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Matildas climb the ladder
« on: October 05, 2007, 06:19:51 PM »
AUSTRALIA'S standing on the world stage of women's soccer has climbed another notch, with the Matildas' stunning performance at the World Cup pushing them to their highest ever spot in FIFA women's world rankings.

Australia has moved up three positions to 12th in the rankings released today - with world champions Germany knocking off the United States to top the list.

It is Australia's best position since the ratings started in October 2003 and comes after the Matildas reached the quarter-finals at the World Cup in China last month.

Brazil, who eliminated Australia with a 3-2 victory in the quarter-finals before going on to contest the final, was the biggest climber, moving up five places to third.

The United States slipped to second spot while Germany went to the head of the rankings following their 2-0 finals defeat of Brazil on Sunday.

Germany and the United States are the only two teams to ever lead the rankings.

Sweden and Norway both dropped one spot, to fourth and fifth.

North Korea, France, Denmark, Canada and England round out the top 10.

England made the top 10 for the first time as the only team to hold Germany to a draw during the World Cup.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22539200-5006068,00.html