Alexia Putellas excels, the USWNT struggles, England shines, plus new names and more in FIFA 23's women's rankings.
In an effort to better include women's club and national teams into the brand, EA Sports has released the FIFA 23 ratings for the top female footballers featured in the game.
In addition to well-known players like Vivianne Miedema (89), Sam Kerr (91) and Alex Morgan (90), the top 25 female players in FIFA 23 also include past Ballon d'Or winners Ada Hegerberg (91), Megan Rapinoe, and Alexia Putellas (92). To take into account rising talents, veterans who have reached the pinnacle of their careers, and players who created a name for themselves at this summer's Euros, the top 10 is rearranged.
Fans of the English WSL and the French D1 Feminine in particular will be able to fully immerse themselves in the experience because several of the top women's stars will be featured in the game with complete authentic headscans. EA has also stated that a post-launch update will include more head scans for a variety of World Cup 2023 players.
Here are our top observations about FIFA 23 before the game's release on September 30 after we thoroughly examined the list and contrasted it with the highest levels of the women's ratings used in FIFA 21 and FIFA 22.
Putellas experiences a rapid ascent
Alexia Putellas, the 2021 Ballon d'Or winner, has experienced a dramatic rise in her FIFA rating in tandem with her rise to fame in real life. The Spain and Barcelona star currently sits atop the list in FIFA 23 with a rating of 92 after previously failing to place in the top 10 in both FIFA 21 and 22.
The incredibly gifted midfielder led Barcelona to a perfect, record-breaking quadruple in 2021–2022 and has since solidified her place among the finest, most significant players in history.
Miedema falls to the ground
With a great rating of 92, Netherlands international striker Miedema shared the top rating in FIFA 22 with Lucy Bronze (90) and Wendie Renard (91). The Arsenal star, who was surpassed by several of her contemporaries in just a year, is now clinging to a spot in the Top 10 after having her FIFA 23 rating reduced to 89.
Top names have changed
In fact, Miedema's sharp decline in the rankings may be explained by the infusion of new stars who have pushed their way into the top 10, including Putellas, Hegerberg, Marie-Antoinette Katoto (90), Caroline Graham Hansen (90), and Christiane Endler (89), who did not play any part in FIFA 22.
Many of these breakout players come from Barcelona and the French teams Lyon and PSG, which is a result of their successful campaigns in European competition the previous year.
USWNT loses control
The decline of numerous well-known figures, including USWNT mainstays Morgan and Rapinoe, has been accelerated by the changing of the guard in women's football.
At 33 and 37, Morgan and Rapinoe, who were both regulars in the top 10 in FIFA 21 and 22, respectively, have reached the end of their careers and are now the only American women's players included in the top 25 for FIFA 23.
England athletes honored after winning Euro 2022
European winners England is highly represented, with Bronze, who previously shared the top rating in FIFA 22 with Miedema, remaining in the top 10.
Beth Mead, a colleague of Lionnesses, is in 11th rank just outside the top 25 after receiving a rating bump to 88, perhaps as a result of winning UEFA Player of the Tournament at Euro 2022. Lauren Hemp and Millie Bright, both of England, are also in the top 25.
1. Alexia Putellas scored 92. 2. Sam Kerr scored 91. 3. Wendie Renard scored 91. 5. Marie-Antoinette Katoto scored 90. 6. Lucy Bronze scored 90. 7. Alex Morgan scored 90. 8. Caroline Graham Hansen scored 90. 9. Christiane Endler scored 89. 10. Vivianne Miedema scored 89. 11. Beth Mead scored 88. 12. Kadidiatou Diani scored 88. 13. Mapi Leon scored 88. Lina Magull is number 87, followed by Lauren Hemp, Grace Geyoro, Ashley Lawrence, Millie Bright, and Lieke Martens.