Following England's Lionesses' Euro win, here are five Arab women's football teams to watch out for

Following England's Lionesses' Euro win, here are five Arab women's football teams to watch out for
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01 August, 2022
Following England's victory at the UEFA Women's Championships on Sunday, The New Arab looks at the top Arab teams in women's football.
Jordan's national women's team is currently the highest ranking Arab football team in the world [Getty]

England rejoiced on Sunday after the 'Lionesses' beat rivals Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Women's Championship final at a packed Wembley Stadium.

Following their historic title win, a first for both England's men's and women's teams in the tournament, The New Arab looks at the top Arab women's football teams.

Jordan

Jordan is currently placed highest among the region's women’s teams, ranking 65th in the world, and 13th in Asia and Oceania.

The team, which is captained by Stephanie Al-Naber, won the Arab Women's Cup in 2021, defeating Tunisia, and the 2010 Arabia Women's Cup, beating Egypt.

Jordan's women's team, which was founded in 2005, enjoyed a ranking of 50th back in 2017 - their highest to date.

Striker Maysa Jbarah, who plays for Turkish side Ankara BB Fomget, is the country's all-time top scorer with 113 goals.

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Tunisia

Tunisia is the second-highest ranking Arab team placed 72nd in the world. The Eagles of Carthage made their international debut in 2006 playing against Egypt but losing that match 2-1.

Since then the North African team has continued to grow and develop. The team recently competed in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) last month, making it to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Chaima Abbasi, who plays as a centre-back for Tunis' Banque de l'Habitat team, captains the women's squad. Their top scorer is Mariem Houij, having netted 14 goals so far.

Morocco

The Atlas Lionesses - Morocco's women’s national team - took 77th place after their stellar performance in the women's Africa Cup of Nations competition, making their football playing debut in 1998.

The team’s captain Ghizlane Chebbak, was crowned as the competition’s best player following the lionesses’ victory against some of the African continent’s strongest contenders. Chebbak is also the team's all-time top scorer with 17 goals.

The national team's performance was met with praise from Moroccans despite their 1-0 defeat to South Africa in the final.

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Algeria

Next is Algeria, the fourth highest ranking Arab side at 79th in the world.

The Fennecs have qualified five times for the Africa Women Cup of Nations, but failed to do so this year. However, the team recently made it to the semi-finals of the Arab Women's Cup, but suffered a defeat against neighbours and runners-up Tunisia in 2021.

The squad, which is coached by Naima Bouhenni, enjoyed a career-high ranking of 64 back in 2009.

Bouhenni, who plays as a forward for Afak Relizane, is also the country's all-time top scorer with 30 goals.

Bahrain and others

The Bahraini women's squad is the highest-ranking Gulf team among the region's Arab states, having formed in 2003 and making its official debut in 2007. The team, which is captained by Yasmine Fayez, is officially ranked 84th in the world as of June 2022 - one spot higher than their male counterparts.

They were previously ranked 64th in the world - their highest placement to date.

Other high-ranking Arab states include Egypt at 94th, the UAE at 106th, and Lebanon at 141st.