Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Drops to No. 5 in Women's Soccer Rankings, Germany Takes over at Top

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Drops to No. 5 in Women's Soccer Rankings, Germany Takes over at Top

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Canada down to No. 5 in women's rankings

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TORONTO - Canada has slipped one place to No. 5 in the latest FIFA world women's soccer rankings.

There is also movement atop the table with the U.S. falling from No. 1 after two losses to France and Germany at the SheBelieves Cup

European champion Germany takes over top spot, ahead of the Americans. France remains at No. 3 while England replaces Canada at No. 4.

The Canadian women will be able to test themselves against the top-ranked Germans in Erfurt on April 9.

Canada went 2-0-1 at last month's Algarve Cup, losing 1-0 to Spain in the final. That helped move the Spanish up one place to No. 13, their highest-ever ranking position.

There is little points-wise between the top three teams. France is 36 points behind Germany -- the smallest gap between the first and third teams since December 2004. …

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