Anguilla women's national football team

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Anguilla
Association Anguilla Football Association
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Colin Johnson
FIFA code AIA
FIFA ranking No rank
First colours
Second colours
First international
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 1–0 Anguilla Anguilla
(St. John's, A&B; 28 August 2004)
Biggest win
Grenada Grenada 0–2 Anguilla Anguilla
(Bridgetown, Barbados; 30 March 2010)
Biggest defeat
Barbados Barbados 3–0 Anguilla Anguilla
(Bridgetown, Barbados; 28 March 2010)

Anguilla women's national football team is the national team of Anguilla, who did not play their first international, FIFA recognised match until 2004. They played four non-FIFA recognised matches in 2003, four more in 2004 and ten in 2005. The team have participated in qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. Anguilla is not ranked by FIFA as of March 2012. The country has two youth sides, including an under-17 team and an under-20 team. The under-17 team has participated in the CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship qualifying tournament. The under-20 team has participated in the regional qualification tournament for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Football is the most popular women's sport in the country and there were 65 registered female players by 2005.

Senior national team[edit]

In 1985, almost no country in the world had a women's national football team,[1] including Anguilla who did not play their first FIFA recognised match until 2004.[2] In 2003, the team did play four matches but these were not FIFA recognised.[2][3] The team played six matches in 2004, two of which were FIFA recognised.[2][3] The country's first FIFA recognised matched was played on Saturday, 28 August 2004 in a game played in St. John's against Antigua and Barbuda women's national football team, with Antigua and Barbuda winning 1–0.[2] They played their second FIFA recognised match one day later in the same city with Anguilla pulling off a 1–0 victory.[2] In 2005, the national team played in 10 matches,[3] none of which were FIFA recognised.[2] In 2006, the team played 0 games at a time when the team had four training sessions a week.[3][2] The following year, they again failed to play a single FIFA recognised match.[2] In 2008, the played in two FIFA recognised matches, with both games being played in August in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. In the first match on 29 August, they tied the US Virgin Islands 2–2 after being behind 0–1 at the half. The won the second match against the US Virgin Islands 1-0 on 31 August. The team did not play a FIFA recognised match in 2009, and played only two in 2010. These matches were on 28 March against Barbados and 30 March against Grenada, with both held in Bridgetown, Barbados. Barbados won the first game 3–0, holding on to a 1–0 halftime lead. Anguilla won the second match against Grenada 2–0 after holding a halftime lead of 2–0.[2][4] The pair of matches part of the 2010 Caribbean qualifying tournament for the Women's Gold Cup. Anguilla were in Group E with Barbados and Grenada. Overall, they finished second in their group and did not qualify for the next round.[4] In March 2012, the team was not ranked in the world by FIFA.[5]

Under 17[edit]

Anguilla women's national under-17 football team competed in the CONCACAF Under 17 Women’s Qualifying Tournament 2007/08. In the group stage, they were in Group C which played its games in Puerto Rico. In the 14 November 2007 match against Puerto Rico, they lost 0–7. In the 16 November game, they lost 1–2 to Bermuda. Overall, they finished last in their group with two losses, allowing nine goals and only scoring one.[6]

Under 19/20[edit]

Between 2002–2010 in the FIFA Women U19/U20 World Cup, a U19 event up until 2006 when it became U20, the Anguilla women's national under-19 football team participated in the qualifying tournament.[7] In 2003, the U-19 team played four international matches. In the following year, they played six followed by ten matches in 2005 when they became the Anguilla women's national under-20 football team.[3] In 2006, the team had four training sessions a week,[3] at the time when they were preparing for the CONCACAF Under 19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament 2005/06 in Group B. [8]

The team competed in the CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament 2007/08.[9] The Anguilla women's national under-20 football team competed in the CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Championship 2010.[10]

Background and development[edit]

Football is the most popular women's sport in the country.[3] In 2006, there were 100 registered football players in the country. This was an increase from 0 registered players in 2002, 20 in 2003, 50 in 2004, and 65 in 2005.[3] In 2006, there were 12 total football teams in the country, five of which were for women only.[3] There is a women's league with support from the national federation which plays from April to June.[11] Anguilla Football Association was founded in 1990 and became affiliated with FIFA in 1996.[3] Women's football is required to be represented by specific mandate in the federation's committee.[3] In 2011 in Germany at the 2011 FIFA Women's Football Symposium, Anguilla Football Association spoke about the best practices for developing the women's game.[11][12]

Record against other nations[edit]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 Antigua and Barbuda 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 50%
 Barbados 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0%
 Grenada 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 50%
 U.S. Virgin Islands 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 60%
Total 6 3 1 2 6 6 0 65%

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1991 to 2007Did not enter
  • 2011Did not qualify
  • 2015Did not qualify

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 e f g h i "Anguilla: Fixtures and Results". FIFA. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k FIFA (2006). Women's Football Today. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Women Gold Cup 2010". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  5. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking". FIFA.com. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  6. ^ "CONCACAF Under 17 Women’s Qualifying Tournament 2007/08". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  7. ^ "Women U-19/U-20 World Cup". Rsssf.com. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  8. ^ "CONCACAF Under 19 Women’s Qualifying Tournament 2005/06". Rsssf.com. 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  9. ^ "CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament 2007/08". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  10. ^ "CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s Championship 2010". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Anguilla". Caribbean Football Union. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Women's Football Continue To Reap Huge Dividends For Anguilla". Anguilla Guide. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 

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