4. Kristine Lilly

She is the record holder of the USWNT with over 350 caps. She had more than 125 goals, and over 105 assists – both of them are top-three totals. Also, she wore the armband of the captain late in her career.

Yet, her brightest moment was indeed a save.

During the 1999 World Cup (WC) final’s sudden-death extra time, she headed off the line for ultimately keeping the U.S. alive. Her team, in the end, won in penalty kicks―plus, yes, she hammered home one of those.

3. Abby Wambach
Among more than 180 goals she scored, she used her head over 75 times. Unforgettably, the player saved the U.S. from their earliest WC exit with one 122nd-minute equalizer against rival Brazil in the tournament’s quarterfinals in 2011.

And it sparked one considerable surge in the sport’s following.

She participated in four WC and two Olympics, scoring over 22 times in more than 30 appearances. She won the FIFA World Player in 2012 and is one member of the Hall of Fame class in 2019.

2. Michelle Akers
She set one still-standing record with ten goals in 1991 at the inaugural WC. During the final, Akers scored both goals in two vs. one triumph over Norway.

The player appeared in over 150 games for her country, totaling more than 105 goals and over 35 assists while playing as one forward and midfielder.

She, in 1994, was diagnosed with her fatigue syndrome. Reportedly, she changed her diet as well as hydrating more, which let her become a key contributor to the 1996 Olympic goal medal of the Americans and 1999 WC victory.

In 2000, she retired as well as being remembered for her production and diverse skill set.
She was an iconic warrior, according to former USWNT head coach.

7. Joy Fawcett

Over the ten years, you may not be able to watch the American women taking the field without witnessing Joy in the lineup.

This magnificent center back played all the minutes of 2003, 1999 and 1995 World Cups (WC) as well as the 2000 and 1996 Olympics. She managed to score the goal in the 1999 WC quarterfinals that was against Germany as well as knocking home one penalty kick in the WC final shootout vs. China.

She also served as the UCLA soccer head coach while playing for her national team. This girl compiled one 65-24-7 record as well as guiding the Bruins to the NCAA tournament appearances.

6. Hope Solo

As controversial as she was, Hope worked to dominate during the long stint as the top goalkeeper.

She recorded over 100 shutouts―one international record. Plus, she attained gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 as well as a WC in 2015, achieving the Golden Glove award from the WC in 2011 and 2015.

5. Carli Lloyd


She already built one impressive resume leading to the WC in 2015, yet the three-goal performance of hers from the final strengthened her place as one USWNT legend.

Carli needed only about 15 minutes for completing one hat trick, thus memorably launching the fantastic third goal from midfield. The player attained the Golden Ball as the top player of the tournament, ending the WC with six goals.

Maybe the most clutch moment of Lloyd came in Olympic gold-medal match in 2008. She worked to break the deadlock of 0-0 with one goal within the last 96th minute for winning over Brazil. 

Also one recipient of one gold medal at the Olympics in 2012—scoring up to two goals in the memorable final—the midfielder went to 2018’s 100-goal mark. Impressive!

The Top Best USA Football Players

10. Christie Rampone

She is the only football player that was part of victories at both the 2015 and 1999 World Cups.

This trusted defender spent up to eight years as the national team’s captain, attaining two Olympic golds as well as the 2015 World Cup (WC) during that stretch. This woman ended the career with more than 300 caps, known as the second-most in the history of USWNT and famous with the “Captain America” nickname.

According to coach Jill Ellis, internally for them, she was the glue. This player had welcomed new football players; she had been a great communicator. She not only led by example but also became an active leader in their group. Off and on the pitch, she was a human being at the world-class.

9. Tiffeny Milbrett

She stood 5’2″, yet she was a massive piece of the success of the team in the main competitions.

After she scored three goals during the 1995 WC, this player worked to bury the winner that was gold-medal-clinching from the 1996 Olympics. Next, during the 1999 WC, she found the net’s back three times.

She notched the 100th and final goal at the international level on a similar day that Carli Lloyd had her USWNT debut. 

8. Julie Foudy

For around 15 years, she was the midfield’s fixture and offered a superb combination of attacking prowess as well as energy.

This former captain began on the winning teams at the 1999 and 1991 WCs and 2004 and 1996 Olympics. She managed to score over 40 goals and became one of the USWNT players that reach 50 assists. This player finished with 55 in over 270 appearances.

She entered the Soccer Hall of Fame at the national level as part of the class in 2007.

AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament is the fifth of the Asian Summer Olympic Women’s Qualifying Round.


The tournament is organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to identify Asian national teams attending the Olympic football tournament.

The top two teams of the tournament qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics women’s soccer tournament in Japan as AFC representatives.

Japan is specially invited to the 2020 Summer Olympics as the host country.

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Formula

There are a total of 25 member nations of the Asian Football Confederation that qualify. The formula is as follows:

  • First round: Except Japan, the five teams with the highest rankings on the FIFA Women’s Football Rankings in June 2018 are Australia, the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, China, South Korea, and Thailand – given go straight to the third round. The next two teams – Vietnam and Uzbekistan – made it to the second round. The remaining 18 teams were divided into two groups: four teams and two teams of five. Each table is organized in a host country. The top two teams in each group and the third team with the best results make it to the next round.
  • Round two: Twelve teams are divided into three groups of four, each playing in a host country. The top teams advance to the next round.
  • Third round: Eight teams are divided into two groups of four teams. Each group competes in a host country. The first and second teams of each group will advance to the final round (4 teams remain).
  • Final round: The top teams in the third round meet the second-placed teams of the remaining group in the away format. The top two teams qualify for the Olympics.
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Schedule

Table A

  • February 3, 2020: North Korea vs. Myanmar
  • February 3, 2020: South Korea vs. Vietnam
  • February 6, 2020: Myanmar vs. South Korea
  • February 6, 2020: Vietnam vs. Korea DPR
  • February 9, 2020: DPR Korea vs. South Korea
  • February 9, 2020: Vietnam vs. Myanmar

Table B

  • February 3, 2020: Australia vs. China Taipei
  • February 3, 2020: China vs. Thailand
  • February 6, 2020: China Taipei vs. China
  • February 6, 2020: Thailand vs. Australia
  • February 9, 2020: Australia vs. China
  • February 9, 2020: Thailand vs. China Taipei

Final round

The final round is scheduled for March 2020. The two winning teams of the final round will qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In three short decades, the American women’s national team has been establishing itself as the most significant force in the sport. Some of the greatest players in the world have adorned the blue, white, and red.

Still, most importantly, individual talent has contributed to the team’s success at the international level.

Honorable Mentions

1. Carin Jennings-Gabarra

She managed to score over 55 goals in more than 115 appearances, but Carin attained her most shining moments in the World Cup in 1991. The forward successfully achieved the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament, working to net a hat trick from the semifinal. Later, she got a gold medal with the team in 1996.

2. Brandi Chastain

The all-around Chastain offered an iconic moment in the USWNT history, ripping off the jersey after clinching the World Cup in 1999. She notched up to 30 goals and over 25 assists in more than 190 caps, contributing not just as a midfielder but a defender.

3. Alex Morgan

Among the USWNT players to get 100 international goals, she has found the net’s back at two Olympics and two World Cups. At the Games in 2012 ― from which her national team was back home with a gold medal ― she managed to net a winner within the semifinal’s 123rd minute against Canada.

4. Carla Overbeck

Following a great career at North Carolina, she made over 150 appearances for the country. The central defender was an essential member of the World Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1999 ― opening the shootout in 1999 with a goal.

5. Megan Rapinoe

She enters the World Cup in 2019 with over 100 combined goals as well as assists. Plus, the winger has offered an outstanding service. The most memorable pass of hers was from the World Cup in 2011.

Megan Rapinoe is famous as the two-time winner of the World Cup. She has got at the forefront of the fight for the national team of US women regarding gender pay equity. Still, according to the fiery forward, she expected higher investment in the domestic league as well as better pay for the club players.

The Soccer League of National Women, earlier this month, introduced new compensation guidelines for next year, inclusive of a nearly 20% rise in the overall pay cap and allocation money that lets teams invest in several players above the max pay.

Yet, the funds cannot be employed to pay players that are the Canadian and US national teams’ members, a move which the standout for the Reign FC of NWSL – Rapinoe, criticized.
“We should sit down to have more conversations regarding what it looks like,” the Californian said when asked regarding the allocated provisions of the fund. “It will be a significant step before the NWSL is going in 2020.”

The NWSL cannot respond immediately to a request for comment.

Plus, the trial date is set for May for the gender discrimination lawsuit of the US women’s national team against the governing body. You see, the squad is facing the possibility of the training schedule for the Summer Olympics clouded by issues related to laws.

Rapinoe has emerged as the sports figure after the USA’s World Cup win in France this year.

Other than her outspoken criticism of Donald Trump – the US president, she also serves as a Budweiser advertising campaign’s face.
Attendances in the league rose to over 7,000 per game this year, Rapinoe said she gets frustrated by the progress.

“There need more resources put into the NWSL’s front office,” added Rapinoe. She shared she liked to compete in the World Cup in 2023.

FIFA PLANS TO INVEST ONE BILLION DOLLARS

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, announced that the budget for women football would multiply by two on October 24, 2019. In addition, to develop women’s football, FIFA will invest one billion dollars in the next four years.

FIFA PLANS TO INVEST ONE BILLION DOLLARS

In addition to developing tournaments for youth, FIFA also would research the proposal to set up the International Women’s Football Association and organize the World Cup for women football clubs. Whether or not these contests will be made will be decided on March 2020.

The FIFA president also proposed increasing twofold the prize for women players at the Women World Cup in 2023 with an increase from $ 30 million(2019) to $ 60 million (2013).

In addition to the investment from its own fund, FIFA also wants to enhance the value of the contracts signed for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. “FIFA plans to renegotiate the contracts of the Women World Cup in order to provide a better bonus for female players. ”- according to AFP news agency of French.

FIFA’s changes are due to requests for equal rights from female players. In the past, female players were always more disadvantaged than male players in terms of salaries and bonuses in tournaments.

In the final of the Women’s World Cup 2019, which took place on July 7, the entire stadium shouted slogans for equality for female players.

Earlier, on March 8, International Women’s Day, 28 women from the US national football team filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court to sue their Football Association.


Females are in love with football as well. And this sport has been increasingly popular among women these days. One of the reasons is how attractive they look in the field. Let’s have a sneak peek at the fabulous appearance of some prettiest female football players around the world. It has to do with not just their physicality but the personality. After all, you may figure out where true beauty lies.

Alex Morgan (from the USA)

Are you a hardcore fan of danger cats like Coyotes? Then, the chances are that you recognize this beautiful girl. Alex is famous as one of the female players with the most charming look. She represents that of a wild cat, a female cougar, a lioness, or so.

You know, dangerous girls are sexy in the same way as to how hard men are. She is beautiful, for sure. And she looks smokingly hot dangerous at the same time. Look at her face! It seems like it is likely to stare you down the rabbit hole’s hypnotization. In other words, looking at it is easy, but forging it is incredibly difficult. The patriotic appearance, in the end, makes her outstanding in the list of football playing beauties. 

Nayeli Rangel (from Mexico)

The second name goes out to Nayeli. Mexican girls well-known for being beautiful; this female player is not an exception. Low lowriders, hotrods, chilly bites, Mexican heat, etc. come in the prettily packaged form of girls like Nayeli. She is a diva from Mexico who is flourished with every looky touchy goody of a woman. 

She surely deserves to be on the list of the most beautiful female football players. Each person indeed has a specific standard of her own. For this Mexican, she is in her best age right now. That may be why she is fresh, lively, shining and captivating as well.

Tension is evident on the faces of many Cameroon players. They left the dressing room during the mid-game break very early, and walked onto the pitch with a tense expression. At the beginning of the second half, Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout was intervened by VAR, stripping a goal. This player burst into tears on the pitch, interrupting the match.

After England set the score 3-0, Cameroon played rough. Referee Qin missed the obvious penalty when Fran Kirby was fouled by Ysis Sonkeng in Cameroon’s penalty area. After that, the African team had two red cards left when Parris was beaten and Houghton was stepped on his foot, even though the referee team had VAR technology. Earlier, at the beginning of the match, Cameroon’s Augustine Ejangue also caused a disturbance when spitting on Toni Duggan’s hand.

Qin Luong’s way of playing the game made both England and Cameroon criticized. “They don’t want any African team to win,” said coach Alan Djeumfa. England coach Phil Neville was also upset: “I was ashamed for 90 minutes, sitting there and constantly witnessing the worst actions ever seen on the pitch.”

Male referees are not allowed to participate in women’s events, but female referees still participate in men’s tournaments. At the Women’s World Cup 2019, there are three female referees working in the men’s soccer tournament, including Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany), Stephanie Frappart (France) and Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay).

Referees for women in World Cups

Bibiana Steinhaus, Esther Staubli or Teodora Albon are all well-known female referees in women’s football tournaments such as the World Cup or Champions League.

1. Ms. Bibiana Steinhaus (born March 24, 1979) is the first German female referee in Germany’s professional football system. In the domestic league, Ms. Steinhaus used to hold the weight of the Bundesliga matches (for women). She also served as an arbitrator in several other international competitions such as the 2008 FIFA World Cup U20, UEFA Euro 2009.

The World Football Federation protects female referees, even though they are suspected of being able to handle intense matches.

According to the London Evening Standard, FIFA has no intention of changing how to control the matches in the women’s soccer World Cup. “It is not necessary to bring male referees to help female colleagues,” the FIFA spokesman stressed.

FIFA also absolutely supports female referee Qin Luong, who was heavily criticized by the British media and the women’s team for not showing a red card for Cameroon in the eighth round match between the two teams, although Nikita Parris, Fran Kirby and Steph Houghton were repeatedly violated. The British side said that Ms. Qin did not dare to act strongly because she was afraid of recruiting Cameroon girls.

FIFA has only allowed female referees to start matches in the women’s World Cup since 1995. However, this agency does not set specific criteria for the level of arbitration such as the number of years of experience and age like the World Cup for men’s soccer, makes the referee quality in the highest playing field in the world of women’s football in doubt.

In the English match against Cameroon 3-0 on June 23, many ugly scenes took place. At the end of the first half, when Ellen White raised the score to 2-0. The linesman is flagged offside, but the VAR team announces valid goal. Referee Qin Luong recognized the goal, but the Cameroon team said that they were forced to try, and surrounded the Chinese referee for many minutes. Cameroon kept the warmth from before, when he received a goal from an indirect penalty in the penalty area in the 14th minute because of the error of goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom.