ZURICH, Switzerland -- The U.S. women's team took over the No. 1 spot in the FIFA rankings following its win in this week's Algarve Cup.
The Americans, who won the Algarve title for the fifth time, knocked defending World Cup champion Germany into second place, according to quarterly rankings released Friday. The Americans had not held the top spot since August 2003, the last ranking before Germany won the World Cup and the United States finished third.
Norway was third, followed by Sweden, South Korea and Denmark, which lost 2-0 to the United States in Wednesday's final. France was No. 7, trailed by Brazil, Japan, Canada, China, England, Italy, Australia and Russia.
Teams are getting ready for the Women's World Cup, which starts Sept. 10 in China.