Bahrain women's national football team

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Nickname(s) The Reds
Association Bahrain Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Maher Hantash
Captain Yasmine Fayez
Top scorer Reem Al Hashimi
Home stadium Bahrain National Stadium
FIFA ranking 79 Decrease1
Highest FIFA ranking 64 (March 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking 144 (December 2007)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bahrain 7–0 Maldives 
(Male, Maldives; April 22, 2007)
Biggest win
 Bahrain 17–0 Qatar 
(Riffa, Bahrain; October 18, 2010)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Jordan 9–0 Bahrain 
(Amman, Jordan; September 25, 2005)
-- Not FIFA officiated

The Bahrain women's national football team was first formed in 2003. The team represents Bahrain in international women's football and thus falls under the governance of the Bahrain Football Association; more specifically run by the women's committee at the Association. Although participating in several friendly tournaments, the team played its first official international match against the Maldives on April 22, 2007 and entered the FIFA ranking list June, 2007 at 111 out of 142.


The Bahrain Women's National Team is the first National Women's Football Team to be formed in the GCC region. This was a big step for the island nation and it is just a part of Bahrain's dedication towards promoting women's sports. In 2004, Bahrain participated in a Futsal tournament in Amman, Jordan and the next year participated in the West Asian Championship held also in the Jordanian capital, though none of the matches were FIFA officiated. The team placed 4th in this tournament. In February 2006, Bahrain participated in the first ever Arabian Women's Tournament held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The team was better prepared this time and brought home the 1st place trophy as well as the Fair Play trophy. After this achievement, the sport became even more popular in the country and more girls have expressed their interest to join clubs. In an effort to improve the national team further, the committee put in a request to FIFA for a licensed female coach to lead the team. As a result, German coach Monika Staab was sent to Bahrain January 21, 2007 for a six month development program. Under the guidance of Staab, the team played its first official FIFA approved match on April 22, 2007 against the national team of Maldives in Malé, Maldives. During this match, Bahrain put up a great match and managed to secure an historic 7–0 win.[citation needed]


AFC’s AID27 programme provides Cambodia a maximum of US$24,000 a year between 2008 and 2012 to support women's football in the country.[2]

Recent Results[edit]

Since this time, women football in Bahrain has been on the rise. Under the guidance and leadership of women committee head, Sheikha Hussa bint Khalid Al Khalifa, the team has gone on to attain many achievements; most notably through its participation and podium finishes in all recent tournaments:

West Asian Football Federation Championship

Arabia Cup 2010: On the Road to Germany

    • 2010: Bronze medal in the inaugural Arabia tournament held in Bahrain, after beating Palestine in the playoff 5-1.[3]
    • Player of the Tournament award handed to Al-Anoud Hamad Al Khalifa.[citation needed]

The team has also created its official Futsal team and participated in the West Asian Football Federation Women's Futsal Championship for the first time in April, 2012.[citation needed]

West Asian Football Federation Futsal Championship

Coaches / Former Coaches[edit]

  • Bahrain Ghazi Al-Majed
  • Bahrain Adnan Ebrahim
  • Bahrain Khalid Al-Harban
  • Bahrain Masoud Al-Ameeri
  • Germany Monika Staab (2007)
  • Bahrain Adel Al-Marzooqi
  • Bahrain Adel Al Marzooqi


  1. ^ Bahrain picked up a resounding 17–0 victory over Qatar – Women's Football Cup Arabia 2010
  2. ^ Weinberg, Ben (2012). "‘The Future is Asia'? The Role of the Asian Football Confederation in the Governance and Development of Football in Asia.". International Journal Of The History Of Sport (29): 535–552 [547. doi:10.1080/09523367.2012.658216. ISSN 0952-3367. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Posted by Asa on October 28, 2010 at 8:20 View Blog (2010-10-28). "Bahrain Beat Palestine 5 - 1 Women's Football Cup Arabia 2010". Womens Soccer United. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 

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