March 23, 2018 / 11:03 AM / a month ago

Soccer: Germany drop to third in FIFA women's rankings, U.S. stay top

(Reuters) - Germany dropped out of the top two in the FIFA women’s rankings for the first time since 2009 after a poor run of results while the United States retained top spot.

The logo of FIFA is seen in front of its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

The U.S. team was unbeaten as they won this month’s SheBelieves Cup on home soil, while Germany failed to register a single victory at the annual invitational tournament.

England’s second place in the tournament under new manager Phil Neville secured them No.2 spot in the rankings for the first time.

France rose to fifth after finishing third in the SheBelieves Cup.

Netherlands remain at No.7 while Sweden rose to ninth after being named joint winners of the Algarve Cup. Canada, who finished fifth at the event, climbed to fourth in the rankings.

Japan, who won the World Cup in 2011 and finished runners-up in 2015, have dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2007 after losing two of their four matches this year.

Cyprus Cup champions Spain rose to 12th, their best yet.

Top 10 FIFA women’s rankings (previous positions in brackets):

1. United States (1)

2. England (3)

3. Germany (2)

4. Canada(5)

5. France (6)

6. Australia (4)

7. Netherlands (7)

8. Brazil (8)

9. Sweden (10)

10. Korea DPR (11)

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by David Goodman

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