Netherlands women's national football team

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Netherlands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Oranje (Orange)
Leeuwinnen (Lionesses)[1]
Association Royal Dutch Football Association
(Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Sarina Wiegman
Captain Mandy van den Berg
Most caps Annemieke Kiesel (156)[2]
Top scorer Manon Melis (59)[3]
FIFA code NED
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 12 Steady (24 March 2017)[4]
Highest 11[4] (December 2014)
Lowest 20[4] (June 2008)
First international
 France 4–0 Netherlands 
(Hazebrouck, France; 17 April 1971)
Biggest win

 Netherlands 12–0 Israel 
(Zaandam, Netherlands; 22 August 1977)

 Netherlands 13–1 Macedonia 
(Zwolle, Netherlands; 28 October 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 7–0 Netherlands 
(Borås, Sweden; 26 September 1981)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2015)
Best result Round of 16 (2015)
European Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2009)
Best result 3rd (2009)
Netherlands women's national football team in May 2014

The Netherlands women's national football team (Dutch: Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal) represents the Netherlands in international women's association football and is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA.

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France.[5] They have played at the final tournament of the 2009 and 2013 UEFA Women's Championship and reached third place in 2009. They have also played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and reached thirteenth place.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses).[1] Sarina Wiegman is the team's coach, after being appointed in January 2017 as successor of Arjan van der Laan.[6] As of March 2017, the team is ranked number 12 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

History[edit]

On 17 April 1971, the Dutch team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France.[7] 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 team qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 and reached third place together with Norway, after England (second place) and Germany (first place). This is the team's best result at an international tournament to date.[8] The team again qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, but did not advance after the group stage.

The team qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and reached thirteenth place, after having lost their first match in the knockout stage to Japan. As host country, the Dutch team has automatically qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017. Despite of this, the women's team has not been noticed, since the men's was getting famous for 2014 FIFA World Cup's success, but the men's team's disastrous campaign of UEFA Euro 2016, by being eliminated from the qualification, has forced the Netherlands to take more notice on the women's team.[citation needed]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

On 27 November 2014, the Netherlands women's national football team qualified to the final tournament of the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time.[9]

Netherlands's FIFA World Cup record
Host nation
and year
Result Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015 Round of 16 13th of 24 4 1 1 2 3 4
Total 1/7 - 4 1 1 2 3 4
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship[edit]

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, which is their best tournament result.[10] In 2013, they qualified again, but did not advance after the group stage.[11]

Netherlands's UEFA European Championship record
Host nation(s)
and year
Result Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
1984** Did not qualify
Norway 1987
Germany 1989
Denmark 1991
Italy 1993
England Germany Norway Sweden 1995
Norway 1997
Germany 2001
England 2005
Finland 2009 Semi-finals 3rd of 12 5 2 1 2 6 5
Sweden 2013 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 2
Netherlands 2017 Qualified
Total 3/12 8 2 2 4 6 7
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
** Missing flag indicates no host country.

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2017 Algarve Cup.

Head coach: Sarina Wiegman

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Angela Christ (1989-03-06)6 March 1989 (aged 27) 15 0 Netherlands PSV/FC Eindhoven
1GK Loes Geurts (1986-01-12)12 January 1986 (aged 31) 113 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
1GK Sari van Veenendaal (1990-04-03)3 April 1990 (aged 26) 27 0 England Arsenal

2DF Mandy van den Berg (c) (1990-08-26)26 August 1990 (aged 26) 79 4 England Reading FC
2DF Sheila van den Bulk (1989-04-06)6 April 1989 (aged 27) 1 0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
2DF Kika van Es (1991-10-11)11 October 1991 (aged 25) 28 0 Netherlands Achilles '29
2DF Stefanie van der Gragt (1992-08-16)16 August 1992 (aged 24) 35 3 Germany FC Bayern Munich
2DF Desiree van Lunteren (1992-12-30)30 December 1992 (aged 24) 39 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Liza van der Most (1993-10-08)8 October 1993 (aged 23) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Siri Worm (1992-04-20)20 April 1992 (aged 24) 31 0 Netherlands FC Twente

3MF Anouk Dekker (1986-11-15)15 November 1986 (aged 30) 52 5 France Montpellier
3MF Daniëlle van de Donk (1991-08-05)5 August 1991 (aged 25) 57 9 England Arsenal
3MF Sisca Folkertsma (1997-05-21)21 May 1997 (aged 19) 3 0 Netherlands PSV/FC Eindhoven
3MF Jackie Groenen (1994-12-17)17 December 1994 (aged 22) 11 1 Germany Frankfurt
3MF Tessel Middag (1992-12-23)23 December 1992 (aged 24) 39 4 England Manchester City
3MF Jill Roord (1997-04-22)22 April 1997 (aged 19) 11 3 Netherlands FC Twente
3MF Sherida Spitse (1990-05-29)29 May 1990 (aged 26) 126 19 Netherlands FC Twente
3MF Kelly Zeeman (1993-11-19)19 November 1993 (aged 23) 12 0 Netherlands Ajax

4FW Lineth Beerensteyn (1996-10-11)11 October 1996 (aged 20) 9 3 Netherlands FC Twente
4FW Renate Jansen (1990-12-07)7 December 1990 (aged 26) 8 2 Netherlands FC Twente
4FW Lieke Martens (1992-12-16)16 December 1992 (aged 24) 66 25 Sweden FC Rosengard
4FW Vivianne Miedema (1996-07-15)15 July 1996 (aged 20) 42 35 Germany Bayern Munich
4FW Shanice van de Sanden (1992-10-02)2 October 1992 (aged 24) 33 9 England Liverpool

Coaches[edit]

Overall official record[edit]

  • All results list the Netherlands goal tally first.
  • Goal scorers are sorted alphabetically.
Abbreviation Key table
EC European Championship (Women's Euro)
WC World Cup
OG Olympic Games
QS Qualification tournament
Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
1984 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.4 2–3, 5–0 Belgium Belgium 2 / 4 Camper, Fortuin, de Haan, de Jong-Desaunois, Timisela, Timmer, de Visser
2–1, 0–2 Denmark Denmark de Bakker, Camper
2–2, 1–1 Germany West Germany Camper, de Visser (2)
1987 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.3 1–0, 5–3 France France 2 / 4 Allott (4), de Bakker, Camper
0–2, 2–0 Sweden Sweden de Bakker, Vestjens
3–1, 3–0 Belgium Belgium Allott (2), de Bakker, Boogerd, Timisela (2)
1989 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.2 0–0, 1–0 Sweden Sweden 1 / 4 de Bakker
4–0, w/o Scotland Scotland de Bakker (2), Wiegman, Timisela
1–0, 2–0 Republic of Ireland Ireland de Bakker, Timisela, de Winter
Quarter-finals 1–2, 0–3 Norway Norway de Bakker
1991 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.1 2–0, 0–0 Republic of Ireland Ireland 1 / 3 Vestjens (2)
6–0, 9–0 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Baal, de Bakker (6), Geeris, Limbeek (2), Pauw, Timisela (2), Vestjens, van Waarden
Quarter-finals 0–0, 0–1 (a.e.t.) Denmark Denmark
1993 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.5 3–0, 2–0 Greece Greece 1 / 3 Geeris (3), Limbeek, Timisela
1–1, 0–0 Romania Romania van der Ploeg
Quarter-finals 0–3, 0–3 Norway Norway
1995 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.8 1–2, 0–1 Iceland Iceland 2 / 3 Leemans
2–0, 4–0 Greece Greece van Dam (2), Keereweer, Limbeek, Noom, Roos
1997 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.2
(Class A)
0–2, 0–2 Iceland Iceland 4 / 4
1–1, 1–0 Russia Russia Korbmacher, van Waarden
1–1, 1–2 France France Korbmacher, Migchelsen
Relegation Play-off 2–1, 1–0 Czech Republic Czech Republic Wiegman, Kiesel-Griffioen, Timisela
1999 WC QS Group Stage: Gr.3
(Class A)
1–6, 0–0 Norway Norway 3 / 4 Roos
0–1, 2–1 England England Noom (2)
1–0, 1–2 Germany Germany Migchelsen, Noom
2001 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.1
(Class A)
1–1, 1–2 France France 4 / 4 van Eyk, Smith
1–1, 1–2 Spain Spain Kiesel-Griffioen, Smith
1–1, 0–3 Sweden Sweden Smith
Relegation Play-Off 3–0, 2–0 Hungary Hungary Kiesel-Griffioen, Muller, Noom, Torny (2)
2003 WC QS Group Stage: Gr.4
(Class A)
0–0, 1–4 England England 3 / 4 Kiesel-Griffioen
0–3, 0–6 Germany Germany
1–2, 4–1 Portugal Portugal Burger, Muller, Noom, Ran, Smith
2005 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.2
(Class A)
0–1 0–0 Spain Spain 4 / 5
0–2, 0–2 Norway Norway
0–3, 1–5 Denmark Denmark Ran
3–0, 3–0 Belgium Belgium de Boer, Koster, Melis, Muller, Torny, van Veen
2007 WC QS Group Stage: Gr.5
(Class A)
1–0, 0–2 France France 3 / 5 de Boer
1–0, 4–0 Austria Austria Delies, Demarteau, Louwaars, Smit (2)
0–1, 0–4 England England
5–0, 4–0 Hungary Hungary Delies, Hoogendijk, Louwaars (2), Smit, Smith, Stevens (3)
2009 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.4 1–5, 0–1 Germany Germany 2 / 5 Torny
2–2, 1–1 Switzerland Switzerland van Eijk, Melis (2)
2–1, 1–0 Wales Wales Melis (2), Smit
2–2, 3–0 Belgium Belgium Hoogendijk, Melis (3), Stevens
Play-Off 2–0, 2–0 Spain Spain Stevens (3), van de Ven
Finland 2009 EC Group Stage: Gr.A
2–0
Ukraine Ukraine 2 / 4 Stevens, van de Ven
1–2
Finland Finland van de Ven
2–1
Denmark Denmark Melis, Smit
Quarter-finals 0–0 (a.e.t.) (5–4 p) France France
Semifinals 1–2 (a.e.t.) England England Pieëte
2011 WC QS Group Stage: Gr.1 0–3, 2–2 Norway Norway 2 / 5 Dekker, Melis
13–1, 7–0 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Hoogendijk, Kiesel-Griffioen (4), Koster, Melis (2), Meulen, Pieëte, de Ridder, Slegers, Smit (7), Spitse
1–1, 4–0 Belarus Belarus Melis (2), de Ridder, Slegers, van de Ven
2–0, 1–0 Slovakia Slovakia Kiesel-Griffioen, Koster, Smit
2013 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.6 6–0, 4–0 Serbia Serbia 2 / 5 van den Berg, van de Donk, Hoogendijk, Martens, Melis (6)
3–0, 2–0 Croatia Croatia Melis, de Ridder, Smit, Spitse, van de Ven
0–0, 0–1 England England
2–0, 3–1 Slovenia Slovenia Heuver, Melis, de Ridder, van de Ven (2)
Sweden 2013 EC Group Stage: Gr.B
0–0
Germany Germany 4 / 4
0–1
Norway Norway
0–1
Iceland Iceland
2015 WC QS Group Stage: Gr.5 4–0, 10–1 Albania Albania 2 / 6 Bakker, van den Heiligenberg, Martens (2), Melis (3), Slegers (6), + 1 o.g.
7–0, 3–2 Portugal Portugal van den Berg, Dekker, Miedema (6), Slegers (2)
1–2, 2–0 Norway Norway Dekker, van de Donk, Miedema
7–0, 6–0 Greece Greece Bakker, van den Berg (2), Martens (2), Melis (2), Miedema (4), Middag, Spitse
1–1, 2–0 Belgium Belgium Miedema (2), Slegers
Play-Off 2–1, 2–0 Scotland Scotland Martens (2), Melis (2)
Play-Off Final 1–1, 2–1 Italy Italy Miedema (3)
Canada 2015 WC Group Stage: Gr.A
1–0
New Zealand New Zealand 3 / 4 Martens
0–1
China China
1–1
Canada Canada van de Ven
Round of 16
1–2
Japan Japan van de Ven
2016 OG QS Single Round-robin
4–3
  Switzerland 2 / 4 van den Berg, Melis, Miedema, van de Sanden
1–4
 Norway Melis
1–1
 Sweden Miedema

References[edit]

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