Canada dropped to seventh in the FIFA women's rankings, with England fourth

Canada dropped to seventh in the FIFA women’s rankings, with England fourth

Canada has dropped one place to No. 7 in the new FIFA Women’s World Rankings, while new European champions England have moved up to No. 4.

The United States, fresh off a 1-0 CONCACAF W Championship win over Canada Women on July 18, remained in the rankings. European rival Germany is third and European semi-finalist Sweden is third with one point.

France slipped behind the UK, falling two places to number five, while the Netherlands fell two places to number six.

Spain, one place down, was eighth behind Olympic champion Canada. Brazil and North Korea, both unchanged, filled out the rest of the top 10.

Canada’s women have never been higher than number four in the rankings. Canada climbed to No. 4 for the first time since winning bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics and moved up six places after beating hosts Brazil 2-1 in the third-place match.

Canadians fell to No. 5 in March 2017, returning to No. 4 in June. Canada bounced between numbers 4 and 5 until it dropped to 7 in June 2019 and 8 in December 2019.

Beau Priestman’s team climbed back to No. 6 after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics on August 21.

Five major women’s tournaments were held around the world in July. In addition to Euro 2022, there was also the CONCACAF W Championship with continental tournaments in Africa, South America and Oceania serving as World Cup qualifiers.

More than 221 matches have been played since the latest women’s rankings were released on June 17.

Jamaica, coming off a third-place finish at the CONCACAF W Championship in Mexico, jumped nine places to No. 42. – 10th place dropped to 36th place.

Like England’s Lyons, South Africa jumped four places to No. 53 after winning the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

African semi-finalists Zambia were the big movers of the month, climbing 23 places to No. 80. Others include Iceland (No. 14, up three), Ireland (No. 26, up one), Portugal (No. 27, up three) and Zambia.

The next women’s rankings will be published on October 13, ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup on October 22.

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