Belgium women's national football team

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Belgium
Nickname(s) Belgian Red Flames
Association Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ives Serneels
Captain Vacant
Most caps Aline Zeler (103)
Top scorer Tessa Wullaert (39)
Home stadium Den Dreef
FIFA code BEL
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 19 Increase2.svg 1 (12 July 2019) [1]
Highest19 (July 2019)
Lowest35 (November 2010, March 2011)
First international
Flag of France.svg  France 1–2 Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
(Reims, France; 30 May 1976)
Biggest win
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 12–0 Moldova  Flag of Moldova.svg
(Leuven, Belgium; 19 September 2017)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 9–1 Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
(Alginet, Spain; 29 February 2004)
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 8–0 Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
(Oslo, Norway; 26 September 1992)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2017 )
Best resultGroup Stage (2017)

The Belgium women's national football team (nicknamed Belgian Red Flames) represents Belgium in international women's football. It is controlled by the Royal Belgian Football Association, the governing body for football in Belgium. Their home stadium is Den Dreef and their current coach Ives Serneels. During most of its history the team has had poor results, but showed improvement in the Euro 2013 and 2015 World Cup Qualifiers. In 2016 they qualified for their first major tournament: Euro 2017.

Belgium Federal constitutional monarchy in Western Europe

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,688 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.

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Royal Belgian Football Association governing body of association football in Belgium

The Royal Belgian Football Association is the governing body of football in Brussels, Belgium. It was a founding member of FIFA in 1904 and UEFA in 1954 and is based in Brussels, not far from the King Baudouin Stadium. Its chairman is Gérard Linard.

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History

Early days (1976–1984)

Belgium played its first match against France on May 30, 1976 at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France. The game ended in a 2–1 victory. A year after this debut, the Belgian team played against Switzerland and France, tying both matches, 2–2 and 1–1 respectively. They played the same teams again the next year, this time beating both with 1–0 and 2–0. Another victory followed against Yugoslavia with 1–0. The team's first defeat however came at the hands of England: 3–0, which was followed by a 2–0 loss against France and a 2–2 tie against the Netherlands. In the following years, Belgium kept playing mostly against European teams.

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Reims Subprefecture and commune in Grand Est, France

Reims is the most populous city in the Marne department, in the Grand Est region of France. Its population in 2013 was of 182,592 in the city proper (commune) and 317,611 in the metropolitan area. The city lies 129 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Paris. Its primary river, the Vesle, is a tributary of the Aisne.

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First tournaments (1984–1989)

Belgium participated in qualifications for the first time for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football. They were sorted in Group 4 with the Netherlands, Denmark and West Germany. The campaign started off well with a 3–2 victory over the Netherlands, but continued with a 1–0 loss against Denmark and a 1–1 draw against West Germany. Despite having a neutral goal difference at this point, the Belgian team ended up last in the group after a 5–0 defeat against the Netherlands and draws against their other two opponents, 2–2 against Denmark and 1–1 against West Germany.

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Their second attempt at qualifying was for the 1987 European Competition, where they were joined in Group 3 by France, the Netherlands again and Sweden. Their games against France were one win and one loss, both 3–1. Their matches against their two other opponents however were all defeats: 3–1 and 3–0 against The Netherlands, and 5–0 and 2–1 against Sweden. This resulted in Belgium again ending last in the group.

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Belgium finally came close to qualifying for the tournament in its next iteration, in 1989. They played in Group 4 against four other teams: Czechoslovakia, France, Spain and Bulgaria. Among the eight games, they won two, drew four and lost two, with 7 goals for and 4 against. This earned them third place in the group of five, which did not suffice for qualification.

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Stagnation (1990–2011)

The Belgian team suffered a series of poor results from 1990 to 2011. They never won even half of their matches in any of the qualification campaigns during this period, except for one. This notable exception was the 2003 Women's World Cup qualifiers, where they won five games and suffered only one loss. Scotland however had achieved the same result and with better goal difference, leaving Belgium second in their group. This is nevertheless Belgium's best performance at the World Cup qualifiers so far (as of 2015), although it was followed by their worst: they lost all eight games in the next iteration (2007). At the UEFA Women's Euro qualifications, their best performances during this period were at the 1995 edition and the 2009 edition, both times losing 'only' half of their matches and drawing one.

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In the UEFA qualification for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 25 teams belonging to the First Category of European women's football were drawn into five groups, from which the group winners qualified for the World Cup finals. The qualifiers begun on 9 July 2005 and concluded on 30 September 2006, with five teams qualified: Denmark, England, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Of these, the latter three had qualified for the 2003 World Cup, while Denmark and England qualified over France and Russia.

Improvements (2011–present)

An era of victories began when Ives Serneels replaced Anne Noë as manager in 2011. Serneels led the team to improved qualification campaigns for Euro 2013 and 2015 World Cup, both times ending third in the group (just short of qualifying). Between both campaigns, the Belgian female football team adopted the nickname "Belgian Red Flames". [2] Following the improvements, the RBFA invested in more growth in 2015, targeting qualification for Euro 2017. [3] After a successful start in their qualifications group, the team was invited to play at the 2016 Algarve Cup in Portugal, one of the most prestigious women's international football events.

Belgium finished second in their Euro 2017 qualifications group (after England), which was enough to earn them their first ever qualification for a major tournament. At Euro 2017 Belgium secured a 2–0 upset win over Norway during group stage. However after losing 1–0 to Denmark and 2–1 to the Netherlands they finished third in their group and did not advance to the knockout round.

Belgium performed well in UEFA World Cup Qualifying for the 2019 World Cup and secured second place in Group 6 behind Italy. As a result they qualified for the UEFA Play-offs as they were one of the top 4 ranked second place teams. Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark were the other teams in the play-off. Belgium faced Switzerland in their play-off semi-final, after two legs the aggregate score was 3–3, but Switzerland advanced on away goals. The Netherlands then defeated Switzerland in the play-off final to claim the final UEFA qualifying spot at the 2019 World Cup. [4]

Recent schedule and results

This section lists results from the past 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2018

2019

Team

Caps and goals may be incorrect.

Current squad

The following players were named to the squad for the friendly against Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand on 1 June 2019. [5]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Nicky Evrard (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 24)160 Flag of Spain.svg Sporting Huelva
1 GK Justien Odeurs (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 22)330 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht

2 DF Maud Coutereels (1986-05-21) 21 May 1986 (age 33)869 Flag of France.svg Lille
2 DF Laura De Neve (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 24)150 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht
2 DF Heleen Jaques (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 31)892 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
2 DF Davina Philtjens (1989-02-26) 26 February 1989 (age 30)788 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
2 DF Shari Van Belle (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 19)30 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent
2 DF Aline Zeler (1983-06-02) 2 June 1983 (age 36)10028 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven

3 MF Julie Biesmans (1994-05-04) 4 May 1994 (age 25)472 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven
3 MF Celien Guns (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 21)40 Flag of the Netherlands.svg SC Heerenveen
3 MF Marie Minnaert (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 20)30 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent
3 MF Kassandra Missipo (1998-02-03) 3 February 1998 (age 21)130 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent
3 MF Lenie Onzia (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 30)344 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent
3 MF Justine Vanhaevermaet (1992-04-29) 29 April 1992 (age 27)100 Flag of Norway.svg Røa IL

4 FW Janice Cayman (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 30)9234 Flag of France.svg Lyon
4 FW Yana Daniëls (1992-05-08) 8 May 1992 (age 27)324 Flag of England.svg Bristol City
4 FW Elena Dhont (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 21)61 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent
4 FW Lisa Petry (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 18)10 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège
4 FW Ella Van Kerkhoven (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 25)71 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
4 FW Tessa Wullaert (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 26)7839 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

Recent call-ups

The following players have been selected for Belgium in the past 12 months, but are not part of the current squad.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Lisa Lichtfus (1999-12-29) 29 December 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 7 April 2019

DF Laura Deloose (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 26)243 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 7 April 2019

FW Tine De Caigny (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 22)369 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 7 April 2019
FW Chloé Vande Velde (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 22)61 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 7 April 2019
FW Davinia Vanmechelen (1999-08-30) 30 August 1999 (age 20)164 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 7 April 2019

Staff

Manager Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Ives Serneels
Assistant manager Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Tamara Cassimon
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Sven Cnudde
Fitness coach Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Cédric Lehance
Physiotherapist Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Fabienne Van De Steene

Current campaign

Euro 2021

Belgium has been sorted into Group H for the Euro 2021 qualifiers. Matches begin in August 2019.

Competitive record

Belgium has not yet featured at the World Cup, but has reached the end stage of the Euro 2017 tournament. Their best qualification rounds before that were for 2003 World Cup, 2013 Euro and 2015 World Cup.

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did not qualify6105112
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 62131513
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 8017623
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 6501139
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 8008825
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 83141813
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 106133411
Flag of France.svg 2019 8421118
Total6021632106114
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Championship

UEFA Women's Championship record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Denmark.svg Flag of England.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1984 Did not qualify6132712
Flag of Norway.svg 1987 6105617
Flag of Germany.svg 1989 824274
Flag of Denmark.svg 1991 6105112
Flag of Italy.svg 1993 412118
Flag of England.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 62131513
Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1997 Belgium and 17 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group
Flag of Germany.svg 2001 Belgium and 16 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group
Flag of England.svg 2005 8107539
Flag of Finland.svg 2009 8314715
Flag of Sweden.svg 2013 10622188
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2017 Group stage10th3102338521275
Flag of England.svg 2021 To be determined
Total1/123102337026153294133
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Minor Cups

Algarve Cup

Belgium was invited to play at the 2016 Algarve Cup in Portugal and ended fifth out of eight teams. The teams were divided into two groups; after the group stage, placement matches were played among the equally ranked teams from both groups. Belgium ended third in Group A, and won the placement match against Russia (third place in Group B) with 5–0. [6]

Cyprus Cup

Belgium has been invited to the Cyprus Cup four times, as of 2019. Their first appearance was in 2015. They were sorted into group C that year, with Mexico, Czech Republic and South Africa, and ended last in the group. They also lost the placement match (after penalties) against South Korea, resulting in the last place of all 12 teams. In 2017 Belgium finished third in Group A with Switzerland, North Korea and Italy, and eventually reached seventh place out of 12 after winning the placement match against Austria. [7]

Belgium was also invited to play the tournament in 2018, in a group with Austria, Czech Republic and Spain. They ended second in the group behind eventual winner Spain, and fifth overall (out of 12) after winning the placement match against South Africa.Belgium returned to the Cyprus Cup in 2019. They were in Group C with Austria, Slovakia and Nigeria. [8] Belgium finished in third place after defeating Austria on penalties in the third place match.

Records

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Aline Zeler

As of 12 July 2019:

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