The United States Women’s National Team are back on top of the monthly FIFA world rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time since 1999.
The USWNT lost the No. 1 spot in FIFA’s world rankings to Germany in December, the first time the squad wasn’t ranked first in more than six years.
The United States captured their third World Cup title with a dominating 5-2 victory over Japan, led by midfielder Carli Lloyd’s hat-trick. Television viewership for a soccer match was at an all-time high, with 25.4 million people in the United States watching the game.
In the new standings released Friday, Germany is second after losing to the Americans in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup.
France maintains its spot at No. 3 and World Cup runner up Japan is fourth. Coming in at No. 5 is England, with its highest ranking ever after beating Germany 1-0 in the third-place game.
Brazil, Sweden, Japan, North Korea (Korea DPR), Australia and Norway round out the top 10.
World Cup host Canada dropped three spots to 11th.
Nigeria is Africa’s highest ranked team at No. 29, while New Zealand (No. 16) is the Oceania Football Confederation’s top ranked squad.
Cameroon, which in their first ever World Cup appearance made it to the Round of 16, moved up 10 spots to No. 43.
There are 141 teams in this month’s rankings, the highest total since 2007. FIFA said six teams (Indonesia, Congo, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Gabon and Kenya) returned to the rankings after long periods of inactivity.
- Scooby Axson