Malta women's national football team

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Malta
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Malta Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mark Gatt
Captain Dorianne Theuma
Most caps Dorianne Theuma (64)
Top scorer Dorianne Theuma (21)
Home stadium Centenary Stadium
FIFA code MLT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Increase 8 (24 March 2017)
Highest 74 (August 2003)
Lowest 113 (December 2006)
First international
 Romania 3–0 Malta 
(Bucharest, August 10, 2003)
Biggest win
 Malta 6–0 Luxembourg 
(Ta'Qali, April 6, 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 0–13 Spain 
(Ta'Qali, September 9, 2009)

The Malta women's national football team represents the Malta Football Association in international women's football matches sanctioned by UEFA.[1] As of March 2017 Malta ranks 88th in FIFA's Women's World Ranking.[2]

The team first appeared in official competitions in the 2005 European Championship's qualifying, debuting on August 10, 2003 in Bucharest with a 3–0 loss to Romania. Malta lost all eight games, with a 1–35 goal average. The team's first goal was scored by Sarah Caruana on November 20, 2003 against Croatia.[3]

After 13 losses Malta achieved its first tie on June 7, 2006 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last match of the 2007 World Cup's qualifying. The team played for the first time against elite national teams in the 2011 World Cup's qualifying, losing all games including a record 0–13 defeat to Spain. On March 3, 2011 Malta won an official match for the first time in the 2013 European Championship qualifying's preliminary round, beating Georgia 1–0 with a goal by D'Agostino in injury time.

On April 6, 2013 Malta attained its first crushing win by beating Luxembourg 6–0 in the 2015 World Cup qualifying's preliminary round. The team also defeated Latvia and tied with Albania to top the group and make it past a preliminary round for the first time in its fourth attempt.[4]

The team has been coached since its foundation by Pierre Brincat. However, it has been taken over by Mark Gatt, ex-U19 coach, on 22 January 2015.

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2015 World Cup qualification's preliminary round, 4 – 9 April 2013[5]

Player Club Birth
Goalkeepers
Rachelle Borg Malta Mgarr 1998
Janice Xuereb Malta Birkirkara 1996
Defenders
Stephania Farrugia Malta Birkirkara 1991
Kelly Pace Malta Birkirkara 1991
Ann-Marie Said Malta Gozo
Charlene Zammit Malta Paola Hibernians 1991
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Midfielders
Brenda Borg Malta Mgarr United 1997
Rachel Cuschieri Malta Birkirkara 1992
Dorianne Theuma Malta Mosta 1984
Emma Xuereb Malta Gozo 1992
Ylenia Carabott Malta Paola Hibernians 1989
Jade Flask Malta kirkop
Gabriella Zahra Malta Birkirkara 1991

Overall official record[edit]

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
2005 Euro qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
0–3 0–8
0–1 0–2
0–3 1–4
0–9 0–5
Romania Romania
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia Croatia
Republic of Ireland Ireland
5 / 5 0
0
Caruana
0
2007 World Cup qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
1–4 0–1
1–4 1–3
0–1 1–1
Croatia Croatia
Slovenia Slovenia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
4 / 4 D'Agostino
Theuma, Tonna
Theuma
2009 Euro qualifying Preliminary round 0–0
2–4
0–8
Lithuania Lithuania
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Slovakia Slovakia
4 / 4 0
Carabott 2
0
2011 World Cup qualifying Regular stage 0–13 0–9
0–8 0–6
0–2 0–6
0–2 1–5
Spain Spain
England England
Austria Austria
Turkey Turkey
5 / 5 0
0
0
N. Pace
2013 Euro qualifying Preliminary round 1–0
0–2
1–1
Georgia (country) Georgia
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Armenia Armenia
2 / 4 D'Agostino
0
Cuschieri
2015 World Cup qualifying Preliminary round 1–1
6–0
2–0
Albania Albania
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Latvia Latvia
1 / 4 Theuma
Theuma 2, Buttigieg, Carabott, Cuschieri, Xuereb
Cuschieri, Theuma
Regular stage 0–2 0–2
0–5 0–8
0–3 0–5
0–11 0–5
0–8 0–5
Israel Israel
Denmark Denmark
Serbia Serbia
Switzerland Switzerland
Iceland Iceland
6 / 6

Most capped players[edit]

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most caps for Malta, as of 23 June 2015.[6] (bold denotes players still available for selection).

Dorianne Theuma is Malta's most capped player with 64 caps.
# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Dorianne Theuma 2003-present 64 21
2 Rebecca D'Agostino 2003–2014 57 4
3 Ylenia Carabott 2005–present 56 11
4 Natasha Pace 2003–2014 48 3
5 Rachel Cucshieri 2007–present 42 6
6 Charlene Zammit 2009–present 33 0
6 Mandy Debono 2006–present 33 0
6 Maria Azzopardi 2003-2011 33 0
9 Stefania Farrugia 2007–present 32 1
10 Kathleen Saliba 2004-2012 31 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile in UEFA's website
  2. ^ Current ranking in FIFA's website
  3. ^ Statistics of the match in FIFA's website
  4. ^ Malta proud to make history. UEFA, 18 April 2013
  5. ^ Malta women's national team hosts World Cup qualifying mini-tournament. Maltafootball.com, 2 April 2013.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference Most-capped_players was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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