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World champions USA remain atop women’s football ranking with largest gap

PARIS, July 13 (Xinhua) — Back-to-back Women’s World Cup holders United States unsurprisingly strengthened their grip on the top position in a recent FIFA world ranking, also building the largest gap over the second-placed side in the ranking’s history.

After overcoming four fellow top six teams en route to their second straight World Cup, the Unite States have extended their lead to 121 points over second-positioned Germany in what is the biggest gap in the ranking’s history.

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Reaching the final in just their second participation, runners-up the Netherlands climb to third, the nation’s best ever position.

Bronze medalists Sweden move three places up to sixth, while World Cup fourth-placed England drop to fifth. World Cup hosts France remain fourth despite their elimination in quarterfinals.

China, knocked out in World Cup round of 16, stay 16th overall, and fourth among AFC member associations, after Australia, DPR Korea and Japan.

The number of ranked teams increases from 155 to 158, setting an all-time record.

FIFA said that its next women’s world ranking will be published on September 27.

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