Scotland women's national football team

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Scotland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Scottish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Anna Signeul
Captain Gemma Fay
Most caps Gemma Fay (182)
Top scorer Julie Fleeting (116)
FIFA ranking 21 Steady (19 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 19[1] (March 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 31[1] (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)[2]
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 competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). It currently competes in UEFA and is currently ranked 21st by the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

History[edit]

Church documents recorded women playing football in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, in 1628.[3] Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881.[3] Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921.[3] Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).[3] The sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s, when the ban was lifted.[3] 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.[4] Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as a working class and male preserve.[5]

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.[5] 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.[6][1][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.

Olympics[edit]

Though Scotland has not previously qualified for the Summer Olympics since the women's football tournament was added in 1996, because the United Kingdom was host to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Great Britain women's Olympic football team was founded and featured two players from Scotland: Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke.[8][9]

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[10]
    • 1971: Did not compete[11]
    • 1978: Did not compete[12]
    • 1981: Did not compete[12]
    • 1984: Did not compete[12]
    • 1987: Did not compete[12]
  • European Competition

Other 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 [15]
Bulgaria 1992 Varna Tournament 7th 3 2 0 1 5 2 [16]
Bulgaria 1999 Albena Cup 2nd 5 1 3 1 9 7 [17]
Bulgaria 2000 Albena Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 10 5 [18]
Northern Ireland 2000 Celt Cup 3rd 2 1 0 1 27 1 [19]
Netherlands 2000 Veenendal Tournament 3rd 2 0 1 1 3 5 [20]
Portugal 2002 Algarve Cup 10th 4 2 0 2 4 8 [21]
Italy 2006 Torneo Regione Molise 3rd 2 0 0 2 0 8 [22]
Cyprus 2008 Cyprus Cup 6th 3 0 0 3 3 5 [23]
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 [24]
Cyprus 2014 Cyprus Cup 4th 4 2 2 0 10 7
Cyprus 2015 Cyprus Cup 7th 4 2 0 2 7 7
Total 61 20 10 31 105 109
*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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[26][28] 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.[29] 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.[30] Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament.

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2015 Cyprus Cup tournament held from 4–11 March 2015.[31]

Caps and goals updated as of 11 March 2015 after the 2015 Cyprus Cup. Players' clubs are shown as at time of selection.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Megan Cunningham (1995-07-14) 14 July 1995 (age 19) Scotland Glasgow City 2 (0)[32] v. Northern Ireland, 8 February 2015[32]
Gemma Fay (Captain) (1981-12-09) 9 December 1981 (age 33) Unattached 182 (0)[33] v. Czech Republic, 24 May 1998[34]
Shannon Lynn (1985-10-22) 22 October 1985 (age 29) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 13 (0)[35] v. Switzerland, 8 June 2010[35]
Defenders
Jennifer Beattie (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 23) England Manchester City 92 (21)[36] v. United States, 5 March 2008[36]
Frankie Brown (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 27) England Bristol Academy 69 (0)[37] v. Switzerland, 17 September 2008[37]
Rachel Corsie (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 25) United States Seattle Reign FC 75 (13)[38] v. France, 5 March 2009[38]
Ifeoma Dieke (1981-02-25) 25 February 1981 (age 34) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 104 (0)[39] v. Greece, January 2004[39]
Eilish McSorley (1993-04-24) 24 April 1993 (age 22) Sweden Mallbackens IF 17 (0)[40] v. Cameroon, 15 July 2012
Midfielders
Chloe Arthur (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 20) Scotland Hibernian 2 (0)[41] v. Northern Ireland, 8 February 2015[41]
Lana Clelland (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 22) Italy ASD Pink Sport Time 8 (1)[42] v. Cameroon, 15 July 2012
Leanne Crichton (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 27) England Notts County 29 (3)[43] v. Belgium, 6 September 2006 [44]
Hayley Lauder (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 24) Scotland Glasgow City 67 (8)[45] v. Italy, 26 February 2010[45]
Kim Little (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 24) United States Seattle Reign FC 108 (41)[46] v. Japan, 14 February 2007[46]
Joanne Love (1985-12-06) 6 December 1985 (age 29) Scotland Glasgow City 158 (7)[47] v. Canada, 1 March 2002
Leanne Ross (1981-07-08) 8 July 1981 (age 33) Scotland Glasgow City 114 (8)[48] v. Switzerland, 26 April 2006
Kirsty Smith (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 21) Scotland Hibernian 5 (0)[49] v. Netherlands, 30 October 2014
Caroline Weir (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 19) England Arsenal 16 (3)[50] v. Iceland, 1 June 2013[50]
Strikers
Fiona Brown (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 20) Scotland Glasgow City 5 (0)[51] v. Northern Ireland, 8 February 2015[51]
Emma Mitchell (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 22) England Arsenal 40 (6)[52] v. France, 18 May 2011[52]
Christie Murray (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 25) England Bristol Academy 37 (3)[53] v. New Zealand, 1 March 2010[53]
Jane Ross (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 25) Sweden Vittsjö GIK 82 (35)[54] v. England, 10 March 2009[54]

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)[55] v. Netherlands, October 2014
Khym Ramsay (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25) Scotland Rangers 0 (0)[56] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Defenders
Emma Black (1987-03-12) 12 March 1987 (age 28) Scotland Glasgow City 42 (1)[57] v. France, 12 August 2009[57] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Nicola Docherty (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 22) Scotland Glasgow City 11 (0)[58] v. Finland, 21 September 2011[58] v. Northern Ireland, 8 February 2015
Siobhan Hunter (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 21) Scotland Hibernian 2 (0)[59] v. Iceland, 1 June 2013[59] v. Poland/Bosnia, 5/10 April 2014
Midfielders
Lizzie Arnot (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 19) Scotland Hibernian 0 (0)[60] v. Netherlands, October 2014
Kathryn Hill (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 20) Scotland Rangers 0 (0)[61] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Suzanne Lappin (1986-10-13) 13 October 1986 (age 28) Scotland Glasgow City 11 (3)[62] v. Belgium, 26 August 2007[62] v. Northern Ireland, 19 June 2014
Kerry Montgomery (1988-03-25) 25 March 1988 (age 27) Scotland Spartans 0 (0)[63] v. Wales, 3 August 2014
Joelle Murray (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 28) Scotland Hibernian 33 (1)[64] v. Belgium, 26 August 2007[64] v. Poland/Bosnia, 5/10 April 2014
Heather Richards (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 21) Scotland Hibernian 3 (0)[65] v. South Korea, 12 March 2014 v. Northern Ireland, 8 February 2015
Megan Sneddon (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 29) Scotland Rangers 130 (4)[66] v. United States, 8 September 2002 v. Netherlands, October 2014
Strikers
Lisa Evans (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 22) Germany Turbine Potsdam 40 (10)[67] v. Wales, 27 October 2011 v. Netherlands, October 2014
Julie Fleeting (1980-12-18) 18 December 1980 (age 34) Unattached 121 (116)[68] v. Wales, 17 November 1996[68] v. Northern Ireland, 8 February 2015
Suzanne Mulvey (1984-10-04) 4 October 1984 (age 30) Scotland Glasgow City 32 (4) v. Belgium, 1 May 2003 [44] v. Faroe Islands, September 2014

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 and 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.

International tournaments and challenge matches[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

See also[edit]

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