Women's Professional soccer remains under the radar in most countries, but there are numerous leagues all around the world. With the 2015 FIFA World Cup in full effect, the world is getting the opportunity to witness the best female players from their respective nations compete at the highest level and at the biggest stage.
Here is a breakdown of some of the biggest and best Women's Professional leagues across the globe.
The United States
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
The NWSL contains nine teams from around the nation and was established in 2013. There are 50 NWSL players participating in the 2015 FIFA World Cup.
Here is a list:
Top NWSL Players Playing in 2015 World Cup
The striker was part of U.S. 2012 summer Olympics winner team and is a consistent starter on the 2015 U.S. women’s national team.
The American midfielder is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and has a bronze and silver medal in the 2007 World Cup and 2011 World cup respectively.
The American Goalkeeper is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and has been on the Women’s national team since 2000. She was awarded the Golden Glove award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The American Forward is one of the most popular women’s soccer players in the world. She was named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the year in 2012 and FIFA World Player of the Year runner up. She will be a consistent contributor for the U.S. National Team for the 2015 World Cup.
The Canadian forward is one of the most successful soccer players in Canadian history. She was named the Canadian Player of the year twelve times and nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year six times. She will be looked to lead this Canadian team as they host the World Cup this year.
The German captain is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. She was the first goalkeeper in history to be named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2014.
The U.S. Women's National Team begins the knockout round with a win against Colombia in Edmonton. The team puts the win behind them quickly and looks ahead to a quarterfinal with China with only three full days of rest between matches. Alex Morgan and Morgan Brian preview the game and reflect on the depth of the USA team ahead of a big match in Ottawa.
The German Bundesliga
The consistent top three teams from the Bundesliga are:
FC Bayern Munich
Dzsenifer Marozsán (midfielder), Célia Šašić (forward), and Alexandra Popp (forward) are some of the best German players playing in the Bundesliga. They all are on the German National team and are playing in the World Cup in Canada.
The Women's English Premier League
Liverpool Ladies FC
Arsenal Ladies FC
Ji Soyun is a forward from the Korea Republic. She plays for Chealsea FC and for the Korea Republic National Team. Asisat Oshoala is a twenty-one-year-old forward from Nigeria who also plays for Chelsea FC. Both of these players are playing for their country in the World Cup.
French Women's First Division
- Olympique Lyonnais
- Paris Saint-Germain
The two tops teams from France are loaded with great players from not only France, but also Germany and Sweden. Olympique Lyonnais has three of the best French midfielders: Amandine Henry, Louisa Necib, and Camile Abily. Swedish star striker Lotta Schelin also plays for the top French club. Lyon's rival team, Paris Saint-Germain, also has three of the best players in Europe on their roster. Germans Annike Krahn (Defender) and Anja Mittag (forward). Along with Swedish midfielder Caroline Seger.
All seven of the players for these two French clubs are playing in the World Cup for their nations.
Swedish Women's National League
- FC Rosengard
- Linkopings FC
Fc Rosengard has arguably the best player in the world on their squad, Brazilian forward Marta.
The Brazilian forward is regarded as the best soccer player in the world and has been awarded the FIFA World Cup player of the year from 2006-2010. She also is tied for first with the most goals in FIFA World Cups.