Chris Wright, Toe Poke writerJun 22, 2023, 11:00 AM ET
With the 2023 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 update’s release, EA Sports has provided a list of the 100 highest-rated players on national teams that will compete at the tournament, which is to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to Aug. 20.
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As reigning back-to-back champions, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) make their presence felt in the 2023 Women’s World Cup player ratings, though their prominence at the very top isn’t quite what you might expect.
The 100-strong list 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 perusing the top-rated players, here are the main takeaways. You can check out the full list of 100 players at the bottom of the page.
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USWNT have only one player in the top 10
Despite entering the 2023 World Cup as winners of the previous two tournaments and at No.1 in the FIFA World Ranking, the USWNT can claim to have only one player occupying the top 10 of EA Sports’ FIFA 23 player ratings.
Their lone representative is 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 striker Sophia Smith (87), who has scored 12 goals in 29 games for her country to date.
USWNT have 12 players in top 100
It’s better news overall 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 title, they have the same number on the list as tournament co-hosts Australia.
With overall ratings 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), who all fall between 23rd and 92nd place.
Kingsbury, Murphy, Rodman and Smith make the list despite being among the 14 members of the 2023 USWNT squad who are making their World Cup debuts at this year’s tournament.
Germany win 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 heavyweight nations such as France (13) and European champions England (14) all having more players listed.
However, it’s two-time world champions Germany who have more players in the top 100 than any other country, and by some margin. Indeed, while 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) complete the list.
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Barca riding high
Spain only have three players in the top 100 but Barcelona can claim to have a much higher level of representation with four members of their squad featuring in the top 10 and nine in the top 100.
Alexia Putellas is Barca’s highest-ranked 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 fellow Spaniard Irene Paredes (88).
Kerr in pole position
Australia striker 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 wasn’t at her lethal best with Chelsea as they won the WSL title in 2022-23, 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 don’t have any players included in the top 100.
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Strong showing from Norway and France
Despite having four players in the top 100, Norway can boast having 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 are 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 Championships.
Brazil struggle to keep up
With many members of the old guard now retired or replaced, Brazil have just two players included in the top 100: Kansas City Current striker Debinha (88) and veteran defender Tamires (83) the only Selecao stars to make the cut.
Coach Pia Sundhage is yet to announce her 2023 World Cup squad so there is perhaps still hope the likes of Barcelona forward Geyse might just squeeze into the top 100 come the final edition.
FIFA 23 Women’s World Cup ratings (* = out of tournament)
RankPlayerTeamRating1Sam KerrAustralia912Alexia PutellasSpain913Caroline Graham HansenNorway904Alex MorganUnited States905Ada HegerbergNorway906Wendie RenardFrance907Lucy BronzeEngland898Marie Katoto*France899Irene ParedesSpain8810Guro ReitenNorway8811Kadidiatou DianiFrance8812DebinhaBrazil8813Beth Mead*England8814Sophia SmithUnited States8715Fridolina RolfoSweden8716Alexandra PoppGermany8717Lena OberdorfGermany8718Grace GeyoroFrance8719Lauren HempEngland8720Ashley LawrenceCanada8721Lina MagullGermany8722Millie BrightEngland8723Rose LavelleUnited States8724Mallory Swanson*United States8725Vivianne Miedema*Netherlands8726Lindsey HoranUnited States8627Jill RoordNetherlands8628Selma BachaFrance8629Sakina KarchaouiFrance8630Svenja HuthGermany8631Lea SchullerGermany8632Cristiana GirelliItaly8633Becky Sauerbrunn*United States8634Jenni HermosoSpain8635Megan RapinoeUnited States8636Fran Kirby*England8637Rachel DalyEngland8538Mary EarpsEngland8539Kailen SheridanCanada8540Sara DabritzGermany8541Kadeisha BuchananCanada8542Lieke MartensNetherlands8543Keira WalshEngland8444Katie McCabeRepublic of Ireland8445Asisat OshoalaNigeria8446Georgia StanwayEngland8447Amel MajriFrance8448Pernille HarderDenmark8449Merle FrohmsGermany8450Ann-Katrin BergerGermany8451Lisa BoattinItaly8452Alyssa NaeherUnited States8453Pauline Peyraud-MagninFrance8454Christine SinclairCanada8455Kathrin HendrichGermany8456Barbara BonanseaItaly8457Amanda IlestedtSweden8458Aubrey KingsburyUnited States8459Ingrid Syrstad EngenNorway8460Kosovare AsllaniSweden8461Tabea WassmuthGermany8462Clara MateoFrance8463Desiree ScottCanada8464Leah Williamson*England8465Delphine Cascarino*France8466Linda Dallmann*Germany8467Griedge Mbock*France8468Trinity RodmanUnited States8369Ellie CarpenterAustralia8370Ana-Maria CrnogorcevicSwitzerland8371Steph CatleyAustralia8372Alessia RussoEngland8373Chiamaka NnadozieNigeria8374Alex GreenwoodEngland8375Felicitas RauchGermany8376Lia WältiSwitzerland8377Magdalena ErikssonSweden8378Caitlin FoordAustralia8379Klara BuhlGermany8380Dominique JanssenNetherlands8381Ella TooneEngland8382Mayra RamirezColombia8383Rasheedat AjibadeNigeria8384Sara DoorsounGermany8385Sophie SchmidtCanada8386Casey MurphyUnited States8387Martina RosucciItaly8388Laura FreigangGermany8389Rocky RodríguezCosta Rica8390Marina HegeringGermany8391Arianna CarusoItaly8392Kelley O’HaraUnited States8393Caroline SegerSweden8394Hedvig Lindahl*Sweden8395TamiresBrazil8396Giulia Gwinn*Germany8397Perle Morroni*France8398Sandy Baltimore*France8399Vanessa GillesCanada82100Racheal KundananjiZambia82