Scotland women's national football team

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Scotland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Scottish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Anna Signeul
Captain Gemma Fay
Most caps Gemma Fay (191)
Top scorer Julie Fleeting (116)
FIFA code SCO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 21 Steady (24 March 2017)
Highest 19[1] (March 2014)
Lowest 31[1] (March 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Scotland 17–0 Lithuania 
(Glasgow, Scotland; 30 May 1998)[2]
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Scotland 
(Nuneaton, England; 23 June 1973)

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 has never participated in the FIFA Women's World Cup, but 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.[3] Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881.[3] Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921.[3] Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).[3] The sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s, when the ban was lifted.[3] 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.[4] Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as a working class and male preserve.[5]

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.[5] 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.[1][6][7] They reached their first major tournament finals when they qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2017.[8]

Record[edit]

Scotland playing a 2015 World Cup qualifying match in Sweden

World Cup[edit]

World Cup finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/7 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympics[edit]

Though Scotland has not previously qualified for the Summer Olympics since the women's football tournament was added in 1996, because the United Kingdom was host to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Great Britain women's Olympic football team was founded and featured two players from Scotland: Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke.[9][10]

European Championship[edit]

  • European Competition for Women's Football:
  • UEFA Women's Championship:
    • 1991: Did not enter
    • 1993: Did not qualify
    • 1995: Did not qualify
    • 1997: Did not qualify
    • 2001: Did not qualify
    • 2005: Did not qualify
    • 2009: Did not qualify
    • 2013: Did not qualify
    • 2017: Qualified

Unofficial competition[edit]

  • World Cup
    • 1970: Did not compete[11]
    • 1971: Did not compete[12]
    • 1978: Did not compete[13]
    • 1981: Did not compete[13]
    • 1984: Did not compete[13]
    • 1987: Did not compete[13]
  • 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 [16]
Bulgaria 1992 Varna Tournament 7th 3 2 0 1 5 2 [17]
Bulgaria 1999 Albena Cup 2nd 5 1 3 1 9 7 [18]
Bulgaria 2000 Albena Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 10 5 [19]
Northern Ireland 2000 Celt Cup 3rd 2 1 0 1 27 1 [20]
Netherlands 2000 Veenendal Tournament 3rd 2 0 1 1 3 5 [21]
Portugal 2002 Algarve Cup 10th 4 2 0 2 4 8 [22]
Italy 2006 Torneo Regione Molise 3rd 2 0 0 2 0 8 [23]
Cyprus 2008 Cyprus Cup 6th 4 1 0 3 5 5 [24]
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 [25]
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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

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.[27][29] 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.[30] 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.[31] Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named for a friendly against Belgium on 11 April 2017.[32][33]

As of 10:26, 31 March 2017 (UTC)
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Lee Alexander (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Scotland Glasgow City
1GK Gemma Fay (Captain) (1981-12-09) 9 December 1981 (age 35) 197 0 Iceland Stjarnan
1GK Shannon Lynn (1985-10-22) 22 October 1985 (age 31) 23 0 Sweden Vittsjö GIK

2DF Vaila Barsley (1987-09-15) 15 September 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United
2DF Frankie Brown (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 29) 84 0 England Bristol City
2DF Kelly Clark (1994-06-10) 10 June 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Scotland Celtic
2DF Ifeoma Dieke (1981-02-25) 25 February 1981 (age 36) 117 0 Sweden Vittsjö GIK
2DF Nicola Docherty (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 24) 11 0 Scotland Glasgow City
2DF Sophie Howard (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
2DF Kirsty Smith (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 23) 21 0 Scotland Hibernian

3MF Leanne Crichton (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 29) 48 3 Unattached
3MF Claire Emslie (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 23) 2 0 England Bristol City
3MF Lisa Evans (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 24) 57 13 Germany FC Bayern Munich
3MF Lucy Graham (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Scotland Hibernian
3MF Christie Murray (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 26) 45 3 England Doncaster Rovers Belles
3MF Leanne Ross (1981-07-08) 8 July 1981 (age 35) 129 9 Scotland Glasgow City
3MF Caroline Weir (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 21) 35 5 England Liverpool

4FW Lizzie Arnot (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 21) 12 0 Scotland Hibernian
4FW Fiona Brown (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 22) 15 0 Sweden Eskilstuna United
4FW Lana Clelland (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 24) 12 1 Italy UPC Tavagnacco
4FW Jane Ross (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 27) 102 49 England Manchester City

Recent players[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rachel Harrison (1989-10-11) 11 October 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring v.  Denmark, 23 January 2017
GK Megan Cunningham (1995-07-14) 14 July 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Slovenia, 8 April 2016

DF Jennifer Beattie (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 25) 106 22 England Manchester City 2017 Cyprus Cup
DF Rachel Corsie (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 27) 87 16 United States Seattle Reign 2017 Cyprus Cup
DF Emma Mitchell (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 30) 51 7 England Arsenal 2017 Cyprus Cup
DF Joelle Murray (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 30) 41 1 Scotland Hibernian 2017 Cyprus Cup
DF Emma Brownlie (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Scotland Hibernian v.  Iceland, 20 September 2016
DF Chloe Arthur (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 22) 6 0 England Bristol City v.  Slovenia, 8 April 2016

MF Erin Cuthbert (1998-07-19) 19 July 1998 (age 18) 6 2 England Chelsea 2017 Cyprus Cup
MF Hayley Lauder (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 26) 82 9 Scotland Glasgow City 2017 Cyprus Cup
MF Kim Little (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 26) 121 48 England Arsenal 2017 Cyprus Cup
MF Joanne Love (1985-12-06) 6 December 1985 (age 31) 175 13 Scotland Glasgow City 2017 Cyprus Cup

FW Zoe Ness (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Sweden Mallbackens IF v.  Netherlands, October 2016
FW Abigail Harrison (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Hibernian v.  Iceland, 20 September 2016

Honoured players[edit]

The SFA operates a roll of honour for every male player who has made more than 50 appearances for Scotland.[34] 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.[35] 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]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 10 10 0 0 32 1 +31 30 Women's World Cup
2  Scotland 10 8 0 2 37 8 +29 24 Play-offs
3  Poland 10 5 1 4 20 14 +6 16
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 2 3 5 7 19 −12 9
5  Northern Ireland 10 1 2 7 3 19 −16 5
6  Faroe Islands 10 0 2 8 3 41 −38 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Playoff semi-final

25 October 2014
18:30
Scotland  1–2  Netherlands
Little Goal 49' (pen.) Report Martens Goal 10'
Melis Goal 23' (pen.)
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

30 October 2014
19:00
Netherlands  2–0  Scotland
Martens Goal 51'
Melis Goal 77'
Report
Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)

Netherlands won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the playoff final.

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 Final tournament
2  Scotland 8 7 0 1 30 7 +23 21
3  Slovenia 8 3 0 5 21 19 +2 9
4  Belarus 8 3 0 5 10 20 −10 9
5  Macedonia 8 0 0 8 4 51 −47 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Coaching staff[edit]

Anna Signeul in 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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