Here we take a look at the best XI of FIFA Women's World Cup 2023. An article which showcases the the top performers in each positions, who have made a great impact on their individual team and inspired many of the viewers. The formation we've gone with is 3-5-2, the team mostly consists of Spanish and English players as they played in the World Cup final, but there are other players too who deserves notable mentions.
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The English keeper, after winning the Golden Gloves last night became favorite to be featured in the team. Australia's Mackenzie Arnold was her strongest competition as she has the most no. of clean sheets in the World Cup.
Mary Earps has made 16 vital saves in the tournament including a penalty in the final, which kept England into the game until the last minute. She also has 3 clean sheets to her name.
As we're playing with three central defenders at the back, Millie Bright is gonna be at the centre of the two other defenders. She has been rock solid for England and she's also going to provide quality leadership to the team.
She tops the progressive passing distance list with 4553. She's also in the list of finishing most passes into final third and most Interceptions in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
Irene Paredes has been one of the most important factors for Spain in winning the World Cup. She has done so much in terms of getting the team forward, clearing the ball in crucial situations, getting in between the attackers to intercept and stop the ball from going into the net, and what not.
She's in third position in the list of both progressive passing distance and passes into final third. She has a 100% rate of dribblers tackled, which shows how miserable she made the life of the attackers.
Lucy Bronze is traditionally a right back, arguably one of the best, and the most decorated player in the world, and she played like one in this World Cup. She tried until the very end to win England the World Cup trophy but unfortunately failed to do so. Her progressive runs in the right back region helped England a lot in terms of creating chances in the opponent's box.
Lucy Bronze has the most no. of Interceptions in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023. She also tops the list of players who've made the most tackles. Her ground coverage should not go unnoticed as well as it was around 70km or something.
Teresa Abelleira has proved to be one of the best players in this tournament. It was between her or Aitana Bonmati to win the golden ball race, that's how good she was. She's criminally underrated among the fans and after this World Cup people's perception of her is going to change massively.
This is the no. of lists she tops in – Most Shot-creating actions, most crosses into the box, most corner kicks, most passes into the final third, most key passes. And unsurprisingly included in many more lists, which doesn't really surprise you, looking at the kind of player that she is.
The winner of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Golden Ball, Aitana Bonmati is one of the clearest choices to be included in this line up. Bonmati dominated the opposition with her passing prowess in the midfield region. She was one of the eldest members in the squad, and the experience she brought into the team came very handy.
She has helped the team with 5 goals + assists in crucial moments of the tournament. The Spanish midfielder always looked very composed on the box and thus topped the list of Progressive Passes with 64 passes. Her contribution to this Spain side couldn't really be measured in terms of stats but just knowing that she was at the middle of every Spain attack should be enough to know her worth.
Lauren Hemp is one of the most underrated footballers of this generation. She was clinical in England's World Cup final run. When the team needed her the most, she delivered the best performance of her life in the semi-final match of the tournament against Australia.
From scoring goals to making progressive passes in the final third of the pitch Hemp was in the middle of every English attack. She scored 3 goals and 1 assists in 7 matches. Lauren Hemp's performance in the knockout stages were one for the history books.
Georgia Stanway was one of the best defensive midfielders who occasionally went forward. She was also England's patent penalty taker. She helped the team in every possible way and was a crucial player in England's success. Stanway also kept the team together with certain leadership qualities and likable personalities.
She also made the most no. of blocks in the tournament,17 which is more than any player. She also has one goal in the tournament. Her defensive capabilities came to light in this World Cup under Sarina Wiegman's coaching.
The Real Madrid forward set the stage on fire for Columbia from the very first match. She was one of the youngest players in the World Cup and everyone expected her to do well. She had great skills to get away from the defense and operated at great speed which caused trouble to the opponent's defense.
Columbia's epic run had everything to do with Caicedo's performance in the tournament. She scored 2 goals and assisted with one in FIFA Women's World Cup, which was great for a debutant. Her goal against Germany helped Colombia to qualify for the Round of 16 stages.
Hinata Miyazawa won the golden boot with 5 goal for Japan. Her performance was commendable in every way, it was a shame Japan couldn't go deep into the tournament. They lost to Sweden in their quarterfinal tie 2-1, but no one could chase Miyazawa's record.
It was a no brainer for her to be in the team, as she will score a lot of goals and also help in the build up process of scoring. She also has the most no. of assists in the tournament.
Kadidiatou Diani is the second striker who's going to play alongside Hinata Miyazawa. It was so unfortunate that France got knocked out in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 otherwise she would have had a great chance of winning the golden boot.
She scored the second most goals in the World Cup, which was 4. Her numbers in assisting goals was also the more than any other player, 3. She has been a big revelation for France and is certainly can be termed as the "next big thing" in Women's football.