Iran women's national football team

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Iran
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Team Melli Zanan
("The Ladies National Team")
Association IFF
Sub-confederation CAFA (Central Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mahnaz Amir-Shaghaghi
Home stadium Ararat Stadium
FIFA ranking 54 Increase1
Highest FIFA ranking 48 (September 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 144 (December 2007)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Iran 5–0 Syria 
(Amman, Jordan; 23 September 2005)
Biggest win
 Iran 13–0 Syria 
(Amman, Jordan; 3 September 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Thailand 8–1 Iran 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 8 July 2009)

The Iran women's national football team represents Iran in international women's football, and is controlled by the Iran Football Federation. The head of women's football at the IFF is Farideh Shojaei.

History[edit]

The Iranian women's national team featured freely without the hijab before the Iranian Revolution, with a women's Perspolis FC team dating back to 1976.[1][2] Refounded in 2005, the team reached second place at the 2005 West Asian Football Federation Women's Championship in Amman, Jordan held in September and October 2005.

In May 2006, the women's team hosted their first foreign visitors when a club from Berlin, Germany called BSV Al-Dersimspor played out a 2–2 draw in Ararat Stadium, Tehran.

The team won second place again at the 2007 and 2011 West Asian Football Federation Women's Championship.[3]

Current management team[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Iran Mahnaz Amir-Shaghaghi
Assistant coach Iran Leila Youssefizadeh
Goalkeeping coach Iran Kourosh Estakhri
Team manager Iran Farzaneh Miri Lavassani

Banned from international competition[edit]

Iran were briefly banned by FIFA from international competition in 2011 for being forced to wear hijabs.[4][5]

Gender verification tests[edit]

In February 2014, it was reported that four players had been removed from the national team squad after failing to be determined as women. The British newspaper The Telegraph reported that it was because the players "were either men who had not completed sex change operations, or were suffering from sexual development disorders".[6][7]

Results and fixtures[edit]

Previous matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Iranian scorers Captain
11 February 2013 Iran Tehran, Iran  Jordan Friendly 2–1 W
13 February 2013 Iran Tehran, Iran  Jordan Friendly 2–0 W
21 May 2013 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh  Philippines 2014 ACQ 0–6 L
23 May 2013 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh  Bangladesh 2014 ACQ 2–0 W
25 May 2013 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh  Thailand 2014 ACQ 1–5 L
8 February 2015 Iran Tehran, Iran  Uzbekistan Friendly 0–1 L
22 March 2015 Taiwan Municipal Stadium, Taipei  Laos 2016 Olympic Qualifier 5–1 W
24 March 2015 Taiwan Municipal Stadium, Taipei  Chinese Taipei 2016 Olympic Qualifier 0–1 L

Forthcoming matches[edit]

Date Competition Location Opponent
2016
31 March 2016 Friendly match Sweden Friends Arena, Stockholm[8][9]  Sweden

Source:[10]

Records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 to
China 2007
Did not enter - - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC Women's Asian Cup record[edit]

Women's Asian Cup
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
Hong Kong 1975 to
Vietnam 2008
Did not enter - - - - - - -
China 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Vietnam 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/18 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Games[edit]

Football at the Summer Olympics
Year Round GP W D L GF GA GD
1996 to 2008 Did not enter - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2016 To be determined - - - - - - -
Total 0/6 - - - - - - -

West Asian Football Federation Championship[edit]

Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Jordan 2005 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 20 2
Jordan 2007 Runners-up 3 2 0 1 17 2
United Arab Emirates 2010 Group stage 2 0 0 2 0 5
United Arab Emirates 2011 Runners-up 5 4 1 0 21 7
Total 14 9 1 4 58 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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