South Korean women’s soccer falls to 20th place in 4 years…’World’s strongest’ USA also rises from 1st to 3rd, Japan 8th
The South Korean women’s national soccer team has dropped to 20th place in the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) world rankings for the first time in nearly four years after being eliminated from the group stage of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia-New Zealand with a 1-1 draw and two losses.
According to the women’s soccer world rankings released by FIFA on Friday, South Korea has 1,773.93 ranking points, down three spots from its 17th place in June. In June, it had 1,840.27 points.
Germany, which finished in the group stage alongside South Korea, dropped to sixth place.
Japan, which advanced to the quarterfinals, jumped from 11th to 8th. Defending champions Spain jumped from sixth to second with 49.56 ranking points.
The United States, considered the “best team in the world,” dropped to third place. This is the first time since June 2017 that the United States has fallen from the top of the FIFA rankings.
This is the first time since December 2019 that South Korea’s women’s soccer team has dropped as low as 20th in the FIFA rankings. The team has been ranked between 15th and 19th since then, but has slipped to 20th in nearly four years.
The team, led by Colleen Bell, was eliminated from Group H of the World Cup with one draw and two losses.
Back-to-back losses to then-ranked 25th-ranked Colombia and 72nd-ranked Morocco severely hurt their chances of reaching the round of 16, and they only managed to salvage a 1-1 draw with second-ranked Germany in the final.
After reaching the World Cup quarterfinals and round of 16, respectively, Colombia and Morocco were ranked 22nd and 58th.
Morocco, the first Arab nation to reach the Women’s World Cup Round of 16, earned the most ranking points with 104.22.
The United States, the tournament’s “favorite,” was edged out by Sweden in a penalty shootout in the Round of 16.
This is the first time since 2003 that both the United States and Germany have fallen from the top two spots in the FIFA Women’s Soccer Rankings 바카라사이트.
It was also the first time in a Women’s World Cup since 1991 that both the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the FIFA rankings failed to reach the quarterfinals.
Sweden, ranked third, took the top spot for the first time with 19.46 ranking points. Sweden reached the quarterfinals of the tournament and finished in third place.