Objectively Ranking the Most Successful Women’s World Cup Teams

TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL TEAMS

1. UNITED STATES – 84 pts.
The US women have won the World Cup four times and the last two in 2019 and 2015. The team has never placed lower than third in the competition, never losing more than one game in each tournament. The last time they lost was in 2011 in penalties to Japan in the final match.

2. GERMANY – 62 pts.
The German women have won the World Cup two times, the only team other than USA to win it more than once. They won it twice in a row in 2003 and 2007. Since then, the team has struggled, not even winning third place.

3. NORWAY – 28 pts.
Norway have only won the World Cup one time, in 1995. However, they were also runners-up in 1991 and have made the semi-finals two other times. Recently the team has not had as much success, only making the quarter-finals in 2019.

4. Japan – 27 pts.
The Japanese won the 2011 World Cup after winning on penalties against the United States. The also were the runners-up in 2015. The team has qualified for every World Cup since its beginning in 1991.

5. Sweden – 25 pts.
Sweden have never won the World Cup, but they have played consistently well. They were the runners-up in 2003, where they lost to Germany in extra time. The Swedish women also placed third on three different occasions.

FULL LIST

1 UNITED STATES 84
2 GERMANY 62
3 NORWAY 28
4 JAPAN 27
5 SWEDEN 25
6 CHINA 21
7 BRAZIL 18
8 ENGLAND 14
9 NETHERLANDS 9
10 FRANCE 8
11 CANADA 7
12 AUSTRALIA 7
13 DENMARK 4
14 ITALY 4
15 RUSSIA 3
16 NIGERIA 3
17 TAIWAN 2
18 NORTH KOREA 2
19 CAMEROON 2
20 COLOMBIA 1
21 SOUTH KOREA 1
22 SWITZERLAND 1
23 SPAIN 1

Updated as of 09/27/2019

POINTS RUBRIC

16 pts – World Cup winner
8 pts – World Cup runner-up
4 pts – Appearance in World Cup semi-final match
2 pts – Appearance in World Cup quarter-final match
1 pts – Appearance in World Cup final 16 knockout round match

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