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USA Take Top Ranking
« on: March 16, 2007, 02:08:47 PM »
The USA move into pole position in the latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking, to bring an end to the three-and-a-half year reign of World Cup holders and current European champions Germany, reports FIFA.com.

With seven of the world’s top ten teams taking part, the Mundialito Femenino (mini world cup), as the Algarve Cup is understandably also known, makes a definite impact on the ranking.

Along with new leaders the USA (1st, up 1), Denmark (6th, up 2) and Japan (9th, up 2) also climb. Meanwhile, Brazil (8th, down 2) again lose ground and China PR (11th, down 2) slip out of the top ten altogether.

Its as you were for England and Scotland, (12th & 26th respectively), whilst down one place each are; Republic of Ireland (33rd), Wales (52nd) and Northern Ireland (78th).

Further down the ranks, Algeria (82nd, up 2) make the biggest gain thanks to two victories in the African qualifying competition for next year’s Olympics. By contrast, a pair of defeats away to Greece results in a fall of five places for Romania (39th).

Now including a record 142 teams, the most since its introduction in July 2003, the ranking is drawn up on the basis of a range of factors including result, home advantage, importance of match and opponents’ strength. It is published four times per year.

The next FIFA Women’s World Ranking will be published on 15 June 2007.

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD RANKINGS
1-USA
2-Germany
3-Norway
4-Sweden
5-North Korea
6-Denmark
7-France
8-Brazil
9-Japan
10-Canada
11-China
12-England
13-Italy
14-Australia
15-Russia
16-Finland
17-Ukraine
18-Netherlands
19-Czech Republic
20-Spain

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