When it comes to women’s football, the bar is now constantly being raised. Here we take a look at its year-on-year growth among UEFA-registered nations through participation, investment, infrastructure and tournament size. Historical match statistics have also been accumulated to reveal how UEFA nations have fared in the European Championships and against the rest of the world in FIFA World Cup post-qualification rounds.
The tournament records of every team and their players to have participated in a Women's European Championship have been accumulated to reveal all-time trends. Both the player and the team statistics of Europe’s greatest international women’s teams are compared within the confines of the following tournaments:
1) The Women’s UEFA European Championship finals.
2) The Women’s UEFA European Championships finals and FIFA World Cup Finals.
3) Women’s International FIFA Tournaments, including the Olympics, U-19 World Cups, World Cup preliminaries, qualifiers and finals.
The UEFA league table contains game statistics such as goals conceded and number of wins. These refer to the performance of each team once they have surpassed the qualifying stage of each tournament.
The UEFA historic ranking chart has been created by assigning each team within a tournament a ranking of their match performance within each tournament. The winner of the tournament will achieve first position, and the loser of the final come second. For lower ranks, teams are assigned a ranking based on how their points compare with other teams in the last round they reach in each tournament.
‘Top Euro Goal Scorers’ are accumulative for all-time Women’s UEFA European Championship scorers in post-qualification rounds only. ‘Euro and World Cup’ goal scorers are accumulative for post-qualification rounds in the Women’s UEFA European Championships and Women’s FIFA World Cup tournaments.
There are several tools featured within this piece that allow you to compare teams in ways that the football governing body's websites allow you to for the men’s teams but not the women’s; the tool also introduces a more unconventional concept of being able compare teams cumulatively through several editions of a tournament.
Section A - Engagement
The information displayed within this section has been sourced and accumulated from UEFA commissioned yearly reports on women's football across the national associations. These reports can be found below.
Section B - UEFA Euros
Information for the number of participating teams and game statistics such as wins and losses and goals scored have been sourced within the archive section of the Uefa website. The methodology used here is the same as that of the ranking chart; we only consider team performance and tournament attributes beyond the qualifying stages of each tournament.
The data that splits information across the national associations within the Euros was found in the 2016/17 Uefa report.
Section C - FIFA World Cup
The majority of the data shown here sits within the Women's World Cup section of the FIFA website.
The Fifa World Ranking tool uses data sourced within the Women's World Ranking section of the Fifa website.
Section D - Players
Here, European players are compared against each other and with those from around the world, looking at their performance in the Women’s UEFA European Championships, in the FIFA Women's World Cup and other FIFA tournaments. Individual goal scoring data is available here: