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Ranked: 10 best women’s club football teams in the world right now 

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Ranked: 10 best women's club football teams in the world right now 

Despite the pay gap and the relative lack of mass following compared to the men’s game, over the last decade or so, women’s football has been rapidly moving on an upward trajectory, which only bodes well for the future of the game. 
The last decade has seen the female players breaking barriers, matching and exhibiting similar technical qualities to the men’s game, and moving the goalpost for what’s possible in the women’s arena every other game. With players emerging from different backgrounds and corners of the world, it means there is more competitive football, more teams battling it out for some of the world’s most prestigious silverware, and the result is nothing short of a spectacle. 
In this article, I’d like to highlight ten women’s teams that have displayed dominant and breathtaking football over the last twelve months. So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at the 10 best teams in women’s club football right now. 

Also Read – Top 10 female footballers in the world right now – Ranked

#10 Real Madrid Femenino (Spain) 

10 best women's club football teams in the world right now #10 Real Madrid Femenino (Spain) 

For a club known for ruling Spanish and European football ever since they came into existence, it wasn’t until 2020 that Real Madrid had a women’s team. On 1 July 2020, they released an official statement confirming the completion of the merger with CD TACÓN, who have since been operating as Real Madrid Femenino. 

With the management looking to fast-track the transitional period in order to catch up to their closest rivals, a complete overhaul of the previous team ensued, and Real Madrid Femenino finished second in the 2020/21 Primera División Femenina while reaching the quarter-finals of the Copa de la Reina in their first season.

Throughout the 2021/22 season, Real Madrid showed evident improvement over the previous campaign, although they finished third in the league, 30 points behind a flawless Barcelona side and 6 points behind second-placed Real Sociedad. They also made it to the semi-finals of the Copa de la Reina, losing out to eventual winners Barça. In the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL)—their first-ever campaign in the competition—they made it to the quarter-final stage where they were again humbled by Barça, losing 3-8 over two legs. 

#9 Bayern Munich Frauen (Germany) 

#9 Bayern Munich Frauen (Germany) 

After winning their third Frauen-Bundesliga title in 2020/21 following four seasons of finishing runners-up to VfL Wolfsburg, Bayern’s 2021/22 season didn’t quite go to plan as they failed to keep pace with the eventual champions VfL Wolfsburg, with a 6-0 humiliating defeat away to Die Wölfinnen at the AOK Stadium being the final nail in the coffin. 

The pair of them squared off again two weeks later, this time at Bayern’s home ground in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal Frauen, but the visitors again came away with a victory (3-1) on the night, ending Bayern’s dreams of any domestic silverware. 

Bayern’s European journey had further heartache in store for them. After losing the first leg of the quarter-finals 1-2 to Paris Saint-Germain at home, they fought back to win the return leg 2-1 in regular time, but a Ramona Bachmann equaliser in the 112th minute of extra-time meant they were sent packing once again. 

#8 Arsenal Women (England) 

#8 Arsenal Women (England) 

The most successful club in English women’s football history have been going through their own little trophy drought. But that doesn’t take away the standard of football Arsenal have been exhibiting consistently over the past few years. 

The 2021/22 season saw Arsenal score more goals than any other team in the FA Women’s Super League, concede the least amount of goals, and lose the least amount of games. However, the bottom line remains: Arsenal lost the league title to Chelsea by a single point. The reason? Well, they just drew one game too many. With the margins being so fine due to the ultra-competitiveness between the two London clubs, every single point mattered. 

The FA Women’s Cup was no different either. The two London heavyweights squared off once again in the semi-finals, and in a battle of attrition and fine margins, Chelsea once again came out on top with a 2-0 victory, courtesy of two second-half goals. 

In the UWCL, though, Arsenal outlasted Chelsea as they made it to the quarter-finals, where they lost to VfL Wolfsburg (1-3) over two legs, thus bringing an end to another season without silverware. 

#7 Corinthians Paulista (Brazil) 

#7 Corinthians Paulista (Brazil) 

Corinthians are one of the most successful South American clubs in women’s football. The Alvinegro completed a historic treble in 2021 and are firmly in the race this year, too, to add to their ever-growing silverware collection. 

Corinthians topped the league standings of the Campeonato Brasileiro Women and went on to lift their third title in four years after beating rivals Palmeiras 4-1 in the knockout finals over two legs. They also lifted the Campeonato Paulista after beating São Paulo 3-2 in the final over two legs. However, the icing on the cake was lifting the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores after beating Colombian club Santa Fé 2-0 in the final.

Corinthians are currently fourth in the Campeonato Brasileiro after 13 matches and are just three points behind leaders Palmeiras, with the top-eight teams qualifying for the knockout stages. In the Campeonato Paulista, they were knocked out in the semi-finals by São Paulo (2-1) over two legs. And for the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, there still isn’t a final date on when the competition will start, though the Alvinegros will be looking forward to adding to their collection and become the most successful South American club with four Libertadores trophies. 

#6 Juventus Women (Italy) 

#6 Juventus Women (Italy) 

Since coming into being in 2017, Juventus have gone on to become one of the most dominant forces in Italian women’s football, winning five consecutive league titles, two Coppe Italie, and three Supercoppe Italiane. 

The 2020/21 season saw Juve become the first Italian club (women’s or men’s) to accomplish a perfect season by winning all their league fixtures. Their fifth league title in 2021/22 meant they also became the first Italian side in women’s football to win five consecutive league titles. 

After four illustrious years with Juve, ahead of the 2021/22 season, Rita Guarino left her role as head coach of the Bianconere and was replaced by the former Arsenal women’s head coach Joe Montemurro. They won their fifth league title, the Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana, achieving their first domestic treble in the process. Moreover, after getting knocked out in the Round of 32 stage of the UWCL for three consecutive seasons, Montemurro’s team made it to the quarter-finals of the 2021/22 edition where they lost to eventual champions Olympique Lyonnais (2-5) over two legs. 

Despite their domestic success, given that the Italian topflight (Serie A femminile) is currently ranked ninth in the UEFA coefficient rankings, Juve find themselves sixth on my list. 

#5 Paris Saint-Germain Féminine (France) 

#5 Paris Saint-Germain Féminine (France) 

After finishing runners-up to Olympique Lyonnais eight times between 2010 and 2020, Les Parisiennes finally got their hands on the Division 1 title after they fended off Lyon’s charge during the 2020/21 season. However, despite being around since 1971, this was only one of the five major titles PSG Féminine have won so far in their history. 

The 2021/22 season saw them finishing runners-up again, as Lyon dropped just two points in their entire league campaign en route to winning a record 15th Division 1 title. In the Coupe de France féminine, PSG registered an emphatic 8-0 win in the final against FF Yzeure, but the icing on the cake was when they out-played defending champions Lyon 3-0 at home in the Round of 16. The 2021/22 UWCL saw a role reversal, however, as PSG lost out to rivals Lyon (3-5) in the semi-finals over two legs. 

Given that they managed to win at least one trophy and made it into the semis of the Champions League, the last season can be considered a successful campaign for Les Parisiennes.

#4 VfL Wolfsburg Frauen (Germany) 

#4 VfL Wolfsburg Frauen (Germany) 

Die Wölfinnen are, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest and most successful women’s team in German football. 

The 2013 and 2014 UWCL winners completed another domestic double last season. After Bayern Munich pipped them to the line in the Frauen-Bundesliga during the 2020/21 season, Wolfsburg were back to their scintillating best as they clinched their seventh league title, beating Bayern by four points. 

In the DFB-Pokal Frauen, where they were the defending champions, Wolfsburg saw off the likes of Freiburg (3-0), Sand (7-0) and Bayern Munich (3-1) before out-playing Turbine Potsdam 4-0 in the final to win their ninth DFB-Pokal trophy, the most by any German team. 

In the UWCL, they topped the group ahead of Juventus in second and third-placed Chelsea, who were also finalists in the 2020/21 season. Wolfsburg comfortably dispatched Arsenal 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals but lost to Barcelona 3-5 over two legs in the semi-finals. 

#3 Chelsea Women (England) 

10 best women's club football teams in the world right now #3 Chelsea Women (England) 

Since winning their first major trophy in 2015 (the 2014/15 Women’s FA Cup), Chelsea have gone on to establish themselves as one of the most dominant teams in English women’s football, having won six FA WSL titles, four Women’s FA Cups, two FA Women’s League Cups and one Women’s Community Shield, while having also been runners-up in the 2020/21 UWCL. 

A close finish to the league campaign last season saw Chelsea win their third consecutive WSL title. They became the first team to do so, beating off competition from Arsenal, who finished just a point behind them. In the FA Cup, they beat Manchester City in the final courtesy of a second-half brace from Sam Kerr, though they did lose the League Cup final to the Cityzens earlier in the season. In the UWCL, they were knocked out in the group stage after losing out on goal difference to Wolfsburg and Juventus, with all three teams having ended the group stage with 11 points. 

#2 Barcelona Femení (Spain) 

10 best women's club football teams in the world right now #2 Barcelona Femení (Spain) 

Barcelona Femení are undoubtedly the most successful Spanish club in women’s football history. The Blaugranes, since 2010, have gone on to become the most decorated Spanish women’s football team, winning seven Primera División titles, nine Copas de la Reina, two Supercopas de España and ten Copa Catalunya titles (a record). They’re the only Spanish club to win the UWCL, a feat they achieved in the 2020/21. Barça are the only club to win the UEFA Champions League with both their men’s and women’s football teams. 

Last season, Barça recorded a perfect season in the Primera División as they went the entire season without dropping any points, scoring 159 goals and conceding just 11 in 30 league games. Similarly, they were near flawless in the Copa de la Reina as they thrashed teams left, right and centre en route to winning another cup final. They completed their domestic treble with a 7-0 thumping of Atlético Madrid in the 2022 Supercopa de España. However, their dreams of completing a historic quadruple fell short at the final hurdle as they lost to Lyon 1-3 in the UWCL final, failing to replicate their run from 2020/21 as they lost their second Champions League final in four years. 

Although it is really difficult to separate the two clubs, Barcelona Femení takes second place on my list. 

#1 Olympique Lyonnais Féminin (France) 

10 best women's club football teams in the world right now #1 Olympique Lyonnais Féminin (France) 

Since the turn of 2010, few have come close to matching Olympique Lyonnais in terms of outright dominance on the field and the level of success achieved. Lyon have always been one of the best women’s football teams in the world, and their trophy haul shows exactly why.

After missing out on winning their 15th consecutive league title when PSG pipped them to the Division 1 Fémenine title in 2020/21, Les Lyonnaises came back in quite some fashion as they dropped just two points en route to winning their 15th league title. However, in the Coupe de France, they were knocked out rather shockingly in the Round of 16 by rivals PSG. 

In the UWCL, after winning it five times in a row, Lyon were knocked out in the quarter-finals by PSG in the 2020/21 season. They entered the 2021/22 season in fine form and, after beating the likes of Juventus and PSG in the knockout stages, they faced the 2020/21 champions in the final. However, Sonia Bompastor’s side proved to be too strong for Barça as they emerged 3-1 victors on the night, winning their eighth Champions League title. 

Hence, following such impressive performances, it is hard to look past Lyon as the best women’s team in world football right now. 

S. No.ClubCountry2021/22 Achievements
1Olympique Lyonnais FémininFranceDivision 1 Féminine (1st) Coupe de France féminine (R16)UEFA Women’s Champions League (Winner)
2Barcelona Femení SpainPrimera División (1st)Copa de la Reina (Winner) UEFA Women’s Champions League (Final)
3Chelsea WomenEnglandFA Women’s Super League (1st)Women’s FA Cup (Winner) UEFA Women’s Champions League (Group Stage) FA Women’s League Cup (Final)
4VfL Wolfsburg FrauenGermanyFrauen-Bundesliga (1st)DFB-Pokal Frauen (Winner)UEFA Women’s Champions League (SF)
5Paris Saint-Germain FéminineFranceDivision 1 Féminine (2nd) Coupe de France féminine (Winner)UEFA Women’s Champions League (SF)
6Juventus WomenItalySerie A Femminile (1st)Coppa Italia Femminile (Winner)UEFA Women’s Champions League (QF) 
7Corinthians PaulistaBrazilBrasileiro Série A Women (1st)Paulista Women (Winner) CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores Women (Winner) 
8Arsenal Women EnglandFA Women’s Super League (2nd)Women’s FA Cup (SF) FA Women’s League Cup (SF)UEFA Women’s Champions League (QF) 
9Bayern Munich Frauen GermanyFrauen-Bundesliga (2nd)DFB-Pokal Frauen (SF)UEFA Women’s Champions League (QF) 
10Real Madrid FemeninoSpainPrimera División (3rd)Copa de la Reina (SF) UEFA Women’s Champions League (QF)

The table above shows the ranking of the clubs from top to bottom along with their achievements in each tournament during the 2021/22 season

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