but Germany has moved past Brazil into the second spot on the heels of its dominating triumph at the recently completed European Women’s Championships in Finland.
The subtle shift means that the world’s top-two ranked teams according to FIFA will clash on October 29, in Augsburg, Germany as the Americans travel to face the Germans on their home soil for the first time since 2000.
Norway, which reached the Euro semi-final before falling to Germany, climbed three places (7th, up 3), whereas the surprise semi-finalist Netherlands earned its best-ever ranking, moving up two places to 15th.
Apart from the Netherlands, other teams who are currently in their highest-ever position in the ranking include Japan (6th, up 1), England (8th, up 1), Argentina (27th, up 1), Myanmar (42nd, up 2) and Algeria (63rd, up 1).
The next FIFA Women’s World Ranking will be published on December 18, 2009.
FIFA Women’s World Rankings
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