Top 100 Female Footballers of 2022: 20-11
The voting period for the Top 100 Female Footballers of 2022 was 1st November 2021 – 31st October 2022
In a year where so many goalkeepers starred at Euro 2022, it emphasises Endler’s quality that she once again ranks as the best goalkeeper in the top 100. There is a slight drop from her position in 2021 but Endler’s big saves in big moments helped Lyon regain their Champions League title, while her overall game continues to be at the top level. She will be hoping to help Chile to another World Cup in 2023 and if so can recreate some of her spectacular saves from the 2019 edition on the highest stage once more.
For someone who is not naturally a full-back, Rolfö has become one of the best around, aided by playing in a brilliant Barcelona side. While still utilised further forward on occasions, particularly for Sweden, she has become deadly playing down the left and ended last season with double figures for assists for Barça. Only Selma Bacha created more goals than the Swede in the Champions League last season too, and Rolfö showed her more attacking instincts in Sweden’s run to the Euro 2022 semi-finals. Has been underrated in the past so it’s good to see her recognised in the top 20.
The USA striker just missed out on our list in 2021, but her 2022 could not be ignored as she roars to her highest-ever ranking. Morgan was top scorer in the NWSL with 15 goals last season, all the more impressive given she was doing it for an expansion side. Her club form raised questions over the past few years but Morgan’s scoring led San Diego Wave to a superb first-season run to the playoff semi-finals. She also scored the winner for her country from the spot to beat rivals Canada in the Concacaf final and almost everything she touched in 2022 turned to gold.
Coming in just one place lower than in 2021 emphasises the consistency León is continuing to show as one of the top defenders in world football. She is also one of the most attacking around, right at home in the all-conquering Barcelona side. The 27-year-old showed the ability she has to create with her wand of a left foot at the Euros, while recently in Liga F she has found the net with a couple of brilliant free-kicks. The ultimate modern centre-back.
There’s very little doubt Macario was heading for a top 10 spot before an ACL injury at the end of the 2021-22 season curtailed her year prematurely, but she still comes home comfortably in the top 20. Her 14 goals last season were beaten only by Marie-Antoinette Katoto in France, while she also scored eight in the Champions League to help Lyon regain their title. The young American is fulfilling the talent everyone knew she had in college and hopefully will return in the same vein of form.
The Lionesses captain lived every young girl’s dream in 2022, lifting a major trophy for your country, and in the process becoming the first woman to do so for England. But not just as a leader, Williamson’s performances at the heart of Sarina Wiegman’s defence played a huge part in the team’s success, while she is one of the key players for her childhood club Arsenal. Few epitomise the new era of Lionesses like Williamson, asked to lead the team in the absence of Steph Houghton and going about it as if it was business as usual. With it comes a huge rise up the rankings.
Harder drops out of the top 10 for the first time since 2016 but in reality that is not a mark against her quality but rather how strong the competition was in 2022. The Denmark captain may still be searching for exactly what her best role is in a fluid Chelsea attack but there are still few players who make attacking and creating look as easy. She started the 2022-23 season looking like a player more at home in the Chelsea system than ever before but sadly a hamstring injury picked up on international duty is going to keep her out for some time.
Hegerberg is back in the top 100 after two nightmare years recovering from injury. The Lyon striker endured a tough Euros, including that 8-0 defeat by England, and an injury setback has hampered the start of the new campaign. Before that she was very much the Hegerberg of old. Despite only returning partway through the 2021-22 season, she reached double figures for Lyon in the league and was influential in the team’s Champions League success, scoring the second goal in the final.
Not quite back into the top 10 – she was fourth on our list in 2020 – but Renard’s high quality puts her in the elite group of defenders. It was a historic year for the towering centre-back who won another Champions League trophy, just as it looked as though Lyon’s reign was over, but glory continues to evade her on an international stage. Despite being a defender, Renard is a prolific goal threat and in big games too, as she showed against PSG in the Champions League semi-finals.
Despite being another of the many big-name players hit by an ACL injury in 2022, it is a true marker of Katoto’s quality in front of goal that she still manages to move up a couple of spots and on to the verge of the top 10 after missing almost half the year. Euro 2022 was touted as potentially being Katoto’s breakthrough tournament but she was injured in the second group game. Before the tournament she had ended the 2021-22 domestic season as the French top flight’s best goalscorer – four clear of the impressive Catarina Macario – cementing herself as one of Europe’s elite in front of goal.