Scotland women's national football team

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Scotland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Scottish Football Association
Head coach Anna Signeul
Most caps Gemma Fay (175)
Top scorer Julie Fleeting (116)
FIFA ranking 21[1] Steady
Highest FIFA ranking 19[2] (March 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 31[2] (March 2004)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Scotland 17–0 Lithuania 
(Glasgow, Scotland; 30 May 1998) [3]
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Scotland 
(Nuneaton, England; 23 June 1973)

The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football.

History[edit]

Church documents recorded women playing football in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, in 1628.[4] Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881.[4] Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921.[4] Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).[4] The sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s, when the ban was lifted.[4] In 1971 UEFA instructed its members to take control of women's football within their territories. The motion was passed 31–1, but Scotland was the only member to vote against it.[5] Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as a working class and male preserve.[6]

Scotland's first official match, a 3–2 defeat to England, took place in November 1972. The 1921 ban on women's football was lifted in 1974. The SFA assumed direct responsibility for Scottish women's football in 1998.[6] Scotland have participated in most international competitions since the ban was removed, but have not qualified for a major tournament. The team's standing has improved significantly in recent years, reaching an all-time high of 19th place in the FIFA Women's World Rankings in March 2014.[1][2][7]

Record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Cup finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship[edit]

  • European Competition for Women's Football:
  • UEFA Women's Championship:
    • 1991: Did not enter
    • 1993: Did not qualify
    • 1995: Did not qualify
    • 1997: Did not qualify
    • 2001: Did not qualify
    • 2005: Did not qualify
    • 2009: Did not qualify
    • 2013: Did not qualify

Unofficial competition[edit]

  • World Cup
    • 1970: Did not compete[8]
    • 1971: Did not compete[9]
    • 1978: Did not compete[10]
    • 1981: Did not compete[10]
    • 1984: Did not compete[10]
    • 1987: Did not compete[10]
  • European Competition

Minor tournaments[edit]

Year Competition Result GP W D* L GS GA Ref
England 1976 Three Nations Championship 2nd 2 1 0 1 3 6
Italy 1979 European Competition Group 2 0 1 1 0 2 [13]
Bulgaria 1992 Varna Tournament 7th 3 2 0 1 5 2 [14]
Bulgaria 1999 Albena Cup 2nd 5 1 3 1 9 7 [15]
Bulgaria 2000 Albena Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 10 5 [16]
Northern Ireland 2000 Celt Cup 3rd 2 1 0 1 27 1 [17]
Netherlands 2000 Veenendal Tournament 3rd 2 0 1 1 3 5 [18]
Portugal 2002 Algarve Cup 10th 4 2 0 2 4 8 [19]
Italy 2006 Torneo Regione Molise 3rd 2 0 0 2 0 8 [20]
Cyprus 2008 Cyprus Cup 6th 3 0 0 3 3 5 [21]
Cyprus 2009 Cyprus Cup 7th 4 1 0 3 2 8
Cyprus 2010 Cyprus Cup 7th 4 1 0 3 3 10
Cyprus 2011 Cyprus Cup 4th 4 1 1 2 2 4
Cyprus 2012 Cyprus Cup 9th 4 2 0 2 6 8
Cyprus 2013 Cyprus Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 7 6
Brazil 2013 Brazilian Invitational 4th 4 0 0 4 4 10 [22]
Cyprus 2014 Cyprus Cup 4th 4 2 2 0 10 7
Total 57 18 10 29 98 102
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Media coverage[edit]

Scotland women's internationals have been televised by BBC Alba and broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland.[23] BBC Radio Scotland presenter Tam Cowan was temporarily taken off the air in 2013, after he criticised the use of Fir Park for women's internationals in his Daily Record column.[24] In a November 2013 interview with The Independent newspaper, Laura Montgomery of Glasgow City FC suggested that media coverage of women's football in Scotland often reflected sexist and misogynist attitudes. This is due to a preponderance of "stupid male journalists", according to Montgomery.[25]

Stadium[edit]

Ravenscraig Stadium hosted the first official match played by the Scotland women's team, in November 1972.

The first official match played by the Scotland women's team was hosted by the Ravenscraig Stadium, an athletics facility in Greenock. The team now normally plays its home games at (men's) club stadiums. Venues used in recent years include Fir Park in Motherwell and Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh.[24][26] Hampden Park in Glasgow is the traditional home of the men's national team and is described by the Scottish Football Association as the National Stadium.[27] A Scotland women's international was played at Hampden for the first time in October 2012, when it hosted the first leg of a European Championship qualifying playoff against Spain.[28] Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for a Challenge match against Portugal at Estádio Dr. José de Matos, Viana do Castelo, on 20 August 2014.[29]

Caps and goals updated as of 3 August 2014 after the match against Wales. Players' clubs are shown as at time of selection.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Gemma Fay (Captain) (1981-12-09) 9 December 1981 (age 33) Scotland Celtic 175 (0)[30] v. Czech Republic, 24 May 1998[31]
Shannon Lynn (1985-10-22) 22 October 1985 (age 29) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 11 (0)[32] v. Switzerland, 8 June 2010[32]
Defenders
Jennifer Beattie (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 23) France Montpellier HSC 84 (20)[33] v. United States, 5 March 2008[33]
Frankie Brown (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 27) England Bristol Academy 61 (0)[34] v. Switzerland, 17 September 2008[34]
Rachel Corsie (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 25) England Notts County 65 (10)[35] v. France, 5 March 2009[35]
Ifeoma Dieke (1981-02-25) 25 February 1981 (age 33) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 96 (0)[36] v. Greece, January 2004[36]
Nicola Docherty (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 22) Scotland Glasgow City 10 (0)[37] v. Finland, 21 September 2011[37]
Eilish McSorley (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993 (age 21) Scotland Glasgow City 14 (0)[38] v. Cameroon, 15 July 2012
Midfielders
Leanne Crichton (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 27) Scotland Glasgow City 22 (2)[39] v. Belgium, 6 September 2006 [40]
Hayley Lauder (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 24) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 60 (8)[41] v. Italy, 26 February 2010[41]
Joanne Love (1985-12-06) 6 December 1985 (age 29) Scotland Glasgow City 150 (7)[42] v. Canada, 1 March 2002
Emma Mitchell (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 22) England Arsenal 32 (5)[43] v. France, 18 May 2011[43]
Leanne Ross (withdrew) (1981-07-08) 8 July 1981 (age 33) Scotland Glasgow City 109 (8)[44] v. Switzerland, 26 April 2006
Megan Sneddon (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 29) Scotland Rangers 127 (4)[45] v. United States, 8 September 2002
Caroline Weir (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 19) England Arsenal 6 (0)[46] v. Iceland, 1 June 2013[46]
Strikers
Lisa Evans (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 22) Germany Turbine Potsdam 37 (10)[47] v. Wales, 27 October 2011
Suzanne Mulvey (withdrew) (1984-10-04) 4 October 1984 (age 30) Scotland Glasgow City 31 (4) v. Belgium, 1 May 2003 [40]
Christie Murray (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 24) England Arsenal 30 (2)[48] v. New Zealand, 1 March 2010[48]
Heather Richards (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 20) Scotland Celtic 1 (0)[49] v. South Korea, 12 March 2014
Jane Ross (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 25) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 72 (30)[50] v. England, 10 March 2009[50]

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have also been called up in the past year. Players clubs are shown as at time of selection.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Latest call-up
Goalkeepers
Rachel Harrison (1989-10-11) 11 October 1989 (age 25) Scotland Spartans 0 (0)[51] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Khym Ramsay (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25) Scotland Rangers 0 (0)[52] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Defenders
Emma Black (1987-03-12) 12 March 1987 (age 27) Scotland Glasgow City 42 (1)[53] v. France, 12 August 2009[53] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Siobhan Hunter (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 20) Scotland Hibernian 2 (0)[54] v. Iceland, 1 June 2013[54] v. Poland/Bosnia, 5/10 April 2014
Rhonda Jones (1979-03-30) 30 March 1979 (age 35) Scotland Celtic 117 (4)[55] v. Estonia, 3 May 1998 v. Wales, 7 April 2013
Lisa Robertson (1992-05-16) 16 May 1992 (age 22) Scotland Glasgow City 0 (0)[56] v. Serbia, 21 August 2013
Rachael Small (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 23) Scotland Aberdeen 28 (0)[57] v. Poland, 23 July 2010[57] v. Serbia, 21 August 2013
Kirsty Smith (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 20) Scotland Hibernian 0 (0)[58] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Midfielders
Lizzie Arnot (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 18) Scotland Hibernian 0 (0)[59] v. Finland, 13 February 2014
Lana Clelland (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 21) Scotland Spartans 5 (1)[60] v. Cameroon, 15 July 2012 2014 Cyprus Cup, March 2014
Claire Emslie (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 20) United States Florida Atlantic Owls 1 (0)[61] v. Iceland, 1 June 2013[61] v. Iceland, 1 June 2013
Kathryn Hill (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 20) Scotland Rangers 0 (0)[62] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Suzanne Lappin (1986-10-13) 13 October 1986 (age 28) Scotland Glasgow City 11 (3)[63] v. Belgium, 26 August 2007[63] v. Northern Ireland, 19 June 2014
Kim Little (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 24) United States Seattle Reign FC 99 (34)[64] v. Japan, 14 February 2007[64] v. Northern Ireland, 19 June 2014
Kerry Montgomery (1988-03-25) 25 March 1988 (age 26) Scotland Spartans 0 (0)[65] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Joelle Murray (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 28) Scotland Hibernian 33 (1)[66] v. Belgium, 26 August 2007[66] v. Poland/Bosnia, 5/10 April 2014
Strikers
Sarah Crilly (1991-10-17) 17 October 1991 (age 23) Scotland Glasgow City 4 (2)[67] v. Norway, 30 August 2012 2013 Brasília Tournament, December 2013
Suzanne Grant (1984-04-17) 17 April 1984 (age 30) Scotland Celtic 104 (13)[68] v. Northern Ireland, 29 November 2000[69] v. Wales, 7 April 2013
Emily Thomson (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 21) Scotland Glasgow City 5 (1)[70] v. Poland, 9 May 2012 v. Serbia, 21 August 2013

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 10 10 0 0 32 1 +31 30 Women's World Cup
2  Scotland 10 8 0 2 37 8 +29 24 Play-offs
3  Poland 10 5 1 4 20 14 +6 16
4  Bosnia-Herzegovina 10 2 3 5 7 19 −12 9
5  Northern Ireland 10 1 2 7 3 19 −16 5
6  Faroe Islands 10 0 2 8 3 41 −38 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Playoff semi-final
25 October 2014
18:30
Scotland  1–2  Netherlands
Little Goal 49' (pen.) Report Martens Goal 10'
Melis Goal 23' (pen.)
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
30 October 2014
19:00
Netherlands  2–0  Scotland
Martens Goal 51'
Melis Goal 77'
Report
Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)

Netherlands won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the playoff final.

Coaching staff[edit]

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