Netherlands women's national football team
|Association||Royal Dutch Football Association|
(Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond)
|Head coach||Mark Parsons|
|Captain||Sari van Veenendaal|
|Most caps||Sherida Spitse (188)|
|Top scorer||Vivianne Miedema (83)|
|Current||4 (20 August 2021)|
|Highest||3 (July 2019)|
|Lowest||20 (June 2008)|
| France 4–0 Netherlands |
(Hazebrouck, France; 17 April 1971)
| Netherlands 12–0 Israel |
(Zaandam, Netherlands; 22 August 1977)
Netherlands 13–1 Macedonia
(Zwolle, Netherlands; 29 October 2009)
| Sweden 7–0 Netherlands |
(Borås, Sweden; 26 September 1981)
|Appearances||2 (first in 2015)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2019)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2009)|
|Best result||Winners (2017)|
In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017 as hosts. They played at the final tournament of the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2015, and finished in thirteenth place. The Netherlands reached the final of the 2019 edition of the World Cup, losing 2–0 against the United States.
The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Mark Parsons has been head coach since the conclusion of the 2020 Summer Olympics. As of June 2021, the team is ranked number 4 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.
On 17 April 1971, the Dutch team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. The match took place in Hazebrouck, France and resulted in a 4–0 defeat for the Netherlands.
In 1980s and 1990s, the team failed to qualify for the final tournaments of UEFA's European Championship and later also for the FIFA's World Championship. The Royal Dutch Football Association began major investments into women's football in the 2000s, culminating in the establishment of the Women's Eredivisie in 2007 (which was merged with the Belgian league in 2012). The team qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 and reached third place together with Norway, behind England (second place) and Germany (first place). The team again qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, but did not advance after the group stage.
In 2017, the Netherlands won their first major women's trophy, ending Germany's seemingly unbeatable reign over the UEFA Women's Championship and surprising friend and foe alike by winning the tournament on home soil, beating Denmark 4–2 in the final. The successful campaign in which Oranje managed to win all of their matches highly contributed to the popularity of women's football in the Netherlands.
In 2018, the Netherlands finished second in their UEFA Qualifying Group behind Norway. Therefore, they had to go through the UEFA play-off in order to qualify for the 2019 World Cup featuring the Switzerland, Belgium and Denmark are the other teams in the play-off. The Netherlands beat Denmark 4–1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals before beating Switzerland 4–1 on aggregate in the play-off final to qualify. In the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the Netherlands had another strong performance, reaching the finals before losing 2-0 to the United States.
The Netherlands women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Oranje (Orange)" or "Leeuwinnen (Lionesses)".
FIFA world rankings
Overall official record
- All results list the Netherlands goal tally first.
- Goal scorers are sorted alphabetically.
- Colors gold, silver, and bronze indicate first-, second-, and third-place finishes.
|Abbreviation Key table|
|EC||European Championship (Women's Euro)|
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of matches in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Lose Void or Postponed Fixture
|18 September UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying||Russia||0–1||Netherlands||Moscow, Russia|
||Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden)|
|23 October UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying||Netherlands||7–0||Estonia||Groningen, Netherlands|
|19:30 UTC||Report (UEFA)||Stadium: Euroborg|
Referee: Tess Olofssen (Sweden)
|27 October UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying||Kosovo||0–6||Netherlands||Pristina, Kosovo|
|19:00 CET||Report (UEFA)||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
Referee: Marta Frias Acedo (Spain)
|27 November Friendly||Netherlands||0–2||United States||Breda, Netherlands|
|18:35||Report (USsoccer)||Stadium: Rat Verlegh Stadion|
Referee: Julia Demetrescu (Romania)
|1 December UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying||Netherlands||6–0||Kosovo||Breda, Netherlands|
|18.30||Report (UEFA)||Stadium: Rat Verlegh Stadion|
|18 February Friendly||Belgium||1–6||Netherlands||Brussels, Belgium|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Roi Baudouin|
Referee: Karoline Wacker (Germany)
|24 February Friendly||Netherlands||2–1||Germany||Venlo, Netherlands|
||Stadium: Covebo Stadion- De Koel|
Referee: Viki De Cremer (Belgium)
|9 April Friendly||Spain||1–0||Netherlands||Marbella, Spain|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Municipal Antonio Lorenzo Cuevas|
Referee: Sandra Braz (Portugal)
|13 April Friendly||Netherlands||5–0||Australia||Nijmegen, Netherlands|
|18:30||Report||Stadium: Stadion de Goffert|
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
|10 June Friendly||Italy||1–0||Netherlands||Ferrera, Italia|
|18:30||Report||Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza|
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (Poland)
|15 June Friendly||Netherlands||7–0||Norway||Enschede, Netherlands|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: De Grolsch Veste|
|3 July Friendly||Netherlands||Canceled||South Africa||Zwolle, Netherlands|
|15:00 UTC+2||Stadium: MAC³PARK Stadion|
|21 July Olympics GS||Zambia||3–10||Netherlands||Rifu, Japan|
||Report||Stadium: Miyagi Stadium|
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)
|24 July Olympics GS||Netherlands||3–3||Brazil||Rifu, Japan|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Miyagi Stadium|
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (Australia)
|27 July Olympics GS||Netherlands||8–2||China PR||Yokohama Japan|
|20:30||Report||Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama|
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)
|30 July Olympics QF||Netherlands||2–2 (a.e.t.)|
||Report||Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama|
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (Australia)
|17 September 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C||Netherlands||1–1||Czech Republic||Groningen, Netherlands|
Referee: Ivana Martincic, Croatia
|21 September 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C||Iceland||0–2||Netherlands||Reykjavík, Iceland|
Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)
|8 April 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C||Netherlands||v||Cyprus|
|[ Report (Soccerway)]|
|12 April 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C||Netherlands||v||Belarus|
|[ Report (Soccerway)]|
|6 September 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C||Netherlands||v||Iceland|
|[ Report (Soccerway)]|
- As of 26 September 2021.
|Head coach||Mark Parsons|
|Assistant coach||Arvid Smit|
|Assistant coach||Jessica Torny|
|Goalkeeper coach||Erskine Schoenmakers|
|1977–1978||Ruud de Groot|||
|1979–1987||Bert van Lingen|||
|1987||Nick Labohm||coached in one match (3–1 defeat to West Germany on 1 April 1987)|||
|1987||Dick Advocaat||coached in one match (0–0 against Norway on 23 May 1987)|||
|1989–1992||Bert van Lingen||second spell as coach (first spell from 1979 to 1987)|||
|2001||Andries Jonker||interim coach|||
|2001–2004||Frans de Kat|||
|2004||Remy Reynierse||interim coach|||
|2010||Ed Engelkes||interim coach|||
|2015||Sarina Wiegman||interim coach|||
|2015–2016||Arjan van der Laan|||
|2016–2017||Sarina Wiegman||second spell as interim coach (first spell in 2015)|||
|5||Bert van Lingen||1979–1986, 1989 1991||46|
|6||Frans de Kat||2001–2004||27|
|8||Arjan van der Laan||2015–2016||16|
|10||Ruud de Groot||1977–1978||8|
- As of 31 July 2021
Caps and goals may be incorrect.
The following players have been called up in the past 12 months.
This list may be incomplete.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Lize Kop||17 March 1998||6||0||Ajax||v. Czech Republic, 17 September 2021 PRE|
|GK||Loes Geurts||12 January 1986||125||0||BK Häcken||2020 Summer Olympics|
|DF||Lynn Wilms||10 March 2000||12||1||VfL Wolfsburg||2020 Summer Olympics|
|FW||Renate Jansen||7 December 1990||48||4||FC Twente||v. Czech Republic, 17 September 2021 PRE|
|FW||Joëlle Smits||7 February 2000||4||0||PSV||2020 Summer Olympics|
Current players are highlighted in orange.
Players with 100 or more caps
|9||Danielle van de Donk||2010–present||120||29|
- As of 24 September 2021
|6||Marjoke de Bakker||1979–1991||29||60||0,48|
|7||Danielle van de Donk||2010–present||29||120||0,24|
|8||Shanice van de Sanden||2008–present||21||91||0,23|
|10||Kirsten van de Ven||2005–2016||18||86||0,21|
- As of 24 September 2021
FIFA Women's World Cup
On 27 November 2014, the Netherlands national football team qualified to the final tournament of the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time. In 2019, they reached the Final and lost to the United States team.
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|1991||Did not qualify|
|2015||Round of 16||13th||4||1||1||2||3||4|
|2023||To be determined|
- Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Since the inception of women's Olympic football, UEFA has designated the World Cup as it's qualifying tournament for the succeeding Olympic tournament. Because the Netherlands failed to qualify to the World Cup until 2015, the Dutch women automatically failed to qualify for the Olympics up to 2012. In 2015 the Dutch made it to their first World Cup. Their round of 16 exit was good enough for a post World Cup mini tournament to decide UEFA's last spot at the Olympics. Sweden won that tournament and the Dutch were eliminated. In 2019 the Dutch reached the World Cup final and qualified for the Olympics for the first time.
|Summer Olympics record|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2024||To be determined|
UEFA European Women's Championship
The Netherlands failed to qualify for the final tournament of the UEFA Women's Championship from 1984 to 2005. In 2009, the Dutch women's team qualified and reached third place. In 2013, they qualified again, but did not advance after the group stage. The Dutch women booked a major victory on the 2017 tournament: following a 4–2 victory over Denmark they became the new European champion. Furthermore, Lieke Martens was heralded as the best player of the tournament.
|UEFA European Women's Championship record|
|1984**||Did not qualify|
|2025||To be determined|
- * Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- ** Missing flag indicates no host country.
- Sport in the Netherlands
- Netherlands women's national under-19 football team
- Netherlands women's national under-17 football team
- Netherlands men's national football team
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