Just How Dominant is the US Women’s National Team?

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As the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) continues their victory tour around the country, following their unprecedented fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup victory, they are adding to an unparalleled level of dominance in international soccer.

From June 7th to July 7th, the USWNT seemed to walk over every team in their path, making their way through the group stage without conceding a goal. Simply basing off of this performance, one might say they are the best international club of any nationality or gender. And indeed, by looking at the data, all recent bias can be cast aside, and it is confirmed that US Women’s soccer is the most dominant international team of all time.

The chart above shows all international teams of both genders and plots them by the number of titles and appearances in international tournaments. International tournaments in this context are defined as FIFA World Cups and Olympic Tournaments, each of which is hosted on a four-year cycle. The USWNT has won the most titles of any squad and has done so in less than half as many appearances as the next most winningest team, the Brazilian National Men’s Football (Soccer) Team (eight titles in 16 appearances, compared to Brazil’s six titles in thirty-four appearances).

The 2019 squad has strong roots in the triangle area. They are lead by coach Jill Ellis, formerly an assistant coach for the NC State Women’s soccer team, and feature five UNC-Chapel Hill alumnae. Additionally, the local National Women’s Soccer League club, NC Courage, is bolstered by four members of the USWNT.

The United States Women’s National Team comes to Charlotte, North Carolina on October 3rd for their fourth of five victory tour matches. They will play the Korea Republic at 8:00 p.m.