Spain women's national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Roja (The Red One)|
|Association||Royal Spanish Football Federation|
|Head coach||Jorge Vilda|
|Most caps||Marta Torrejón (90)|
|Top scorer||Jennifer Hermoso (42)|
|Current||10 2 (20 August 2021)|
|Highest||10 (August 2021)|
|Lowest||21 (June–August 2004, March 2008)|
Spain 3–3 Portugal
(Murcia, Spain; 21 February 1971)
Spain 0–1 Portugal
(A Guarda, Spain; 5 February 1983)
| Spain 17–0 Slovenia |
(Palamós, Spain; 20 March 1994)
| Spain 0–8 Sweden |
(Gandia, Spain; 2 June 1996)
|Appearances||2 (first in 2015)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2019)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1997)|
|Best result||Semi-finals (1997)|
The Spain women's national football team (Spanish: Selección Española de Fútbol Femenina) has represented Spain in international women's football competition since 1980, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.
Spain have qualified two times for the FIFA Women's World Cup and three times for the UEFA Women's Championship, reaching the semifinals in 1997. Contrast to its lackluster senior side, Spain's youth teams are one of the most successful and have enjoyed a great success in 2018, getting the two continental titles (U-17 and U-19), and reaching the two worldwide finals, winners in the U-17 World Cup and runners-up in the U-20 World Cup.
However with the meteoric rise of Barcelona since their historic thrashing by Olympic Lyon in 2019 UWCL final, Spain has quickly broken into top 10 of 2021 Fifa rankings. Unofficially regarded among top 3 teams in the world since 2020, the Spanish national team, powered on by 2020 UWCL champions Barcelona, is a huge favourite to win the 2022 Euro in England. By sweeping the 2020 UEFA awards for best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward & best player (1st time players from a single nation have won all categories) Spain confirmed its status as an elite footballing nation.
After underground women's football clubs started appearing in Spain around 1970 one of its instigators, Rafael Muga, decided to create a national team. It was an unofficial project as football was considered an unsuitable sport for women by both the Royal Spanish Football Federation and National Movement's Women's Section, which organized women's sports in Francoist Spain. When asked about the initiative in January 1971 RFEF president José Luis Pérez Payá answered I'm not against women's football, but I don't like it either. I don't think it's feminine from an esthetic point of view. Women are not favored wearing shirt and trousers. Any regional dress would fit them better.
One month later, on 21 February 1971, the unofficial Spanish national team, including Conchi Sánchez, who played professionally in the Italian league, made its debut in Murcia's La Condomina against Portugal, ending in a 3–3 draw. The team wasn't allowed to wear RFEF's crest and the referee couldn't wear an official uniform either. On 15 July, with a 5-days delay for transfer issues, it played its first game abroad against Italy in Turin's Stadio Comunale, suffering an 8–1 defeat. It was then invited to the 2nd edition of unofficial women's world cup (Mundialito 1981), but RFEF forbid them to take part in the competition. Despite these conditions Spain was entrusted hosting the 1972 World Cup. RFEF vetoed the project, and the competition was cancelled and disbanded. The unofficial Spanish team itself broke up shortly after.
1980s: Officiality of the team
After the transition to democracy in the second half of the decade RFEF finally accepted women's football in November 1980, creating first a national cup and next a national team, which finally made its debut under coach Teodoro Nieto on 5 February 1983 in A Guarda, Pontevedra. The opponent was again Portugal, which defeated Spain 0–1. The team subsequently played 2-leg friendlies against France and Switzerland drawing with both opponents in Aranjuez and Barcelona and losing in Perpignan before it finally clinched its first victory in Zürich (0–1). On 27 April 1985 it played its first official match in the 1987 European Championship's qualification, losing 1–0 against Hungary. After losing the first four matches Spain defeated Switzerland and drew with Italy to end third. The team also ended in its group's bottom positions in the subsequent 1989 and 1991 qualifiers. After the former Nieto was replaced by Ignacio Quereda, who has coached the team since 1 September 1988. Teodoro Nieto left the most International Footballer Conchi sanchez (Amancio) out of the Spanish Team even when the player was the first Capitain during the 70s, She was playing in Italy at the time winning championships and Italian Cups, there was not substantial reasons to leave such extraordinary player out at the peak of her career, the damaged was done to such brilliant player who loved to play for her country and fully deserved more respect and recognition.
1990s and 2000s: Growing up
The 1995 Euro qualifying marked an improvement as Spain ended 2nd, one point from England, which qualified for the final tournament. In these qualifiers Spain attained its biggest victory to date, a 17–0 over Slovenia. In the 1997 Euro qualifying it made a weaker performance, including a record 0–8 loss against Sweden in Gandia, but the European Championship was expanded to eight teams and Spain still made it to the repechage, where it defeated England on a 3–2 aggregate to qualify for the competition for the first time. In the first stage the team drew 1–1 against France, lost 0–1 against host Sweden, and beat 1–0 Russia to qualify on goal average over France to the semifinals, where it was defeated 2–1 by Italy. All three goals were scored by Ángeles Parejo.
This success was followed by a long series of unsuccessful qualifiers. In the 1999 World Cup's qualifying Spain ended last for the first time, not winning a single game. In the 2001 Euro's it made it to the repechage, where it suffered a 3–10 aggregate defeat against Denmark. In the 2003 World Cup's it again ended last despite starting with a 6–1 win over Iceland. In the 2005 Euro's, where a 9–1 win over Belgium was followed by a 5-game non scoring streak, it ended 3rd behind Denmark and Norway. In the 2007 World Cup's the team again ended 3rd behind Denmark and Finland despite earning 7 more points.
In the 2009 Euro's Spain made its better performance since the 1995 qualifiers, narrowly missing qualification as England clinched the top position by overcoming a 2–0 in the final match's second half. Spain had to play the repechage, where it lost both games against the Netherlands. In the 2011 World Cup's Spain again ended 2nd, with no repechage, after England again overcame a half-time 2–0 in their second confrontation.
2010s: First World Cups
Spain achieved 16 years later a place for the final stage of a European Championship. The team qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, after beating Scotland in the qualifiers playoff. In the group stage, a win over England and a draw against Russia was enough to qualify for the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by Norway.
Two years later, Spain qualified for the first time ever to a World Cup, winning nine of its ten matches of the qualifying round. In the group stage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Their campaign, however, ended up being a disaster. Spain managed only a 1–1 draw into the weakest team in the group, Costa Rica, before losing 0–1 to Brazil. In the last match with South Korea, they still lost 1–2 after an initial lead, becoming the worst European team in the tournament. After the World Cup, the 23 players on the roster issued a collective statement for the end of Ignacio Quereda's reign as head coach. Later that summer, Quereda stepped down and was replaced by Jorge Vilda, who had previously coached the U-19 team, and was on the shortlist for the 2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year.
Spain has achieved to qualify for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 by winning all the matches and ahead in 11 points to the second classified. In 2017 the national team participated for the first time in the Algarve Cup winning the tournament. However, its performance in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 was very disappointing: only one match won (against Portugal, the worst ranked team in Euro), two defeats against England (0–2) and Scotland (0–1) in group stage, Miraculously Spain advanted to the quarter-finals, where losing against Austria in a quarter-final finishing 0–0 after extra time, then 3–5 in penalty shoot-out. Eventually, the national football team was eliminated after more than 345 minutes without scoring a single goal.
At the 2019 Women's World Cup, Spain were in Group B with China PR, South Africa, and Germany. They finished second in the group to progress to the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time in their history. However, the team was eliminated in the round of 16 by the eventual champions United States.
In October 2019, the federation announced the creation of España Promesas (essentially Spain B), a team for players too old for younger age groups but not in the latest full squad, to provide training and occasional match experience for those in consideration for the future.
FIFA Women's World Cup
|FIFA Women's World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1991||Did not qualify||1991 UEFA Women's Championship|
|1995||UEFA Women's Euro 1995|
|2019||Round of 16||12th||4||1||1||2||4||4||8||8||0||0||25||2|
|2023||To be determined||2||2||0||0||17||0|
UEFA Women's Championship
|UEFA Women's Championship record||Qualification record|
|1984||Did not enter||Declined Participation|
|1987||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||7||9|
|2001||Did not qualify||6||1||1||4||6||17|
|1992||Grand Hotel Varna||4th||2||1||0||1||4||1|
|1995||Grand Hotel Varna||3rd||4||2||1||1||9||8|
Overall official record
Results and fixtures
- The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixtures
|23 October 2020 Euro 2022 qualifying||Spain||4–0||Czech Republic||Seville|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja|
Referee: Sara Persson (Sweden)
|27 November 2020 Euro 2022 qualifying||Spain||10–0||Moldova||Las Rozas de Madrid|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: La Ciudad del Fútbol|
Referee: Shona Shukrula (Netherlands)
|18 February 2021 Euro 2022 qualifying||Azerbaijan||0–13||Spain||Baku|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: ASK Arena|
Referee: Maria Marotta (Italy)
|23 February 2021 Euro 2022 qualifying||Spain||3–0||Poland||Las Rozas de Madrid|
|19:00||Report||Stadium: La Ciudad del Fútbol|
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
|9 April 2021 Friendly||Spain||1–0||Netherlands||Marbella|
|19:00||Guijarro 31'||Stadium: Antonio Lorenzo Cuevas|
Referee: Sandra Braz (Portugal)
|13 April 2021 Friendly||Spain||3–0||Mexico||Marbella|
|19:00||Stadium: Antonio Lorenzo Cuevas|
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
|10 June 2021 Friendly||Spain||3–0||Belgium||Alcorcón|
|20:00||Stadium: Estadio de Santo Domingo|
Referee: Shona Shukrula (Nethrlands)
|15 June 2021 Friendly||Spain||3–0||Denmark||Alcorcón|
|19:30||Stadium: Estadio de Santo Domingo|
Referee: Karoline Wacker (German Football Association)
|16 September 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Faroe Islands||0–10||Spain||Tórshavn|
Referee: Paula Brady (Football Association of Ireland)
|21 September 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Hungary||0–7||Spain||Budapest|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion|
Referee: Sabina Bolić (Croatia)
|8 April 2022 Friendly||v||Spain|
|12 April 2022 2023 Women's World Cup qualification||Scotland||v||Spain||Glasgow|
|Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Current coaching staff
- The following players were called up for the World Cup 2023 qualifying against Faroe Islands and Hungary on 16 and 21 September 2021.
- Caps and goals as of 22 September 2021.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||María Asunción Quiñones||29 October 1996||3||0||Athletic Bilbao|
|13||GK||Sandra Paños||4 November 1992||44||0||Barcelona|
|23||GK||María Isabel Rodríguez||22 July 1999||3||0||Real Madrid|
|2||DF||Ona Batlle||10 June 1999||13||0||Manchester United|
|3||DF||Ainhoa Vicente||20 August 1995||4||0||Athletic Bilbao|
|4||DF||Laia Aleixandri||25 August 2000||6||2||Atlético Madrid|
|5||DF||Ivana Andrés||13 July 1994||27||0||Real Madrid|
|16||DF||María Pilar León||13 June 1995||43||1||Barcelona|
|20||DF||Andrea Pereira||19 September 1993||35||0||Barcelona|
|6||MF||Aitana Bonmatí||18 January 1998||31||10||Barcelona|
|7||MF||Marta Corredera||8 August 1991||84||5||Real Madrid|
|10||MF||Irene Guerrero||12 December 1996||7||2||Levante|
|12||MF||Patricia Guijarro||17 May 1998||38||10||Barcelona|
|14||MF||Alexia Putellas (vice captain)||4 February 1994||89||19||Barcelona|
|19||MF||Anna Torrodà||21 January 2000||2||0||Valencia|
|21||MF||Nerea Eizagirre||4 January 2000||7||1||Real Sociedad|
|8||FW||Mariona Caldentey||19 March 1996||43||12||Barcelona|
|9||FW||Esther González||8 December 1992||13||10||Real Madrid|
|11||FW||Candela Andújar||18 January 1998||1||0||Valencia|
|15||FW||Clàudia Pina||12 August 2001||2||0||Barcelona|
|17||FW||Lucía García||14 July 1998||26||6||Athletic Bilbao|
|18||FW||Amaiur Sarriegi||13 December 2000||3||6||Real Sociedad|
|22||FW||Athenea del Castillo||24 October 2000||4||1||Real Madrid|
- The following players were also named to a squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Dolores Gallardo||10 June 1993||35||0||Atlético Madrid||v. Belgium; 10 June 2021|
|GK||María López Valenzuela||26 November 2002||0||0||Levante||v. Azerbaijan; 18 February 2021 PRE|
|GK||Catalina Coll||23 April 2001||0||0||Barcelona||v. Moldova; 27 November 2020 PRE|
|DF||Lucía Rodríguez||24 May 1999||0||0||Real Madrid||v. Faroe Islands; 15 September 2021 PRE|
|DF||Leila Ouahabi||22 March 1993||40||1||Barcelona||v. Belgium; 10 June 2021|
|DF||Irene Paredes (captain)||4 July 1991||77||9||Barcelona||v. Belgium; 10 June 2021|
|DF||Eunate Arraiza||3 June 1991||5||0||Athletic Bilbao||v. Czech Republic; 23 October 2020|
|MF||Teresa Abelleira||9 January 2000||2||0||Real Madrid||v. Faroe Islands; 15 September 2021 PRE|
|MF||Marta Cardona INJ||26 May 1995||14||1||Real Madrid||v. Faroe Islands; 15 September 2021 PRE|
|MF||Olga Carmona||12 June 2000||3||0||Real Madrid||v. Faroe Islands; 15 September 2021 PRE|
|MF||María Alharilla Casado||13 November 1990||7||1||Levante||v. Faroe Islands; 15 September 2021 PRE|
|MF||Rosa Márquez||22 December 2000||1||0||Real Betis||v. Denmark; 15 June 2021|
|MF||Maite Oroz||25 March 1998||1||0||Real Madrid||v. Belgium; 10 June 2021 PRE|
|MF||Victoria Losada||5 March 1991||64||13||Manchester City||v. Czech Republic; 23 October 2020|
|MF||Amanda Sampedro||26 June 1993||52||11||Atlético Madrid||v. Czech Republic; 23 October 2020 PRE|
|FW||Alba Redondo||27 August 1996||14||3||Levante||v. Faroe Islands; 15 September 2021 PRE|
|FW||Nahikari García||10 March 1997||17||3||Real Madrid||v. Belgium; 10 June 2021 PRE|
|FW||Jennifer Hermoso (vice captain)||9 May 1990||84||42||Barcelona||v. Belgium; 10 June 2021 PRE|
|FW||Bárbara Latorre||14 March 1993||20||1||Atlético Madrid||v. Mexico; 13 April 2021|
|FW||Eva Navarro||27 January 2001||5||2||Levante||v. Poland; 23 February 2021|
|FW||Ainize Barea||25 January 1992||0||0||Athletic Bilbao||v. Moldova; 19 September 2020|
- Caps and goals as of 21 September 2021.
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
|6||Arantza del Puerto||1990–2005||71||??|
|7||Mari Paz Vilas||2008–2018||15||25||60%|
|8||Laura del Río||2001–2008||14||??|
4 Player scored 4 goals
5 Player scored 5 goals
7 Player scored 7 goals
FIFA Women's World Rankings
UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Ranking
*21 September 2021
|FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup|
|2002:||did not qualify||2004:||1st round||2006:||did not qualify|
|2008:||did not qualify||2010:||did not qualify||2012:||did not qualify|
|2014:||did not qualify||2016:||5th||2018:||Runner-up|
|UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship|
|2002:||Final Round||2003:||Final Round||2004:||Champion|
|2005:||Second Round||2006:||Second Round||2007:||Final Round|
|2008:||Final Round||2009:||Second Round||2010:||Final Round|
|2011:||Final Round||2012:||Runner-up||2013:||did not qualify|
|UEFA Women's Under-18 Championship|
|1998:||did not qualify||1999:||did not qualify||2000:||Runner-up||2001:||4th (last edition)|
- FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup
|FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup|
|2008:||did not qualify||2010:||Third Place||2012:||did not qualify|
- UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship
|UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship|
|2008:||did not qualify||2009:||Runner-up||2010:||Champion|
|2011:||Champion||2012:||did not qualify||2013:||Third Place|
There is also a women's national team that represents Spain in international football in under-16 categories and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. This team usually participates each year in UEFA Women U-16 Development Tournament (although it is not an official tournament) with remarkable success
- Sport in Spain
- Spain women's national under-20 football team
- Spain women's national under-19 football team
- Spain women's national under-17 football team
- Spain women's national futsal team
- Spain women's national beach soccer team
- Category:Spain women's international footballers
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- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 20 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
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- Oficial: La RFEF crea la Selección Absoluta Promesas, una nueva selección femenina de fútbol (Official: The RFEF creates the Absolute Promises Selection, a new women's team), SEfutbol (in Spanish), 29 October 2019
- "La Selección española Absoluta femenina, distinguida en los Premios Nacionales del Deporte 2014" [The Spanish women's national team honored at the 2014 National Sports Awards]. RFEF (in Spanish). 10 July 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2016)
- UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (September 2016)
- UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (November 2017)
- UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2018)
- UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (September 2018)
- UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (February 2021)
- Ranking women's national football teams based on a formula invented and developed by Mark Ziaian
- The U16s debut with a brilliant victory at the UEFA Development Tournament
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