Faroe Islands women's national football team

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Faroe Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Kvinnulandsliðið
(Women's National Team)
Association Faroe Islands
Football Association
(FSF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Jón Pauli Olsen
Asst coach Aleksandar Đorđević
Captain Malena Josephsen
Most caps Malena Josephsen
Randi Wardum (31)
Top scorer Rannvá B. Andreasen (18)
FIFA code FRO
FIFA ranking 67 Steady
Highest FIFA ranking 60 (June 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 81 (July 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Official
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 0–2 Ireland Republic of Ireland
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; September 24, 1995)
Unofficial
Iceland Iceland 6–0 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Kópavogur, Iceland; June 25, 1986)
Biggest win
Official
Republic of Macedonia FYR Macedonia 0–7 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
(Strumica, Republic of Macedonia; November 23, 2006)
Unofficial
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 16–0 Jersey Jersey
(Douglas, Isle of Man; July 12, 2001)
Biggest defeat
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 0–9 Belgium Belgium
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; May 18, 1996)
Faroe Islands national team in 2013

The Faroe Islands women's national football team represents the Faroe Islands in women's association football and is controlled by the Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF), the governing body of all football in the Faroe Islands. The FSF became a member of International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) in 1988 and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in 1990. By population it remains the fourth smallest member of UEFA, which encompasses the countries of Europe. The women's team played their first FIFA-sanctioned international match in 1995 and have never advanced to the finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup or UEFA Women's Championship. They took part in the Island Games in 2001, 2003 and 2005 and won all three tournaments, as well as appearing at the 2010 edition of the Algarve Cup. In the Faroe Islands the team is known as the Kvinnulandsliðið. As the Faroe Islands has no national stadium, the women's team have staged their home matches at different grounds throughout the country.

History[edit]

The FSF was founded on 13 January 1979[1] and a women's national league began play in 1985.[2] The first Faroese women's national team games took place in June 1986, with two defeats to Iceland. The matches, a 6–0 defeat at Kópavogsvöllur and a 2–0 defeat at Akranesvöllur, predate the Faroe Islands' membership of FIFA and UEFA but are listed as full internationals at both FIFA.com and the official website of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ).[3][4]

The Faroe Islands joined FIFA on 2 July 1988[1] and the male national team played its first official match—a 1–0 defeat against Iceland—on 24 August 1988.[5] Membership of UEFA followed on 18 April 1990 and the Faroe Islands' male team entered its first major international competition later that year: the qualifying rounds for the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship.[1]

A women's team was formed to take part in the 1997 UEFA Women's Championship qualification tournament, which began in September 1995. Páll Guðlaugsson was appointed as coach. The Faroe Islands were competing at class B, in a regionalised group alongside Belgium, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The group winners would not qualify for the final tournament but would play-off against a last placed team from A class for promotion to the higher grade.[6]

The Faroe Islands staged all their home games at the national stadium of the time, Svangaskarð in Toftir. On 24 September 1995 they lost their first ever home match 2–0 to Ireland.[7] The following month, another 2–0 defeat, to Belgium in Brussels, preceded a 7–1 loss in Scotland where Sólvá Joensen scored the team's first ever goal.[8] Two days later, on 25 October 1995, the Faroe Islands beat Wales 1–0 at Farrar Road in Bangor to record their first ever victory. Helga Ellingsgaard scored the decisive goal on 35 minutes,[9] while opposition coach Sue Lopez lamented her team's failure to convert any of their 20 shots at goal.[10]

The next match was a 3–1 defeat in Dublin, Ireland's third goal coming in the last minute. In 1996 the Faroe Islands finished their campaign with three home games, but lost them all. The first, on 18 May 1996, was a 9–0 defeat to group winners Belgium which remains the Faroe Islands' record defeat. Scotland and Wales departed Toftir with 3–0 and 1–0 victories, respectively, as the Faroe Islands finished bottom of the group with three points, having scored three goals and conceded 27.

The FSF scrapped their women's national team after the tournament, as they were unwilling to fund travel to away fixtures. They did enter competitions at youth level, which were not played on a home and away basis but were mini-tournaments staged in a single location to keep costs down.[11]

When the senior women's national team was relaunched in 2004 after an eight-year hiatus, their first match was a 2–1 friendly defeat to Ireland. Irish coach Noel King named an experimental team which lacked his leading players from Arsenal Ladies.[12] The game was staged in Klaksvík on 12 October 2004, the day before the nations' senior men's teams met at Lansdowne Road, Dublin.

In the next match, a return friendly with Ireland at the Oscar Traynor Centre in Dublin, Rannvá B. Andreasen put the Faroe Islands ahead after six minutes. Ireland hit back to win 2–1.

The Faroe Islands' first matches back in UEFA competition came in November 2006, at the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifying series. At a preliminary round mini-tournament held in Strumica, Macedonia, Malena Josephsen's injury time goal in the first match was not enough to avert a 2–1 defeat to Wales. The team was eliminated after another defeat, 1–0 to Kazakhstan. In the final match the Faroe Islands beat hosts Macedonia 7–0 at Stadion Kukuš to record an all-time record win.

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 To Be Determined - - - - - - -
Total 0/6 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA)[edit]

Group 4 in the Group stage[edit]

The group stage draw was made on 16 April 2013. Matches are being played from 21 September 2013 to 17 September 2014.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 7 7 0 0 23 1 +22 21
 Scotland 8 7 0 1 28 6 +22 21
 Poland 7 3 1 3 13 9 +4 10
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 8 2 3 3 6 13 −7 9
 Northern Ireland 8 0 2 6 0 15 −15 2
 Faroe Islands 8 0 2 6 3 29 −26 2
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Faroe Islands Northern Ireland Poland Scotland Sweden
Bosnia-Herzegovina  2–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–1
Faroe Islands  1–1 0–0 0–3 2–7 0–5
Northern Ireland  0–0 17 Sep 0–3 0–2 0–4
Poland  17 Sep 6–0 13 Sep 0–4 21 Aug
Scotland  7–0 13 Sep 2–0 2–0 1–3
Sweden  13 Sep 5–0 3–0 2–0 17 Sep


Group 2 in the Preliminary Rounds[edit]

The eight lowest teams entered the tournament in the preliminary round were drawn into two groups of four. The two best placed teams in each group advanced to the next round where they will compete among the other thirty-eight teams entered. The preliminary round was drawn on 18 December 2012.[13] Faroe Islands won Group 2 with 7 points.

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Faroe Islands 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 7
 Montenegro 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Georgia 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
 Lithuania 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1

Current squad[edit]

The squad called up for the 2015 Women's World Cup qualifier against Sweden on 31 October 2013 at Gamla Ullevi.[14]

Caps and goals updated as of 1 November 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Bjarta O. Johansen (1993-04-28) April 28, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn
16 1GK Randi Wardum (1986-11-22) November 22, 1986 (age 27) 31 0 Denmark Østerbro IF
2 2DF Oddrún Danielsen (1991-04-29) April 29, 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Denmark Østerbro IF
3 2DF Fríðrún Danielsen (1991-04-21) April 21, 1991 (age 23) 21 1 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur/Skála ÍF
4 2DF Anna Brimnes (1995-10-26) October 26, 1995 (age 18) 1 0 Faroe Islands AB Argir
6 2DF Annika Petersen (1994-02-24) February 24, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík
12 2DF Liljan av Fløtum Petersen (1979-05-14) May 14, 1979 (age 35) 10 0 Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn
17 2DF Sigrid Jacobsen (1990-12-26) December 26, 1990 (age 23) 8 0 Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík
5 3MF Laila Pætursdóttir (1990-07-12) July 12, 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík
7 3MF Anna Sofía Sevdal (1993-12-20) December 20, 1993 (age 20) 12 0 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur/Skála ÍF
8 3MF Malena Josephsen (Captain) (1977-01-03) January 3, 1977 (age 37) 31 10 Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík
11 3MF Sigrun K. Kristiansen (1989-03-27) March 27, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur/Skála ÍF
14 3MF Eyðvør Klakstein (1995-09-05) September 5, 1995 (age 18) 4 0 Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík
18 3MF Íðunn Magnussen (1993-08-15) August 15, 1993 (age 21) 7 2 Faroe Islands EB/Streymur/Skála ÍF
9 4FW Rannvá B. Andreasen (1980-11-10) November 10, 1980 (age 33) 30 18 Faroe Islands KÍ Klaksvík
10 4FW Olga Kristina Hansen (1990-02-28) February 28, 1990 (age 24) 27 4 Denmark Østerbro IF
13 4FW Lív F. Arge (1997-03-20) March 20, 1997 (age 17) 5 0 Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn
15 4FW Heidi Sevdal (1989-03-06) March 6, 1989 (age 25) 28 13 Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn

Recent results[edit]

Achievements[edit]

2001, 2003, 2005

Records[edit]

Source: [17]

Players in bold are still active. As of 16 November 2013.

Most capped players[edit]

World record[edit]

On 28 November 2012 two of the players of the Faroe Islands women's national team set a world record. For the first time ever a parent and child played together in a football match for their country.[18] Bára Skaale Klakkstein has played for many years now on the national team, Eyðvør has played for the U17 and U19 national teams, but on 28 November 2012 both mother and daughter played together in a friendly match against Luxembourg. The Faroe Islands won 6–0. Eyðvør was born on 5 September 1995 and was 17 years old when playing this match which was her first for the national team. The mother, Bára Skaale Klakkstein, was born on 24 March 1973[19] and was 39 years old, when she played the match against Luxembourg. Mother and daughter have played together on the KÍ women's best team since 2010.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Faroese future in safe hands". UEFA. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 17 November. 
  2. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (11 July 2013). "Faroe Islands - List of Women Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fixtures and Results - From 01.01.1986 To 31.12.1986". FIFA. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leikskýrsla". Football Association of Iceland. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Courtney, Barrie (16 May 2008). "Faroe Islands – List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Timmermann, Bernd (28 January 2004). "European Women Championship 1995-97". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Josephsen, Malena. "Føroyar - Írland 0 - 2 (0 - 1)". KÍ - Kvinnur - Online. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Josephsen, Malena. "Skotland - Føroyar 7 - 1 (3 - 1)". KÍ - Kvinnur - Online. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Josephsen, Malena. "Wales - Føroyar". KÍ - Kvinnur - Online. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Lopez 1997, p. 185
  11. ^ "Interview: Malena Josephsen (KI Klaksvik)". Soccerway. 24 September 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Duret, Sébastien (5 April 2005). "International Matches (Women) 2004". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Albania, Montenegro learn debut opposition". UEFA. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "A-landsliðið við kvinnum úttikið" (in Faroese). Faroe Islands Football Association. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  15. ^ UEFA.com
  16. ^ FSF.fo, LIVE: Luksembourg-Føroyar 0-6 (90 min.) (in Faroese, the website of the Faroe Islands Football Association
  17. ^ "Landsliðsleikarar 1995-2013" (in Faroese). Faroe Islands Football Association. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  18. ^ Sportal.fo, Eyðvør og Bára skrivaðu søgu
  19. ^ Bára Skaale Klakkstein on Faroesoccer.com
  20. ^ Faroesoccer.com (chose "Útilið", statistics from one of the 2010 matches where mother and daughter played together).

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lopez, Sue (1997). Women on the Ball: A Guide to Women's Football. London, England: Scarlet Press. ISBN 1857270169.