June 22, 2018 / 11:11 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Japan climb to sixth in FIFA women's rankings, U.S. stay top

(Reuters) - Japan has climbed to the sixth spot in the FIFA’s world ranking of the women’s teams after being crowned champions of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, while the United States retains the top spot.

Japan defeated Australia 1-0 in the final of the Asian tournament held in Jordan in April, marking their second successive victory.

The U.S. were unbeaten as they won the SheBelieves Cup in March on home soil, while second-placed Germany failed to register a single victory at the annual invitational tournament.

Brazil rose one spot to seventh in the rankings after they lifted the Copa America Femenina this year.

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

1. United States (1)

2. Germany (3)

3. France (5)

4. England (2)

5. Canada (4)

6. Japan (11)

7. Brazil (8)

8. Australia (6)

9. Netherlands (7)

10. Korea DPR (10)

Newly ranked 25 teams:

Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Indonesia, Algeria, Guyana, Cuba, Congo, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ethiopia, Suriname, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, Barbados, Tanzania, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Grenada, US Virgin Islands, Uganda, Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao, Aruba

Teams no longer ranked due to inactivity: 

Guam, Egypt

Reporting by Anirban Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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