Bahrain women's national football team
|Association||Bahrain Football Association|
|Head coach||Maher Hantash|
|Top scorer||Reem Al Hashimi|
|Home stadium||Bahrain National Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||79 1|
|Highest FIFA ranking||64 (March 2010)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||144 (December 2007)|
| Bahrain 7–0 Maldives
(Male, Maldives; April 22, 2007)
| Bahrain 17–0 Qatar
(Riffa, Bahrain; October 18, 2010)
| 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.
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
- 2010: Bronze medal after beating Palestine in the playoff 3-0.
- 2011: Bronze medal after beating former champions Jordan in the playoff in a penalty shootout after ending the match 0-0.
- Fair Play Team Award as well as Top Scorer handed to Reem Al Hashmi in the 2011 West Asian Football Federation Women's Championship
Arabia Cup 2010: On the Road to Germany
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.
West Asian Football Federation Futsal Championship
Coaches / Former Coaches
- Ghazi Al-Majed
- Adnan Ebrahim
- Khalid Al-Harban
- Masoud Al-Ameeri
- Monika Staab (2007)
- Adel Al-Marzooqi
- Adel Al Marzooqi
- Bahrain picked up a resounding 17–0 victory over Qatar – Women's Football Cup Arabia 2010
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