Chris WrightToe Poke author7 minutes of reading
By 2023 With the Women’s World Cup now just weeks away, EA Sports is preparing to roll out its update for the tournament on FIFA 23, which will be made available as a free add-on to the game from the end of June.
In anticipation of the release of the update, EA Sports has provided a list of the 100 highest-rated national team players who will compete at the tournament, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to 20. August.
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As the reigning back-to-back champions, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) are making their presence felt in the 2023 Women’s World Cup player ratings, although their prominence at the top isn’t quite what you might expect.
The 100-man roster features many of the biggest players in the women’s game, including some who will not be at the World Cup due to injury or other circumstances.
After reading the top rated players, here are the key takeaways. You can check out the 100 player roster at the bottom of the page.
The USWNT has only one player in the top 10
Despite entering the 2023 World Cup as winners of the previous two tournaments and as No. 1 in the FIFA World Rankings, the USWNT can claim only one player occupying the top 10 of EA Sports’ FIFA 23 Player Ratings.
Their lone representative is the veteran forward Alex Morgan, who is ranked fourth with an overall player rating of 90. You then have to scan all the way down to 14th to find the next USWNT star on the list in Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith (87), who has scored 12 goals in 29 games for his country to date.
The USWNT has 12 players in the top 100
It’s generally better news for the USWNT, who make up more than 10% of the top 100 players in the FIFA 23 Women’s World Cup update. With 12 in the title, they have the same number on the list as tournament co-hosts Australia.
With a combined rating of 90 and 87 respectively, Morgan and Smith rank highest among their compatriots above Rose Lavelle (87), Mallory Swanson (87), Lindsey Horan (86), Becky Sauerbrunn (86), Megan Rapinoe (86), Alyssa Naeher (86), Aubrey Kingsbury (84), Trinity Rodman (83), Casey Murphy (83) and Kelley O’Hara (83), all of whom fall between 23rd and 92nd.
Kingsbury, Murphy, Rodman and Smith make the list despite being among the 14 members of the 2023 USWNT squad who will make their World Cup debuts at this year’s tournament.
Germany wins the numbers game
While the USWNT’s dozen players in the top 100 is impressive, it pales in comparison to several of their tournament rivals with international heavyweights like France (13) and European champions England (14) all having more players on the list.
However, it is two-time world champions Germany who have more players in the top 100 than any other country, and by some margin. Although none have made the top 10, no fewer than 17 members of head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s stacked World Cup roster have made the top 100 rated players in the game – led by captain and star striker Alexandra Popp (87) at No. 16.
Lena Oberdorf (87), Lina Magull (87), Svenja Huth (86), Lea Schuller (86), Sara Dabritz (85), Merle Frohms (84), Ann-Katrin Berger (84), Kathrin Hendrich (84), Tabea Wassmuth (84), Linda Dallmann (84), Felicitas Rauch (83), Klara Buhl (83), Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh (83), Laura Freigang (83), Marina Hegering (83) and Giulia Gwinn (83) the list
Barca are riding high
Alexia Putellas is Barca’s highest-rated player in second place with a joint-highest overall rating of 91. The Ballon d’Or-winning superstar is joined in the top 10 by teammates Caroline Graham Hansen (90) of Norway, England’s Lucy Bronze (89) and the Spaniard Irene Paredes (88).
Kerr in pole position
Australian forward Sam Kerr tops the bill as the highest rated player in the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup update with an overall rating of 91. Kerr was not at his lethal best with Chelsea when they won the 2022-23 WSL title, with her 12 league goals her lowest return since 2017. But the 29-year-old is likely to step up for her country as she prepares to captain the Matildas at their home World Cup.
Just for the record, co-hosts New Zealand have no players included in the top 100.
Strong showing from Norway and France
Despite having four players in the top 100, Norway boasts three in the top 10, more than any other competing nation. Caroline Graham Hansen (90), Ada Hegerberg (90) and Guro Reiten (88) are the three highest-rated Grasshoppers players, while midfielder Ingrid Syrstad Engen (84) can be found a little further down the list at No. 59.
France is the only other nation to have more than one player included in the top 10, with long-serving captain Wendie Renard (90) and Paris Saint-Germain forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto (89) occupying sixth and eighth respectively. However, it should be noted that Katoto has been ruled out of the 2023 Women’s World Cup after being forced to sit out with a cruciate ligament injury she sustained while playing for France at last summer’s European Championship.
Brazil is struggling to keep up
With many members of the old guard now retired or replaced, Brazil has just two players included in the top 100: current Kansas City forward Debinha (88) and veteran defender Tamires (83) the only Selecao stars to make the cut.
Coach Pia Sundhage has not yet announced her World Cup squad for 2023, so there may still be hope that Barcelona striker Geyse can just squeeze into the top 100 in the final edition.