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U.S. Women Hold Top Spot in FIFA Women's World Rankings

CHICAGO (March 27, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has held the top spot in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings released today on the heels of its runner-up finish at the 2009 Algarve Cup in Portugal earlier this month.

Germany, which lost two games at the Algarve, slipped outside of the top two for the first time since the end of 2003 and sits in third place. Brazil, despite not having played a match since the 2008 Olympic gold medal game, moved into the second spot.

Norway, which lost three matches in Portugal, dropped three spots to ninth. Japan, which will face the USA in a pair of matches in May, moved up two spots to seventh.

The next FIFA Women’s World Ranking will be published on June 26, 2009, before the European Women’s Championships.

FIFA Women’s World Rankings
March, 2009

1. USA
2. Brazil
3. Germany
4. Sweden
5. Korea DPR
6. Denmark
7. Japan
8. France
9. Norway
10. England