FINA Best Female Water Polo Team 2017

USA in 10 clicks

December 08th, 2017

The best

USA is by far the most successful women’s team in the FINA World Championships’ history: the North Americans have won the tournament on five occasions (2003, 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2017)

Team culture

“This team does an amazing job of maintaining pieces of culture in the transition from team to team, but also embracing new people and new personalities each competition” – Melissa Seidemann, US player

Annual recognition

In the eight editions of the “FINA Best Athletes of the Year” election, the US team/players have been consecrated on six occasions – they only missed the award in 2011 (Greece) and 2013 (Spain)

Hard sport

“This is one of the hardest sports in the world, so we must be prepared. This summer, playing in Margaret Island was really special for us. Being in a place where everyone loves the game we love it’s really incredible. I felt very grateful I could play, and win, there!” – Maggie Steffens, US player

Easy win

At the final of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships, USA had an easy win over Spain, getting the gold after a 13-6 triumph

Goal appetite

With a final outcome of 92 goals for 175 shots, the US team was clearly the best in Budapest 2017 concerning the rate goals/shots (52.6%)


Out of the main four world competitions, US is the most titled team in three of them: Olympic Games (2), World Championships (5) and World League (11). At the World Cup, USA is behind the Netherlands and Australia

World League legends

Out of the 14 annual editions contested so far in the history of the World League, USA has won 11 of them! They have only missed the 2005, 2008 and 2013 titles

Golden series

USA dominance in the last years has been overwhelming: they won the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, 2015 and 2017 Worlds, and 2010 and 2014 World Cups