England’s Lionesses, and other European national football teams may have more trophies and recognition on the global scale than India. But India’s women have played more international football than England’s women squad. So, among encouraging updates about Indian football players who’re women, our women’s national team is evolving at a quick pace.
Sweden is the highest-ranked women’s football team in Europe. They are also the second-highest ranked team in the world after the US Women’s National Team (USWMNT).
In the last women’s World Cup, which played out in 2019, the national women footballers of Sweden finished third. The Swedish women lost to Netherlands 1-0 in the semi-final but then won 2-1 over England in the third-place play-off.
Germany and France follow Sweden in the second and third position, respectively, in Europe’s ranking of women’s teams.
Netherlands, who had finished runners-up in the 2019 World Cup losing to USA in the final, are in fourth place.
And lastly, England’s Three Lionesses are currently occupying the fifth spot in the UEFA rankings across European countries.
India’s Women Have Played More International Football than England’s
But if we consider the number of fixtures in 2021, which is about to end, India played 12 international matches. That is the same as the number of matches that Germany, who are ranked No.3 in the world, appeared for.
In fact, India’s women have played more matches than England’s, ranking eighth in the world, who played only 9 games.
European teams on an average play 18 to 20 international matches in a calendar year. But, on the other hand, India made as many as 33 international appearances across the last five years.
How did India’s Blue Tigresses play so many matches? Here is precise the 2017-2021 record:
|2017||7||2016 SAFF Championship (2), 2018 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers (4), Friendly (1)|
|2018||3||Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers (3)|
|2019||11||Turkish Women’s Cup (4), 2019 SAFF Championship (4), Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers (3)|
|2020||DNP (Did Not Participate)||N/A|
|2021||12||Friendlies (7), Turkish Women’s Cup (2), International Women’s Football Tournament (3)|