Netherlands women's national football team

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Netherlands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Oranje (Orange)
Leeuwinnen (Lionesses)[1]
AssociationRoyal Dutch Football Association
(Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMark Parsons
CaptainSari van Veenendaal
Most capsSherida Spitse (188)
Top scorerVivianne Miedema (83)
FIFA codeNED
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 4 Steady (20 August 2021)[2]
Highest3[2] (July 2019)
Lowest20[2] (June 2008)
First international
 France 4–0 Netherlands 
(Hazebrouck, France; 17 April 1971)[3]
Biggest win
 Netherlands 12–0 Israel 
(Zaandam, Netherlands; 22 August 1977)
 Netherlands 13–1 Macedonia 
(Zwolle, Netherlands; 29 October 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 7–0 Netherlands 
(Borås, Sweden; 26 September 1981)
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2015)
Best resultRunners-up (2019)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2009)
Best resultWinners (2017)
Netherlands women's national football team in May 2014

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

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France.[4] 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).[1] 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.

History[edit]

On 17 April 1971, the Dutch team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France.[4] The match took place in Hazebrouck, France and resulted in a 4–0 defeat for the Netherlands.[5]

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.[5] 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).[6][7] 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).[8] The team again qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, but did not advance after the group stage.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.

Team image[edit]

Nicknames[edit]

The Netherlands women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Oranje (Orange)" or "Leeuwinnen (Lionesses)"[1].

FIFA world rankings[edit]

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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Overall official record[edit]

  • 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)
WC World Cup
OG Olympic Games
QS Qualification stage/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), Timisela, Wiegman
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 Kiesel-Griffioen, Timisela, Wiegman
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
Semi-finals 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 North 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), Middag, Miedema (4), Spitse
1–1, 2–0 Belgium Belgium Miedema (2), Slegers
Semifinal 2–1, 2–0 Scotland Scotland Martens (2), Melis (2)
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
Netherlands 2017 EC Group Stage: Gr.A
1–0
Norway Norway 1 / 4 Van de Sanden
1–0
Denmark Denmark Spitse
2–1
Belgium Belgium Martens, Spitse
Quarter-finals
2–0
Sweden Sweden Martens, Miedema
Semi-finals
3–0
England England Van de Donk, Miedema, + 1 o.g.
Final
4–2
Denmark Denmark Martens, Miedema (2), Spitse
2019 WC QS Group Stage: Gr.3 1–0 (h), 1–2 (a) Norway Norway 2 / 5 Miedema (2)
5–0 (a), 1–0 (h) Slovakia Slovakia Van der Gragt (2), Martens, Miedema (2), Spitse
0–0 (h), 2–0 (a) Republic of Ireland Ireland Beerensteyn, Spitse
7–0 (h), 5–0 (a) Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Beerensteyn, Van de Donk, Groenen, Martens (2), Miedema, Van de Sanden (2), Spitse (3), + 1 o.g.
Play-Off Semi-final 2–0 (h), 2–1 (a) Denmark Denmark Beerensteyn (3), Van de Sanden
Play-Off Final 3–0 (h), 1–1 (a) Switzerland Switzerland Martens, Miedema (2), Spitse
France 2019 WC Group Stage: Gr.E
1–0
New Zealand New Zealand 1 / 4 Roord
3–1
Cameroon Cameroon Bloodworth, Miedema (2)
2–1
Canada Canada Beerensteyn, Dekker,
Round of 16
2–1
Japan Japan Martens (2)
Quarter-finals
2–0
Italy Italy Van der Gragt, Miedema
Semi-finals
1–0 (a.e.t.)
Sweden Sweden Groenen
Final
0–2
United States United States
Japan 2020 OG Group Stage: Gr.F
10-3
Zambia Zambia 1 / 4 Beerensteyn, Martens (2), Miedema (4), Pelova, Roord, Van de Sanden
3–3
Brazil Brazil D. Janssen, Miedema (2),
8–2
China China Beerensteyn (2), Martens (2), Miedema (2), Pelova, Van de Sanden
Quarter-finals 2–2 (a.e.t.) (2–4 p) United States United States Miedema (2)
2022 EC QS Group Stage: Gr.A 3–0 (h), 8–0 (a) Turkey Turkey 1 / 6 Van de Donk (4), Van der Gragt, Miedema (2), Van de Sanden, Spitse (3),
4–1 (h), 4–2 (a) Slovenia Slovenia Beerensteyn, Miedema (3), Spitse (4),
7–0 (h), 7–0 (a) Estonia Estonia Bloodworth, Van de Donk (2), Groenen (2), E. Jansen, Miedema (2), Nouwen, Roord, Snoeijs, Spitse (3),
2–0 (h), 1–0 (a) Russia Russia Van de Donk, Miedema, Roord
6–0 (h), 6–0 (a) Kosovo Kosovo Van de Donk, Martens (2), Miedema, Roord (2), Snoeijs (6)
England 2022EC Group Stage: Gr.
2023 WC QS Group Stage: Gr.C 2–0 (a) Iceland Iceland Van de Donk, Groenen
Belarus Belarus
Cyprus Cyprus
1–1 (h) Czech Republic Czech Republic Miedema

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of matches in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.[15]

Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Void or Postponed   Fixture

2020[edit]

23 October UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying Netherlands  7–0  Estonia Groningen, Netherlands
19:30 UTC
Report (UEFA) Stadium: Euroborg
Attendance: 0
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
Attendance: 0
Referee: Marta Frias Acedo (Spain)
27 November Friendly Netherlands  0–2  United States Breda, Netherlands
18:35 Report (USsoccer)
Stadium: Rat Verlegh Stadion
Attendance: 0
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
Attendance: 0

2021[edit]

18 February Friendly Belgium  1–6  Netherlands Brussels, Belgium
20:00
Report
Stadium: Stade Roi Baudouin
Attendance: 0
Referee: Karoline Wacker (Germany)
24 February Friendly Netherlands  2–1  Germany Venlo, Netherlands
18:30
Report
Stadium: Covebo Stadion- De Koel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Viki De Cremer (Belgium)
9 April Friendly Spain  1–0  Netherlands Marbella, Spain
19:00
Report Stadium: Estadio Municipal Antonio Lorenzo Cuevas
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sandra Braz (Portugal)
13 April Friendly Netherlands  5–0  Australia Nijmegen, Netherlands
18:30
Report Stadium: Stadion de Goffert
Attendance: 0
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
20:00
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)
17 September 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C Netherlands  1–1  Czech Republic Groningen, Netherlands
20:45
Report
Stadium: Euroborg
Referee: Ivana Martincic, Croatia

2022[edit]

July UEFA Women's Euro 2022 v TBC , England
[ Report (Soccerway)]
July UEFA Women's Euro 2022 v TBC , England
[ Report (Soccerway)]
July UEFA Women's Euro 2022 v TBC , England
[ Report (Soccerway)]

Coaching staff[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

As of 26 September 2021.[16]
Name Position
Head coach Mark Parsons
Assistant coach Arvid Smit
Assistant coach Jessica Torny
Goalkeeper coach Erskine Schoenmakers

Head coaches[edit]

Period Coach Notes Reference(s)
1972–1973 Siem Plooyer [17]
1973–1974 Bert Wouterse [17]
1974–1975 Ger Blok [17]
1975–1977 Ron Groenewoud [17]
1977–1978 Ruud de Groot [17]
1979–1987 Bert van Lingen [17]
1987 Nick Labohm coached in one match (3–1 defeat to West Germany on 1 April 1987) [17]
1987 Dick Advocaat coached in one match (0–0 against Norway on 23 May 1987) [17]
1987–1989 Piet Buter [17]
1989–1992 Bert van Lingen second spell as coach (first spell from 1979 to 1987) [17][18]
1992–1995 Jan Derks [17][18]
1995–2001 Ruud Dokter [17][18]
2001 Andries Jonker interim coach [17][18]
2001–2004 Frans de Kat [17][18]
2004 Remy Reynierse interim coach [17][18]
2004–2010 Vera Pauw [17][18][19][20]
2010 Ed Engelkes interim coach [17][18]
2010–2015 Roger Reijners [17][18][21][20]
2015 Sarina Wiegman interim coach [22]
2015–2016 Arjan van der Laan [22]
2016–2017 Sarina Wiegman second spell as interim coach (first spell in 2015) [23]
2017–2021 permanent coach
2021– Mark Parsons [24]

Coaches[edit]

Name Period Matches
1 Netherlands Sarina Wiegman 2015–2021 79
2 Netherlands Vera Pauw 2004–2010 73
3 Netherlands Roger Reijners 2010–2015 71
4 Netherlands Ruud Dokter 1995–2000 64
5 Netherlands Bert van Lingen 1979–1986, 1989 1991 46
6 Netherlands Frans de Kat 2001–2004 27
7 Netherlands Jan Derks 1991–1994 19
8 Netherlands Arjan van der Laan 2015–2016 16
9 Netherlands Piet Buter 1987–1989 15
10 Netherlands Ruud de Groot 1977–1978 8
Netherlands Andries Jonker 2001
As of 31 July 2021

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 24 players were named to the squad for the for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers against  Czech Republic and  Iceland on 17 and 23 September 2021, respectively.[25][26]

Caps and goals may be incorrect.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Claire Dinkla Netherlands SC Heerenveen
1GK Barbara Lorsheijd Netherlands ADO Den Haag
1GK Sari van Veenendaal (1990-04-13) 13 April 1990 (age 31) 75 0 Netherlands PSV

2DF Anouk Dekker (1986-11-15) 15 November 1986 (age 34) 85 7 Portugal Braga
2DF Caitlin Dijkstra 0 0 Netherlands FC Twente
2DF Merel van Dongen (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 28) 51 1 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Kika van Es (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 29) 70 0 Netherlands FC Twente
2DF Sisca Folkertsma (1997-05-21) 21 May 1997 (age 24) 12 0 France Bordeaux
2DF Stefanie van der Gragt (1992-08-16) 16 August 1992 (age 29) 75 10 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Dominique Janssen (1995-01-17) 17 January 1995 (age 26) 71 3 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2DF Aniek Nouwen (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 22) 20 1 England Chelsea

3MF Jill Baijings Germany SGS Essen
3MF Kerstin Casparij Netherlands FC Twente
3MF Daniëlle van de Donk (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 30) 120 29 France Lyon
3MF Jackie Groenen (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 26) 77 8 England Manchester United
3MF Inessa Kaagman (1996-04-17) 17 April 1996 (age 25) 11 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
3MF Victoria Pelova (1999-06-03) 3 June 1999 (age 22) 16 2 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Jill Roord (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 24) 64 11 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
3MF Sherida Spitse 188 42 Netherlands Ajax

4FW Lineth Beerensteyn (1996-10-11) 11 October 1996 (age 24) 68 15 Germany Bayern Munich
4FW Lieke Martens (1992-12-16) 16 December 1992 (age 28) 126 53 Spain Barcelona
4FW Vivianne Miedema (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 25) 102 84 England Arsenal
4FW Shanice van de Sanden (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 28) 86 20 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
4FW Katja Snoeijs 10 7 France Bordeaux

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Czech Republic, 17 September 2021 PRE
GK Loes Geurts (1986-01-12) 12 January 1986 (age 35) 125 0 Sweden BK Häcken 2020 Summer Olympics

DF Lynn Wilms (2000-03-10) 10 March 2000 (age 21) 12 1 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2020 Summer Olympics

FW Renate Jansen (1990-12-07) 7 December 1990 (age 30) 48 4 Netherlands FC Twente v.  Czech Republic, 17 September 2021 PRE
FW Joëlle Smits (2000-02-07) 7 February 2000 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands PSV 2020 Summer Olympics

Records[edit]

Current players are highlighted in orange.

Players with 100 or more caps[edit]

Name Period Matches Goals
1 Sherida Spitse 2006–present 190 42
2 Annemieke Kiesel-Griffioen 1995–2011 156 19
3 Dyanne Bito 2000–2015 146 6
4 Marleen Wissink Righthand.svgLefthand.svg 1989–2006 141 0
5 Daphne Koster 1997–2017 139 7
6 Manon Melis 2005–2016 136 59
7 Lieke Martens 2011–present 129 53
8 Loes Geurts Righthand.svgLefthand.svg 2005–present 125 0
9 Danielle van de Donk 2010–present 120 29
10 Sylvia Smit 2004–2013 106 30
11 Anouk Hoogendijk 2004–2017 103 9
12 Vivianne Miedema 2013–present 102 84
13 Petra Hogewoning 2004–2015 100 9
As of 24 September 2021

Top scorers[edit]

Name Period Goals Caps Goals/Caps
1 Vivianne Miedema 2013–present 84 102 0,82
2 Manon Melis 2005–2016 59 136 0,43
3 Lieke Martens 2011–present 53 129 0,41
4 Sherida Spitse 2006–present 42 190 0,22
5 Sylvia Smit 2004–2013 30 106 0,28
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
9 Annemieke Kiesel-Griffioen 1995–2011 19 156 0,12
10 Kirsten van de Ven 2005–2016 18 86 0,21
As of 24 September 2021

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

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.[27] In 2019, they reached the Final and lost to the United States team.[28]

FIFA Women's 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 4 1 1 2 3 4
France 2019 Runners-up 2nd 7 6 0 1 11 5
AustraliaNew Zealand 2023 To be determined
Total 2/9 12th 11 7 1 3 14 9

Olympic Games[edit]

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.

International Olympic Committee Summer Olympics record
Host nation
and year
Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 23 10
France 2024 To be determined
United States 2028
Total 1/7 4 2 2 0 23 10

UEFA European Women's 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.[29] In 2013, they qualified again, but did not advance after the group stage.[30] 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.[31]

UEFA European Women's Championship record
Host nation(s)
and year
Result Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
1984** Did not qualify
Norway 1987
West Germany 1989
Denmark 1991
Italy 1993
EnglandGermanyNorwaySweden 1995
Norway 1997
Germany 2001
England 2005
Finland 2009 Semi-finals 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 5
Sweden 2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 1 2 0 2
Netherlands 2017 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 13 3
England 2022 Qualified
2025 To be determined
Total 3/13 8th 14 8 2 4 19 10
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
** Missing flag indicates no host country.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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