U.S. goes atop of FIFA rank­ings af­ter World Cup win

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - TORONTO

Canada has slipped out of FIFA’s top 10 in the wake of its quar­ter-fi­nal loss to Eng­land at the Women’s World Cup.

The host Cana­di­ans en­tered the tour­na­ment in eighth spot. On Fri­day, they dropped to 11th.

Only Spain (No. 19, down five) fell fur­ther than Canada in the women’s top 50.

The Cana­dian men are cur­rently ranked 103rd by FIFA, hav­ing climbed six spots in the most re­cent rank­ings.

The U.S. women moved up one spot to top the rank­ings, chang­ing places with Ger­many. The Amer­i­cans thumped Ja­pan 5-2 in Sun­day’s fi­nal in Van­cou­ver to col­lect the top prize in women’s soc­cer for the first time in 16 years. France, ousted by Ger­many in the quar­ter-fi­nals, re­mained at No. 3 while Ja­pan was un­changed at No. 4

Eng­land, which ousted Canada 2-1 in the quar­ter-fi­nals, moved up a place to an all-time high of fifth af­ter its best Women’s World Cup show­ing. The Lionesses beat Ger­many in the third-place game.

In re­leas­ing the new rank­ings, FIFA pointed to Canada man­ag­ing just two wins against lesser-ranked op­po­si­tion (China and Switzer­land) in five games at the tour­na­ment.

The rest of the top 10 was Brazil (up one), Swe­den (down two), North Korea (un­changed), Aus­tralia (up one) and Nor­way (up one).

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