Poland women's national football team
The Poland women's national football team represents Poland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Polish Football Association, has never qualified for a major international tournament. Players list for 2 international friendly matches against Italy women's national football team and Finland women's national football team The following players have been called up to the Poland squad within the last twelve months. *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. 1996 Atlanta - Did not qualify 2000 Sydney - Did not qualify 2004 Athens - Did not qualify 2008 Beijing - Did not qualify 2012 London - Did not qualify 2016 Rio de Janeiro - Did not qualify Football in Poland List of women's national association football teams Poland national football team Poland women's national under-17 football team Official website FIFA profile
Japan women's national football team
The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan, represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association. It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation, its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011. The team were champions in the 2008 and 2010 EAFF Women's Football Championships, won the gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games. Japan defeated the United States in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, thus claiming their first FIFA Women's World Cup title, becoming the first Asian team to do so and only the fourth women's world champions, it won silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the only Asian team to have three combined medals from international championships. They won the gold medal at the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup; the team most won the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup and the 2018 Asian Games. During the 1970s, the number of women football players and teams increased in Japan, teams made up regional leagues in various parts of Japan.
In 1980, "All-Japan Women's Football Championship" was held, in 1981 the Japan women's national football team played its first international match in Hong Kong. The team continued playing matches in Japan or in other countries, but it was not an "All Japan" national team but a temporarily organized team selected from the regional leagues. In 1986, Ryohei Suzuki was selected as the coach of the Japan women's national football team, the first "All Japan" team. In 1989, the "Japan Women's Football League" was established, the women’s national team qualified for the "1991 FIFA Women's World Cup" in China. Japan women's national football team attended various championship tournaments such as the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup which had made the national team and the L. League popular. However, in 1999, Japan failed to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics, this helped to cause the withdrawal of a series of teams from the L. League. Japanese women’s football was on the verge of decline.
In August 2002, the Japan Football Association appointed Eiji Ueda, coach for the Macau national football team, as the new head coach. Officials expected a revitalization of women's football and planned a team reorganization, aiming for the 2004 Summer Olympics; the team at first went through a losing streak, but Ueda improved the team, it gained wide support in Japan. In particular, a game against Korea DPR, which decided who would participate in the 2004 Olympics, not only made fans rush to the National Stadium but was watched on TV. Following the increase in public interest in women's football in Japan, the JFA organized a public contest to select a nickname for the team. "Nadeshiko Japan" was chosen from among about 2,700 entries and was announced on 7 July 2004. "Nadeshiko", a kind of dianthus, comes from the phrase "Yamato Nadeshiko". Japan was dropped with Germany and Argentina during 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. Beginning by a 6–0 thrash to newcomer Argentina, but Japan fell on 0–3 loss to champion Germany, 1–3 to Canada, who won 4th place.
Again, in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup held in China, they again faced Germany and England. They started with a 2–2 draw over England, before beating Argentina 1–0 after 90', but a 0 -- 2 loss over reigning champion. Japan's disappointing campaign through two decisive Women's World Cup would not have expected to lead to a 2011 triumph. Japan qualified for the finals by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup. After finishing second in their group behind England, Nadeshiko Japan beat two-time defending champion and host nation Germany 1–0 in the quarterfinals, before defeating Sweden 3–1 to reach the final. After the final game finished 2–2 after extra time, Japan beat the United States 3–1 in a penalty shootout, becoming the first Asian team to win the FIFA Women's World Cup, the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA title, it came right after men's team won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, marked their most successful year in Japanese football. Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by finishing first in the Asian qualifier in September 2011, only 6 weeks after winning the Women's World Cup.
At the Olympics, after finishing second in their group behind Sweden, Nadeshiko Japan defeated Brazil 2–0 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 2–1 victory over France, whom Nadeshiko had lost to in a friendly match right before the Olympics, to reach the final. In a rematch of the World Cup final, Japan was defeated in the Olympic final by a score of 1–2 against the United States, allowing two goals to Carli Lloyd in the 8th and 54th minutes. Yūki Ōgimi scored the lone goal for Japan. Despite having won a FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011, Japan entered the 2014 Asian Cup having never won the tournament, they were drawn with host Vietnam and newcomer Jordan. Their first match in the group stage of the tournament resulted in a 2–2 draw against the defending champion Australia. In the group stage, Japan upset host Vietnam by a 4–0 win before defeating Jordan with a 7–0 win to finish first with a higher goal difference. In the semi-final, Japan beat eight-time champions China 2–1 after 120'. In the final, they met Australia once again and earned a 1–0 win with Azusa Iwashimizu's goal.
This marked the first time for Japan to become "Queen of Asia". They became the first Asian team to subsequently win both the FIFA Women's World Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup; because of their top placement in the tournament, Australia, Sou
Scotland women's national football team
The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association. Scotland qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017; as of December 2018, the team was 20th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. Church documents recorded women playing football in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, in 1628. Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881. Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921. Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association; the sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s. In 1971 UEFA instructed its members to take control of women's football within their territories; the motion was passed 31 -- 1. Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as male preserve.
Scotland's first official match, a 3–2 defeat to England, took place in November 1972. The team was managed by Rab Stewart; the 1921 ban on women's football was lifted in 1974. The SFA assumed direct responsibility for Scottish women's football in 1998. Scotland have participated in most international competitions; the team's standing has improved in recent years, reaching an all-time high of 19th place in the FIFA Women's World Rankings in March 2014. They reached their first major tournament finals when they qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2017; the team followed this up by qualifying for their first World Cup finals tournament in 2019. *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. At the Olympic Games the International Olympic Committee charter only permit a Great Britain team, representing the whole of the United Kingdom, to compete; as London was host to the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Great Britain team was entered and two Scotland players were selected for the squad. In June 2013, the Football Association indicated that they would be prepared to run women's teams at future Olympic tournaments subject to one of the home nations meeting the qualification criteria.
Following objections from the Scottish and Northern Irish football associations, a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the Football Association said they would not seek entry into the 2016 Summer Olympics tournament. The third-place finish England secured at the 2015 World Cup would have qualified Great Britain for the Olympics, but a team was not entered. An agreement was reached between the four associations ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, with qualification depending on England's performance in the 2019 World Cup. World Cup 1970: Did not compete 1971: Did not compete 1978: Did not compete 1981: Did not compete 1984: Did not compete 1987: Did not compete European Competition 1969: Did not participate 1979: Group stage *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Scotland women's internationals have broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland. BBC Radio Scotland presenter Tam Cowan was temporarily taken off the air in 2013, after he criticised the use of Fir Park for women's internationals in his Daily Record column.
In a November 2013 interview with The Independent newspaper, Laura Montgomery of Glasgow City FC suggested that media coverage of women's football in Scotland reflected sexist and misogynist attitudes. This is due to a preponderance of "stupid male journalists", according to Montgomery; the first official match played by the Scotland women's team was hosted by the Ravenscraig Stadium, an athletics facility in Greenock. The team now plays its home games at club stadiums. Venues used in recent years include Fir Park in Motherwell, Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh and St Mirren Park in Paisley. Hampden Park in Glasgow is the traditional home of the men's national team and is described by the Scottish Football Association as the National Stadium. A Scotland women's international was played at Hampden for the first time in October 2012, when it hosted the first leg of a European Championship qualifying playoff against Spain. Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament.
The following players were named to the squad for two friendlies in April 2019. Caps and goals are current as of the match played on 8 April 2019; the following players have been selected by Scotland within the past 12 months. Notes: INJ = Withdrew from the squad due to injury The SFA operates a roll of honour for every female player who has made more than 100 appearances for Scotland; the Scottish Football Museum operates a hall of fame, based at Hampden Park, open to players and managers involved in Scottish football. Rose Reilly and Julie Fleeting are the only women to be inducted so far. Sportscotland operates the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, which has inducted some footballers including Reilly. Scotland were drawn in Group E. Head coach: Shelley Kerr Assistant coach: Andy Thomson List of women's national football teams Women's association football around the world Scotland women's national under-17 football team Scottish Women's Premier League Official website FIFA profile
North Korea women's national football team
The North Korea women's national football team represents North Korea in international women's football. North Korea won the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2001, 2003, 2008. *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. During the team's participation at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, on 7 July 2011, FIFA announced that two of its players, Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim, failing doping tests during the tournament and were provisionally suspended prior to their team’s match against Colombia. On 16 July, FIFA announced that three additional players from North Korea tested positive following target testing of the whole team. On 25 August 2011, the North Korean team was fined US$400,000, equal to the prize it received by finishing 13th in the 2011 tournament, was excluded from participation at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, including its qualification round. 1975 — Did not participate 1977 — Did not participate 1979 — Did not participate 1981 — Did not participate 1983 — Did not participate 1986 — Did not participate 1989 — Round 1 1991 — 4th place 1993 — 2nd place 1995 — Did not participate 1997 — 2nd place 1999 — 3rd place 2001 — Winners 2003 — Winners 2006 — 3rd place 2008 — Winners 2010 — 2nd Place 2014 — Banned 2018 — Did not qualify 1996 — Did not qualify 2000 — Did not qualify 2004 — Did not qualify 2008 — Group Stage 2012 — Group Stage 2016 — Did not qualify 2005: Runners-up 2008: Runners-up 2010: Withdrew 2013: Winners 2015: Winners 2017: Winners*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
2014: 8th Place Albena Cup: Winner 2002 Four Nations Tournament: Winner 2012 Australia Cup: Winner 2004 Squad for the 2018 Asian Games. Korea DPR national football team North Korea women's national under-20 football team North Korea women's national under-17 football team North Korea–South Korea football rivalry Media related to North Korea women's national football team at Wikimedia Commons
Spain women's national football team
The Spain women's national football team represents Spain in international women's football since 1980, is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain. Spain have qualified two times for the FIFA Women's World Cup and three times for the UEFA Women's Championship, reaching the semifinals in 1997. Spain's youth teams are one of the most successful and have enjoyed a great success in 2018, getting the two continental titles, reaching the two worldwide finals, winners in the U-17 World Cup and runners-up in the U-20 World Cup. After underground women's football clubs started appearing in Spain around 1970 one of its instigators, Rafael Muga, decided to create a national team, it was an unofficial project as football was considered an unsuitable sport for women by both the Royal Spanish Football Federation and National Movement's Women's Section, which organized women's sports in Francoist Spain. When asked about the initiative in January 1971 RFEF president José Luis Pérez Payá answered I'm not against women's football, but I don't like it either.
I don't think. Women are not favored wearing shirt and trousers. Any regional dress would fit them better. One month on 21 February 1971, the unofficial Spanish national team, including Conchi Sánchez, who played professionally in the Italian league, made its debut in Murcia's La Condomina against Portugal, ending in a 3–3 draw; the team wasn't allowed to wear RFEF's crest and the referee couldn't wear an official uniform either. On July 15, with a 5-days delay for transfer issues, it played its first game abroad against Italy in Turin's Stadio Comunale, suffering an 8–1 defeat, it was invited to the 2nd edition of unofficial women's world cup, but RFEF forbid them to take part in the competition. Despite these conditions Spain was entrusted hosting the 1972 World Cup. RFEF vetoed the project, the competition was cancelled and disbanded; the unofficial Spanish team itself broke up shortly after. After the transition to democracy in the second half of the decade RFEF accepted women's football in November 1980, creating first a national cup and next a national team, which made its debut under coach Teodoro Nieto on 5 February 1983 in A Guarda, Pontevedra.
The opponent was again Portugal, which defeated Spain 0–1. The team subsequently played 2-leg friendlies against France and Switzerland drawing with both opponents in Aranjuez and Barcelona and losing in Perpignan before it clinched its first victory in Zürich. On 27 April 1985 it played its first official match in the 1987 European Championship's qualification, losing 1–0 against Hungary. After losing the first four matches Spain drew with Italy to end third; the team ended in its group's bottom positions in the subsequent 1989 and 1991 qualifiers. After the former Nieto was replaced by Ignacio Quereda, who has coached the team since September 1, 1988. Teodoro Nieto left the most International Footballer Conchi sanchez out of the Spanish Team when the player was the first Capitain during the 70s, She was playing in Italy at the time winning championships and Italian Cups, there was not substantial reasons to leave such extraordinary player out at the peak of her career, the damaged was done to such brilliant player who loved to play for her country and deserved more respect and recognition.
The 1995 Euro qualifying marked an improvement as Spain ended 2nd, one point from England, which qualified for the final tournament. In these qualifiers Spain attained its biggest victory to a 17 -- 0 over Slovenia. In the 1997 Euro qualifying it made a weaker performance, including a record 0–8 loss against Sweden in Gandia, but the European Championship was expanded to eight teams and Spain still made it to the repechage, where it defeated England on a 3–2 aggregate to qualify for the competition for the first time. In the first stage the team drew 1–1 against France, lost 0–1 against host Sweden, beat 1–0 Russia to qualify on goal average over France to the semifinals, where it was defeated 2–1 by Italy. All three goals were scored by Ángeles Parejo; this success was followed by a long series of unsuccessful qualifiers. In the 1999 World Cup's qualifying Spain ended last for the first time. In the 2001 Euro's it made it to the repechage, where it suffered a 3–10 aggregate defeat against Denmark.
In the 2003 World Cup's it again ended last despite starting with a 6–1 win over Iceland. In the 2005 Euro's, where a 9–1 win over Belgium was followed by a 5-game non scoring streak, it ended 3rd behind Denmark and Norway. In the 2007 World Cup's the team again ended 3rd behind Denmark and Finland despite earning 7 more points. In the 2009 Euro's Spain made its better performance since the 1995 qualifiers, narrowly missing qualification as England clinched the top position by overcoming a 2–0 in the final match's second half. Spain had to play the repechage. In the 2011 World Cup's Spain again ended 2nd, with no repechage, after England again overcame a half-time 2–0 in their second confrontation. Spain achieved 16 years a place for the final stage of a European Championship; the team qualified after beating Scotland in the qualifiers playoff. In the group stage, a win over England and a draw against Russia was enough to qualify for the quarterfinals, where it was eliminated by Norway. Two years Spain qualified for the first time to a World Cup, winning nine of its ten matches of the qualifying round.
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England women's national football team
The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association since 1993, having been administered by the Women's Football Association. England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament. England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup four times, reaching the quarter-final stage on the first three occasions in 1995, 2007, 2011, finishing third in 2015, they reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009. The success of the men's national football team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup led to an upsurge of interest in football from women within England; the Women's Football Association was established a few years in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game.
That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine European Cup. Batt's team participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy and Mexico. Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association rescinded its fifty-year ban on women playing on Football League grounds. Shortly after, Eric Worthington was tasked by the WFA to assemble an official women's national team. England competed in its first international match against Scotland in Greenock on 18 November 1972, 100 years to the month after the first men's international; the team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents by 3 goals to 2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal. Tom Tranter replaced Worthington as long term manager of the women's national football team and remained in that position for the next six years. Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979.
England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, after beating Denmark 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Despite resolute defending, including a spectacular goal line clearance from captain Carol Thomas, the England team lost the first away leg 1–0 against Sweden, after a header from Pia Sundhage, but won the second home leg by the same margin, with a goal from Linda Curl. England lost the subsequent penalty shootout 4–3. Theresa Wiseman saved Helen Johansson's penalty but both Curl and Lorraine Hanson had their spot kicks saved by Elisabeth Leidinge. At the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football, England again reached the semi-finals but lost 3–2 after extra time against holders Sweden, in a repeat of the previous final; the team settled for fourth, after losing the third place play off against Italy 2–1. Reagan was sacked after England's 6–1 quarter-final loss against Germany at UEFA Women's Euro 1991, which left them unable to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup.
John Bilton was appointed as head coach in 1991 after Barrie Williams's brief tenure. In 1993, the FA took over the running of women's football in England from the WFA, replacing Bilton with Ted Copeland as national team manager. England managed to qualify for UEFA Women's Euro 1995, having missed out on the last three editions, but were beaten 6–2 on aggregate over two legs against Germany. Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time; the team advanced from the group stages of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals. Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland; the European Championship expanded in 1997 to eight teams and moved from a biennial event to a quadrennial one. England qualified via the play offs for the 2001 competition held in Germany, despite recording their biggest loss during qualification, but did not advance past the group stages.
England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals. Qualification for the World Cup changed for the 1999 edition. European qualifiers were introduced, so that teams no longer needed to rely on advancing to the latter stages of the European Championship. England qualified unbeaten for the 2007 World Cup in China, winning Group 5 in the European qualifiers and recording their biggest win in the process, ending a 12-year hiatus from the competition. After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0. In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment. Three months at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the expanded twelve team competition by reaching the final for the first time in 25 years, they advanced from Group C to the quarter-finals by virtue of being the top third placed team, beating both the hosts and the Netherlands in the knockout stages on the way to the final.
There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany. England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland. In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan. England were paired with France with the match ending in a 1 -- 1 draw. England had taken the lead with Jill Scott's chip, only to have Élise Bussaglia equalise with two minutes remaining. After extra time ended in stalemate, they lost the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3. Karen Bardsley had saved Camille Abily'
The Algarve Cup, nicknamed the Mini FIFA Women's World Cup, is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation. Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events; the most successful teams have been the United States, with ten titles, followed by Norway and Sweden, with four. Norway's titles all came in the early years of the tournament, while the USA has won all its titles since 2000, including nine in thirteen years since 2003. Germany has won three times, China has won twice; the USA, Norway and Germany are the only nations to have won both the FIFA Women's World Cup and the Algarve Cup. The Algarve Cup, as an annual event featuring most of the world's top women's football teams, has no parallel in the men's game, given that there are fewer professional women's leagues and thus fewer scheduling conflicts, it is played in late February or early March, at the same time as the Cyprus Cup and the SheBelieves Cup.
Since 2016 the SheBelieves Cup has attracted some of the top ranked teams, thus shifted some attention from the Algarve Cup. It is superstition that the team that wins the Algarve Cup never goes on to win the World Cup, but in 2015, the USA proved it to be wrong as they win both the 2015 Algarve Cup and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. From 2002 to 2014, 12 teams were invited, with the top eight competing for the championship; the teams were divided into three groups of four — A, B and C. Group C was added in 2002 to provide second-tier teams with high-level match experience every year; the teams first played round-robin within their pool. The placement round proceeded as follows: 11th place: The two bottom teams in Group C played one game. 9th place: The Group C runner-up played one game against the lower-ranked of the fourth-place teams from Groups A and B. 7th place: The Group C winner played one game against the higher-ranked of the fourth-place teams from Groups A and B. 5th place: The third-place teams from Groups A and B played one game.
3rd place: The second-place teams from Groups A and B played one game. 1st place: The first-place teams from Groups A and B played one game. In 2015, Group C teams became eligible for the final, now played between the two best group winners. If teams are tied on points, finishing positions will be determined by the following tie-breaking criteria in the following order: number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question goal difference in all the group matches number of goals scored in all the group matches fair-play ranking in all the group matches FIFA rankingThe placement round is now as follows: 11th place match: 3rd best 4th placed team vs. 2nd best 4th placed team 9th place match: best 4th placed team vs. 3rd best 3rd placed team 7th place match: 2nd best 3rd placed team vs. best 3rd placed team 5th place match: 3rd best 2nd placed team vs. 2nd best 2nd placed team 3rd place match: 3rd best group winner vs. best 2nd placed team Final: Best group winner vs. 2nd best group winner As of 2019.
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