|Nickname(s)||Kuq e Zinjtë|
(The Red and Blacks)
|Association||Albanian Football Association|
|Head coach||Armir Grimaj|
|Most caps||Denisa Proto (22)|
|Top scorer||Furtuna Velaj (7)|
|Home stadium||Elbasan Arena|
|Current|| 78 |
|Highest||40 (April 2015)|
|Lowest||136 (December 2011)|
(Pogradec, Albania; 5 May 2011)
(Struga, Macedonia; 10 November 2011)
(Durrës, Albania; 13 September 2014)
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|World Cup Finals||World Cup Qualification record|
|Did Not Enter|
|Did Not Qualify||6/6||13||3||1||9||8||56||−48|
|Did Not Qualify||4/5||11||3||2||6||9||25||−16|
|European Championship Finals||European Championship Qualification record|
|1984||Did Not Enter|
|Did not qualify||5/5||8||0||0||8||3||31||−28|
|To be determined||4/5||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
The following players were named to the squad for official World Cup Qualifiers match against
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Marigona Zani||5 July 1996||9||0|
|GK||Viona Rexhepi||24 July 1996||0||0|
|DF||Albina Rrahmani||24 February 1989||16||1|
|DF||Cyme Lulaj||20 October 1989||14||0|
|DF||Lucie Gjini||2 May 1994||13||0|
|DF||Arbiona Bajraktari||10 September 1996||7||0|
|DF||Sara Maliqi||9 October 1995||5||0|
|DF||Arbenita Curraj||28 July 1996||0||0|
|DF||Denisa Proto||25 April 1991||18||0|
|MF||Ezmiralda Franja||4 February 1997||9||0|
|MF||Lavdie Begolli||19 January 1993||6||0|
|MF||Megi Doci||14 October 1996||6||0|
|MF||Endrina Elezaj||12 January 1997||1||0|
|MF||Furtuna Velaj||3 August 1990||22||7|
|MF||Qendresa Krasniqi||28 June 1994||5||1|
|FW||Suada Jashari||19 October 1988||13||3|
|FW||Ambra Gjergji||13 March 1997||3||0|
|FW||Uendi Muja||4 June 1999||0||0|
|MF||Kujtime Kurbogaj||26 November 1996||3||1|
|MF||Dafina Memedov||21 February 1990||10||2|
|MF||Geldona Morina||3 August 1994||3||-|
|MF||Saranda Hashani||20 May 1996||10||2|
|MF||Elizabeta Ejupi||21 April 1994||3||-|
The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|FW||Emanuela Jaku||11 May 1993||0||0|
|MF||Gleona Taullaj||29 April 1996||0||0|
|DF||Erida Bajrakurtaj||16 March 1994||1||0|
|DF||Ester Pocesta||9 August 1993||0||0|
|FW||Marsela Djegsina||13 May 1995||0||0|
|GK||Ardiola Raxhimi||12 September 1998||0||0|
|GK||Pëllumbesha Gjyli||31 August 1986||15||0|
|GK||Veronika Jashari||16 May 1997||0||0|
|GK||Desantila Hoxhaj||1 July 1988||0||0|
|GK||Elandra Basha||24 March 1988||0||0|
|DF||Fitore Govori||3 August 1987|
|DF||Irisa Beqiraga||29 December 1993|
|DF||Fatbardha Aliu||5 June 1996|
|DF||Nora Selmani||14 September 1988|
|DF||Xhuljeta Preci||16 December 1994|
|DF||Donilda Sufaj||14 March 1993|
|DF||Greta Lazri||7 August 1995|
|DF||Lumturie Muhadri||30 November 1982|
|MF||Aurora Seranaj||14 May 1982||3||1|
|MF||Marcela Ndoci||12 February 1998||1||0|
|MF||Floralba Krasniqi||26 August 1994|
|MF||Atdhetare Halitjaja||2 November 1993|
|MF||Valbona Jusufi||18 September 1992|
|MF||Nurtene Topalli||26 May 1993|
|MF||Xhemile Berisha||22 July 1981|
|MF||Rovena Ndoci||5 January 1998|
|MF||Dielona Luta||9 November 1994||0||0|
|MF||Arjeta Krasniqi||29 June 1989|
|FW||Klaudia Rrotani||16 May 1995||0||0|
|MF||Naime Merovci||28 March 1993|
|FW||Arbnora Robelli||3 September 1992|
|FW||Ana Baro||1 November 1992|
|FW||Ellvana Curo||22 January 1992|
|FW||Blerta Kaçiu||24 February 1992|
|22 October 2015 2017 Euro qualifier|| Albania ||1–4||Loni Papuçiu Stadium, Fier|
|14:00|| Kurbogaj ||Report|| Zani |
Referee: Zuzana Štrpková (Slovakia)
|27 October 2015 2017 Euro qualifier|| Romania ||3–0||Stadionul Mogoșoaia, Mogoșoaia|
|15:00|| Lunca |
Referee: Ana Minić (Serbia)
|26 January 2016 2017 Euro qualifier|| Greece ||3–2||Trikala Municipal Stadium, Trikala|
|13:00|| Sidira |
|Report|| Velaj |
Referee: Virginie Derouaux (Belgium)
|4 March 2016 2017 Euro qualifier|| Albania ||0–4||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan|
|14:30||Report|| Apanaschenko |
Referee: Elia Martínez (Spain)
|8 April 2016 2017 Euro qualifier|| Ukraine ||2–0||Arena Lviv, Lviv|
|17:00|| Apanaschenko ||Report||Attendance: 2,484|
Referee: Tanja Subotič (Slovenia)
|26 April 2016 Friendly||6–0||Ménfői út, Győr|
|13:30|| Vágó |
|2 June 2016 2017 Euro qualifier|| Albania ||0–3||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan|
|17:00||Report|| Vătafu ||Attendance: 150|
Referee: Lois Otte (Belgium)
|6 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ||3–2||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|12:00|| Bajraktari |
| Rexha ||Attendance: 3,000|
Referee: Lorraine Clark (Scotland)
|8 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ||0–0||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|14:00||Referee: Lorraine Clark (Scotland)|
|11 April 2017 FIFA WWCQ||2–1||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|14:00||Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)|
|15 September 2017 FIFA WWCQ||1–4||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|17:00|| Begolli || Brunner |
Referee: Amy Rayner (England)
|19 September 2017 FIFA WWCQ||1–0||FC Minsk Stadium, Minsk|
|17:00|| Shuppo ||Attendance: 350|
Referee: Paula Brady (Republic of Ireland)
|24 October 2017 FIFA WWCQ||5–0||St Mirren Park, Paisley|
|20:30|| Begolli |
|Referee: Dimitrina Milkova (Bulgaria)|
|24 November 2017 FIFA WWCQ||1–4||Elbasan Arena, Albania|
|17:00|| Doci || Sikora |
|Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)|
|6 April 2018 FIFA WWCQ||1–1||Osrodek Sportu i Rekreacji, Włocławek|
| Daleszczyk || Morina ||Referee: María Dolores Martinez Madrona (Spain)|
|10 April 2018 FIFA WWCQ||1-0||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan|
|Gjini||Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala (Finland)|
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential|
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