If you look through the history of any sports, you will find teams whose performances defined an era. Football is a team and is no exception to this fact. In the history of male football, you will find teams whose performances were outstanding. The same can also be said of the history of female soccer. Together, we will see some of the most outstanding female football teams in history.
In this article, we will highlight some clubs and national teams and the collective efforts of some of the best female soccer players.
List of the Best Female Football Teams
Lyon’s Female Football Team 2015-2020
If you are looking for an outstanding team in women’s football club history, Lyon ticks the box. They are so outstanding that it has proven difficult to isolate a particular team. Hence, we have chosen to look at a 5year period of almost absolute dominance of female football.
Lyon’s team between 2015 and 2020 swept aside almost every team in almost every competition. This is evident in their dominance of domestic and European competitions. In that period of 5 years, the team won 4 trebles (League, League Cup, and Uefa Women’s Champions League)but fell short in 2018 when they failed to win the League Cup.
You can choose to call them the Real Madrid of female football and it will not be out of place. After all, they also won five consecutive Champions League trophies.
Eintracht Frankfurt Female Football Team of 2001/02 and 2007/08
What is known today as the Eintracht Frankfurt women football team used to be called FFC Frankfurt? The merger of the latter with the Eintracht Frankfurt male team was what gave birth to the former.
They are the most successful German women’s football club despite the recent dominance of Wolfsburg. They won more Leagues(7), DFB Pokal(9), and the Uefa Women’s Champions League trophy (4) than any other German team.
As of 2020, they trail only Lyon (5) on the list of clubs with the most Uefa Women’s Champions League in history.
They won the treble twice (2001/02, 2007/08), a feat which is yet to be replicated by any German female football time as of 2020.
Arsenal Female Football Team of 2006/07
There is no English female football club that is as successful as Arsenal’s women football club. The club boasts of about half a century of trophies in their cabinet. Their dominance in the English game is reflected in the number of titles won compared to their teams. A particular period in the club’s history stands out: the period between 2003 and 2010.
In that period, the team won seven consecutive league titles, six of which were unbeaten. If that is not significant enough, their achievement in the 2006/07 season certainly is. During the 2006/07 season, Arsenal female football team achieved an unprecedented result in all the competitions they participated in. They achieved what the men’s team could not achieve in 2005/06 when they lost to Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League final.
Impressively, Arsenal’s outstanding female soccer team won all available trophies in the 2006/07 season, including the Uefa Women’s Champions League. This ensured that they enshrined their name in the history books of women’s football. They set the record as the first team from Britain to win the Uefa Women’s Champions League and the sextuple (six trophies in a year).
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Wolfsburg’s Outstanding Women Football Team of 2012-2014
Wolfsburg women’s football team is amongst the most successful female football club in the world. The team reached the finale of the Uefa Women’s Champions League four times in six seasons.
In 2012 they achieved an unprecedented treble when they won the League, the DFB Pokal, and the Uefa Women’s Champions League. The following season, they made a record as the first German team to retain the Uefa Champions League trophy.
However, unlike the 2012/13 season, the team failed to win the DFB Pokal. Hence, their inability to record another treble.
Germany Female National team 2007
One of the most outstanding female football teams in history is the German women’s national team of the year 2007. The late 1990s and early 2000s witnessed an unusual dominance of female football by the German women’s national team.
They won 6 consecutive Uefa Women’s Nations Championships between 1995 and 2013. Also, they won the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2003 and 2007. Thus, becoming the first nation to win two consecutive Fifa Women’s World Cup.
In the 2007 tournament, they created a record never seen in the history of the Fifa World Cup (male or female ). They went an entire tournament without conceding a goal.
Japan Outstanding Women National Team of 2011
Japan is one of the most successful Asian teams in the history of women’s national team football. Against all odds, the Japanese Women’s National football team overcame heavyweights in female soccer to emerge as the winner of the 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup.
They needed a 108-minute goal to defeat Germany in the quarter-final and came from a goal down to dump Sweden in the Semi-final (3-1). The best was reserved for the last as they defeated the U.S.A in the final via penalty shootout.
Homare Sawa of Japan won the golden boot and best player award while the team earned the Fifa Fair Play award in the tournament.
Norway Female Soccer Team 1995
The recent result suggests a decline in Norway’s national football team. However, there was a period in the history of the country’s female football team that is regarded as the golden era.
Norway’s team at the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 1995 overcame difficult opponents to achieve success. They had an outstanding group stage campaign which saw them score 17 goals against Canada, and Nigeria, without conceding a goal.
They dispatched Denmark(3-1) and The U.S.A(1-0) in the quarter and semi-final respectively. The U.S.A’s 1-0 loss to Denmark in the Semi-final was their first official international tournament loss. In the final, they defeated Germany to emerge champions.
Their dominance of the 1995 Fifa Women’s World Cup is evident in the number of awards the players in the team won. Their players took all 3 podia for the best player award and the top 2 positions in the top scorer’ award. Indeed, the Norway team at the 1995 Fifa Women’s World Cup deserves to be among the most outstanding female football teams in history.
U.S.A Female National Soccer Team 1999
The dominance of the Fifa Women’s World Cup by the U.S.A’s female soccer team is only but a dream to the male team. We are talking about a National team that ranked number 1 for almost 13 consecutive years (2008-2014)in the Fifa rankings.
In 8 Fifa World Cup tournaments between 1991 and 2019, The U.S.A female football team never finished below the 3rd position. They won 50% (4/8) of the total number of Fifa Women’s World Cup in that period.
The foregoing makes it difficult to hand-pick a particular team for the list of the most outstanding female football teams in history.
Nonetheless, the 1999 team will be given preference for the impact they had on the pitch. Prior to the 1999 Fifa Women’s World Cup, the U.S.A won the inaugural Olympic Women’s soccer tournament in 1996 where they defeated China 2-1.
However, it was the 1999 team that took The U.S.A female soccer team to global reckoning. Not only that, triumph led to the much-needed media attention which the female sport lacked. How else do you describe a crowd of about 90,000 people at a female soccer match?
The team of 1999 did not just win the tournament on home soil, they gave the female soccer teams a global audience never seen before. They therefore stand-out as one of the most outstanding female football teams in history.
Female football has come a long way. From struggling to have people watch the game in a stadium to having a record number of people that can match the men’s game. These women have proven that they can hold their own on the international stage. However, more needs to be done to help them perform better at tournaments.
We cannot deny that some of the scorelines recorded in the Fifa Women’s World Cup are almost non – present when the Men take to the field. There is a huge gap between the men and women teams. The gap in wages, structure, media attention, sponsors, etc.
When this gap is filled, there will be more teams going into the tournament to compete, especially in the FIFA Women’s World Cup The Norway Women’s national team earns as much as the male team and the structure in France is encouraging but these are just isolated cases. Bridging this gap will surely help teams make more memorable tournaments!