The UEFA Women’s EUROS begins next month, with 16 teams battling for continental dominance. It coincides with the release of the latest FIFA World Rankings – so teams can see how they’re stacking up against the best of the best at the moment.
Many of the world’s best women footballers will take pride on English soil to lead their country to the final at Wembley and eventually lift the trophy.
Ahead of the tournament, which begins on July 6, The Sporting News takes a look at the top ten women’s national teams.
Who are the best women’s national teams?
The current top 10 in the FIFA world rankings include the following teams:
1) United States: Reigning world champions and the powerhouse of international women’s football. They are aiming to win their tenth CONCACAF championship in the coming weeks, with both Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan being called up to Vlatko Andonovski’s squad.
2) Sweden: Sweden are the best-ranked European team competing at the summer EURO. All-time top-seeded European player Caroline Seger is in the squad ready for her 13th international tournament. They were champions in the very first edition of the European International Women’s Competition in 1984 and have finished second three times since then.
3) France: There’s always backstage drama with France. This time, coach Corinne Diacre left out former skipper Amandine Henry, one of Lyon’s stars when she won the UEFA Women’s Champions League in May, and Eugenie Le Sommer.
4) Netherlands: The Netherlands are in a transition period after losing head coach Sarina Wiegman to England. They still have plenty of star quality in the form of Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema as they look to defend their EUROS crown this summer.
5) Germany: Germany have been the dominant force in European women’s football for 30 years, with an incredible six EURO wins in a row until 2013. Their midfield is weaker than usual as they are in the hunt for the ninth crown as Dzsenifer Marozsan is out with an anterior cruciate ligament Ligament injury and Melanie Leupolz is absent due to pregnancy.
6) Canada: Canada are currently embroiled in a salary dispute with their federation – their male counterparts recently refused to play against Panama. One of the players’ demands is equal pay for the women’s team, which still has record-holder Christine Sinclair with 189 goals in 310 internationals.
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7) Spain: The all-conquering Barcelona team make up the majority of this very strong Spanish side. They have suffered a number of setbacks ahead of the EURO, with top goalscorer Jenni Hermoso out with a knee injury and a quartet of players testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of their warm-up friendlies. Off the field, they just struck an agreement with their national federation that sees them receive the same percentage as the men when it comes to bonuses and image rights.
8) United Kingdom: Hosting a tournament is generally quite favorable when it comes to Women’s EUROS – of the previous 12 editions, the hosts have emerged as champions four times. This is Wiegman’s first tournament in charge of the Lionesses and she also has a new skipper, Arsenal’s Leah Williamson.
9) Brazil: They go into next month’s Copa America as one of the favorites, having previously won it seven times. They still have one of women’s soccer’s most legendary superstars, the legendary Marta, who is now 36 but still captains her country and still shines for Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
10) DPR Korea: It’s difficult to assess Korea DPR’s current form as they haven’t played a game in over three years. They have withdrawn from the Games due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with entry and exit from the country effectively banned; and in 2020, they withdrew from the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics hosted by South Korea.
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What is the current women’s world ranking?
1. United States
10. Korea DPR
18. Republic of Korea
22. New Zealand
25. Czech Republic
32. Viet Nam
37. Costa Rica
40. Chinese Taipei
47. Northern Ireland
49. Papua New Guinea