The 5 Best Teams in women's Soccer in the World
These are, According to FIFA, the Best Women's Soccer Teams of the Moment.
Photo: USA Team, Sweden Team
LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño
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After the end of the women's European Championship and Copa América, the FIFA rankings were updated. Although the top 10 National Team still include the usual names, there were several important changes. For example, England moved up 4 places after winning the European tournament at home. Next, we want to show you the five best selections.
United States (world leader)
The United States National Team started this year strong, winning its ninth Concacaf Women's Championship. The world number 1 destroyed their rivals in the group stage 9-0 and did not concede a single goal in the entire championship. They are emerging as one of the potential winners of the next World Cup. It's worth noting that the players are also politically active, and stars like Megan Rapinoe spend much of their time promoting social causes like equal pay for men's and women's teams and support for reproductive rights.
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Although they lost in the final of the Women's Euro Cup, Germany surprised everyone this time. With 14 goals in the championship, they managed to defeat 2 of the favorites, Spain and France, and get a place in the World Cup. Their good performance in the European tournament earned them 3 points in the ranking. This is another of the National Teams that could emerge as champions when we see the next World Cup.
Although this year they managed to defeat Brazil 3-1 in a friendly, the Swedish National Team dropped 3 points due to their poor performance in the European Championship. Although they made it through the group stage without issue and even managed to reach the semi-finals, they were beaten 4–0 by England at this point in the competition. Do they have their days numbered at the top of the ranking?
The champions of the European Championship took four points in the ranking this time, which puts them as the fourth best team in the world. With 14 goals in the group stage, the England women surprised with their consistency and quality. One of the most remarkable aspects of this team is that it is quite balanced. As their captain Leah Williamson said in an interview, "I think the team is self-sustaining, and they're all leaders, but when you're winning games like that, there's not much you can do."
The winners of group D of the European Championship lost two ranking points on this occasion. Although they were eliminated in the semi-final against Germany 2-1, the French managed to make a good championship. One of their most notable matches was against Italy, a team they thrashed 5-1 during the group stage.
On the other hand, we must also highlight the influence that the recent Copa América had on the women's rankings. For example, Colombia, a finalist in this competition, entered the top 25, gaining almost 10 points compared to the previous ranking.