The Swedish Women’s National Football Team was once leading in women’s soccer development, winning an informal European championship in 1984. Although the team failed to replicate that success, they earned silver at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Swedish national soccer team has been quite successful, finishing second at the 1958 FIFA World Cup, finishing third twice (1950 and 1994), and winning the 1948 Summer Olympics. Sweden is a country with many players that have exported themselves to professional teams in England’s WSL, Germany’s Bundesliga, and France’s First Division women’s league, in addition to having a couple of full-time national teams in Rosengard and Linkoping. In addition to having a higher percentage of players from the Swedish top-flight owning national leagues than any other country, they also have a higher percentage of players playing in the other Nordic companies, as well as in all of Europe’s other top-flight competitions.
Despite their lack of global exposure, the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Iceland have something different to offer to the football world. Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are not the biggest countries in the world (or even in Europe) and do not boast the most invested leagues, but Scandinavia has consistently. It will continue to produce world-class soccer players and teams that go deep into major tournaments.
If not for Denmark winning the 92 European Championships over Sweden, I would say Swedish football is the best representation of the Nordic play. When competing with the Nordic neighbours to Sweden, they almost always come out on top, having won nine Golds at the Scandinavian football tournament, more than all the others combined. Regarding international stage success, Sweden seems to be a cut above the rest by a country mile. Sweden is the only country that has had some sort of success at major international tournaments.
Sweden, Norway, and Denmark gave the world great soccer players like Pernille Harder (Denmark), Magda Eriksson, Fridolina Rolfo (Sweden), Ada Hegerberg, and Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway), all playing in the five major European leagues, showing incredible results. Sweden and Norway are among the leading countries by the number of registered women’s soccer players, with over 100,000 players, followed by governments with a far larger population, such as England, France and Germany. In addition to looking at how many Nordic players are playing in the national leagues of their homeland, we have also looked at how many of them are playing overseas in the other top-flight Nordic countries. There are about 3200 active clubs, playing over 8,500 teams, playing in 7,900 available pitches across Sweden.