England Women Ranked Third By FIFA
The latest FIFA rankings put England third after the recent success in the SheBelieves Cup held in the US early last month. Wins over Brazil and Japan were enough to secure England the SheBelieves Cup for the very first time.
Top 10 rankings
The United States still leads the rankings followed by Germany who come in second to retain their spot. England comes in third to replace France who slipped down to the fourth position. France did not participate in this year’s SheBelieves Cup campaign.
Canada remained unmoved at fifth while Australia remained sixth. Japan follows up on the seventh position with one place higher. This meant that Netherlands, the current European champions is misplaced to eighth. Sweden and Brazil close up the top 10 rankings
When it comes to positions outside the top 10, Spain and China fell one place to 13th and 16th respectively. England neighbors Scotland who are also in the same world cup group as England with Argentina and Japan maintained their 20th spot. Wales dropped to 33rd while the Republic of Ireland lost two spots to position 31.
At 11th place, North Korea is the highest ranked nation that will not be represented at the coming World Cup in France later in the year.
The She Believes tournament
The Cup is an invitational women’s tournament founded in 2016. Four teams have historically graced the event. United States, Germany, England, and France. In 2019 however, the roundup changed with Brazil and Japan attending the event in replacement of Germany and France. The United States is so far the most successful country in the tournament, winning it two times out of four.
The invited teams contested in a round robin tournament. Points are awarded on the basis of 3 points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. A tie was decided on goal difference.
England began their campaign with a 2-1 hard fought win over Brazil to secure 3 points. The Three Lioness had to fight back after Brazil took an early lead courtesy of a penalty in the 16th minute. Meanwhile, Japan gave hosts a run for their money to secure a two all draw. That was only the first day of the tournament.
England had a tougher next match as they faced hosts USA. However, they rose up to the occasion. The hosts lead was short-lived when Houghton equalized three minutes later. The visitors had to wait in the 2nd half to lead the game courtesy of a goal from Parris. Nevertheless, the lead was short-lived as hosts scored an equalizer a few minutes later.
England had to take advantage of the favorable results. They were facing Japan while the USA faced a tougher opponent, Brazil who had not yet won a match in the tournament. England took up the matter early in the match with Staniforth’s goal in the 12th minute.
The second came in 11 minutes later when Darney doubled the lead. Mead also came forth to secure the victory and be a joint top scorer with two goals in the tournament. The win meant the host’s hopes of winning the Cup were buried.
Upcoming World Cup
The SheBelieves Cup is a warm up to the upcoming World Cup showdown in France in June. 24 nations are set to attend the tournament.
The United States will be the defending champions in the biggest women’s football event. The US has won it three times, in 1991 when the tournament was held for the first time, in 1999 and 2015, the latest.
England is yet to reach the finals, but hopes to duplicate the success they have had at she believes Cup at the World Cup finals.
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