Algeria women's national football team
|Nickname(s)||الأفناك (The Fennecs)|
|Association||Algerian Football Federation|
|Other affiliation||UAFA (Arab Nations)|
|Sub-confederation||UNAF (North Africa)|
|Head coach||Azzedine Chih|
|Top scorer||Naima Bouhani (13)|
|Home stadium||Stade 5 Juillet 1962|
|Current||74 2 (24 March 2017)|
|Highest||64 (June 2009)|
|Lowest||125 (June 2013)|
| France 14–0 Algeria
(Cesson-Sévigné, France, May 14, 1998)
| Algeria 12–0 Lebanon
(Alexandria, Egypt, April 16, 2006)
| France 14–0 Algeria
(Cesson-Sévigné, France, May 14, 1998)
|Africa Women Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2004)|
|Best result||Group Stage (2004, 2006, 2010, 2014)|
The Algeria women's national football team (Arabic: منتخب الجزائر لكرة القدم للسيدات) represents Algeria in international women's football. The team is currently ranked 74th in the world in the FIFA women's rankings. The team's highest ranking was 64th, in June 2009. The team plays its home games at the Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers and is coached by Azzedine Chih. Algeria played its first match on May 14, 1998 against France, and lost 14–0.
Algeria has never qualified for a World Cup. It has qualified four times for the African Women's Championship, in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014, all finishing in group stage. Algeria is expected to become the first Arab and Muslim nation to participate in a Women's World Cup.
- 1 History
- 2 Kit
- 3 Honours
- 4 Competitive record
- 5 Last matches and results
- 6 Current squad
- 7 Background and development
- 8 All-time record
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Algerian Football Federation was founded in 1962, after the Algerian Independence. It joined the CAF in 1963 and FIFA in 1964. By this time, no nation in the world had an official women's football team, instead they appeared in the 1970s. Algeria's first recorded match dates back of the late 1990s on 14 May 1998, against their motherland, France in Cesson-Sévigné. The result was a heavy 14–0 defeat, that is still Algeria's worst result. Although the team was formed in 1998, a futsal team had played a game with Morocco a year before, in 1997, losing by 5–0.
May 14, 1998
|Diacre 3', 17 (p)', 35'
Roujas 41', 75', 83'
Lagrevol 44', 57', 70', 74'
In 2000, Algeria disputed its second game, facing Morocco in Casablanca on 30 July 2000, in a qualifier for the 2000 AWC in South Africa. They didn't score in the match and it ended in a defeat by 3–0. The second leg in Algiers on 12 August finished with a 3–1 loss. The aggregate score resulted in 6–1.
2003 All-Africa Games
The results weren't favorable as they lost the three games they played by crushing defeats. The first match was with DR Congo on 4 October. The final score was a 5–2 defeat. Three days later, on 7 October, they were beaten by South Africa with a scoreline of 3–1. Without any opportunity of advance to the Semi-Finals, Algeria played its last match with Mali and lost with a result of 3–0.
2004 African Women's Championship
The Algerian women's team qualified for the first championship in their history when they participated in the 2004 AWC, held in South Africa again. Algeria's only rival in the qualifying round was Mali. Their road to the Championship started on 11 July, as visitor. They drew with Mali 2–2. Bowhani and Zerrouki scored for Algeria. In home, Algeria won 1–0 thanks to Zerrouki's goal at the 15 minutes.
The team had its debut with Nigeria on 19 September, but they can't surpass them, as they lost with the score of 4–0. The second game was with Mali on 22 September, and they had a victory of 3–0, the only in the tournament. Sedhane, Imloul and Laouadi scored for Algeria in this game. Having the chance of advance to the Semi-Finals, Algeria played their last game, facing Cameroon. Algeria's Nabila Imloul scored the first goal of the match, making the team won 1–0. But Cameroon score in the 29 minutes to equalise the game. The final result was a 3–1 loss, resulting in elimination from the tournament.
2006 Arab Women's Championship
Algeria was part of the only Arab Women's Championship to the date, held in Egypt in April 2006. Algeria was in the Group B along with Lebanon and Morocco. Algeria had the best result of all of its games in the first game with Lebanon on 19 April, when they won by 12–0. The second match against Morocco on 21 April, ended in a goalless draw. Algeria advanced to the Semi-Finals with 4 points.
In the Semi-Finals, the team won 3–0 to their neighbor country, Tunisia, thus advancing to the Final match, with Morocco. With a goal of Lilia Boumrar, Algeria won 1–0, and become the Champions of the only edition of Arab Women's Championship.
|26 April – Alexandria|
|29 April – Alexandria|
|26 April – Alexandria||29 April – Alexandria|
2006 AWC/2007 World Cup qualifiers
In March, Algeria entered for the first time in a World Cup qualifier as the 2006 AWC also served as the qualification tournament for the 2007 World Cup. The first scheduled rival for Algeria was Libya, but for unknown reasons it withdrew. Algeria advanced by walkover to the second qualifying round.
The second qualifying round rival was Northern Africa neighbors Egypt, who advanced to the Second Round by the withdrawal of Eritrea. The first leg, in Annaba on July 23, resulted on a victory in favor of Algeria with a 1–0, product of Zerrouki's goal at the 57 mins. The second leg was in away field, in Alexandria on August 5. Algeria defeated Egypt with a 3–0 result, being 1–0 at the half time. The team qualified for the 7th edition of the African Women's Championship, originally held in Gabon, but due to organizational issues, it ended to be held in Nigeria.
The draw determined that Algeria would be in the Group A along with hosts Nigeria, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea. The team didn't started well in the competition, as they lost the first game with South Africa in a 4–0 result. A worst result was registered on the second match, in were Algeria faced the group favorites and 7-times champion of the tournament Nigeria, they lost with a 6–0 scoreline. The only point Algeria had on this edition is thanks to the last match, a 3–3 draw with Equatorial Guinea. Boumrar (one goal) and Bouhani (two goals) scored for Algeria in this match. Algeria didn't advanced to the next stage and was eliminated from the 2007 Women's World Cup.
2007 All-Africa Games
The 2007 All-Africa Games were held on home soil from 10 July to 22 July. Algeria qualified automatically as being the hosts of the event. They were drawn in the Group B with Ghana and Senegal. They lost the first match with Ghana 2–1. They advanced to the Semi-Finals by a victory over Senegal by 3–1.
2008 African Women's Championship
The 2008 edition was the second AWC that Algeria failed to qualify. The team played the First Round with Morocco and won with an aggregate score of 3–1, winning both legs by 1–0 and 2–1. Algeria advanced to the Second Round with Tunisia. The first leg in away soil, ended in a draw with no goals and the second (at home) resulted in a loss with the scoreline of 2–1. Algeria was eliminated and Tunisia qualified.
2008 Olympic Games qualifiers
For the 2008 Olympic Games, held in China, Algeria participated in the qualifiers, but didn't manage to get it. In the First Round, the Algerian team won 3–0 in the first leg with Mozambique and achieved one of the biggest wins in the second leg, by 9–1. The team advanced to the next round in where they faced Nigeria and won by 1–0, but had a loss in the second match by 6–0. Algeria were automatically eliminated after the aggregate score was 6–1.
2009 UNAF Women's Tournament
2010 AWC/2011 World Cup qualifiers
Algeria entered for the second time in a World Cup qualifying round in the Preliminary Round of the 2010 AWC, against Egypt, but it later withdrew for unknown reasons. They advanced automatically to the First Round, in where they were drawn to play with Tunisia. The first leg was played in home soil on 22 May, in Koléa and the final result was 1–1. The goal for Algeria came in the extra time from Laouadi. In Tunis on 5 June, Algeria got its revenge for the last year loss, having a 1–0 victory. The aggregate result was 2–1 in favour of the Algerians, and thus, they qualified for the 2010 AWC in South Africa.
In the Final tournament, Algeria's group was B, also the same of Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Ghana. The opening match with Ghana, resulted in 2–1 defeat, with the only goal being scored Ouadah at the first four mins. The team was winning 1–0 in the half-time. The second game, with the 2008 Champion Equatorial Guinea, finished in a 1–0 loss. With no chances of qualifying to the next round, Algeria's closing match was against Cameroon, and this last result was a 2–1 defeat. Naima Bouhani scored the only goal for them. The half-time had a 0–0 draw. Algeria ended eliminated from both the 2010 AWC and the 2011 World Cup.
2011 All-Africa Games
Algeria entered the 2011 All-Africa Games football tournament qualifiers, but did not play any match as it was the only entry from the Zone 1 (North Africa). In the final tournament, the team was in the Group A, with Cameroon, Guinea and Mozambique. The first match had no goals from part of Algeria, but three of Cameroon, that did one defeat to them. Algeria beat Mozambique by 7–1 with goals of Meflah, Bouhani, Bekhedda, Marek and Yahi. The team did not play the game against Guinea, because it withdrew prior to playing the first match. Algeria advanced to the Semi-Finals, in where they lost with Ghana by the score of 3–0. The match for the bronze medal was the first victory to South Africa by 3–0. Zerrouki, Bouhani and Marek scored for Algeria and gave them the Bronze medal.
2014 AWC/2015 World Cup qualifiers
After not entering the 2012 African Women's Football Championship qualification, Algeria registered in the 2014 qualifiers. This time, their rival was Morocco. In the first leg in Stade Omar Hamadi, Naima Bouhani shined for contributing to victory with 2 goals. Algeria defeated its neighbor country by 2–0. The second leg in Rabat resulted in a goalless draw. The aggregate result was 2–0, that made Algeria advance to the Second Round.
Again in Stade Omar Hamadi, Algiers; Algeria received Tunisia in a chance to qualify to their fourth tournament. The goals of both teams were scored in the first time. The score was 2–1 in favour of the Algerians. Laifa and captain Sekouane scored. In Stade 15 Octobre, away soil; Algeria faced an aspirant Tunisia that tied the game in the half-time 2–2. Sekouane's goal at the 81 mins. put the match 3–2. Algeria qualified again with an aggregate score of 5–3.
The draw on 19 July 2014 in Windhoek, Namibia (host nation) indicated that Algeria would be in the Group B with South Africa, Cameroon and Ghana. This was the second time in a row that Algeria was in the same group as Cameroon and Ghana. The first match marked the second win (and first) of the Algerian team in the tournament in 10 years (the last being the 3–0 to Mali in 2004), against Ghana with a 1–0 from Affak near to the end of the game. In the second game, they lost 2–0 to Cameroon. The last result, against South Africa, wasn't very good, as they lost by 5–1. Houria Affak again scored for the national team. All of its games were played on the Independence Stadium in Windhoek. Once more, Algeria didn't reached the World Cup.
2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations
The 2016 tournament in Cameroon will have a new name, the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, to be similar to the men's version, Africa Cup of Nations. A draw determined that Algeria's first rival will be Togo, one of Africa's nations with very few international matches. It is expected that the first leg will be played in Algeria on April 8–10 and the second leg in Togo around April 22–24.
|Le Coq Sportif||2004–2009|
- All-Africa Games
- Bronze medal (Maputo 2011)
- Arab Women's Championship
- Champion (Egypt 2006)
- UNAF Women's Tournament
- Runner-up (Tunisia 2009)
World Cup record
Africa Women Cup of Nations record
African Games Record
UNAF Women's Tournament record
Arab Women's Championship record
Last matches and results
|14 January 2014||Sidi Moussa||Senegal||1–2||Friendly|
|17 January 2014||Algiers||Senegal||3–0||Friendly|
|14 February 2014||Algiers||Morocco||2–0||2014 African Women's Championship qualification|
|1 March 2014||Rabat||Morocco||0–0||Friendly|
|30 April 2014||Algiers||Ivory Coast||1–3||Friendly|
|3 May 2014||Sidi Moussa||Ivory Coast||1–2||Friendly|
|23 May 2014||Algiers||Tunisia||2–1||2014 African Women's Championship qualification|
|8 June 2014||Bizerte||Tunisia||3–2||2014 African Women's Championship qualification|
|4 October 2014||Windhoek||Namibia||1–3||Friendly|
|12 October 2014||Windhoek||Ghana||1–0||2014 African Women's Championship|
|15 October 2014||Windhoek||Cameroon||0–2||2014 African Women's Championship|
|18 October 2014||Windhoek||South Africa||1–5||2014 African Women's Championship|
|8–10 April 2016||TBD, Algeria||Togo||TBD||2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification|
|22–24 April 2016||TBD, Togo||Togo||TBD||2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification|
Roster for the 2014 African Women's Championship.
Head coach: Azzedine Chih
Background and development
Women's football teams in the country have had to deal with killings around their matches.
- Correct as of November 3, 2014
- http://levuvuzela.net/foot-feminin-amical-algerie-cote-divoire-les-elephantes-dominent-les-fennecs-3-1/ 12 November 2015
- Algeria: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – FIFA.com
- "Championnat arabe dames: Le Maroc perd en finale face à l'Algérie". Le Matin (in French). 30 April 2006. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- Richard Giulianotti; David McArdle (2006). Sport, Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Routledge. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-7146-5344-0. Retrieved 28 June 2012.