The Norway Women’s World Cup 2023 squad has been announced, with Hege Riise forgoing the opportunity to select a provisional team and announce her 23 players for the tournament.
Norway have struggled for form in recent games, losing 4-2 to Spain and then drawing 3-3 with Sweden in April.
Goals from Ada Hegerberg and Cesilie Andreassen were not enough to stop Spain getting the better of Norway, while a 96th minute from Frida Maanum was required to gain a draw against Sweden. Two goals in 10 second-half minutes from Maanum and Karina Sævik had put Norway 2-1 up but they found themselves 3-2 down during injury time. Fortunately, Maanum bailed them out late on.
After a disappointing 2022 Euros, Norway have been trying to build themselves back up. They exited at the group stage, having suffered an embarrassing 8-0 loss to England, with many shocked at how bad their performances were.
Since Hege Riise took charge – a former World Cup winner herself – results have been mixed, with wins over the Netherlands and Uruguay, but losses to Denmark and France.
The big boost for Norway is that former Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg will be available for the World Cup. Hegerberg missed the 2019 World Cup in protest at the treatment of the Norwegian national team by the federation. She did play at Euro 2022 but has since been injured for most of this season. However, she was able to return for the UWCL quarter-final stage and has featured for Lyon a number of times since then.
Caroline Graham Hansen is also available. Graham Hansen stepped away from the national team during the season in order to not overexert herself, having struggled with injuries on and off. But she seems to be ready to participate in the World Cup, and makes the squad. Graham Hansen is arguably the best right-winger in the world and in tandem with Hegerberg, they will hope to be more deadly than they managed to be at Euro 2022.
Two of the Women’s Super League’s biggest stars this season will also be playing for Norway. Chelsea’s Guro Reiten and Arsenal’s Frida Maanum were both nominated for the Player of the Season award. Reiten has at points dragged Chelsea through the season with her goals and assists whilst Maanum has stepped into an unfamiliar role at Arsenal in the wake of an injury crisis at the club. Both players will be hoping to turn their club form into a starring turn at the World Cup.
Norway Women’s World Cup 2023 squad
- GK: Guro Pettersen (Vålerenga)
- GK: Cecilie Fiskerstrand (LSK Kvinner)
- GK: Aurora Mikalsen (Brann)
- DF: Anja Sønstevold (Inter Milan)
- DF: Mathilde Harviken (Rosenborg)
- DF: Tuva Hansen (Bayern Munich)
- DF: Maren Mjelde (Chelsea)
- DF: Guro Bergsvand (Brighton)
- DF: Marit Bratberg Lund (Brann)
- DF: Sara Horte (Rosenborg)
- MF: Ingrid Syrstad Engen (Barcelona)
- MF: Vilde Bøe Risa (Manchester United)
- MF: Guro Reiten (Chelsea)
- MF: Thea Bjelde (Vålerenga)
- MF: Emilie Haavi (Roma)
- MF: Amalie Eikeland (Reading)
- MF: Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona)
- MF: Julie Blakstad (Manchester City)
- MF: Frida Maanum (Arsenal)
- FW: Karina Sævik (Avaldsnes)
- FW: Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
- FW: Sophie Roman Haug (Roma)
- FW: Anna Jøsendal (Rosenborg)
Who is Norway’s manager for Women’s World Cup 2023?
Former England interim and Team GB manager Hege Riise will be coaching Norway at the World Cup. Riise is a Norwegian women’s football legend having won the World Cup, European Championships and Olympic Gold for Norway in her time as a player. She also won the Golden Ball at the 1995 World Cup.
Her time managing England and Great Britain was seen by many as disappointing, with Riise having been appointed after Phil Neville announced his intention to depart and before Sarina Wiegman was prepared to take over the job. However, she has previously won the Norwegian league four times with LSV Kvinner and coached the Norwegian Under-19 team to the UEFA Championship final.
How many players are Norway allowed to take to the Women's World Cup 2023?
Hege Riise will be able to select 23 players for the World Cup. Riise had recently selected quite small squads, playing into her favour prior to the tournament.
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Jessy Parker Humphreys is a freelance women's football writer. A Chelsea fan, Jessy has been following the women's game since being taken to the 2003/04 FA Cup final at Loftus Road and seeing Arsenal thrash Jessy's local side Charlton. Fortunately, Arsenal don't win quite as much as they used to – although Jessy hopes Charlton will also be back at the top of the women's game one day.