Togo women's national football team
|Association||Fédération Togolaise de Football|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
| São Tomé and Príncipe 0 − 3 Togo
(São Tomé and Príncipe; 19 February 2006)
| Togo 6 − 0 São Tomé and Príncipe
(Togo; 26 February 2006)
| Congo 9 − 0 Togo
(Brazzaville; 19 February 2006)
The Togo women's national football team is a FIFA-recognised team that represents Togo in international football competition. Togo have played five FIFA-recognised matches, all in 2006, and are currently unranked. They have not competed in major regional and international tournaments. While the country has under-17 and under-20 national sides, further development of the team and the sport in Togo faces challenges common to African countries, as well as country-specific problems such as the sport's lack of domestic popularity.
In 1985, few countries had women's national football teams. While the sport's popularity grew worldwide in the ensuing years, Togo did not compete in their first FIFA-sanctioned match until 2006, when they played five games. In their first game, on 19 February, Togo beat São Tomé and Príncipe 3–0. The team beat São Tomé and Príncipe again by a score of 6–0 on 26 February 2006 in Togo. In its next three games, Togo lost 0–9 to Congo, 1–3 to Congo and 2–5 to Mali. Togo tied the following game 3–3 against Côte d'Ivoire in Dakar. Togo then beat Guinea 4–1 on 21 May 2006. Togo has since played just one match. In 2007, the team competed at the Tournoi de Cinq Nations held in Ouagadougou. There, Togo lost 0–5 to Côte d'Ivoire before being disqualified for bringing a club team, MBA Lomé, to the competition in violation of tournament rules.
Togo has not participated in most regional and international competitions, including the Women's World Cup, the 2010 African Women's Championship, and the 2011 All-Africa Games. The team was expected to participate in the 2010 African Women's Championships and were scheduled to play against Mali but withdrew before the competition started. As of March 2012, the team was not ranked by FIFA.
The country has a national under-17 side and an under-20 side. The Togo women's national under-17 football team was active by 2010, when they competed in the African Women's U-17 Qualifying Tournament. Togo moved past the preliminary round after their opponents, Sierra Leone, withdrew from the tournament. In the first round, Togo was set to play Nigeria but withdrew from the competition. The Togo women's national under-20 football team was also active by 2010, when they competed in the African Women's U-20 World Cup qualifying. In the first round, they had a walkover win against the Sierra Leone, but did not participate in rounds two or three.
Background and development
The development of women's football in Africa faces several challenges, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women, inequalities and human rights abuses targeting women. Funding also in an impediment. Most support for women's football in Africa comes from FIFA rather than national football associations. Many quality female footballers leave the continent seeking greater opportunity in northern Europe or the United States.
The national football association, the Fédération Togolaise de Football, was founded in 1960 and became affiliated with FIFA in 1964. The organisation has fifteen staff members focusing on women's football. Football is the fourth-most-popular women's sport in Togo, trailing basketball, handball and volleyball. Football's popularity is growing, however. The country had 380 registered players in 2006, up from 180 in 2000. Women's football was first organised in the country in 2000. By 2006, there were 105 football clubs in Togo, 11 of which were for women only. A national women's competition was created by 2006 and was still operating in 2009. While there are no school, university or regional competitions for women's football, there was an active under-17 women's league in 2009. In 2010, a women's football competition involving 50 women's teams was organised by the German embassy, which provided teams with football kits and footballs.
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