On July 6, the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament got underway, with 16 teams competing for dominance of the continent.
This event coincides with the release of the FIFA world rankings, which helps teams to have a better understanding of where they stand in relation to the best of the best at the moment.
On English soil, a number of the world’s best female footballers will be strutting their stuff in the hopes of leading their countries to the final at Wembley, and ultimately lifting the trophy, for the first time.
As part of their review of the top 10 international women’s teams, SportsRola takes a look at what’s happening at the moment.
What are the best national teams for women around the world?
As of the current FIFA world rankings, the following teams occupy the top 10 spots:
In the world of international women’s football, they are reigning champions and a powerhouse. With Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan both named in Vlatko Andonovski’s squad for this year’s CONCACAF Championship, they look to win their tenth title over the next few weeks.
The Swedish team has the highest ranking of any European team going into the summer’s Euros. Caroline Seger, the most capped female player in the history of the European Union, is now a member of the squad, ready to take part in her 13th international tournament. Since winning the first-ever edition of the European international competition for women back in 1984, they have gone on to finish as runners-up three times since then.
Whenever France is involved in a backstage drama, it’s always a big deal. The Lyon coach Corinne Diacre has chosen not to select the former captain Amandine Henry, one of Lyon’s stars when the team won the UEFA Women’s Champions League in May, as well as Eugenie Le Sommer this time around.
After losing their head coach Sarina Wiegman to England, the Netherlands is in a transition period. When it comes to defending their EUROS crown this summer, they still have lots of star quality to fall back on in the form of Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema.
There has been no doubt that Germany has been a dominant force in European women’s football for 30 years, with an incredible six EUROS wins in a row from 1983 to 2013. They have a weaker midfield than usual as they try to land a ninth title. Dzsenifer Marozsan, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and Melanie Leupolz, who was pregnant, are out due to injuries.
At the present time, the Canadian national team is embroiled in a pay dispute with their national federation – with their male counterparts refusing to play against Panama recently because of this dispute. According to one of the demands of the players, the women’s team should be paid equally, as they still have the record-breaking Christine Sinclair on their team, who currently has 189 goals in 310 international matches in her career, which is the highest in history.
There is no doubt that the all-conquering Barcelona team makes up the majority of this very strong Spain team. The team has suffered a few blows ahead of the Euros, with top goalscorer Jenni Hermoso and star Alexia Putellas ruled out with knee injuries, as well as a quartet of players testing positive for Covid-19 before their warm-up friendlies. It is just recently that they negotiated an agreement with their national federation that will see them receive the same percentage of bonuses as the men when it comes to image rights and bonuses off the field.
There is a general trend that hosting a tournament tends to be more advantageous to the host nation when it comes to the Women’s Euros: out of the previous 12 editions, the hosts have turned out to be the champions four times. Besides Wiegman being in charge of the Lionesses for the first time, Leah Williamson of Arsenal is also a new skipper for the team, making this Wiegman’s first tournament in charge.
Having won Copa America seven times before, they are considered one of the favorites going into the tournament next month. Even today, they are still privileged to have one of the most iconic stars in women’s football, the legendary Marta. She is now 36 years old, but she is still the captain of her country and still shines for Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
#10 Korea DPR
Due to the fact that Korea DPR has not played a match in more than three years, it is much more difficult to assess their current form. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, they have withdrawn from fixtures, with travel into and out of the country effectively being prohibited. Back in 2020, they have withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers which were hosted by South Korea due to the continuing pandemic.
Current world rankings for women’s football
10. Korea DPR
18. Korea Republic
22. New Zealand
25. Czech Republic
37. Costa Rica
|40. Chinese Taipei|
47. Northern Ireland
49. Papua New Guinea