Afghanistan women's national football team

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Afghanistan
افغانستان
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF)
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC
Head coach Abdul Saboor Walizada
Captain Zahra Mahmoodi
Home stadium Ghazi Stadium
FIFA code AFG
FIFA ranking 125Decrease 11[1]
Highest FIFA ranking 108 (December 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 136 (December 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Afghanistan 0-13 Nepal   
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 14 December 2010) [2]
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0-4 Afghanistan 
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; 10 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Afghanistan 0-13 Nepal   
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 14 December 2010)
World Cup
Appearances 0 (First in -)
Best result 0
AFC Women's Asian Cup
Appearances 0 (First in -)
Best result -

The Afghanistan women's national football team was formed in 2007 by the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee with players taken from selected school girls in Kabul.[3][4][5][6][7][8] That year, the team played for the first time against the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) women's side, which Afghanistan won 5-0. In 2008, the team traveled to Pakistan to participate in the second national tournament of Pakistan. There they won their group stage and semi-final games but lost to Baluchistan in the final.[citation needed]

In an attempt to improve the quality of women's football, the team was sent to Germany in 2008 to hold a preparation camp. Later in the year, the Afghan team traveled to Jordan to participate in the Islamic Countries Women's Football Tournament.[9] However, the results this time were less favourable as they faced established and more experienced teams for the first time. Afghanistan lost all its games by at least 17 goals.(1)[citation needed]

In February 2009, the team went to Jordan again, but this time for a training camp. The Netherlands' Women's Football Federation has shown interest in helping the team and has invited them for a training camp in Netherlands.[citation needed]

Due to the conditions in Afghanistan and the controversy surrounding the female Muslim football teams, it has been difficult for the Afghanistan Football Federation to obtain long-term sponsorship. In May 2010, Danish sports brand Hummel International signed up the male, female and youth teams of Afghanistan.[10] In October 2010 the team played a friendly match against ISAF on the NATO ground in Kabul. The Afghans won 1-0.[citation needed]

Currently, the Afghan team has 22 members coached by Abdul Saboor Walizada. There are around 25 women's football teams around the country and the Football Federation considers to hold the first national football tournament in the country this year. In December 2010, the team played its first official international game, against Nepal, during the South Asian Football Federation Women's Championships in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. On 16 February 2012 they completed a 2-0 win against Qatar, their first official international victory.

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Enter - - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Enter - - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Enter - - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did Not Enter - - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Women's Asian Cup record[edit]

Women's Asian Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
Hong Kong1975 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Taiwan1977 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
India1979 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Hong Kong1981 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Thailand1983 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Hong Kong1986 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Hong Kong1989 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Japan1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Malaysia1993 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Malaysia1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
China1997 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Philippines1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Chinese Taipei2001 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Thailand2003 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Australia2006 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Vietnam2008 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
China2010 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Vietnam2014 To Be Determined - - - - - - -
Total 0/17 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
# Date Opponent Result Score Venue Competition
2007 ISAF W 5-0 Kabul, Afghanistan Friendly
2007 Löchgau D 1-1 Germany Friendly
2008 Baluchistan L  ?-? Pakistan
29 Oct 2010 ISAF W 1-0 Kabul, Afghanistan Friendly
1 14 Dec 2010 Nepal L 0-13 Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh SAFF Championships
2 16 Dec 2010 Pakistan L 0-3 Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh SAFF Championships
3 18 Dec 2010 Maldives D 2-2 Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh SAFF Championships
4 16 Feb 2012 Qatar W 2-0 Doha, Qatar Friendly
5 8 Sep 2012 Maldives D 1-1 Colombo, Sri Lanka SAFF Championships
6 10 Sep 2012 Pakistan W 4-0 Colombo, Sri Lanka SAFF Championships
7 12 Sep 2012 Nepal L 1-7 Colombo, Sri Lanka SAFF Championships
8 14 Sep 2012 India L 0-11 Colombo, Sri Lanka SAFF Championships
9 23 Aug 2013 Kyrgyzstan W 1-0 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Friendly
10 25 Aug 2013 Kazakhstan L 0-2 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Friendly

Record against other countries[edit]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 India 1 0 0 1 0 11 −11 0%
 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 0 2 -2 0%
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
 Maldives 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 50%
   Nepal 2 0 0 2 1 20 −19 0%
 Pakistan 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 50%
 Qatar 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
Total 10 3 2 5 11 39 −28

Managers[edit]

# Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win % Honours
1 Abdul Saboor Walizada Afghanistan 2010–present 10 3 2 5 55%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA Women's Rankings
  2. ^ "Afghanistan: Fixtures and Results". Fifa.com. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  3. ^ Marzban, Omid (2007-09-13). "Afghanistan: Once Whipped By Taliban, Girl Makes Mark As Soccer Star". Rferl.org. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ "The Afghan national womens soccer team | Journal Reporter". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  5. ^ Nick Paton Walsh (2011-06-08). "Afghan women footballers risk death threats, disapproval - CNN". Articles.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  6. ^ "BBC News - Women's football in Afghanistan". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ "For a Women’s Soccer Team, Competing Is a Victory". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-19. (login required)
  8. ^ "NATO in Afghanistan - The Afghan ladies national football team". YouTube. 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Bend It in Baden-Württemberg: Afghan Women Footballers Hone Their Skills in Stuttgart - SPIEGEL ONLINE". Spiegel.de. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  10. ^ Johannsen, Alissa (2011-07-26). "Afghanistan Women: Kicking and Dreaming | Women's Health Magazine". Womenshealthmag.com. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 

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