In 1985, almost no country in the world had a women's national football team and Mauritius was no exception with a women's football programme only being established in the country in 1997. As of January 2013, the team has not played in, nor have they scheduled, any FIFA sanctioned matches. The only match they have played to date was against Réunion on 3 June 2012 in Saint-Denis. This match ended in a 3-0 defeat. A return match was planned for July 2012 in Mauritius, but this was put back to November 2012. The match was played in Bambous on 25 November 2012, with Réunion winning again, this time by 2 goals to 1.
Women's football in Africa as a whole faces several challenges, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women in the wider society, and fundamental gender inequality present in the society that occasionally allows for female specific human rights abuses. Another problem with the development for the national team, one faced throughout the continent, is if quality female football players are found, many leave the country seeking greater opportunity in Northern Europe or the United States.
Women's football was formally established in Mauritius in 1997. As of 2009, there was no national or regional women's competition but a school competition existed. There are 17 clubs for women over the age of 16 and four youth clubs in the country. The country has three national women's football teams: senior, under-15, and under-19. In the period between 2002 and 2006, none of them played even one international match. 10% of the money from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) is targeted at the technical development of the game, which includes women's football, sport medicine and futsal. This compares to 15% for men's competitions and 4% for youth football development. Between 1991 and 2010 in Mauritius, there was no FIFA FUTURO III regional course for women's coaching, no women's football seminar held in the country and no FIFA MA course held for women/youth football.
^Saavedra, Martha; Center for African Studies, University of California, Berkeley (December 2007). "Women’s Football in Africa"(PDF). Third Transnational Meeting on Sport and Gender, Urbino. Retrieved 17 April 2012.