Champs back on top! USWNT best in world in first FIFA rankings since World Cup


Unsurprisingly the U.S. women’s national team have moved back to the top of the FIFA world rankings after winning the 2015 World Cup.

The USWNT overtake Germany to move into top spot, as they defeated the European powerhouse at the semifinal stage in Canada.

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Japan, who the U.S. beat 5-2 in the World Cup final in Vancouver to avenge their defeat in the 2011 final, stay in fourth, while France remain in third and England received its highest-ever ranking of fifth in the world.

On Friday the U.S. women’s national team will have a ticker-tape parade in New York City down the “Canyon of Heroes” and their success has been rubber-stamped as they returned to the top of the rankings after being the No. 1 team in the world from 2008 to 2015.

In contrast, the men’s world rankings were released on Thursday and despite marquee friendly wins over Germany and Holland away from home in June, the USMNT actually dropped seven places to 34th in the world. Here’s an explainer on exactly how that has happened.

Below are the top 20 nations in the world, as women’s soccer looks to continue to build on the success and huge amounts of publicity the World Cup in Canada provided this summer.

FIFA women’s top 20

1. USA
2. Germany
3. France
4. Japan
5. England
6. Brazil
7. Sweden
8. North Korea
9. Australia
10. Norway
11. Canada
12. Netherlands
13. Italy
14. China
15. Denmark
16. New Zealand
17. Korea
18. Iceland
19. Spain
20. Scotland