World and European champion Germany remains atop the latest International Football Federation (FIFA) women's soccer rankings, with the Olympic champion U.S. team second.
Norway is third followed by Brazil, France, and Sweden. North Korea is seventh followed by Denmark, which rose one place to eighth. China dropped one place to ninth in the world and Italy remained in 10th place.
Outside the top 10, the big winner was Russia which came through three Women's World Cup qualifiers without losing a match and is 13th in the world.
There are now 124 teams in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. The rankings are published four times a year and the next ranking will be issued December 16, 2005.