Finland women's national football team

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Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Helmarit (the Pearl Owls)
Association Football Association
of Finland

(Suomen Palloliitto)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Andrée Jeglertz
Captain Tinja-Riikka Korpela
Most caps Laura Österberg Kalmari (130)
Top scorer Laura Österberg Kalmari (41)
FIFA code FIN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 27 Decrease 3 (25 March 2016)
Highest 14 (September 2005)
Lowest 27 (March 2016)
First international
 Finland 0–0 Sweden 
(Mariehamn, 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
 Finland 7–0 Armenia 
(Helsinki, 21 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 9–0 Finland 
(Vejen, 26 July 1975)
UEFA Women's Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1984)
Best result Semifinals (2005)

The Finland women's national football team represents Finland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 European Championship, surprising the female football world having drawn with Sweden and beaten Denmark. Finland hosted the 2009 EC finals.

The Finnish team now has a few players that are considered to be among the best in the female football, such as Laura Österberg Kalmari, Sanna Valkonen and Anne Mäkinen.

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Year Result
China 1991 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
Total 0/7

European Championship[edit]

Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
1984 Did Not Qualify
Norway 1987
West Germany 1989
Denmark 1991
Italy 1993
Germany 1995
Norway Sweden 1997
Germany 2001
England 2005 Semifinals 4 1 1 2 5 8 −3
Finland 2009 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 5 5 ±0
Sweden 2013 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 6 −5
Total 3/11 11 3 3 5 11 19 -8

Minor tournaments[edit]

Nordic Football Championship
Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
Finland 1974 Third place 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
Denmark 1975 Third place 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13
Sweden 1976 Third place 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4
Finland 1977 Third place 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
Denmark 1978 Third place 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3
Norway 1979 Third place 3 1 1 1 2 5 −3
Sweden 1980 Fourth place 3 0 2 1 1 8 −7
Finland 1981 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
Denmark 1982 Fourth place 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5
Total 9/9 23 3 6 14 9 56 -47
Cyprus Cup
Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
2012 7th place 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1
2013 7th place 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1
2014 12th place 4 0 1 3 1 8 −7
2015 9th place 4 1 1 2 3 7 −4
2016 8th place 4 0 1 3 3 8 −5
Total 20 3 5 12 18 36 −18

Managers[edit]

  • Correct as of 1 August 2015
Tenure Coach Record
G W D L Win %
1973–77 Finland Juhani Nirkkonen 12 1 1 10 08.33
1978 Finland Simo Syrjävaara 3 1 1 1 33.33
1979–89 Finland Kaj Österberg 44 13 12 19 29.55
1989–92 Finland Jyrki Nieminen 24 3 4 17 12.50
1993–96 Finland Nils Suomalainen 24 4 5 15 16.67
1996–00 Finland Reima Kokko 46 11 3 32 23.91
2001–09 Finland Michael Käld 107 35 22 50 32.71
2010– Sweden Andrée Jeglertz 64 23 10 31 35.94

Players[edit]

The following squad was announced for UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualification against Ireland and Portugal on 3 and 7 June 2016.

Caps and goals as of 4 June 2016.

Head coach: Andrée Jeglertz

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Tinja-Riikka Korpela (vc) (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 30) 69 0 Germany FC Bayern München
12 1GK Siiri Välimaa (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Norway Kolbotn IL

3 2DF Tuija Hyyrynen (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 28) 82 1 Sweden Umeå IK
5 2DF Katarina Naumanen (1995-07-24) 24 July 1995 (age 21) 9 0 Finland Pallokissat
6 2DF Tia Painilainen (1996-10-25) 25 October 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Finland PK-35 Vantaa
2 2DF Maija Saari (c) (1986-03-26) 26 March 1986 (age 30) 92 11 Norway Stabæk Fotball
16 2DF Anna Westerlund (1989-04-09) 9 April 1989 (age 27) 89 1 Norway Lillestrøm SK

8 3MF Olga Ahtinen (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Finland Turun Palloseura
10 3MF Emmi Alanen (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 25) 60 13 Sweden Vittsjö GIK
11 3MF Nora Heroum (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 22) 46 1 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring
15 3MF Natalia Kuikka (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 20) 21 2 United States Florida State Seminoles
7 3MF Annika Kukkonen (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 26) 72 2 Sweden Djurgårdens IF FF
4 3MF Ria Öling (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 21) 10 1 Finland Turun Palloseura
20 3MF Linda Ruutu (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 26) 14 1 Finland HJK Helsinki
17 3MF Sanna Saarinen (1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 24) 17 3 Finland PK-35 Vantaa

13 4FW Jenny Danielsson (1994-08-30) 30 August 1994 (age 21) 8 3 Sweden Kristianstads DFF
19 4FW Adelina Engman (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 21) 40 6 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
9 4FW Juliette Kemppi (1994-05-14) 14 May 1994 (age 22) 22 3 Norway Kolbotn IL
18 4FW Linda Sällström (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 28) 68 29 Sweden Vittsjö GIK
22 4FW Sanni Franssi (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Finland PK-35 Vantaa

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Minna Meriluoto (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 30) 57 0 Finland HJK Helsinki 2016 Cyprus Cup
MF Kaisa Björn (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Finland FC Ilves v.  Montenegro; Apr 12, 2016 PRE
DF Tia Hälinen (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Finland FC Honka v.  Norway; May 29, 2015
DF Emma Koivisto (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 21) 20 1 United States Florida State Seminoles v.  Republic of Ireland; March 9, 2016
DF Janni Laakso (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Finland FC Honka v.  Montenegro; Apr 12, 2016 PRE
DF Katri Mattsson (1982-11-22) 22 November 1982 (age 33) 100 3 Finland FC Ilves v.  Spain; October 27, 2015
MF Riikka Ketoja (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 21) 5 0 Sweden Sunnanå SK v.  Australia; March 9, 2015
MF Julia Tunturi (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 20) 6 0 Finland Åland United v.  Republic of Ireland; March 9, 2016
MF Ella Vanhanen (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Finland Åland United v.  Montenegro; Apr 12, 2016 PRE

Coaching staff[edit]

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