Andorra women's national football team

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 Andorra
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Andorran Football Federation
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Andorra Juan Carlos Ruiz
Home stadium Comunal d'Andorra la Vella
FIFA code AND
First colours
Second colours
First international
Gibraltar Gibraltar 0–1 Andorra Andorra
(Gibraltar; 1 July 2014)
Biggest win
Gibraltar Gibraltar 0–1 Andorra Andorra
(Gibraltar; 1 July 2014)
Biggest defeat
Luxembourg Luxembourg 4–0 Andorra Andorra
(Gibraltar; 2 July 2014)

Andorra women's national football team represents Andorra in women's association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra.

The Team[edit]

In 1985, almost no country in the world had a women's national football team,[1] including Andorra who currently do not have a senior women's national football team. The country only has a national U-18 team.[2] The nation has not competed at the Women's World Cup.[3] The national team has never been ranked,[4] and a team was not ranked in the world by FIFA in March 2012.[5] While a youth national team exists,[2] between 2002 and 2006, it did not play a single international match.[6]

On 1 July 2014, the senior team played its first international game in the UEFA Development Tournament celebrated in Gibraltar. Andorra defeated Gibraltar by 1–0.[7][8]

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1984 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Norway 1987 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Germany 1989 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Denmark 1991 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Italy 1993 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Germany 1995 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Norway & Sweden 1997 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Germany 2001 Did not participate - - - - - - -
England 2005 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Finland 2009 Did not participate - - - - - - -
Sweden 2013 Did not participate - - - - - - -

Background and development[edit]

With a FIFA trigramme of AND[4] and having become a FIFA affiliated in 1996, the national association did not respond to a survey about the status of women's football in the country. In May of the following year, the official who answered another survey from FIFA reckoned there to be 37 active female players, all described as "100% beginners/amateurs". It was further suggested women's football had begun that year in Andorra and that there had been no previous interest in any women's sport. There was no participation in national or international competitions, though three women were employed in the association.[9] As of 2009, the programme was geared for young girls with player registration starting at the age of six. There are only six women's teams in the country, all for girls under the age of sixteen and includes a national and schools competition.[2] There is also a national women's competition that took place in 2010/2011.[10] 16% of the money from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) is targeted at the technical development of the game, which includes women's football, sport medicine and futsal. This compares to 48% for youth football and 25% for infrastructure.[11] Between 1991 and 2010, there was no FIFA FUTURO III regional course for women's coaching, no women's football seminar held in the country and no FIFA MA course held for women/youth football.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chrös McDougall (1 January 2012). Soccer. ABDO. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-61783-146-1. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Goal! Football: Andorra". FIFA. 26 November 2008. p. 2. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Ballard, John; Suff, Paul (1999). The dictionary of football : the complete A-Z of international football from Ajax to Zinedine Zidane. London: Boxtree. p. 36. ISBN 0752224344. OCLC 59442612. 
  4. ^ a b "Andorra: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  5. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking". FIFA.com. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ FIFA (2006). Women's Football Today. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "La selecció femenina assoleix una primera victòria històrica" (in Catalan). Bon Dia. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  8. ^ "UEFA Women's Development Tournament". Gibraltar Football Association. 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  9. ^ Williams, Jean. "Women's Football, Europe and Professionalization 1971-2011". Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  10. ^ "Andorran Football Federation-Women's Football — Senior". Fedandfut.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Goal! Football: Andorra". FIFA. 26 November 2008. p. 1. Retrieved 16 April 2012.