Ivory Coast women's national football team

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Ivory Coast
Association Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Clementine Toure
Captain Dominique Thiamalé
FIFA code CIV
FIFA ranking 67 Decrease 2 (27 March 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 61 (June 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 136 (2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ivory Coast 0–3 Netherlands 
(1 June 1988, Foshan)
Biggest win
 Ivory Coast 7–0 Mozambique 
(26 May 2012, Abidjan)
Biggest defeat
 Ivory Coast 1–8 China PR 
(5 June 1988, Guangzhou)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2015)
African Women's Championship
Appearances 2 (First in 2012)
Best result 3rd (2014)

The Ivory Coast women's national football team is the women's national football team of Ivory Coast who played their first international in 1988. They are currently ranked the 67th best team in the world the and 6th best team in CAF.

History[edit]

In 1985, almost no country in the world had a women's national football team,[1] including Côte d'Ivoire who did not play their first FIFA recognised match until 1988[2] when they participated in the Women's FIFA Invitational Tournament 1988. The country was in Group A. On 1 June, they lost to the Netherlands 0-3 in a game in Foshan. On 3 June, they lost to Canada 0-6 in a game in Foshan. In a game on 5 June, they lost to China 1-8 in a game in Guangzhou.[3] In 1992, they competed at the 1st Lyon'ne Cup — Women, held in Lyon, France from 17–20 April. Côte d'Ivoire was in the nation's group. They lost to the United States U20 team 0-4, lost to the CIS team 0-3 and lost to France 1-6.[4] In 2002, the team competed in 2 matches.[5] In 2003, they played in 0 matches.[5] In 2004, they played in 0 matches.[5] In 2005, they played in 3 matches.[5] In 2006, they played in 2 matches.[5] In 2006, the team had 3 training sessions a week.[5] In 2005, they played in the women's Tournoi de Solidarité in Dakar, Senegal. On 18 May, they lost to Mali 1-6. On 20 May, they tied Senegal 3-3. They did not make the finals and overall finished last in the tournament.[6] On 17 May 2006 in Dakar, Togo tied Côte d'Ivoire 3-3.[7] In 2007, the country competed at the Tournoi de Cinq Nations held in Ouagadougou. On 2 September, they tied Mali 1-1 with Rita Akaffou scoring for the team in the 65th minute. On 5 September, they beat Togo 5-0 before Togo was disqualified from the competition for bringing a club team. On 6 September, they lost to Mali 1-2.[8] In 2010, the country had a team at the African Women's Championships during the preliminary rounds. In the round, they beat Guinea 5-1. They lost to Malawi 4-2 in the return leg.[9] In the 2010, Women's Championship in Africa, they lost in the preliminary round in March, they beat Gabon at home and away 2-1 and 3-1. In the first round against Nigeria, they lost both matches by scores of 1–2 and 1–3.[10] The country did not have a team competing at the 2011 All Africa Games.[11]

The national team has trained in Abidjan.[12] As of 2006, the country did not have an under-17 or under-20 side.[5] In June 2012, the team was ranked 67th in the world by FIFA and the 6th best team in CAF.[13] This was an improvement of four places from March 2012 when they were ranked 71st in the world. The team's worst ever ranking was in 2011 when they were ranked 136th in the world. Other rankings include 73 in 2006, 75 in 2007, 74 in 2008, 92 in 2009, and 77 in 2010.[14]

Background and development[edit]

Early development of the women's game at the time colonial powers brought football to the continent was limited as colonial powers in the region tended to take make concepts of patriarchy and women's participation in sport with them to local cultures that had similar concepts already embedded in them.[15] The lack of later development of the national team on a wider international level symptomatic of all African teams is a result of several factors, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women in the wider society, and fundamental inequality present in the society that occasionally allows for female specific human rights abuses.[16] When quality female football players are developed, they tend to leave for greater opportunities abroad.[17] Continent wide, funding is also an issue, with most development money coming from FIFA, not the national football association.[17] Future, success for women's football in Africa is dependent on improved facilities and access by women to these facilities. Attempting to commercialise the game and make it commercially viable is not the solution, as demonstrated by the current existence of many youth and women's football camps held throughout the continent.[15]

Football is the fourth most popular girls sport, trailing behind handball, basketball and athletics.[5] A women's football program was set up in the country in 1975[12] and girls' football is played in schools.[5] Player registration starts at nine years of age.[12] In 2006, there were 610 registered female players, 560 of which were senior players and 50 were under 18 years of age.[5] This was an increase from 2002 when there were 130 registered female players, 2003 when there were 220, 2004 when there were 253 and 2005 when there were 428 registered players.[5] In 2006, there were 123 football clubs in the country, of which 11 were women's only sides.[5] As of 2009, there are 36 senior teams and 4 youth teams for women.[12] A school based competition exists.[12]

The national federation was created in 1960 and became a FIFA affiliated in 1964.[5][18][19] Their kit includes orange shirts, white shorts and green socks.[18] The national committee does not have a full-time employee looking after women's football.[5] Representation of women's football is not guaranteed in the federation's constitution.[5] The FIFA trigramme is CIV.[20] A FIFA run women's MA football course was run in the country in 2007.[12]

Tournament record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
China 1991 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter
United States 1999 Did Not Enter
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify
China 2007 Did Not Qualify
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify
Canada 2015 Qualified
Total 1/7 0 0 0 0 0 0

Africa Women's Championship[edit]

CAF Women's Championship
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 Did Not Enter
1995 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 1998 Did Not Enter
South Africa 2000 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 2002 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2004 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 2006 Did Not Qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group stage 3 1 0 2 7 7
Namibia 2014 Third place 5 2 1 2 8 8
Total 2/11 8 3 1 4 15 15

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[21]

Head coach: Clémentine Touré

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Lydie Saki (1984-12-22) 22 December 1984 (age 30) 27 0 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
2 2DF Fatou Coulibaly (1987-02-13) 13 February 1987 (age 28) 31 1 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
3 2DF Djelika Coulibaly (1984-02-22) 22 February 1984 (age 31) 29 0 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
4 2DF Nina Kpaho (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 (age 18) 12 0 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
5 2DF Mariam Diakité (1995-04-11) 11 April 1995 (age 20) 12 9 Ivory Coast ES Abobo
6 3MF Rita Akaffou (1986-12-05) 5 December 1986 (age 28) 33 4 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
7 4FW Nadege Essoh (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 25) 29 4 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
8 4FW Ines Nrehy (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 21) 17 13 Russia WFC Rossiyanka
9 4FW Sandrine Niamien (1994-08-30) 30 August 1994 (age 20) 2 1 Ivory Coast ES Abobo
10 4FW Ange N'Guessan (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 24) 19 3 Ivory Coast Omness de Dabou
11 4FW Rebecca Elloh (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 20) 15 2 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
12 3MF Ida Guehai (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 20) 22 1 Sweden Kristianstads DFF
13 2DF Fernande Tchetche (1988-06-20) 20 June 1988 (age 26) 19 0 Ivory Coast Omness de Dabou
14 4FW Josée Nahi (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 26) 18 12 Russia Zvezda 2005 Perm
15 3MF Christine Lohoues (1992-10-18) 18 October 1992 (age 22) 22 1 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
16 1GK Dominique Thiamale (1982-05-20) 20 May 1982 (age 33) 27 0 Ivory Coast Omness de Dabou
17 4FW Nadège Cissé (1997-04-04) 4 April 1997 (age 18) 6 0 Ivory Coast ES Abobo
18 3MF Binta Diakité (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 (age 27) 20 2 Tunisia ASF Medenine
19 3MF Jessica Aby (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 16) 1 0 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
20 3MF Aminata Haidara (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 18) 4 0 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
21 2DF Sophie Aguie (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 18) 4 0 Ivory Coast Omness de Dabou
22 2DF Raymonde Kacou (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 28) 6 0 Ivory Coast Juventus de Yopougon
23 1GK Cynthia Djohore (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 27) 27 0 Ivory Coast Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa

References[edit]

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  21. ^ 2015 World cup roster

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