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Oct. 5, 2007
U.S. slips to 2nd in FIFA women's rankings

The United States paid the price for finishing third at the recent Women's World Cup, as it dropped from first to second in FIFA's rankings, which were released Thursday morning.

The Americans, who lost to Brazil, 4-0, in the semifinals, dropped 12 points to 2,192.

World champion Germany (2,201) , which started out the tournament in the second spot, gained 53 points by finished with a 5-0-1 record and allowing no goals as it blanked the Brazilians in the final, 2-0.

Brazil leaped five spots to No. 3 with an 82-point gain to 2,082.

Sweden (2,070), which failed to get out of the first round, dropped a point and a spot to fourth place. Norway (2,035), which finished fourth, losing to the U.S. in the third-place match, 4-1, lost 20 points and fell to fifth place.

North Korea (2,029), which played the U.S. to a 2-2 draw in the first round before being eliminated by Germany in the quarterfinals, also dropped a spot to sixth place.

France (1,993), which did not compete, held steay at No. 7. Denmark (1,973) fell two spots to eighth, losing 46 points. Canada, which failed to get out of the opening round, stayed in ninth place, losing 12 points.

England (1,944), eliminated by the U.S. in the quarterfinals, climbed two rungs on the ladder to 10th place.

The next rankings will be published on Dec. 21.

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