Sweden women's national football team

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Sweden
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Blågult
(The Blue and Yellow)
AssociationSvenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPeter Gerhardsson
CaptainCaroline Seger
Most capsTherese Sjögran (214)[1]
Top scorerLotta Schelin (85)[2]
Home stadiumGamla Ullevi
FIFA codeSWE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 Increase 3 (12 July 2019)[3]
Highest3 (June 2007)
Lowest11 (June 2018)
First international
 Sweden 0–0 Finland 
(Mariehamn, Finland; 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
 Sweden 17–0 Azerbaijan 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 23 June 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 5–1 Sweden 
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 6 August 2016)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultRunners-up (2003)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (1984)

The Sweden women's national football team (Swedish: svenska damfotbollslandslaget) represents Sweden in international women's football competition and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The national team has won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, one World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers (1987, 1995, 2001). The team has participated in six Olympic Games, eight World Cups, as well as ten European Championships. Sweden won bronze medals at the World Cups in 1991, 2011 and 2019.

The 2003 World Cup-final was the second most watched event in Sweden that year. Lotta Schelin is the top goalscorer in the history of Sweden with 85 goals. Schelin surpassed Hanna Ljungberg's 72-goal record against Germany on 29 October 2014.[4] The player with the most caps is Therese Sjögran, with 214. The team was coached by Thomas Dennerby from 2005 to 2012, and Pia Sundhage from 2012 to 2017. The head coach is Peter Gerhardsson.

After winning the two qualifying matches against Denmark for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Swedish Olympic Committee approved of record increases in investments for the women's team. The new budget granted over a million SEK (about US$150,000) for the team and 150,000 SEK (about US$25,000) per player for developing physical fitness. The new grants are almost a 100% increase of the 2005 and 2006 season funds.[5]

The developments and conditions of the Sweden women's national football team can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup[edit]


Sweden playing against Germany in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.
FIFA Women's World Cup record FIFA Women's World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 18 7 6 4 2 0 13 3
Sweden 1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Qualified as hosts
United States 1999 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 6 6 6 0 0 18 5
United States 2003 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 10 7 6 5 0 1 27 4
China 2007 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 4 8 7 1 0 32 6
Germany 2011 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 10 6 10 8 2 0 40 6
Canada 2015 Round of 16 16th 4 0 3 1 5 8 10 10 0 0 32 1
France 2019 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2 12 6 8 7 0 1 22 2
Total Best: Runners-up 8/8 40 23 5 12 71 48 54 47 5 2 184 27

Olympic Games[edit]

Sweden celebrate after the semi final victory against Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Olympic Games football tournament record Olympic Games qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 4 2 1 1 6 4
Australia 2000 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 1 4 10 8 2 0 25 11
Greece 2004 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 4 5 12 9 0 3 37 11
China 2008 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 0 2 4 5 13 10 2 1 42 13
United Kingdom 2012 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5 16 13 2 1 50 12
Brazil 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 3 2 4 8 17 12 4 1 40 10
Japan 2020 Qualified 5 4 0 1 10 4
France 2024 To be determined
United States 2028
Total Best: Runners-up 6/6 25 7 6 12 24 32 77 58 11 8 210 65

UEFA Women's Euro[edit]


Sweden in the UEFA Women's Euro 2013.
UEFA Women's Euro record UEFA Women's Euro qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1984 Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 6 4 6 6 0 0 26 1
Norway 1987 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 4 6 5 0 1 14 3
West Germany 1989 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3 6 2 3 1 11 4
Denmark 1991 Did not qualify 6 4 2 0 13 3
Italy 1993 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 18 4
Germany 1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 0 2 9 8 6 5 0 1 25 2
NorwaySweden 1997 Semi-finals 3rd 4 3 0 1 6 2 6 5 1 0 26 2
Germany 2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 7 4 8 5 2 1 28 10
England 2005 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4 8 6 1 1 26 5
Finland 2009 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 4 8 8 0 0 31 0
Sweden 2013 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 13 3 Qualified as hosts
Netherlands 2017 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 4 5 8 7 0 1 22 3
England 2021 To be determined
Total Best: Champions 10/12 37 19 5 13 63 41 74 56 11 7 240 37
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Algarve Cup[edit]

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's football events, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

Year Result
Portugal 1994 Third place
Portugal 1995 Champions
Portugal 1996 Runners-up
Portugal 1997 Third place
Portugal 1998 Fourth place
Portugal 1999 Sixth place
Portugal 2000 Fourth place
Portugal 2001 Champions
Portugal 2002 Third place
Portugal 2003 Fifth place
Portugal 2004 Fifth place
Portugal 2005 Fourth place
Portugal 2006 Third place
Portugal 2007 Third place
Portugal 2008 Fifth place
Portugal 2009 Champions
Portugal 2010 Third place
Portugal 2011 Fourth place
Portugal 2012 Fourth place
Portugal 2013 Fourth place
Portugal 2014 Fourth place
Portugal 2015 Fourth place
Portugal 2016 Did not enter
Portugal 2017 Seventh place
Portugal 2018 Champions
Portugal 2019 Fourth place

Titles[edit]

Runner-up: 2003
Third place: 1991, 2011, 2019

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Sweden's all-time international record, from 1973 to 2018.[11]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Argentina 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Australia 11 7 3 1 22 8 +14
 Azerbaijan 2 2 0 0 20 0 +20
 Belarus 2 2 0 0 12 0 +12
 Belgium 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
 Brazil 10 3 2 5 9 14 −5
 Canada 21 13 3 5 42 24 +18
 China PR 26 10 9 7 32 24 +8
 Colombia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Croatia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Czech Republic 5 4 1 0 8 2 +6
 Czechoslovakia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Denmark 54 30 12 12 88 51 +37
 England 24 13 8 3 44 20 +24
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10
 Finland 37 30 6 1 118 16 +102
 France 20 11 3 6 39 25 +14
 Germany 27 7 1 19 32 49 −17
 Ghana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Great Britain 1 0 1 0 0 0 ±0
 Hungary 5 5 0 0 27 1 +21
 Iceland 15 12 1 2 52 10 +42
 Iran 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7
 Italy 22 15 4 3 42 14 +28
 Japan 12 5 3 5 25 13 +12
 Latvia 2 2 0 0 14 0 +14
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
 Moldova 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9
 Netherlands 21 10 5 6 32 16 +16
 Nigeria 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4
 North Korea 4 4 0 0 5 1 +4
 Northern Ireland 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
 Norway 53 19 12 22 84 87 −3
 Poland 7 7 0 0 27 1 +26
 Portugal 8 7 0 1 27 6 +21
 Republic of Ireland 6 5 1 0 22 1 +21
 Romania 4 4 0 0 22 0 +22
 Russia 6 6 0 0 14 1 +13
 Scotland 6 6 0 0 17 2 +15
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8
 Slovakia 4 4 0 0 13 1 +12
 South Africa 3 3 0 0 8 1 +9
 South Korea 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8
 Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
 Spain 10 7 3 0 32 6 +26
  Switzerland 12 11 0 1 40 6 +34
 Ukraine 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6
 United States 39 7 11 21 38 67 −29
 Wales 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recent schedule and results[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[16]

Caps and goals as of 9 April 2019 after match against  Austria.

Head coach: Peter Gerhardsson

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hedvig Lindahl (1983-04-29) 29 April 1983 (age 36) 157 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
12 1GK Jennifer Falk (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg
21 1GK Zećira Mušović (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Sweden Rosengård

2 2DF Jonna Andersson (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 26) 40 0 England Chelsea
3 2DF Linda Sembrant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 32) 109 8 Italy Juventus
4 2DF Hanna Glas (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 26) 21 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
5 2DF Nilla Fischer (1984-08-02) 2 August 1984 (age 34) 175 23 Sweden Linköping
6 2DF Magdalena Eriksson (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 25) 48 5 England Chelsea
13 2DF Amanda Ilestedt (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 26) 25 2 Germany Bayern Munich
15 2DF Nathalie Björn (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 22) 8 3 Sweden Rosengård

8 3MF Lina Hurtig (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 23) 17 3 Sweden Linköping
9 4FW Kosovare Asllani (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 29) 126 32 Spain Tacón
14 3MF Julia Roddar (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 27) 6 0 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg
17 3MF Caroline Seger (captain) (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 34) 193 27 Sweden Rosengård
19 3MF Anna Anvegård (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 22) 8 1 Sweden Växjö DFF
23 3MF Elin Rubensson (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 26) 62 2 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg

7 4FW Madelen Janogy (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Sweden Piteå
10 4FW Sofia Jakobsson (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 29) 100 17 France Montpellier
11 4FW Stina Blackstenius (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 23) 43 10 Sweden Linköping
16 4FW Julia Zigiotti Olme (1997-12-24) 24 December 1997 (age 21) 6 0 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg
18 4FW Fridolina Rolfö (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 25) 34 8 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
20 4FW Mimmi Larsson (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 25) 20 6 Sweden Linköping
22 4FW Olivia Schough (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 28) 72 9 Sweden Djurgårdens IF

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been named to a squad in the last 12 months.

This list may be incomplete, and caps and goals may be incorrect.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Cajsa Andersson (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Sweden Piteå v.  England, 11 November 2018

DF Mia Carlsson (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 29) 9 0 Sweden Kristianstad v.  England, 11 November 2018
DF Jessica Samuelsson (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 27) 55 0 Sweden Rosengard v.  England, 11 November 2018

MF Hanna Folkesson (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 31) 48 1 Sweden Djurgårdens IF v.  England, 11 November 2018
MF Julia Spetsmark (1989-06-30) 30 June 1989 (age 30) 4 0 United States North Carolina Courage v.  England, 11 November 2018

FW Julia Karlenäs (1993-10-06) 6 October 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Sweden Piteå v.  England, 11 November 2018

Most capped players[edit]

# Name Sweden career Caps
1 Therese Sjögran 1997–2015 214
2 Caroline Seger 2005–present 195
3 Lotta Schelin 2004–2017 185
4 Victoria Svensson 1996–2009 166
5 Nilla Fischer 2001–present 165
6 Kristin Bengtsson 1991–2005 157
7 Hedvig Lindahl 2002–present 152
8 Malin Andersson 1994–2005 151
9 Pia Sundhage 1975–1996 146
10 Lisa Dahlkvist 2008–present 134
*Active players in bold, statistics as of 24 October 2018.[17]

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Player Sweden career Goals Caps Goals per game
1 Lotta Schelin 2004–2017 88 185 0.47
2 Hanna Ljungberg 1996–2008 72 130 0.55
3 Lena Videkull 1984–1996 71 111 0.64
4 Pia Sundhage 1975–1996 71 146 0.49
5 Victoria Svensson 1996–2009 68 166 0.40
6 Malin Andersson 1994–2005 38 151 0.25
7 Anneli Andelén 1985–1995 37 88 0.42
8 Kosovare Asllani 2008–present 31 120 0.26
9 Caroline Seger 2005–present 26 186 0.14
10 Helen Johansson 1981–1995 23 88 0.26

Coaches[edit]

Name P W D L GF GA Debut Last match
Christer Molander 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 August 1973 25 August 1973
Hasse Karlsson 12 7 1 4 19 10 26 July 1974 2 October 1976
Tord Grip 7 6 1 0 17 3 18 June 1977 21 October 1978
Ulf Bergquist 7 3 3 1 10 4 5 July 1979 27 July 1979
Ulf Lyfors 51 34 11 6 135 39 28 June 1980 30 September 1987
Gunilla Paijkull 43 30 6 7 100 30 27 April 1988 29 November 1991
Bengt Simonsson 60 37 6 17 153 69 8 March 1992 31 August 1996
Marika Domanski-Lyfors 135 71 26 38 277 142 9 October 1996 16 June 2005
Thomas Dennerby 113 68 18 27 240 112 28 August 2005 15 September 2012
Pia Sundhage 81 43 18 20 156 72 23 October 2012 29 July 2017
Peter Gerhardsson 15 11 2 2 34 6 19 September 2017 -
Total 525 310 93 122 1,141 487 - -
*Statistics as of 24 October 2018.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sjögran Caps and goals
  2. ^ Schelin Caps and goals
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Förlust i Örebro mot Tyskland". Swedish Football Association (in Swedish). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  5. ^ Mats Bråstedt. "'SOK lovar damerna en storsatsning'". Expressen.se. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  6. ^ Algarve Cup
  7. ^ Nordic Women's Championships 1974–1982 rsssf.com/ Retrieved 09–03–13.
  8. ^ Cyprus Tournament (Women) 1990–1993 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  9. ^ North America Cup 1987 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  10. ^ Australia Cup 1999–2004 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Sveriges motståndare 1973–2016" (in Swedish). SvFF.
  12. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  13. ^ @Algarve_Cup (7 March 2018). "UPDATE: The match between the Netherlands and Sweden has been cancelled due to heavy rain. As a result, both teams will be awarded 1st place" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  15. ^ @Algarve_Cup (7 March 2018). "UPDATE: The match between the Netherlands and Sweden has been cancelled due to heavy rain. As a result, both teams will be awarded 1st place" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ https://www.svenskfotboll.se/nyheter/landslag/2019/5/dam-vm-trupp/
  17. ^ Sweden – Caps and Goals
  18. ^ Sweden – Förbundskapten

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
European Champions
1984 (First title)
Succeeded by
1987 Norway