England women's national football team

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England
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Three Lionesses
The Lionesses
AssociationThe Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPhil Neville
CaptainSteph Houghton
Most capsFara Williams (172)
Top scorerKelly Smith (46)
FIFA codeENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady (26 June 2020)[1]
Highest2 (March 2018)
Lowest14 (June 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Hungary 0–13 England 
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 8–0 England 
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995)
Best resultThird place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1984)
Best resultRunners-up (1984, 2009)

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions; in 1995, 2007, and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The success of the men's national football team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup led to an upsurge of interest in football from women within England. The Women's Football Association (WFA) was established in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game.[2] That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup.[3]:43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971).[4][5]

Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) rescinded its 50-year ban on women playing on English Football League grounds.[6][7] Shortly after, Eric Worthington was tasked by the WFA to assemble an official women's national team. England competed in its first international match against Scotland in Greenock on 18 November 1972, 100 years to the month after the first men's international.[2][8] The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents 3–2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal.[9] Tom Tranter replaced Worthington as long term manager of the women's national football team and remained in that position for the next six years.[3]:94

1979–1993: Progress under Reagan[edit]

Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979.[3]:100 England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, after beating Denmark 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Despite resolute defending, including a spectacular goal line clearance from captain Carol Thomas, the England team lost the first away leg 1–0 against Sweden, after a header from Pia Sundhage, but won the second home leg by the same margin, with a goal from Linda Curl.[10] England lost the subsequent penalty shootout 4–3. Theresa Wiseman saved Helen Johansson's penalty but both Curl and Lorraine Hanson had their spot kicks saved by Elisabeth Leidinge.[11]

At the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football, England again reached the semi-finals but lost 3–2 after extra time against holders Sweden, in a repeat of the previous final. The team settled for fourth, after losing the third place play-off against Italy 2–1.[12] Reagan was sacked after England's 6–1 quarter-final loss against Germany at UEFA Women's Euro 1991, which left them unable to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup. John Bilton was appointed as head coach in 1991 after Barrie Williams's brief tenure.[3]:103–104

1993–1998: FA involvement[edit]

In 1993, the FA took over the running of women's football in England from the WFA, replacing Bilton with Ted Copeland as national team manager.[3]:105 England managed to qualify for UEFA Women's Euro 1995, having previously missed out on the last three editions, but were beaten 6–2 on aggregate over two legs against Germany.[13] Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time. The team advanced from the group stage of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals.[14]

1998–2013: Development under Powell[edit]

Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland.[15] The European Championship expanded in 1997 to eight teams and moved from a biennial event to a quadrennial one. England qualified via the play-offs for the 2001 competition held in Germany, despite recording their biggest loss (away against Norway 8–0) during qualification, but did not advance past the group stage.[16] England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals.[17]

Qualification for the World Cup changed for the 1999 edition. European qualifiers were introduced, so that teams no longer needed to rely on advancing to the latter stages of the European Championship. England qualified unbeaten for the 2007 World Cup in China, winning Group 5 in the European qualifiers and recording their biggest win (away against Hungary, 13–0) in the process, ending a 12-year hiatus from the competition.[18][19] After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0.[20]

In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment.[21][22] Three months later, at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the recently expanded 12-team competition by reaching the final for the first time in 25 years. They advanced from Group C to the quarter-finals by virtue of being the top third-placed team, beating both the hosts and the Netherlands in the knockout stage on the way to the final. There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany.[23]

England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play-off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland.[24][25] In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan.[26] England were paired with France in the quarter-finals, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw. England had taken the lead with Jill Scott's chip, only to have Élise Bussaglia equalise with two minutes remaining. After extra time ended in stalemate, they lost the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3. Karen Bardsley had saved Camille Abily's initial penalty but misses by Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England out of the competition.[27]

Powell left the role in August 2013 after a poor showing at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, with England bowing out after the group stage.[15]

2013–2017: Sampson era[edit]

Welshman Mark Sampson succeeded Powell as England manager. England qualified for their third successive World Cup in August 2014 with a game to spare, winning all ten matches and topping Group 6.[28] England played their first international match at the new Wembley Stadium, home to the men's national team, in a friendly against the reigning European champions Germany on 23 November 2014. England had not played Germany since their heavy defeat in the European Championship final five years earlier. They lost the match 3–0, marking the 20th attempt at which England had failed to record an official win over Germany.[29][30]

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, England lost their opening group game to France but won their remaining group games against Mexico and Colombia, easing through to the last 16 to play 1995 champions Norway. A 2–1 win set up a meeting with hosts Canada in the quarter-finals. Despite facing not only a strong Canadian team but a capacity partisan crowd at BC Place in Vancouver, England progressed to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup for the first time in their history with another 2–1 win, which also marked the first semifinal appearance by any England senior team since the men reached the last four of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Playing reigning World Cup holders Japan in the semi-finals, England conceded a penalty kick, which Aya Miyama converted past Karen Bardsley. Japan then conceded a penalty as Yuki Ogimi clipped Steph Houghton and Fara Williams slotted it past Ayumi Kaihori to level the game. However, in the last minute of the game, Laura Bassett scored an own goal to send Japan through to the final.[31] England eventually finished in third place by beating Germany 1–0 after extra time after a Williams penalty, their first time beating their archrivals in the women's game. It marked the best finish for any England senior team since the men's team famously won the 1966 World Cup as hosts.[32]

England qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and won all three of their group games at the tournament. England beat France 1–0 in the quarter-finals before meeting hosts and eventual champions, the Netherlands. In the semi-finals, England conceded three goals without reply and were knocked out of the tournament.[33]

In September 2017, Sampson was sacked from his role as manager by the FA after evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour was uncovered during his tenure at Bristol Academy.[34] The FA in January 2019 agreed to pay a "significant" financial settlement to Sampson, on the week his claim for unfair dismissal was due to be heard in court.[35] He was replaced by Phil Neville, who had played at Manchester United – including in their 1999 treble winning season – and Everton and been capped by the England men but had never before held a high-profile managing job.

2018–present: Neville era[edit]

National team during 2019 Women's World Cup.

After being appointed manager, Neville's first games in charge were at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. In their first game, England defeated France 4–1, then drew 2–2 against Germany. They went into the final game against the United States with the opportunity to win the tournament, but lost 1–0. Second place was the highest England had finished at the SheBelieves Cup.[36]

England continued with World Cup qualification in 2018. On 6 April they drew 0–0 against Wales. After the qualifying games in June, England and Wales were guaranteed the first two spots in qualifying Group 1,[37] and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals.[38]

In the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, England won the tournament for the first time after winning their first match 2–1 against Brazil, drawing 2–2 with the United States and defeating Japan 3–0.[39]

In the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, England won group D, beating local rivals Scotland and archrival Argentina to qualify for the knockout phase, before beating Japan. England beat both Cameroon and then Norway 3–0 to advance to the semifinal against United States in Lyon – the team's third straight major tournament semifinal. However, similar to the previous two tournaments, England once again failed to make the final, losing 2–1. Alex Morgan scored the winner after Ellen White had equalised following Christen Press' opening goal, while White had an equaliser ruled out by VAR and Houghton had a penalty saved by Alyssa Naeher. The team finished in fourth after losing the third place play-off to Sweden 2–1.[40]

In the wake of the World Cup exit, England's form dropped as the Lionesses struggled in a series of friendlies to end the year including a 2–1 defeat by Germany at Wembley Stadium on 9 November 2019. The game set a new record attendance for an England women's match at 77,768, becoming the second-biggest crowd for a women's game on English soil after the 2012 Olympic final which was watched by 80,203 at the same venue.[41] The poor run continued into 2020 as England failed to defend their title at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup in March. Losses to the United States and Spain made it seven defeats in 11 games, the team's worst stretch since 2003, mounting further pressure on Neville who admitted he was personally responsible for England's "unacceptable" form amid increased media scrutiny.[42][43][44][45] In April 2020, Neville announced he would step down as Lionesses manager when his contract expired in July 2021. Originally his tenure would have extended to England's hosting of UEFA Women's Euro 2021, but the tournament was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[46]

From 2021: Wiegman era[edit]

On 14 August 2020, the FA announced it had reached a four-year deal with incumbent Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman. Wiegman agreed to take over the team from September 2021, becoming the first non-British Lionesses manager.[47][48]

Media coverage[edit]

England matches at selected international tournaments, friendlies, Euro and World Cup finals are currently broadcast by BT Sport (exclude Euro and World Cup finals) and BBC respectively.[49][50] Previously, the Euro and World Cup finals were broadcast by Channel 4 (Euro 2017 only) and Eurosport.

Coaching staff[edit]

Current information[edit]

Position Staff Ref.
Manager England Phil Neville [51]
Assistant Manager England Bev Priestman [52]

Managerial history[edit]

Statistics correct as of 11 March 2020

  • Italics indicates a future appointee
Image Manager Tenure P W D L Win % Competitions
England Eric Worthington 1972
England Tom Tranter 1973–1979
England Mike Rawding 1979
England Martin Reagan 1979–1990 UEFA Euro 1984 – Runners Up
UEFA Euro 1987 – Fourth Place
Wales Barrie Williams 1991
England John Bilton 1991–1993
England Ted Copeland 1993–1998 UEFA Euro 1995 – Semi Finalists
1995 FIFA World Cup – Quarter Finalists
England Dick Bate 1998
(Caretaker)
London Bees v Brighton & Hove Albion WFC, 18 April 2018 (11).jpg England Hope Powell 1998–2013 169 85 33 51 050.3 UEFA Euro 2001 – Group Stages
UEFA Euro 2005 – Group Stages
2007 FIFA World Cup – Quarter Finalists
UEFA Euro 2009 – Runners Up
2011 FIFA World Cup – Quarter Finalists
UEFA Euro 2013 – Group Stages
England Brent Hills 2006, 2013
(Caretaker)
5 4 0 1 080.0
Mark Sampson, England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 1058 (cropped).jpg Wales Mark Sampson 2013–2017 60 39 8 13 065.0 2015 FIFA World Cup – Third Place
UEFA Euro 2017 – Semi Finalists
England Mo Marley 2017–2018
(Caretaker)
3 2 0 1 066.7
England Women 0 New Zealand Women 1 01 06 2019-1360 (47986481842) (cropped).jpg England Phil Neville 2018–2021 35 19 5 11 054.3 2019 FIFA World Cup – Fourth Place
Sarina Wiegman trains the Dutch national team.jpg Netherlands Sarina Wiegman From 2021 0 0 0 0 !

Players[edit]

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of England women's international footballers
Caps, goals, and recent players may be outdated or incorrect, as the FA does not maintain a database of historical statistics.

Current squad[edit]

The following 28 players were named to the squad for the friendly against  Germany on 27 October 2020.[53][54]

Caps and goals are updated as of 13 October 2020.[55]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Carly Telford (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 33) 26 0 England Chelsea
1GK Ellie Roebuck (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 21) 5 0 England Manchester City
1GK Hannah Hampton (2000-11-16) 16 November 2000 (age 19) 0 0 England Birmingham City
1GK Sandy MacIver (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 22) 0 0 England Everton

2DF Steph Houghton (captain) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 32) 120 13 England Manchester City
2DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 28) 70 8 England Manchester City
2DF Demi Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 28) 58 1 England Manchester City
2DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 27) 46 3 England Manchester City
2DF Millie Bright (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 27) 37 0 England Chelsea
2DF Abbie McManus (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 27) 18 0 England Manchester United
2DF Leah Williamson (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 23) 17 1 England Arsenal
2DF Niamh Charles (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 21) 0 0 England Chelsea
2DF Grace Fisk (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 22) 0 0 England West Ham United
2DF Esme Morgan (2000-10-18) 18 October 2000 (age 20) 0 0 England Manchester City
2DF Millie Turner (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 24) 0 0 England Manchester United

3MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 33) 149 24 England Manchester City
3MF Izzy Christiansen (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 29) 31 5 England Everton
3MF Keira Walsh (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 23) 29 0 England Manchester City
3MF Georgia Stanway (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 21) 19 2 England Manchester City
3MF Ella Toone (1999-09-02) 2 September 1999 (age 21) 0 0 England Manchester United
3MF Katie Zelem (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 24) 0 0 England Manchester United

4FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 31) 92 36 England Manchester City
4FW Nikita Parris (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 26) 50 14 France Lyon
4FW Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 27) 36 11 England Chelsea
4FW Rachel Daly (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 28) 35 3 England West Ham United
4FW Beth Mead (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 25) 25 8 England Arsenal
4FW Bethany England (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 26) 7 2 England Chelsea
4FW Chloe Kelly (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 22) 4 0 England Manchester City

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 27) 8 0 England Manchester United v.  Czech Republic, 12 November 2019
GK Sophie Baggaley (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 23) 0 0 England Bristol City v.  Germany, 9 November 2019 TRA

DF Lotte Wubben-Moy (1999-01-11) 11 January 1999 (age 21) 0 0 England Arsenal Training camp, September 2020
DF Anna Patten (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 21) 0 0 United States South Carolina Gamecocks 2020 SheBelieves Cup TRA
DF Gemma Bonner (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 29) 11 1 England Manchester City v.  Czech Republic, 12 November 2019

MF Jordan Nobbs (vice-captain) (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 27) 63 7 England Arsenal Training camp, September 2020
MF Lucy Staniforth (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 28) 16 2 England Manchester United 2020 SheBelieves Cup

FW Alessia Russo (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 21) 1 0 England Manchester United v.  Germany, 27 October 2020 INJ
FW Rinsola Babajide (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 22) 0 0 England Liverpool Training camp, September 2020
FW Toni Duggan (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 (age 29) 79 22 Spain Atlético Madrid 2020 SheBelieves Cup
FW Lauren Hemp (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 20) 5 0 England Manchester City 2020 SheBelieves Cup
FW Jodie Taylor (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 34) 51 19 France Lyon v.  Germany, 9 November 2019

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • TRA = Training player

Team captains[edit]

Player England career
Sheila Parker 1972–1976
Carol Thomas (née McCune) 1976–1985
Debbie Bampton 1985–1991
Gillian Coultard 1991–1995
Debbie Bampton 1995–1997
Gillian Coultard 1997–2000
Mo Marley 2000–2001
Tara Proctor 2001
Karen Walker 2002
Faye White 2002–2012
Casey Stoney 2012–2014
Steph Houghton 2014–present

Player records[edit]

Carol Thomas was the first player to reach 50 caps in 1985, before retiring from representative football later that year, having amassed 56 caps. Fara Williams holds the record for England appearances, having played 172 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden.[56] Yankey had passed Gillian Coultard's 119 record England women caps in September 2012, in a European qualifying match against Croatia, and Peter Shilton's 125 record England international caps in June 2013, in a friendly against Japan.[57]

Kelly Smith has scored the most goals for England, with 46 over a 20-year international career. She surpassed Karen Walker's record of 40 goals in September 2010, in a World Cup qualifying play-off against Switzerland.[58]

Most capped players[edit]

Fara Williams is England's most capped player and third highest goalscorer with 40 goals in 172 appearances since 2001.
# Name England career Caps Goals Ref
1 Fara Williams 2001– 172 40 [59]
2 Jill Scott 2006– 149 24 [60]
3 Karen Carney 2005–2019 144 32 [61]
4 Alex Scott 2004–2017 140 12 [62]
5 Casey Stoney 2000–2018 130 6 [63]

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Name England career Caps Goals Average Ref
1 Kelly Smith 1995–2015 117 46 0.39 [64]
2 Kerry Davis 1982–1998 82 44 0.54 [65]
3 Karen Walker 1988–2003 83 40 0.48 [66]
Fara Williams 2001– 172 40 0.23 [59]
5 Ellen White 2010– 92 36 0.39 [67]

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Recent schedule and results[edit]

This list includes match results from the past 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

All times are listed in GMT except where noted.

2019[edit]

9 November 2019 FriendlyEngland 1–2 GermanyLondon, England
17:30
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 77,768
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
12 November 2019 FriendlyCzech Republic 2–3 EnglandČeské Budějovice, Czech Republic
20:45 CEST
Stadium: Stadion Střelecký ostrov
Referee: Ewa Augustyn (Poland)

2020[edit]

5 March 2020 2020 SheBelieves CupUnited States 2–0 EnglandOrlando, Florida
19:00 ET
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 16,531
Referee: Odette Hamilton (Jamaica)
8 March 2020 2020 SheBelieves CupJapan 0–1 EnglandHarrison, New Jersey
17:00 ET
Report
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 14,758
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
11 March 2020 2020 SheBelieves CupEngland 0–1 SpainFrisco, Texas
16:15 CT
Report
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 10,507
Referee: Danielle Chesky (United States)
1 December 2020 FriendlyEngland v NorwaySheffield, England
19:15 Stadium: Bramall Lane

Competitive record[edit]

England women's team in February 2015

FIFA World Cup[edit]

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) and failed to qualify for three competitions (1991, 1999, 2003). The England team reached the quarter-finals on three occasions, losing out to Germany in 1995, the United States in 2007 and France on penalties in 2011. In 2015, however, England earned the bronze medal for the first time, under Mark Sampson, by beating Germany in the third place play-off.

World Cup finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
United States 1999 Did not qualify
United States 2003
China 2007 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 8 6 +2
Germany 2011 Quarter-finals 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3
Canada 2015 Third place 7 5 0 2 10 7 +3
France 2019 Fourth place 7 5 0 2 13 5 +8
Australia New Zealand 2023 To be determined
Total 5/9 26 15 4 7 43 30 +13
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.

Olympic Games[edit]

England does not participate in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, as the country does not have its own National Olympic Committee (NOC). Since England falls under the jurisdiction of the British Olympic Association, remit for an Olympic football team requires support from all four Home Nation associations. The Scottish Football Association (SFA), the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) have all previously objected to the premise over fears that the team would erode the independence of their individual football associations. However, members of its team have played for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team at London 2012 having been granted automatic qualification as the host nation.[68] The Home Nations once again agreed to a GB Women's team in time for Tokyo 2020 with England's result at the 2019 World Cup counting as the team's attempt to qualify. They qualified as one of the last three remaining European nations.[69]

UEFA European Championship[edit]

England first entered the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984, reaching the final that year and in 2009. The team have reached the semi-finals on three other occasions (1989, 1995, 2017), but failed to make it out of the group stage in three other editions (2001, 2005, 2013). England did not qualify in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997.

Year Result GP W D* L GF GA
1984 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 4 2
Norway 1987 Fourth place 2 0 0 2 3 5
West Germany 1989 Did not qualify
Denmark 1991
Italy 1993
EnglandGermanyNorwaySweden 1995 Semi-finals 2 0 0 2 2 6
NorwaySweden 1997 Did not qualify
Germany 2001 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 8
England 2005 Group stage 3 1 0 2 4 5
Finland 2009 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 12 14
Sweden 2013 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
Netherlands 2017 Semi-finals 5 4 0 1 11 4
England 2021 Qualified as hosts
Total 9/13 28 11 3 14 40 51
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.
**Red border colour denotes tournament was held on home soil.

Minor tournaments[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GF GA
England 1976 Pony Home Championship Winners, group stage 1st 2 2 0 0 9 1
Italy 1969 Unofficial European Championship Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 4
Italy 1979 Unofficial European Championship Semi-finals 4th 4 2 1 1 6 4
Japan 1981 Mundialito Group stage 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 1
Italy 1984 Mundialito Semi-finals 3rd 4 0 2 2 3 6
Italy 1985 Mundialito Winners 1st 2 3 1 1 13 5
Italy 1988 Mundialito Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
United States 1990 North America Cup Group stage 3rd 4 1 1 2 3 7
Portugal 2002 Algarve Cup Group stage 9th 4 1 0 3 8 12
Portugal 2005 Algarve Cup Group stage 8th 4 3 1 0 13 0
China 2007 Four Nations Tournament Group stage 4th 3 0 2 1 3 0
Cyprus 2009 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 14 3
Cyprus 2010 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5
South Korea 2010 Peace Queen Cup Group stage 2nd 2 0 2 0 0 0
Cyprus 2011 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 4 4
Cyprus 2012 Cyprus Cup Group stage 4th 4 2 0 2 5 7
Cyprus 2013 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 12 7
Cyprus 2014 Cyprus Cup Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 2
Cyprus 2015 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
China 2015 Yongchuan International Tournament Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 2 2
United States 2016 SheBelieves Cup Group stage 3rd 3 0 1 2 1 3
United States 2017 SheBelieves Cup Group stage 3rd 3 1 0 2 2 3
United States 2018 SheBelieves Cup Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 4
United States 2019 SheBelieves Cup Winners 1st 3 2 1 0 7 3
United States 2020 SheBelieves Cup Group stage 3rd 3 1 0 2 1 3
Total 7 titles 80 40 18 25 145 86

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