According to the report, The Learning Curve, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United States ranks seventeenth out of forty countries ranked in overall educational performance. Finland ranks first. The top ten countries in educational performance are:
- South Korea
- Hong Kong SAR
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
According to the Economist, seventeen of the twenty-three members of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team play for European clubs, which makes the United States tied for seventh with Ghana and Argentina in that category. Cameroon ranks first, with all twenty-three members of its team playing for European clubs.