Åland United

Last updated
Aland United.png
Founded 2004
Ground Wiklöf Holding Arena
Mariehamn
Åland Islands
Finland
Ground Capacity 4 000 (1 600 seated)
Chairman Flag of Aland.svg Ted Martell
Coach Flag of Aland.svg Samuel Fagerholm
Flag of Aland.svg Daniela Haglund
League Naisten Liiga
2013 Champion
KMF - Aland United (in blue) Womens soccer in Finland.jpg
KMF – Åland United (in blue)

Åland United is a Finnish women's football club from Lemland.

Finland Republic in Northern Europe

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Finland is a Nordic country and is situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.

Lemland Municipality in Åland, Finland

Lemland is a municipality of Åland, an autonomous territory of Finland.

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In 2004 Åland's clubs Lemlands IF and IF Finströms Kamraterna decided to strengthen the women's football in the region. Their combined team operated under Lemlands IF using name Åland United. United managed promotion to the top national women's league, the Naisten Liiga, in 2005. In 2008 other Ålandic clubs Sunds IF, IFK Mariehamn and Saltviks IF joined in the cooperation and Åland United became an independent, pure women's football club. [1] [2]

Lemlands Idrottsförening or Lemlands IF is a Finnish sports club situated in Lemland on the Åland Islands. The club is best known for its football section. Lemlands IF is competing in the Swedish Football Division 7. Wilhelm Ingves, a striker of the Finnish Premier Division outfit IFK Mariehamn, is a former youth player of Lemlands IF.

IF Finströms Kamraterna is a sports and football club in Åland. The football team currently plays in Division III of the Finnish football league.

Naisten Liiga is the premier division of women's football in Finland. It was established in 2006 as the successor of 1971 founded Naisten SM-sarja. The first Naisten Liiga season was played in 2007.

In 2009 Åland United won the championship and played in the 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League. [3] They started in the round of 32 and lost both legs to reigning champion Turbine Potsdam. In subsequent seasons Åland United has been 3rd (2010), 4th (2011), 2nd (2012) and champions (2013)

The 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League was the tenth edition of the European women's championship for football clubs. The final was held in London, England on 26 May 2011 at Craven Cottage.

Titles

Record in UEFA competitions
SeasonCompetitionStageResultOpponent
2010–11 Champions League Round of 320–9, 0–6 Flag of Germany.svg Turbine Potsdam
2014–15 Champions League Qualifying round4–0 Flag of Macedonia.svg ŽFK Kochani
0–7 Flag of Poland.svg Medyk Konin
0–1 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg SFK 2000

Current squad

As of 10 June 2018Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches. In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a "clear connection" to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.

No.PositionPlayer
1 Flag of Finland.svg GK Ann-Sofie Gripenberg
2 Flag of Finland.svg FW Isabella Mattsson
3 Flag of Sweden.svg MF Emelie Johansson
5 Flag of Finland.svg DF Mikaela Frondelius
6 Flag of Mexico.svg MF Briana Campos
7 Flag of Estonia.svg MF Signy Aarna
8 Flag of Sweden.svg MF Sara Nordin
9 Flag of Finland.svg FW Tia Hirvonen
No.PositionPlayer
10 Flag of the United States.svg MF Sydney Blomquist
11 Flag of Estonia.svg DF Pille Raadik
12 Flag of Finland.svg GK Anna Tamminen
14 Flag of Finland.svg MF Maryette Karring
16 Flag of Finland.svg FW Sofia Lindström
17 Flag of Spain.svg MF Rosa Maria Herreros Ossorio
18 Flag of Finland.svg MF Jenny Danielsson
20 Flag of Finland.svg DF Rebecca Björkvall
24 Flag of Finland.svg DF Sanna Porali
26 Flag of Finland.svg MF Selma Viktorsson

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References

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  3. "Finland - List of Women Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  4. "Truppen". laget.se. Retrieved 10 June 2018.