Élisabeth Loisel

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Élisabeth Loisel
Personal information
Full name Élisabeth Loisel
Date of birth (1963-08-01) 1 August 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Meaux, France
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Stade Reims
1982–1989 Saint-Maur
National team
1980–1989 France 40 (3)
Teams managed
1997–2007 France (women's)
2007–2008 China (women's)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Élisabeth Loisel is a French former football player and manager. Throughout her career she played for Stade de Reims and VGA Saint-Maur. She was a member of the French national team between 1980 and her retirement in 1989 at 26.[1]

In 1997 she was appointed the French national team's new manager. Under her tenance France qualified for the 2003 World Cup[2] and the 2001 and 2005 European Championships. She was sacked after France failed to qualify for the 2007 World Cup.[3] That same year she was signed by the Chinese Football Association as China's manager for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[4] However she was sacked five months from the tournament, following a disappointing performance in the 2008 Algarve Cup.[5]

She currently leads the Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup in the French Football Federation.[6]