COLCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  England players line up during the FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier between England and Kazakhstan at Weston Homes Community Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Colchester, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

10 Countries Whose Women's National Team Is Better Than the Men's

Some countries are good at both men and women's football. France and Germany are international forces in each gender. But just because a country is strong in men's football does not necessarily mean it has a strong women's team and vice versa.


Portugal and Argentina, for example, don't hold the same place in the women's game as they do in the men's. But equally, there are plenty of nations whose women's team is vastly superior to the men in terms of their status and ranking.


Here are 10 countries whose women's national team is better than their male counterparts...

10. New Zealand

Men's FIFA Ranking: 120th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 20th


Although still a little way behind the elite powers in women's football, New Zealand's women have regularly competed on the world stage over the last decade and have been present at each of the last three Women's World Cups.


The country's men were famously the only team to remain unbeaten at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, despite a group stage exit, but they haven't competed at the global level since and even slipped to an all-time low of 161st in the FIFA rankings in 2016.

9. Norway

Men's FIFA Ranking: 57th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 14th


Back in the 1990s, Norway excelled at both men's and women's football. The men's team was ranked as high as second in the world by FIFA in both 1993 and 1995, while their female counterparts won the 1995 Women's World Cup, having been European champions in 1993.


Nowadays, Norway's women aren't at that same dominant level, but hey're still tournament regulars. The men's team, meanwhile, has fallen way out of the elite bracket. They were as low as 88th in world for a time last year and haven't been to a major tournament since Euro 2000.

8. China

Men's FIFA Ranking: 65th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 17th


Other than the United States, China is the only country to have held the Women's World Cup more than once, doing so in both 1991, the inaugural tournament, and again in 2007.


They have never won the competition, but were finalists in 1999, and always have at least reached the quarter finals. China's men on the other hand have qualified for just a single World Cup, in 2002, and returned home without even scoring a goal on that occasion.

7. North Korea

Men's FIFA Ranking: 119th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 10th


The North Korean men's team was an oddity and curiosity when they reached the 2010 World Cup in South Africa because it was their first appearance on the global stage in 44 years. Their record at continental level tournaments has been patchy to say the least as well.


The secretive country's women's team is much stronger in terms of where it places on the world stage. Drugs violations saw them banned from the 2015 World Cup, but they have played in several tournaments and won three Asian Cups over the years.

6. Japan

Men's FIFA Ranking: 55th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 11th


While Japan's men are still trying to win their first World Cup knockout game, it's women have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, winning maiden Women's World Cup and AFC Cup titles since 2011 and claiming Olympic silver medal in 2012.


Japan's women also reached the last Women's World Cup final in 2015 to further cement their place as one of the best female sides on the planet.

5. Australia

Men's FIFA Ranking: 37th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 6th


Australia's women reached a record high of 4th in the FIFA rankings last year and won eight consecutive games between July 2017 and February 2018 that included statement victories over the United States, Japan, Brazil, China and Norway.


The Matildas, as they are nicknamed, have reached the quarter finals of the last three Women's World Cups and will be aiming for even better in 2019. The Australian men, meanwhile, will have achieved a lot simply if they get of their group in Russia this summer.

4. Netherlands

Men's FIFA Ranking: 21st

Women's FIFA Ranking: 7th


Unthinkably, the Netherlands men's team has failed to qualify for successive major tournaments after missing out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. At the same time, the Dutch women's team has been carrying the flag and breaking new ground.


The female Oranje tasted their first international success last year when they won Euro 2017 to break a run of six straight German titles. After that triumph, star forward Lieke Martens was also named Best FIFA Women's Player and UEFA Women's Player of the Year.

3. Canada

Men's FIFA Ranking: 90th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 4th


There are 89 national teams in the world that are currently deemed better than Canada's men, including 10 others from the CONCACAF region alone. For the women's team, however, there are just three as they rank among the very best on the planet.


Canada are mainstays of the Women's World Cup, have won bronze at each of the last two Olympic games, where the women's competition remains unrestricted, and have performed well at the minor women's tournaments that are held each year (Algarve Cup, Cyprus Cup etc).

2. England

Men's FIFA Ranking: 16th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 2nd


In the women's game, England are currently ranked as the second best team in the world following a successful second place finish at the recent SheBelieves Cup where they compete with the United States, France and Germany for annual bragging rights.


The Lionesses finished third at the last Women's World Cup in 2015 and a semi final exit at Euro 2017 was actually seen as a genuine disappointment. The men can only dream of such things after failing to win a single knockout game in any of their last four major tournaments.

1. USA

Men's FIFA Ranking: 25th

Women's FIFA Ranking: 1st


The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) won't be at the World Cup in Russia this summer after failing to qualify for the first time since 1986. Despite their regular appearances, the Last 16 was the limit of their progress in 2010 and 2014.


The women's team (USWNT), are powerhouses. They are the Women's World Cup holders, three-time champions, and have never failed reach at least the semi finals. They also have four Olympic golds and 2016 was the first time in six Olympics the team failed to get a medal.

*All FIFA World Rankings accurate on date of publication