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How does India fare compared to top five European nations in terms of games played in last five years?

05:42 GMT 22/12/2021
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Sweden are currently the highest-ranked European team in the world...

Sweden is the highest-ranked women's football team in Europe and the second-highest ranked team in the world after the US Women's National Team (USWMNT).

In the last women's world cup, which was held in 2019, the Swedish women finished third. They lost to Netherlands 1-0 in the semifinal and then defeated England 2-1 in the third-place play-off.

Sweden is followed by Germany and France in the second and third position in Europe respectively. Netherlands, who had finished runners-up in the 2019 World Cup losing to USA in the final, are in fourth place and England are currently occupying the fifth spot in the UEFA rankings.

Here, we take a look at the number of matches the top five European countries played in the last five years and compared to them, how many matches did the top five Asian teams play along with the Indan women's team.

If we consider 2021, India played 12 international matches which was the same as the matches played by Germany, who are ranked No.3 in the world. In fact, India played more matches than England (ranked eighth in the world) who played only 9 games.

European teams on an average play 18 to 20 international matches in a calendar year.

How many matches did Sweden play? (2017-2021)

Year

Matches

Competitions

2017

18

Friendlies (7), 2019 World Cup Qualifiers (3), UEFA Women's Euro 2017 (4), Algarve Cup (4)

2018

13

Friendlies (4), 2019 World Cup Qualifiers (5), Algarve Cup (4)

2019

17

Friendlies (4), UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (3), 2019 World Cup (7), Algarve Cup (3)

2020

8

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (5), Algarve Cup (3)

2021

18

2023 World Cup Qualifiers (5), Friendlies (7), Tokyo Olympics (6)

How many matches did Germany play? (2017-2021)

Year

Matches

Competitions

2017

14

Friendlies (3), 2019 World Cup Qualifiers (4), UEFA Women's Euro 2017 (4), SheBelieves Cup (3)

2018

11

Friendlies (4), 2019 World Cup Qualifiers (4), SheBelieves Cup (3)

2019

14

Friendlies (5), UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (4), 2019 World Cup (5)

2020

8

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (4), Friendlies (1), Algarve Cup (3)

2021

12

2023 World Cup Qualifiers (6), Friendlies (6)

How many matches did France play? (2017-2021)

Year

Matches

Competitions

2017

17

Friendlies (10), UEFA Women's Euro 2017 (4), SheBelieves Cup (3)

2018

10

Friendlies (7), SheBelieves Cup (3)

2019

16

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (2), Friendlies (9), 2019 World Cup (5)

2020

9

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (6), Tournoi de France (3) 

2021

14

2023 World Cup Qualifiers (6), Friendlies (5), Tournoi de France (3)

How many matches did Netherlands play? (2017-2021)

Year

Matches

Competitions

2017

22

2019 World Cup Qualifiers (3), Friendlies (9), UEFA Women's Euro 2017 (6), Algarve Cup (4)

2018

14

2019 World Cup Qualifiers (9), Algarve Cup (4), Friendly (1)

2019

20

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (6), 2019 World Cup (7), Friendlies (4), Algarve Cup (3)

2020

10

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Qualifiers (4), Friendlies (3), Tournoi de France (3)

2021

17

Friendlies (8), 2023 World Cup Qualifiers (5), Tokyo Olympics (4)

How many matches did England play? (2017-2021)

Year

Matches

Competitions

2017

18

Friendlies (7), SheBelieves Cup (3), UEFA Women's Euro 2017 (5),2019 World Cup Qualifiers (3)

2018

12

SheBelieves Cup (3), 2019 World Cup Qualifiers (5), Friendlies (4)

2019

20

SheBelieves Cup (3), Friendlies (10), 2019 World Cup (7)

2020

5

SheBelieves Cup (3), Friendlies (2)

2021

9

Friendlies (3), 2023 World Cup Qualifiers (6)

How many matches did India play? (2017-2021)

Year

Matches

Competitions

2017

7

2016 SAFF Championship (2), 2018 Women's Asian Cup Qualifiers (4), Friendly (1)

2018

3

Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers (3)

2019

11

Turkish Women's Cup (4), 2019 SAFF Championship (4), Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers (3)

2020

DNP

N/A

2021

12

Friendlies (7), Turkish Women's Cup (2), International Women's Football Tournament (3)