Andorra women's national football team

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Andorra
Association Andorran Football Federation
(Federació Andorrana de Futbol)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach José Antonio Martín
Captain Marina Fernández
Most caps 9 players (3)
Top scorer Alba López (2)
Home stadium Comunal d'Andorra la Vella
FIFA code AND
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FIFA ranking
Current 156 Decrease2.svg 3 (12 July 2019) [1]
Highest114 (March 2017)
Lowest156 (July 2019)
First international
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 0–1 Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg
(Gibraltar; 1 July 2014)
Biggest win
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 0–1 Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg
(Gibraltar; 1 July 2014)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 8–0 Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg
(Ħamrun, Malta; 6 April 2015)

The Andorra women's national football team (Catalan : Selecció femenina de futbol d'Andorra) represents Andorra in women's association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra.

Catalan language Romance language

Catalan is a Western Romance language derived from Vulgar Latin and named after the medieval Principality of Catalonia, in northeastern modern Spain. It is the only official language of Andorra, and a co-official language of the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia. It also has semi-official status in the Italian comune of Alghero. It is also spoken in the eastern strip of Aragon, in some villages of Region of Murcia called Carche and in the Pyrénées-Orientales department of France. These territories are often called Països Catalans or "Catalan Countries".

Andorra European microstate between France and Spain

Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra, is a sovereign landlocked microstate on the Iberian Peninsula, in the eastern Pyrenees, bordered by France to the north and Spain to the south. Believed to have been created by Charlemagne, Andorra was ruled by the Count of Urgell until 988, when it was transferred to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Urgell, and the present principality was formed by a charter in 1278. It is known as a principality as it is a diarchy headed by two Princes: the Catholic Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia, Spain, and the President of France.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

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History

Background and development

With a FIFA trigramme of AND [2] and having become a FIFA affiliated in 1996, the national association did not respond to a survey about the status of women's football in the country. In May of the following year, the official who answered another survey from FIFA reckoned there to be 37 active female players, all described as "100% beginners/amateurs". It was further suggested women's football had begun that year in Andorra and that there had been no previous interest in any women's sport. There was no participation in national or international competitions, though three women were employed in the association. [3]

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, usually known as women's football or women's soccer, is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.

As of 2009, the programme was geared for young girls with player registration starting at the age of six. There are only six women's teams in the country, all for girls under the age of sixteen and includes a national and schools competition. [4] There is also a national women's competition that took place in 2010/2011. [5] 16% of the money from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) is targeted at the technical development of the game, which includes women's football, sport medicine and futsal. This compares to 48% for youth football and 25% for infrastructure. [6]

Between 1991 and 2010, there was no FIFA FUTURO III regional course for women's coaching, no women's football seminar held in the country and no FIFA MA course held for women/youth football. [4]

The team

On 1 July 2014, the senior team played its first international game in the UEFA Development Tournament celebrated in Gibraltar. Andorra defeated Gibraltar by 1–0, scored by Alba at the 61st minute. [7] [8] The next day, they played its second international game, losing against Luxembourg by 4–0.

Gibraltar British Overseas Territory

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi) and is bordered to the north by Spain. The landscape is dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar at the foot of which is a densely populated town area, home to over 30,000 people, primarily Gibraltarians.

The Gibraltar women's national football team represents the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar in international women's association football. Although the Gibraltar Football Association is a member of UEFA and FIFA, the association is yet to field a women's team in FIFA Women's World Cup or UEFA Women's Championship qualification. Instead, the team has largely been restricted to appearances at the biennial Island Games football tournaments, first appearing in the 2015 edition. The team is currently managed by Steve Cummings, assisted by Johnny Thick.

Luxembourg womens national football team womens national association football team representing Luxembourg

Luxembourg women's national football team represent Luxembourg in international football.

On 18 December 2014, UEFA announced Andorra would take part in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying. This was their debut competitive match at female football. [9] In its first official game, the team lost 3–5 to Malta. [10] Andorra finished the preliminary round with two more defeats against Faroe Islands by 0–8 and Georgia by 0–7.

The UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying competition was a women's football competition that determined the 15 teams joining the automatically qualified hosts Netherlands in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 final tournament.

Malta womens national football team womens national association football team representing Malta

The Malta women's national football team represents the Malta Football Association in international women's football matches sanctioned by UEFA. As of June 2017, Malta ranks 94th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Faroe Islands womens national football team womens national association football team representing the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands women's national football team represents the Faroe Islands in women's association football and is controlled by the Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF), the governing body of all football in the Faroe Islands. The FSF became a member of International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) in 1988 and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in 1990. By population it remains the fourth smallest member of UEFA, which encompasses the countries of Europe. The women's team played their first FIFA-sanctioned international match in 1995 and have never advanced to the finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup or UEFA Women's Championship. They took part in the Island Games in 2001, 2003 and 2005 and won all three tournaments, as well as appearing at the 2010 edition of the Algarve Cup. In the Faroe Islands the team is known as the Kvinnulandsliðið.

On 30 June 2016, the Andorran Football Federation announced José Antonio Martín as the new head coach of the women's national team. [11]

Stadium

Andorra's former home stadium, Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella. Estadi Comunal Vella.jpg
Andorra's former home stadium, Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella.

From 1996 until 2014 Andorra played their home matches at the Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, in the capital city of Andorra la Vella. This stadium has a capacity of 1,800 people.

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