FIFA released its final rankings ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with the U.S. women’s national team maintaining its hold on No. 1.
The top of the rankings didn’t see any movement from the last update in March, with Germany, Sweden, England and France rounding out the top five. The USWNT has held the top spot in the rankings since June 2017.
The final #FIFARanking ahead of the #FIFAWWC! 📈 🇪🇸 and 🇧🇷 both climb the table! 💪— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 9, 2023
The final #FIFARanking ahead of the #FIFAWWC! 📈 🇪🇸 and 🇧🇷 both climb the table! 💪
Spain equaled its best-ever ranking at No. 6 after beating Norway and China in April. Brazil moved up one spot to No. 8 following its 2-1 win over Germany in the same month. Canada (No. 7) and the Netherlands (No. 9) both moved down one spot.
Australia rounded out the top 10, while fellow World Cup co-host New Zealand sits at No. 26. Zambia, which is making its World Cup debut, will be the lowest-ranked team in the tournament at No. 77.
The World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand on July 20 and runs through Aug. 20. The next FIFA rankings will be released on Aug. 25, days after the World Cup champion is crowned.