United States

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USA takes back Global Cup top spot from Norway

It’s the time of the sporting year when the Winter Sports seasons finally draws to a close … and the...

The USA won the women's Football Gold Cup - Pic by leezathomas099 for Pixabay

USA extends Global Cup lead with Athletics Worlds win

July and August have been two extremely busy sporting months (with 14,416 GSN points awarded between them, 41.1% of the year’s total so far), and the

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USA wins Swimming World Championships in June

A huge gap opened up between the USA  and its nearest Global Cup competitor at the end of June, after...

The USA was the top Basketball nation in 2021 - pict. by K. Johnson, Pixabay

USA wins Global Cup, Japan grabs historic second place

The USA is officially the world’s best sporting nation of 2021, winning the Global Cup title for...

Best Sports

2022

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Swimming 1290 30.9
2 Athletics 718 17.2
3 Golf 399 9.6
4 Ice Hockey 188 4.5
5 Tennis 170 4.1
6 Lacrosse 160 3.8 1
7 Football 160 3.8 -1
8 Figure Skating 147 3.5
9 Freestyle Skiing 133 3.2
10 Alpine Skiing 98 2.4

2021

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Swimming 963 13.1
2 Basketball 840 11.5
3 Athletics 587 8.0
4 Golf 486 6.6 -3
5 Artistic Gymnastics 393 5.4
6 Football 392 5.3
7 Wrestling Free 385 5.3
8 Volleyball 336 4.6
9 Boxing (Amateur) 208 2.8
10 Marathon 186 2.5 -2

2020

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Golf 379 37.3 2
2 Tennis 183 17.9 5
3 Freestyle Skiing 85 8.4 6
4 Alpine Skiing 64 6.3 7
5 Track Cycling 56 5.5 31
6 Snowboarding 46 4.5 12
7 Speedskating 33 3.2 21
8 Marathon 33 3.2 5
9 Rugby Union 32 3.1 8
10 Triathlon 28 2.8 19

2019

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Athletics 1875 26.7
2 Swimming 761 10.8
3 Golf 535 7.6 -2
4 Football 532 7.6
5 Volleyball 294 4.2 -3
6 Artistic Gymnastics 279 4.0 -1
7 Tennis 223 3.2 -4
8 Archery 214 3.1 21
9 Freestyle Skiing 170 2.4 4
10 Trampoline 150 2.1 33

2018

Top Positions Points % Chg
1 Golf 625 12.6 2
2 Volleyball 558 11.3 4
3 Tennis 368 7.4 1
4 Basketball 350 7.1
5 Artistic Gymnastics 318 6.4 13
6 Marathon 267 5.4 1
7 Ice Hockey 196 4.0 1
8 Wrestling Free 192 3.9 2
9 Shooting 182 3.7 10
10 Lacrosse 160 3.2 -1

United States Positions

2022

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 1
Gender:Men 1
Gender:Women 1
Continent:Americas 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 29
Gender:Men 30
Gender:Women 25
Continent:Americas 3

2021

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 1
Gender:Men 1
Gender:Women 1
Continent:Americas 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 46
Gender:Men 46
Gender:Women 38
Continent:Americas 4

2020

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 1
Gender:Men 3
Gender:Women 1
Continent:Americas 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 24
Gender:Men 20
Gender:Women 22
Continent:Americas 2

2019

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 1
Gender:Men 1
Gender:Women 1
Continent:Americas 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 45
Gender:Men 47
Gender:Women 33
Continent:Americas 4

2018

Global Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 1
Gender:Men 2
Gender:Women 1
Continent:Americas 1
Per Capita Cup Positions
Category Position
Overall 39
Gender:Men 39
Gender:Women 31
Continent:Americas 3
The USA women’s Volleyball team won the 2021 Nations League

USA edges Norway to take Global Cup lead

 After a chase that began right at the beginning of this pandemic-depleted sporting year, the USA...

Will Zalatoris (USA) was runner-up at the 2021 Golf Masters – pict. C. Hawkins

USA closes in on leader Norway in Global Cup table

In one of the thinnest months on record points-wise (only 314 GSN points awarded), the USA posted the bigg...

The USA won its 7th consecutive women’s Basketball gold in Tokyo - pict.: Kareem Elgazzar USA TODAY Sports

USA wins Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The USA has won the (postponed) Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, taking top spot on the podium for the fourth con...

The USA won the 2019 women’s Football World Cup

USA the world’s best sporting nation in 2019

The USA has won the Global Cup for the 12th consecutive time, topping GSN’s table of t...

The US won the women’s Team Pursuit at the 2020 World Track Cycling Championships - Pict.: Casey B. Gibson

USA wins Global Cup 2020

The total number of GSN points awarded in the 2020 sporting year was 10,413, shared out among 62 countries.

Caleb Dressel (USA) won multiple golds at the 2019 Swimming World Championships

The Year’s Best – USA top nation in Aquatics, Ball Team Sports in 2019

One of the most distinctive features of GSN’s unique sport stats is the ability to aggregate the results of sibling sports, like Football, Futsal and Beach Soccer

Ajee Wilson (USA), the women’s 800m Diamond League champion in 2019 – pict.: G. Colombo

Profiling the world’s top sporting nations: the USA

Competitive sport has restarted in many countries, though the majority of international sporting tournaments are still on hold.

Sofia Kenin of the USA in action in the 2018 Tennis Federation Cup Final

The Year’s Best - USA top Racket Sports nation in 2018

Another exciting sporting year is drawing to a close, and it is time for us to reveal the final rankings in GSN’s unique sport groups,

Megan Rapinoe, captain of the USA's Women’s Football team - picture: Franck Fife

USA tops Global Cup halfway through sporting year

Halfway through the sporting year 2019, Global Cup champion the USA has finally put its nose in front...
Caeleb Dressel (USA) won a record 8 medals (6 golds) at the Swimming World Championships – Photo: LaPresse

USA top nation in July, ahead of Great Britain, Russia

The USA topped the July monthly ranking in the Global Cup by scoring a record total of 1,858 points,...
Marcel Hirscher (Austria) won slalom gold at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Are, Sweden

USA leads Global Cup after February, Austria wins Alpine Skiing Worlds

February was a busy, hotly contested sporting month, featuring a spate of tournaments ranging from the men’s Football Asian Cup to

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USA best in October ahead of Russia, Japan

The USA won the month of October 2018 in the Global Cup, the ranking of the world’s top sporting...

The USA Ladies celebrate winning the Basketball World Cup 2018

USA wins Global Cup for 11th consecutive year

The USA is the 2018 Global Cup champion, winning the title of world’s best sporting nation for th...

The USA Ladies won the 2018 Basketball World Championships

USA tops September Global Cup ranking, ahead of Japan, France

September was the biggest sporting month in the year so far, in terms of number of tournaments and especially points awarded in the Global Cup.

The USA Men's Basketball team on the way to their Olympic gold medal

USA win Global Cup ahead of France, GBR pips Germany for third place

Another exciting sporting year is over, and the USA have triumphed in the Global Cup, the ranking of the world’s best...

Sweden beat Canada to the 2017 Men's Ice Hockey world title, the last tournament in the snow & ice season

USA clinch 2017 Snow & Ice sports title

It was a close-run affair, but in the end the USA have managed to clinch the snow and ice sports title.
The USA's Biles (gold) and Ross (silver) at the Art. Gymnastics Worlds 2013

USA and Slovenia are the top nations in sports 2013

The USA and Slovenia have topped the 2013 standings in GSN’s two main rankings, the Global C...
The USA ladies strike gold in Olympic Football

London 2012 Day 13: USA score winning goal with Ladies Football

Gold in Women’s Football was the highlight of Day 13 for Olympic ranking leaders USA, and it may prove to be the decisive leap for the...

Brian Lochte of the USA

Global Cup December 2011: it's the USA again!

FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR THE USA have won the GSN Global Cup, topping the international ranking in our unique year-long competi...
Dawn Harper (USA) wins 100m hurdles at Beijing Olympics

The USA won the Beijing Games

The 2008 Beijing Olympics had one triumphant winner, says GSN: Team USA!
Team USA

“I’m so bored with the USA...”

…but they’re so good at sports! The simple reason for which America has run away with the Global Cup for the second consecutive year is their breadth of excellenc...
Andy Roddick of the USA

Lost boys of U.S. Tennis

Melbourne, Australia. Another Men’s Singles Grand Slam final.