Afghanistan women's national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Lions of Afghanistan
(شیران خراسان)
Association Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation CAFF (Central Asia)
Head coach Kelly Lindsey
Captain Shabnam Mobarez
Most caps Unknown
Top scorer Marjan Haydaree (5)
Home stadium Ghazi Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 125 Decrease 19 (22 June 2018)
Highest 108 (December 2013)
Lowest 138 (September 2015)
First international
   Nepal 13–0 Afghanistan 
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 14 December 2010) [1]
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–4 Afghanistan 
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; 10 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
   Nepal 13–0 Afghanistan 
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 14 December 2010)

The Afghanistan women's national football team (Dari: تیم ملی فوتبال زنان افغانستان‬) is the women's national team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF). They play the majority of their home games at the Ghazi National Olympic Stadium in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Due to the conditions in Afghanistan and the controversy surrounding the female Muslim football teams, it has been difficult for the AFF to obtain long-term sponsorship for the team. In May 2010, Danish sports brand Hummel International signed up the male, female and youth teams of Afghanistan.[2]

Currently, the Afghan team is coached by Kelly Lindsey, who is assisted by Haley Carter. Both of these women partner with former Afghanistan Women's National Team member Khalida Popal. The team is currently preparing for the 2016 SAFF Women's Championship that will be held in India this November. The official roster for this tournament has not been announced. There are around 25 women's football teams around the country and the Football Federation considers to hold the first national football tournament in the country this year.

In December 2010, the team played its first official international game, against Nepal, during the South Asian Football Federation Women's Championships in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. On 16 February 2012 they completed a 2–0 win against Qatar, their first official international victory. On 10 June 2014 Afghanistan Football Federation moved from South Asian Football Federation to Central Asian Football Federation.


Early history[edit]

The team was formed in 2007 by the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee with players taken from selected school girls in Kabul.[3][4][5][6][7][8] That year, the team played for the first time against the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) women's side, with Afghanistan winning 5–0. In 2008, the team traveled to Pakistan to participate in the second national tournament of Pakistan. There they won their group stage and semi-final games but lost to Baluchistan in the final.[citation needed]

In an attempt to improve the quality of women's football, the team was sent to Germany in 2008 to hold a preparation camp. Later in the year, the Afghan team traveled to Jordan to participate in the Islamic Countries Women's Football Tournament.[9] The results this time were less favourable as they faced established and more experienced teams for the first time. Afghanistan lost all of its games by at least 17 goals.[citation needed]

In February 2009, the team went to Jordan again, but this time for a training camp. The Netherlands' Women's Football Federation has shown interest in helping the team and has invited them for a training camp in Netherlands.[citation needed] In October 2010 the team played a friendly match against ISAF on the NATO ground in Kabul. The Afghans won 1–0.[citation needed]

2010 SAFF Women's Championship[edit]

The 2010 SAFF Women's Championship in Bangladesh marked the first appearance of Afghanistan in a major international tournament. In it, they played their first official game, against Nepal, where they were defeated by an overwhelming 0-13 scoreline. They then faced their neighboring rivals, Pakistan, and lost by the score of 0-3. In their last game, they faced Maldives in a match which ended with the equal score of 2–2. Afghanistan was subsequently eliminated from the tournament with only one point.

2012 SAFF Women's Championship[edit]

The 2012 SAFF Women's Championship in Sri Lanka was the second time that Afghanistan disputed an international tournament. They faced Maldives in their first game and drew 1–1. Diba Naweed scored the team's only goal in that match. The following game with Pakistan marked Afghanistan's second win, outscoring their opponents with an abundant 4–0 goal difference. Hailai Arghandiwal and Marjan Haydaree scored one goal each, while Shabnam Rohin scored two goals in the match. The last group phase game was against Nepal, and ended in a heavy defeat of 1-7. The only goal was scored by Marjan Haydaree. Afghanistan advanced to the Semi-Finals after placing second in the group. The Semi-Final match was with India, and ended with a crushing 0-11 defeat. Thus, Afghanistan finished the tournament as one of the Semi-Final losers.

2014 SAFF Women's Championship[edit]

The 2014 SAFF Women's Championship in Pakistan was the third time that Afghanistan disputed an international tournament. Their first game ended with a 1-6 defeat against Bangladesh. The goal was scored by Marjan Haydaree. They lost the second match 0-1 against Maldives. Their third and last encounter ended in a crushing 0-12 defeat against India. Afghanistan were eliminated from the tournament with 0 points. This marked Afghanistan's least successful participation in the SAFF Women's Championship.

2016 Efforts[edit]

2016 marked a big year for the Afghanistan Women's National Team as they received support from the Afghanistan Football Federation and hired a new coaching staff consisting of head coach Kelly Lindsey, assistant coach Haley Carter, and program director Khalida Popal.[10] The team also hired fitness coach John De Witt, PhD and team physio Joelle Muro, DPT.

Along with these hires, the team prepared for the 2016 SAFF Women's Championship held in India.

The team also had a partnership with Diehard Scarves who produced official Afghanistan Women's National Team Supporter Scarves. A portion of the proceeds from these sales went to the team in their fundraising efforts in preparation for the 2016 SAFF Women's Championship.[11] During the tournament the team lost to India (27 December 2016, lost 1-5, goal scorer was Muhtaz Farkhunda in the 88th minute) and Bangladesh (29 December, lost 0-6).

The team won Tournament AFSO 2016.


In 2011 the Afghanistan Football Federation had signed a 4-year contract with Hummel, to provide both the Men's and the Women's National Team for all of the sportswear from 2011 till 2015. On 6 March 2015, the Afghan Football Federation signed a new 4-year contract with hummel till 2019.

In 2016, Hummel designed a ground-breaking uniform for the Afghanistan Women's National Team which included an integrated hijab. This provides more flexibility with movements that the players can use while wearing their uniforms.

Period Kit provider
2009–2019 DenmarkHummel

Competition Records[edit]

Tournament AFSO: Winner 2016

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
France 2019
Total 0/8 - - - - - - - -
*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 Kong1975 Did Not Enter
Hong Kong1981
Hong Kong1986
Hong Kong1989
Chinese Taipei2001
Total 0/18 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

SAFF Championship record[edit]

SAFF Championship
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
Bangladesh2010 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 18 −16
Sri Lanka2012 Semi-Finals 4 1 1 2 6 19 −13
Pakistan2014 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 19 −18
India2016 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 11 −10
Total 4/4 10 1 2 7 10 67 −57
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Recent results and schedule[edit]







Record against other teams[edit]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
Saudi Arabia Ettifaq FC 1 1 0 0 5 3 +2
Iran Ariya FC 1 1 0 0 9 0 +9
Mexico Selinas FC 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
United States Palo Alto 98G 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2
Japan Angeviolet Hiroshima 1 0 0 1 0 14 −14
 Bangladesh 1 0 0 1 1 6 −5
 India 2 0 0 2 0 23 −23
 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Maldives 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1
   Nepal 2 0 0 2 1 20 −19
 Pakistan 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
 Qatar 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
Total 19 8 2 9 32 77 −45


Current Technical Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach United States Kelly Lindsey
Assistant Coach United States Haley Carter
Program Director Afghanistan Khalida Popal
Fitness Coach United States John De Witt
Physiotherapist United States Joelle Muro

Home stadium[edit]

The major football matches in Afghanistan are held at the Afghan Football Federation Stadium (popularly known as the Ghazi Stadium) in Kabul. It was built during the reign of King Amanullah Khan in 1923. The stadium has a capacity of around 25,000 people.


Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost Goals Win %
Afghanistan Abdul Saboor Walizada 2010–2013 10 4 2 4 13–37 40%
Afghanistan Faqir Zada 2014 3 0 0 3 1–19 0%
Afghanistan Amin Amini 2015 1 0 0 1 0–14 0%
United States Kelly Lindsey 2016– 4 4 0 1 18–7 80%
19 8 2 9 32–77 42,10%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Afghanistan: Fixtures and Results". Archived from the original on 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ Johannsen, Alissa (2011-07-26). "Afghanistan Women: Kicking and Dreaming | Women's Health Magazine". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  3. ^ Marzban, Omid (2007-09-13). "Afghanistan: Once Whipped By Taliban, Girl Makes Mark As Soccer Star". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ "The Afghan national womens soccer team | Journal Reporter". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  5. ^ Nick Paton Walsh (2011-06-08). "Afghan women footballers risk death threats, disapproval – CNN". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  6. ^ "BBC News – Women's football in Afghanistan". 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ "For a Women's Soccer Team, Competing Is a Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-19. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "NATO in Afghanistan – The Afghan ladies national football team". YouTube. 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Bend It in Baden-Württemberg: Afghan Women Footballers Hone Their Skills in Stuttgart – SPIEGEL ONLINE". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
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  11. ^ "Afghanistan Women's National Team Efforts". Girl Power. Girl Power Organization. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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