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Women's football is gaining great importance in Mexico thanks to the birth of the MX Women's League, which has prompted several players to go to Eu


Women’s football is gaining great importance in Mexico thanks to the birth of the MX Women’s League, which has prompted several players to go to Europe and be recognized at the national level, providing great matches, sometimes surpassing the men’s.

Although on Aztec soil this only began recently, in the world there are other countries that are power in women’s football.

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The neighbor to the north is a powerhouse in women’s football, being four times champion of the Women’s World Cup in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019.

Added to that, they have dominated CONCACAF with eight championships and clinched Olympic gold four times in 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

The Stars and Stripes have made known players like Michelle akers, Mia hamm, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Megan rapinoe.

Without a doubt, the North American country is the ideal place to practice women’s soccer, being the destination of many the NWSL, where women’s football is as relevant as men’s.
Important clubs on American soil are the Portland thorns, North Carolina and Orlando Pride.

Norway women's national football team pose for a photo ...

Norway Selection / SOPA Images / GettyImages

It is considered one of the most important teams in the world, as it has already managed to win a world championship, the Olympics and the European Championship.

Most of its players precisely play in teams in the country such as LSK Kvinner, Rosenborg, Klepp, Avaldsnes, Valerenga or Klepp.

Their historic scorer is Marianne Pettersen with 66 goals.

The Norwegian league is the Topsserien, created in 1984 and in 1987 the format that is currently maintained was created.

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The women’s Bundesliga. / Sebastian Widmann / GettyImages

Together to the U.S and Norway, Die Nationalelf He has also been able to win the World Cup twice: 2003 and 2007.

In addition to it, he has won the Eurocup eight times, being the most winner, and has also hung the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

In the German country, women’s football has been practiced since the 70s and it was in 1982 when the national team was created. Later came the professional competence of the Bundesliga.

The national team is full of players from the Eintracht Frankfurt, VfL Wolsburg, Bayern Munich and the 1899 Hoffenheim.

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Hikaru Naomoto from Urawa Reds. / Hiroki Watanabe / GettyImages

It may be surprising, but the Orientals are also one of the powers in women’s football, managing to lift the World Cup in 2011 and coming out as runners-up in 2015.

She has two championships in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and another two in East Asian Soccer.

The most important Japanese clubs are Urawa Reds, Nippon TV Beleza and INAC Kobe Leonessa.

Pure Energie Dutch eredivisie Vrouwen

Ajax Amsterdam players. / ANP Sport / GettyImages

In that country, several high-level players have been generated through the Eredivisie Vrouwen, taking for example to Lieke martens, winner of the Golden Ball.

Just in 2015 A Clockwork Orange He played his first World Cup, in 2017 he raised his first Eurocup and in 2019 he reached the grand final of the World Cup.

There are relevant clubs like PSV Eindhoven, FC Twente and the Amsterdam Ajax.

Linda Motlhalo at the Damallsvenskan.

Linda Motlhalo at the Damallsvenskan. / Linnea Rheborg / GettyImages

The league of the Swedish country is of high level, because it has a very long history and they have generated world figures such as Christen Press from the United States and the Brazilian Martha.

His tournament was created in 1973, but it took 15 years to found the Damallsvenskan, a division that makes up twelve clubs, among which are the Hacken, Rosengard and Hammarby. The event grants two places to the UEFA Champions League.

The Three Crowns They have already won a European Championship, a world runner-up and two silver medals in 2016 and 2021.

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Corinthians players raising the Copa Libertadores. / PABLO PORCIUNCULA / GettyImages

It was where women’s football developed thanks to the creation of the Copa do Brasil Femenina in 2007 and the investment for the creation of first-rate championships.

The players even mention that in the Brazilian league there is a good organization, with two championships being played, which allows greater demands.

He has a runner-up and a third place in the World Cups, although in the Copa América he dominates with seven out of eight championships.

Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Palmeiras are some of the clubs of the selected players.

Kelsey Pearson, Lynda Shepherd, Kaylea Cunliffe

Blackburn Rovers Ladies players with FA WPL Cup trophy. / Jan Kruger / GettyImages

The FA Women’s Premier League It was founded in 1991, being an amateur league, but a decade later it became semi-professional until it was professional in 2018.

With the structural changes, conditions for soccer players improved, in addition to increasing the number of teams. Until now, the Arsenal they were the only team to win a continental title in 2006.

The clubs to which many footballers of the world aspire to reach is the Everton, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and the already mentioned Arsenal.

Christine Sinclair.

Christine Sinclair. / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

Together to the U.S, the Canadian team is among the strongest in CONCACAF, achieving fourth place at the 2003 World Cup.

Likewise, they have hung the gold medal in the 2011 Olympic Games and two bronzes in 2012 and 2016.

Among its most important footballers in history are Charmaine hooper and Christine Sinclair.

The representative of Las Rojas It is strong thanks to the fact that its elements are present in the leagues of France, USA and England.

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Delphine Cascarino of Olympique Lyonnais. / Abbie Parr / GettyImages

In recent years, the French team has become one of the best in the world thanks to the support of its Federation, reaching the semifinals of the World Cup in 2011 and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Nevertheless, Les Bleues they have one of the best leagues in the world. The first was played in 1918, although later it was suspended for a long time, being reestablished in 1975 and the Division 1 Female he professionalized in 2009-2010.

It is considered the second best league on the planet, with twelve squads, where the most notable is the Olympique de Lyon, European champion and has 17 national titles and the 2012 Club World Cup.

Also, according to IFFHS, the PSG It is the second best professional women’s soccer team in the world.

Carmen Álvarez and Emelyne Laurent from Atlético de Madrid.

Carmen Álvarez and Emelyne Laurent from Atlético de Madrid. / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages

It is also another destination that many players aspire to reach because in recent years it has been growing, where the most notable are the Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona.

His league is the Women’s First Division, better known as Iberdrola League, with 30 years of uninterrupted activity, with some changes in that time. There are twelve teams and the first to reach an international final was the culé team.

As for the national team, they have reached a semi-final at Euro 1997 and have attended the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

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