Spain women's national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Roja (The Red One)|
|Association||Royal Spanish Football Federation|
|Head coach||Jorge Vilda|
|Most caps||Alexia Putellas (100)|
|Top scorer||Jennifer Hermoso (45)|
|Current||8 1 (5 August 2022)|
|Highest||7 (March 2022)|
|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||3 (first in 2015)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2019)|
|Appearances||4 (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. In contrast to these modest achievements at senior level, their youth teams have one of the best records in the world across the early 21st century and enjoyed great success in 2018 in particular, winning two continental titles (U-17 and U-19), and reaching the two worldwide finals (winning the U-17 World Cup and runners-up in the U-20 World Cup.
Coinciding with the rise of Barcelona at club level, Spain broke into the top 10 of the FIFA international rankings in the early 2020s. Their players collected the 2020 UEFA awards for best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward and overall best player – the first time players from a single nation won all the categories.
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, that was later reconverted and renamed Spain under-23.
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|
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||4||3||0||1||8||1|
|1993||Torneig Internacional Ciutat de Tarragona||4th||2||0||1||1||2||3|
|1995||Grand Hotel Varna||3rd||5||2||1||2||9||12|
|1996||Women's Tournament Slovakia||4th||3||0||2||1||2||6|
|2005||Torneo Internacional de Maspalomas||2nd||2||0||2||0||2||2|
|2022||Arnold Clark Cup||2nd||3||1||2||0||2||1|
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
|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)
|21 October 2021 Friendly||Spain||3–0||Morocco||Cáceres|
|20:00||Report||Stadium: Estadio Príncipe Felipe|
Referee: Merima Čelik (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
|26 October 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Ukraine||0–6||Spain||Kovalivka|
|17:00||Report||Stadium: Kolos Stadium|
Referee: Galiya Echeva (Bulgaria)
|25 November 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Spain||12–0||Faroe Islands||Seville|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: La Cartuja|
Referee: Triinu Laos (Estonia)
|30 November 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Spain||8–0||Scotland||Seville|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: La Cartuja|
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
|17 February 2022 Arnold Clark Cup||Germany||1–1||Spain||Middlesbrough, United Kingdom|
||Stadium: Riverside Stadium|
Referee: Tess Oloffson (Sweden)
|20 February 2022 Arnold Clark Cup||England||0–0||Spain||Norwich|
|15:15||Report||Stadium: Carrow Road|
Referee: Mihaela Tepusa (Romania)
|23 February 2022 Arnold Clark Cup||Canada||0–1||Spain||Wolverhampton, United Kingdom|
||Stadium: Molineux Stadium|
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)
|7 April 2022 Friendly||Spain||1–1||Brazil||Alicante|
||Stadium: Estadio José Rico Pérez|
Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)
|12 April 2022 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Scotland||0–2||Spain||Glasgow|
|19:35||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
|25 June 2022 Friendly||Spain||7–0||Australia||Huelva|
|21:30||Report||Stadium: Nuevo Colombino|
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (Poland)
|1 July 2022 Friendly||Italy||1–1||Spain||Castel di Sangro|
||Stadium: Stadio Teofilo Patini|
|8 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 Group stage||Spain||4–1||Finland||Milton Keynes, United Kingdom|
||Stadium: Stadium MK|
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
|12 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 Group stage||Germany||2–0||Spain||Brentford, United Kingdom|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Brentford Community Stadium|
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
|16 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 Group stage||Denmark||0–1||Spain||Brentford, United Kingdom|
||Stadium: Brentford Community Stadium|
Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)
|20 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 QF||England||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Spain||Brighton and Hove, England|
||Stadium: Falmer Stadium|
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
|2 September 2022 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Spain||v||Hungary||Las Rozas de Madrid|
|Report||Stadium: La Ciudad del Fútbol|
|6 September 2022 World Cup 2023 qualifying||Spain||v||Ukraine||Las Rozas de Madrid|
|Report||Stadium: La Ciudad del Fútbol|
Overall official record
Current coaching staff
The following 23 players were called up for the UEFA Women's Euro 2022. On 29 June, Teresa Abelleira replaced Salma Paralluelo who withdrew following a injury. On 6 July, Amaiur Sarriegi replaced Alexia Putellas due to injury.
- Caps and goals as of 21 July 2022
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Dolores Gallardo||10 June 1993 (aged 29)||37||0||Atlético Madrid|
|2||DF||Ona Batlle||10 June 1999 (aged 23)||27||0||Manchester United|
|3||DF||Laia Aleixandri||25 August 2000 (aged 21)||15||2||Manchester City|
|4||DF||Irene Paredes (captain)||4 July 1991 (aged 31)||87||10||Barcelona|
|5||DF||Ivana Andrés||13 July 1994 (aged 27)||36||0||Real Madrid|
|6||MF||Aitana Bonmatí||18 January 1998 (aged 24)||46||16||Barcelona|
|7||MF||Irene Guerrero||12 December 1996 (aged 25)||16||4||Atlético de Madrid|
|8||MF||Mariona Caldentey||19 March 1996 (aged 26)||53||19||Barcelona|
|9||FW||Esther González||8 December 1992 (aged 29)||26||16||Real Madrid|
|10||FW||Athenea del Castillo||24 October 2000 (aged 21)||15||3||Real Madrid|
|11||MF||Marta Cardona||26 May 1995 (aged 27)||22||2||Atlético de Madrid|
|12||MF||Patricia Guijarro||17 May 1998 (aged 24)||50||10||Barcelona|
|13||GK||Sandra Paños||4 November 1992 (aged 29)||55||0||Barcelona|
|14||FW||Amaiur Sarriegi||13 December 2000||13||12||Real Sociedad|
|15||DF||Leila Ouahabi||22 March 1993 (aged 29)||52||1||Manchester City|
|16||DF||María Pilar León||13 June 1995 (aged 27)||54||1||Barcelona|
|17||FW||Lucía García||14 July 1998 (aged 23)||36||9||Manchester United|
|18||MF||Teresa Abelleira||9 January 2000 (aged 22)||6||0||Real Madrid|
|19||DF||Olga Carmona||12 June 2000 (aged 22)||12||0||Real Madrid|
|20||DF||Andrea Pereira||19 September 1993 (aged 28)||41||0||Levante|
|21||MF||Sheila García||15 March 1997 (aged 25)||11||0||Atlético Madrid|
|22||FW||Clàudia Pina||12 August 2001 (aged 20)||6||0||Barcelona|
|23||GK||Misa Rodríguez||22 July 1999 (aged 22)||5||0||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||María Asunción Quiñones||29 October 1996||3||0||Athletic Club||v. Hungary; 21 September 2021 PRE|
|DF||Ainhoa Vicente||20 August 1995||5||0||Atlético de Madrid||v. Australia; 25 June 2022 PRE|
|DF||Lucía Rodríguez||24 May 1999||0||0||Real Madrid||v. Faroe Islands; 16 September 2021 PRE|
|MF||Alexia Putellas||4 February 1994 (aged 28)||100||27||Barcelona||UEFA Women's Euro 2022 INJ|
|MF||Nerea Eizagirre||4 January 2000||10||2||Real Sociedad||v. Australia; 25 June 2022 PRE|
|MF||Claudia Zornoza||29 October 1990||3||0||Real Madrid||v. Australia; 25 June 2022|
|MF||Anna Torrodà||21 January 2000||3||0||Valencia||v. Faroe Islands; 25 November 2021|
|MF||Maitane López||13 March 1995||1||0||Atlético de Madrid||v. Ukraine; 26 October 2021|
|MF||Marta Corredera PG||8 August 1991||85||5||Real Madrid||v. Hungary; 21 September 2021|
|MF||María Alharilla Casado BF||13 November 1990||7||1||Levante||v. Faroe Islands; 16 September 2021 PRE|
|FW||Salma Paralluelo||13 November 2003||0||0||Barcelona||UEFA Women's Euro 2022 INJ|
|FW||Jennifer Hermoso||9 May 1990||91||45||Pachuca||v. Scotland; 12 April 2022|
|FW||Alba Redondo||27 August 1996||16||5||Levante||v. Faroe Islands; 25 November 2021|
|FW||Candela Andújar||26 March 2000||1||0||retired||v. Faroe Islands; 16 September 2021|
- Caps and goals as of 21 July 2022.
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
4 Player scored 4 goals
Clean Sheets: Goalkeeper must play at least 60 minutes to obtain the points of a clean sheet.
FIFA Women's World Rankings
UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Ranking
*1 August 2022
The Spain under-23 is a football team operated under the auspices of the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the senior Spain women's national team.
|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|
|2020:||Qualified but cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic||2022:||Qualified|
|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|
|2020:||cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic||2021:||cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic||2022:||Champion|
|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|
|2020:||cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
- 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|
|2020:||cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic||2021:||cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic||2022:||Runner-up|
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
- 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 under-23 football team
- Spain women's national futsal team
- Spain women's national beach soccer team
- Women's football in Spain
- Spanish football league system
- Sport in Spain
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- "UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2016)" (PDF).
- "UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (September 2016)" (PDF).
- UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (November 2017)
- "UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (June 2018)" (PDF).
- "UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (September 2018)" (PDF).
- "UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Overview (February 2021)" (PDF).
- 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".