NXGN: Melchie Dumornay, Mary Fowler and where 2022's best women's football wonderkids are now
- Women's football
- UEFA Women's Champions League
- Women's Super League
- Frauen Bundesliga
- WE League
- Women's World Cup
- P. Gramaglia
- Houston Dash
- RB Bragantino
- Apollon Limassol
- Tokyo Verdy Beleza
- CAF Women's Champions League
- Malabo Kings
- Equatorial Guinea
- J. Gutiérrez
- Tigres UANL
- Liga MX Femenil
- Copa America Femenina
- Brasileiro Women
- Deportivo Cali
- CONMEBOL Libertadores Femenina
- E. Brugts
- Eredivisie Women
- UEFA Women's Championship
- R. Kafaji
- Giovana Queiroz
- C. Küver
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Real Betis
- Atlético Madrid
- Primera División Femenina
- K. Møller Kühl
- Olympique Lyonnais
- A. Sombath
- Feminine Division 1
- L. Gräwe
- Bayer Leverkusen
- A. Missimo
- United States
- Orlando Pride
- Serie A Women
- H. Bugeja
- M. Fowler
- D. Dumornay
- Manchester City
- Stade de Reims
Every year, GOAL releases its NXGN lists, highlighting the best young talents in world football.
After starting with the men’s game in 2016, the first women’s list was published in 2020, with many of its alumni having already gone on to achieve incredible things.
After the NXGN 2023 list was revealed on Tuesday, March 21, here’s a look at where the wonderkids of 2022 are today:
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#20 Paulina Gramaglia | Houston Dash
2022: Gramaglia joined the Houston Dash on loan from her club in Argentina, UAI Urquiza, and made her debut in the U.S. in July. In doing so, she became the club’s youngest-ever player. That would be her only appearance of the season, but Houston still chose to make her loan deal a permanent one at the end of the year.
2023: In order to give the youngster regular game time, especially with her having the opportunity to make this summer's World Cup squad, the Dash loaned Gramaglia to Brazilian club Red Bull Bragantino for the 2023 season.
#19 Juliet Nalukenge | AMOK Chrysomolia
2022: After an impressive spell on loan at AMOK Chrysomolia, Nalukenge returned to parent club Apollon Limassol for the 2022-23 season and was among the goals when the campaign began. However, an injury in December halted her progress. She underwent successful surgery before Christmas.
2023: The Uganda star is now working her way back from that setback and will hope to be on the pitch again soon.
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#18 Maya Hijikata | Tokyo Verdy Beleza
2022: Hijikata was part of the Japan team that reached the final of the U20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica, making five appearances from the bench as her country finished runners-up. Hijikata also made her WE League debut for Tokyo Verdy Beleza in 2022, against Omiya in March, and scored her first goal against Sagamihara in May.
2023: The young forward is continuing to push for game time with her club’s first team, looking to make an impact in the opportunities she is given.
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#17 Aemu Oyama | Tokyo Verdy Beleza
2022: Oyama started all six of Japan's matches at the U20 Women's World Cup as they reached the final, opening the quarter-final penalty shootout against France with a successful spot-kick.
2023: Now, her task is to earn more minutes with the first team at Tokyo Verdy Beleza.
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#16 Avelina Abang | Malabo Kings
2022: After a solid 2021 with her club, catching the eye in the CAF Women’s Champions League, Abang helped Malabo Kings win another league title in 2022. The team was unable to make it to the continental competition this time, though.
2023: As well as returning to Africa’s premier club competition, Abang will hope this year to help Equatorial Guinea qualify for the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations.
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#15 Jana Gutierrez | Tigres
2022: Gutierrez has nailed down a regular role with Tigres, following her move to the club in 2021, and was part of the team that won the Apertura 2022 title. She was also part of the Mexico team that reached the U20 CONCACAF Women's Championship final, playing in all six games.
2023: Gutierrez will hope to be a key player for her team in the Clausura 2023, too, as Tigres go for yet another title.
#14 Tarciane | Corinthians
2022: Tarciane became a more important player for Corinthians as they won another league title, with the Copa Paulista and Supercopa also added to her trophy cabinet. With Brazil, the defender won the U20 South American Championship, scoring five goals in six games despite her position. At the end of the year, she made her senior international debut, too.
2023: Tarciane is building on that Brazil debut and was part of the squad for the SheBelieves Cup in February. She could well secure a spot on the plane for this summer’s World Cup.
#13 Linda Caicedo | Deportivo Cali
2022: The busiest year of Caicedo’s young career saw her star as Colombia finished as runners-up at Copa America, so much so that she picked up the tournament’s Golden Ball award. She was also named Player of the Match in the final. Later that year, Caicedo fired her country to another final, at the Under-17 World Cup, scoring four goals in six games.
2023: Caicedo made that long-anticipated international transfer in 2023, joining Real Madrid. She looks a shoo-in for Colombia's Women's World Cup squad, too.
#12 Esmee Brugts | PSV
2022: Brugts was included in the Netherlands' squad for Euro 2022, making three appearances from the bench in her first senior tournament. In September, she enjoyed one of her most special moments yet, netting a 93rd-minute winner for her country to ensure automatic qualification to this summer's World Cup.
2023: It’s likely Brugts will be at that World Cup, too, with her continuing to be a key player for PSV and a regular in the Netherlands’ squads.
#11 Rosa Kafaji | Hacken
2022: Kafaji became the most-expensive signing in Sweden when she signed for BK Hacken at the start of the year, but her time with the club started in disastrous fashion as she broke her leg in pre-season. The young striker finally made her competitive debut with the team in September.
2023: Kafaji will hope to make an impact with Hacken this year and show that her time on the sidelines has only made her stronger.
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#10 Gio | Barcelona
2022: Gio was part of the Brazil side that won the 2022 Copa America, playing twice in the tournament. Shortly afterwards, her two-year stay with Barcelona came to an end when she signed for Arsenal. She was immediately loaned to Everton, scoring her first goal in England in the 3-0 victory over Tottenham.
2023: In January, Gio was recalled from her loan by Arsenal. She made her debut for the Gunners in the FA Cup win over Leeds. The young forward will hope to be part of Brazil’s squad at this summer’s World Cup. It would be her third major senior tournament, despite the fact she will only be 20 years old when it begins.
#9 Camilla Kuver | Eintracht Frankfurt
2022: Kuver suffered a serious knee injury in late 2021 that ended her season immediately. She returned for the start of the 2022-23 season.
2023: Having seemingly nailed down a starting role in the Eintracht team before her time on the sidelines, Kuver is now working hard to get back into the line-up on a regular basis.
#8 Andrea Medina | Real Betis
2022: After another excellent season at Real Betis, Medina signed for Atletico Madrid in the summer. With her country, the young full-back was a U20 Women's World Cup winner, starting five games - including the final, in which Spain beat Japan.
2023: Medina has quickly made an impact at Atletico, starting a large handful of her appearances in her first season with the club.
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#7 Kathrine Kuhl | Nordsjaelland
2022: Kuhl was selected by Denmark for Euro 2022 - something she told GOAL earlier in the year would be a "dream come true". She was sent off late in the first game for a second yellow card but was the game's best player for large parts when she returned against Spain, despite Denmark crashing out.
2023: Kuhl’s long-anticipated move abroad came in January when she joined Arsenal. She scored her first goal for the club in an FA Cup win over Leeds. The young midfielder is expected to be part of Denmark’s squad for another major tournament this summer – the World Cup.
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#6 Alice Sombath | Lyon
2022: Sombath was part of the Lyon team that won the Champions League for an eighth time, beating Barcelona in the final. At the start of the 2022-23 season, she became a regular starter, adapting well to different positions and personnel around her as the European champions navigated an injury crisis.
2023: Despite players returning from the sidelines, the young defender continues to be a fixture in this Lyon team, which is a compliment to how she is performing.
#5 Lisanne Grawe | Bayer Leverkusen
2022: Grawe enjoyed an excellent first season with Bayer Leverkusen, ending the 2021-22 campaign having started 19 of her 21 league appearances. Her maturity and ability to control a game were evident throughout the year.
2023: The young midfielder remains a key player for her team and will hope to show form that can progress up her through the ranks in the Germany set-up, with her aim to reach the senior national team.
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#4 Alexis Missimo | University of Texas
2022: Missimo broke the single-season assist record at the University of Texas in the 2022 season, registering 15 despite missing six games through injury. With her country, the midfielder won the U20 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and was named in the tournament’s best XI, scoring three goals. Missimo didn’t play in the U20 Women’s World Cup, opting to take some time for herself.
2023: What the young American does next will be interesting. She has another two years of college eligibility but could opt to go pro early. She has plenty of options should she choose the latter route.
#3 Haley Bugeja | Sassuolo
2022: Bugeja’s second senior season was frustrating in spells, with the forward suffering with injury, but she still scored three league goals for Sassuolo in just seven starts. In the summer, she signed for NWSL side Orlando Pride. Joining midway through the season, Bugeja made three appearances in her first year in the United States.
2023: The Malta international is expected to see much more game time in Orlando in 2023, with the club not wanting to throw her in too early in 2022.
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#2 Mary Fowler | Montpellier
2022: After two-and-a-half years in France with Montpellier, Fowler moved to England in the summer of 2022, joining Manchester City. She also played in Australia’s disappointing Asian Cup campaign, scoring twice in their four games.
2023: The young forward has struggled to secure a regular spot in City’s starting XI since her transfer but has impressed in glimpses. Undoubtedly Australia’s most exciting young talent, she will have the chance to play in a home World Cup this summer.
#1 Melchie Dumornay | Reims
2022: Kicking off the year by topping the NXGN list, Durmornay ended her first season in France with seven goals and four assists for Reims, in just 15 games. In the summer, she represented Haiti at the CONCACAF Championship, making the best XI and being named the tournament’s best young player.
2023: In the January window, Dumornay signed for eight-time European champions Lyon – her dream move. Things got even better a month later when the youngster scored twice against Chile in a play-off, firing Haiti to its first ever Women's World Cup.