Scotland women's national football team

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Scotland
Association Scottish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Shelley Kerr
Captain Rachel Corsie[1]
Most caps Gemma Fay (203)[2]
Top scorer Julie Fleeting (116)
FIFA code SCO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 21 Increase 1 (22 June 2018)
Highest 19[3] (March 2014)
Lowest 31[3] (March 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Scotland 17–0 Lithuania 
(Glasgow, Scotland; 30 May 1998)[4]
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Scotland 
(Nuneaton, England; 23 June 1973)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2019)
European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result Group stage (2017)

The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017. The team is currently ranked 21st in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

History[edit]

Church documents recorded women playing football in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, in 1628.[5] Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881.[5] Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921.[5] Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).[5] The sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s, when the ban was lifted.[5] In 1971 UEFA instructed its members to take control of women's football within their territories. The motion was passed 31–1, but Scotland was the only member to vote against it.[6] Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as a working class and male preserve.[7]

Scotland's first official match, a 3–2 defeat to England, took place in November 1972. The team was managed by Rab Stewart. The 1921 ban on women's football was lifted in 1974. The SFA assumed direct responsibility for Scottish women's football in 1998.[7] Scotland have participated in most international competitions since the ban was removed. The team's standing has improved significantly in recent years, reaching an all-time high of 19th place in the FIFA Women's World Rankings in March 2014.[3][8][9] They reached their first major tournament finals when they qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2017.[10] The team followed this up by qualifying for their first World Cup finals tournament in 2019.[11]

Record[edit]

Scotland playing a 2015 World Cup qualifying match in Sweden

World Cup[edit]

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Round Pld W D L F A
1991 Did not enter
1995 Did not qualify Group – 4th[12] 6 0 0 6 3 22
1999 Unable to qualify[13]
2003
2007 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 8 2 2 4 4 20
2011 Group – 2nd 8 6 1 1 24 5
2015 Play-offs 12 8 0 4 38 12
2019 Qualified Group – 1st 8 7 0 1 19 7
Total 1/8 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 23 3 16 88 66
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympics[edit]

At the Olympic Games the International Olympic Committee charter only permit a Great Britain team, representing the whole of the United Kingdom, to compete.[14] As London was host to the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Great Britain team was entered and two Scotland players (Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke) were selected for the squad.[15][16] In June 2013, the (English) Football Association indicated that they would be prepared to run women's teams at future Olympic tournaments subject to one of the home nations meeting the qualification criteria (i.e. being one of the top three European nations at the Women's World Cup).[17] Following objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, and a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the Football Association said they would not seek entry into the 2016 Summer Olympics tournament.[18] The third-place finish England secured at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup would have qualified Great Britain for the Olympics,[19] but a team was not entered.

European Championship[edit]

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Round Pld W D L F A
1984 Did not qualify Group – 2nd 6 3 1 2 9 8
1987 Group – 2nd 6 4 0 2 24 10
1989 Group – Withdrew
1991 Did not enter
1993 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 4 0 1 3 1 5
1995 Group – 4th 6 0 0 6 3 22
1997 Unable to qualify[20]
2001
2005 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 8 4 0 4 19 16
2009 Play-offs 10 4 1 5 19 11
2013 Play-offs 10 5 2 3 24 16
2017 Group – 3rd 3 1 0 2 2 8 Group – 2nd 8 7 0 1 30 7
Totals 1/12 3 1 0 2 2 8 58 27 5 26 129 95

Unofficial competition[edit]

  • World Cup
    • 1970: Did not compete[21]
    • 1971: Did not compete[22]
    • 1978: Did not compete[23]
    • 1981: Did not compete[23]
    • 1984: Did not compete[23]
    • 1987: Did not compete[23]
  • European Competition

Other tournaments[edit]

Year Competition Result GP W D* L GS GA Ref
England 1976 Three Nations Championship 2nd 2 1 0 1 3 6
Italy 1979 European Competition Group 2 0 1 1 0 2 [26]
Bulgaria 1992 Varna Tournament 7th 3 2 0 1 5 2 [27]
Bulgaria 1999 Albena Cup 2nd 5 1 3 1 9 7 [28]
Bulgaria 2000 Albena Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 10 5 [29]
Northern Ireland 2000 Celt Cup 3rd 2 1 0 1 27 1 [30]
Netherlands 2000 Veenendal Tournament 3rd 2 0 1 1 3 5 [31]
Portugal 2002 Algarve Cup 10th 4 2 0 2 4 8 [32]
Italy 2006 Torneo Regione Molise 3rd 2 0 0 2 0 8 [33]
Cyprus 2008 Cyprus Cup 6th 4 1 0 3 5 5 [34]
Cyprus 2009 Cyprus Cup 7th 4 1 0 3 2 8
Cyprus 2010 Cyprus Cup 7th 4 1 0 3 3 10
Cyprus 2011 Cyprus Cup 4th 4 1 1 2 2 4
Cyprus 2012 Cyprus Cup 9th 4 2 0 2 6 8
Cyprus 2013 Cyprus Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 7 6
Brazil 2013 Brazilian Invitational 4th 4 0 0 4 4 10 [35]
Cyprus 2014 Cyprus Cup 4th 4 2 2 0 10 7
Cyprus 2015 Cyprus Cup 7th 4 2 0 2 7 7
Total 62 21 10 31 107 109
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Media coverage[edit]

Scotland women's internationals have been televised by BBC Alba and broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland.[36] BBC Radio Scotland presenter Tam Cowan was temporarily taken off the air in 2013, after he criticised the use of Fir Park for women's internationals in his Daily Record column.[37] In a November 2013 interview with The Independent newspaper, Laura Montgomery of Glasgow City FC suggested that media coverage of women's football in Scotland often reflected sexist and misogynist attitudes. This is due to a preponderance of "stupid male journalists", according to Montgomery.[38]

Stadium[edit]

Ravenscraig Stadium hosted the first official match played by the Scotland women's team, in November 1972.

The first official match played by the Scotland women's team was hosted by the Ravenscraig Stadium, an athletics facility in Greenock. The team now normally plays its home games at (men's) club stadiums. Venues used in recent years include Fir Park in Motherwell, Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh and St Mirren Park in Paisley.[37][39] Hampden Park in Glasgow is the traditional home of the men's national team and is described by the Scottish Football Association as the National Stadium.[40] A Scotland women's international was played at Hampden for the first time in October 2012, when it hosted the first leg of a European Championship qualifying playoff against Spain.[41] Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament.

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification matches against Switzerland and Albania in August and September 2018.[42]

Caps and goals are current as of 14 June 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Lee Alexander (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 27) 10 0 Scotland Glasgow City
1GK Jenna Fife (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Scotland Hibernian
1GK Shannon Lynn (1985-10-22) 22 October 1985 (age 32) 27 0 Sweden Vittsjö

2DF Chloe Arthur (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 23) 14 0 England Birmingham City
2DF Jennifer Beattie (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 27) 115 22 England Manchester City
2DF Frankie Brown (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 30) 92 0 England Bristol City
2DF Rachel Corsie (captain) (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 29) 100 16 United States Utah Royals
2DF Sophie Howard (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25) 10 0 England Reading
2DF Emma Mitchell (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 26) 57 7 England Arsenal
2DF Kirsty Smith (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 24) 29 0 England Manchester United

3MF Lizzie Arnot (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 22) 15 0 England Manchester United
3MF Leanne Crichton (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 31) 58 3 Scotland Glasgow City
3MF Kim Little (vice-captain) (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 28) 125 49 England Arsenal
3MF Joanne Love (1985-12-06) 6 December 1985 (age 32) 185 13 Scotland Glasgow City
3MF Christie Murray (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 28) 55 4 England Liverpool
3MF Caroline Weir (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 23) 52 6 England Manchester City

4FW Fiona Brown (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 23) 31 2 Sweden Rosengård
4FW Lana Clelland (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 25) 21 2 Italy Fiorentina
4FW Erin Cuthbert (1998-07-19) 19 July 1998 (age 20) 21 6 England Chelsea
4FW Claire Emslie (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 24) 12 3 England Manchester City
4FW Lisa Evans (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 26) 73 17 England Arsenal
4FW Zoe Ness (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 22) 3 1 England Durham
4FW Jane Ross (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 29) 118 56 England West Ham United

Recent players[edit]

The following players have been selected by Scotland within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Megan Cunningham (1995-07-14) 14 July 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Hungary, 14 September 2017

DF Rachel McLauchlan (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Scotland Hibernian v.  New Zealand, 6 March 2018
DF Joelle Murray (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 31) 45 1 Scotland Hibernian v.  Russia, 22 January 2018
DF Rachael Small (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 26) 29 0 Scotland Hibernian v.  Russia, 22 January 2018
DF Vaila Barsley (1987-09-15) 15 September 1987 (age 31) 6 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United v.  Hungary, 14 September 2017

MF Hayley Lauder (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 28) 92 9 Scotland Glasgow City v.  Poland, June 2018
MF Lucy Graham (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 21) 1 0 England Bristol City v.  Albania, 24 October 2017

FW Abbi Grant (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Scotland Glasgow City v.  Poland, 10 April 2018
FW Abi Harrison (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Scotland Hibernian v.  Russia, 22 January 2018

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Honoured players[edit]

The SFA operates a roll of honour for every male player who has made more than 50 appearances for Scotland.[43] However, female players are excluded from the list. The Scottish Football Museum operates a hall of fame based at Hampden Park, which is open to players and managers involved in Scottish football.[44] 2007 entrant Rose Reilly is the only woman to be inducted so far. Sportscotland operates the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, which has inducted some footballers, also including Reilly.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iceland 8 7 0 1 34 2 +32 21[a] Final tournament
2  Scotland 8 7 0 1 30 7 +23 21[a]
3  Slovenia 8 3 0 5 21 19 +2 9[b]
4  Belarus 8 3 0 5 10 20 −10 9[b]
5  Macedonia 8 0 0 8 4 51 −47 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Scotland 0–4 Iceland, Iceland 1–2 Scotland.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Slovenia 3–0 Belarus, Belarus 2–0 Slovenia.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 9 Knockout stage
2  Spain 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3[a]
3  Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3[a]
4  Portugal 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3[a]
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head records:
    • Spain: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), +1 GD (2 GF, 1 GA)
    • Scotland: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), 0 GD (2 GF, 2 GA)
    • Portugal: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), −1 GD (2 GF, 3 GA)

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Scotland 8 7 0 1 19 7 +12 21 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2   Switzerland 8 6 1 1 21 5 +16 19 Play-offs
3  Poland 8 3 2 3 16 12 +4 11
4  Albania 8 1 1 6 6 22 −16 4
5  Belarus 8 1 0 7 5 21 −16 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Coaching staff[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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