Afghanistan women's national football team

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Association Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF)
Sub-confederation CAFF (Central Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Abdul Saboor Walizada
Captain Zahra Mahmoodi
Top scorer Marjan Haydaree (5)
Home stadium Ghazi Stadium
FIFA ranking 128 Decrease 5 (27 March 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 108 (December 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 136 (December 2011)
First colours
Second colours
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 is the women's national team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation. 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 Afghanistan Football Federation to obtain long-term sponsorship. In May 2010, Danish sports brand Hummel International signed up the male, female and youth teams of Afghanistan.[2]

Currently, the Afghan team has 22 members coached by Abdul Saboor Walizada. 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.


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, which Afghanistan won 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] However, the results this time were less favourable as they faced established and more experienced teams for the first time. Afghanistan lost all 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, in where they were defeated by an overwhelming 13–0. Then, they faced their neighboring rivals, Pakistan, and lost by the score of 3–0. In their last game, they faced Maldives, which ended with the unequal score of 2–2. Afghanistan was subsequently eliminated of 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, with an abundant 4–0. 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, who ended in a heavy defeat of 7–1. The only goal was scored by Marjan Haydaree. Afghanistan advanced to the Semi-Finals after being placed second in the group. The match of the Semi-Finals was with India, which ended with a crushing defeat of 11–0. Thus, Afghanistan ended 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 in a defeat of 6–1 against Bangladesh. The goal was scored by Marjan Haydaree. They lost the second match against Maldives by 1–0. Their third and last encounter ended in a crushing defeat of 12–0 against India. Afghanistan were eliminated of the tournament with 0 points. Also, it's Afghanistan's worst participation in the SAFF Women's Championship and the last, because the federation moved to the Central Asian Football Federation.


In 2010 the Afghanistan Football Federation had signed a 5-year contract, with Danish sports brand Hummel, to sponsor both the Men's National Team and the Women's National Team from 2010 till 2015.


Competition Records[edit]

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
Total 0/7 - - - - - - - -
*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
Total 3/3 10 1 2 7 9 56 –47
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Recent results and schedule[edit]

These are all the fixtures of Afghanistan since 2010:

Record against other countries[edit]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Bangladesh 1 0 0 1 1 6 −5
 India 2 0 0 2 0 23 −23
 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 11 2 2 7 11 56 −45

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.


Abdul Saboor Walizada Afghanistan 2010 – Present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Afghanistan: Fixtures and Results". 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". 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". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-19.  (login required)
  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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