U.S. maintains top spot in FIFA Women's Rankings
Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - The U.S. women's national team, which recently captured its third straight Olympic gold, remained first in the FIFA Women's Rankings released Friday.
The United States extended its cushion to 53 points over second-place Germany, while 2011 World Cup winner Japan remained third after it won Olympic silver.
Brazil climbed one place to fourth and France jumped up one place to fifth, as Sweden dropped two places to sixth. Canada stayed seventh after winning bronze in the Olympics and England (eighth), Australia (ninth) and Italy (10th) moved up one place.
North Korea dropped out of the top 10, falling three places to 11th. Wales was the biggest mover inside the top 50, as it climbed six places to 37th.
The next edition of the FIFA Women's World Ranking will be released Dec. 7.