What is Italy’s best-ever Women’s World Cup performance?

With Italy gearing up for the 2023 Women's World Cup after doing well in 2019, we've been looking back at previous tournaments. What is the Azzurre's best-ever World Cup performance?


While the Italy Women’s National Team does not rank high among the favourites for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, once through the group stages anything can happen. Getting through Group G won’t be easily done, as Italy are coming into it as a Pot 3 side, but they’ll be dreaming of progressing and trying to enjoy their best-ever showing at the tournament.

With the likes of Barbara Bonansea and Cristiana Girelli of Juventus, and AS Roma winger Annamaria Serturini, to name but a few, the Azzurre certainly have the talent to take on Group G rivals Sweden, South Africa, and Argentina and attempt to make the knockout rounds.

Arianna Caruso in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (@AzzurreFIGC)

Surprise last eight finish in 2019

In the last edition of the competition hosted by France back in 2019, Italy surprisingly topped a group containing a strong Brazilian team, despite the Azzurre having failed to even qualify for the tournament in two decades.

Once into the knockout stages, Italy breezed past China with a 2-0 win secured with goals from Valentina Giacinti and Aurora Galli, but then exited at the quarter-finals, where eventual runners-up Netherlands defeated them by that same scoreline.

Valentina Giacinti in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (@AzzurreFIGC)

What is Italy’s best-ever performance at the Women’s World Cup?

Although several non-FIFA endorsed tournaments to find a global champion were held between 1970 and 1990, the 1991 Women’s World Cup in China also saw Italy reach the quarter-finals. That marked Italy‘s their best-ever performance at the Women’s World Cup, then equalling it at France 2019.

However, with 20 fewer teams competing that today, the Azzurre failed at the first hurdle once out of Group C, in a thrilling 3-2 defeat by beaten finalists Norway, who overcame Italy with a Tina Svensson penalty in extra-time.


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