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 28 Steady (24 March 2017)
Highest 14 (September 2005)
Lowest 28 (August 2016–March 2017)
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.[1]

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.

In December 2016, the team is ranked #28 in FIFA world ranking. This is the lowest status since the ranking started in 2003. From 2004 to 2010 the typical ranking was #16.[2]

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 Portugal and Spain on 16 and 20 September 2016.[3]

Caps and goals as of 21 September 2016.

Head coach: Andrée Jeglertz

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Minna Meriluoto (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 31) 58 0 Finland HJK Helsinki
23 1GK Tinja-Riikka Korpela (vc) (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 30) 71 0 Germany FC Bayern München

3 2DF Tuija Hyyrynen (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 29) 84 1 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring
5 2DF Emma Koivisto (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 22) 22 1 United States Florida State Seminoles
6 2DF Katarina Naumanen (1995-07-24) 24 July 1995 (age 21) 9 0 Finland HJK Helsinki
2 2DF Maija Saari (c) (1986-03-26) 26 March 1986 (age 31) 95 11 Norway Vålerenga Fotball
16 2DF Anna Westerlund (1989-04-09) 9 April 1989 (age 27) 92 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) 63 14 Sweden Vittsjö GIK
11 3MF Nora Heroum (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 22) 48 1 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring
15 3MF Natalia Kuikka (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 21) 24 2 United States Florida State Seminoles
7 3MF Annika Kukkonen (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 26) 75 2 Sweden Djurgårdens IF FF
4 3MF Ria Öling (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 22) 13 1 Spain Santa Teresa CD
20 3MF Linda Ruutu (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 27) 14 1 Finland HJK Helsinki
14 3MF Iina Salmi (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Sweden FC Rosengård

13 4FW Jenny Danielsson (1994-08-30) 30 August 1994 (age 22) 11 3 Spain Sporting de Huelva
19 4FW Adelina Engman (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 22) 42 6 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
22 4FW Sanni Franssi (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 22) 7 1 Switzerland FC Zürich Frauen
9 4FW Juliette Kemppi (1994-05-14) 14 May 1994 (age 22) 23 3 Norway Kolbotn IL
18 4FW Linda Sällström (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 28) 71 29 Sweden Vittsjö GIK

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Siiri Välimaa (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Norway Kolbotn IL v.  Portugal; June 7, 2016 PRE
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 34) 100 3 Finland FC Ilves v.  Spain; October 27, 2015
DF Tia Painilainen (1996-10-25) 25 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 United States Arizona Wildcats v.  Portugal; June 7, 2016 PRE
MF Kaisa Björn (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Finland FC Ilves v.  Montenegro; Apr 12, 2016 PRE
MF Riikka Ketoja (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 22) 5 0 Sweden Sunnanå SK v.  Australia; March 9, 2015
MF Sanna Saarinen (1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 25) 17 3 Finland PK-35 Vantaa v.  Montenegro; Apr 12, 2016
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 23) 0 0 Finland Åland United v.  Montenegro; Apr 12, 2016 PRE
FW Tia Hälinen (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Spain Santa Teresa CD v.  Norway; May 29, 2015

Coaching staff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Euro 2009 in Finland". Embassy of Finland. 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Finland". FIFA. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Finland". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 

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