|Nickname(s)||Belgian Red Flames|
|Association||Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA)|
|Head coach||Ives Serneels|
|Most caps||Aline Zeler (103)|
|Top scorer||Tessa Wullaert (38)|
|Home stadium||Den Dreef|
|Current|| 21 |
|Highest||21 (December 2018)|
|Lowest||35 (November 2010, March 2011)|
(Reims, France; 30 May 1976)
(Leuven, Belgium; 19 September 2017)
(Alginet, Spain; 29 February 2004)
(Oslo, Norway; 26 September 1992)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2017 )|
|Best result||Group 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, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country 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 square kilometres (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.
Women's association football, also commonly 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.
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.
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.
The French women's national football team is directed by the French Football Federation (FFF). The team competes as a member of UEFA in various international football tournaments such as the FIFA Women's World Cup, UEFA Women's Euro, the Summer Olympics, and the Algarve Cup.
Reims, a city in the Grand Est region of France, lies 129 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Paris. The 2013 census recorded 182,592 inhabitants in the city of Reims proper, and 317,611 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Its primary river, the Vesle, is a tributary of the Aisne.
The Switzerland women's national football team represents Switzerland in international women's football. The team played its first match in 1972.
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.
The qualification for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football was held between August 18, 1982 and October 28, 1983.
The Netherlands women's national football team is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.
The Denmark women's national football team represents Denmark in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU).
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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Sweden women's national football team won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, one World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers. The team has participated in six Olympic Games, seven World Cups, as well as nine European Championships. Sweden won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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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In the UEFA qualification for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 16 teams belonging to the First Category of European women's football were drawn into four groups, from which the group winners qualify for the World Cup finals. The winner of the Qualifying Playoffs between the Runners-up of each four group will also qualify.
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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".Following the improvements, the RBFA invested in more growth in 2015, targeting qualification for Euro 2017. 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. The Netherlands won its final and thus claimed the final UEFA qualifying spot at the 2019 World Cup.
|28 February 2018 2018 Cyprus Cup Group Stage|| Belgium ||1–2||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca|
|13:00|| De Caigny |
|5 March 2018 2018 Cyprus Cup Group Stage|| Belgium ||2–0||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca|
|7 March 2018 2018 Cyprus Cup Fifth Place Match|| South Africa ||1–2||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca|
|15:00|| Matlou |
|6 April 2018 2019 World Cup Qualifying G6|| Belgium ||1–1||Den Dreef, Leuven|
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
|10 April 2018 2019 World Cup Qualifying G6|| Italy ||2–1||Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara|
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
|10 June 2018 2019 World Cup Qualifying G6|| Moldova ||0–7||Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău|
Referee: Marina Višnjić (Serbia)
|31 August 2018 2019 World Cup Qualifying G6|| Romania ||0–1||Stadionul Municipal, Botoșani|
|19:00||Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)|
|4 September 2018 2019 World Cup Qualifying G6|| Belgium ||2–1||Den Dreef, Leuven|
|17:00||Referee: Florence Guillemin (France)|
|5 October 2018 World Cup qualifier – Play-off SF|| Belgium ||2–2||Den Dreef, Leuven|
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
The following players were named to the squad for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification match against
Caps and goals are correct as of 11 July 2017.
Head coach: Ives Serneels
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Nicky Evrard||26 May 1995||16||0|
|GK||Diede Lemey||7 October 1996||4||0|
|GK||Justien Odeurs||13 May 1997||22||0|
|DF||Maud Coutereels||21 May 1986||69||9|
|DF||Laura Deloose||19 June 1993||19||2|
|DF||Laura De Neve||9 October 1994||12||0|
|DF||Charlotte Tison||21 April 1998||0||0|
|DF||Nicky Van Den Abbeele||21 February 1994||29||0|
|DF||Lore Vanschoenwinkel||7 April 1991|
|DF||Silke Vanwynsberghe||25 April 1997|
|DF||Aline Zeler (c)||2 June 1983||94||28|
|MF||Julie Biesmans||4 May 1994||47||2|
|MF||Tine De Caigny||9 June 1997||30||7|
|MF||Kassandra Missipo||3 February 1998||1||0|
|MF||Lenie Onzia||30 May 1989||34||4|
|MF||Davina Philtjens||26 February 1989||57||7|
|MF||Elien Van Wynendaele||19 February 1995||19||1|
|MF||Sarah Wijnants||13 October 1999||4||0|
|FW||Jassina Blom||4 September 1994||7||2|
|FW||Janice Cayman||12 October 1988||69||20|
|FW||Jana Coryn||26 June 1992||20||1|
|FW||Yana Daniëls||8 May 1992||27||4|
|FW||Chloé Vande Velde||6 June 1997||0||0|
|MF||Elke Van Gorp||12 May 1995||20||6|
|FW||Davinia Vanmechelen||30 August 1999||11||3|
|FW||Tessa Wullaert||19 March 1993||59||32|
The following players have been selected for Belgium in the past 12 months, but are not part of the current squad.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Sofie Van Houtven||3 August 1987||25||0||v. |
|DF||Heleen Jaques||20 April 1988||77||1||UEFA Women's Euro 2017|
|DF||Lorca Van De Putte||3 April 1988||55||2||UEFA Women's Euro 2017|
|DF||Imke Courtois||14 March 1988||21||0||UEFA Women's Euro 2017|
|DF||Jody Vangheluwe||15 July 1997||0||0||Euro 2017 preparation|
|MF||Sara Yuceil||22 June 1988||21||2||UEFA Women's Euro 2017|
|MF||Lien Mermans||27 September 1990||48||9||v. |
|MF||Justine Vanhaevermaet||29 April 1992||8||0||2017 Cyprus Cup from 1 to 8 March 2017|
|MF||Zandy Soree||1 August 1998||0||0||v. |
|FW||Tine Schryvers||11 March 1993||6||3||2017 Cyprus Cup from 1 to 8 March 2017|
Belgium was sorted into Group 6 for the 2019 World Cup qualifiers. They ended second in the group and earned a spot in the play-offs, but stranded there.
Belgium has been sorted into Group H for the Euro 2021 qualifiers.
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 record||Qualification record|
|Did not qualify||6||1||0||5||1||12|
|UEFA Women's Championship record||Qualification record|
|Did not qualify||6||1||3||2||7||12|
|Belgium and 17 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group|
|Belgium and 16 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group|
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.
Belgium has been invited to the Cyprus Cup four times, as of 2019 [update] . 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. Better results awaited them in 2017. Belgium ended 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. 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.
Finally and most recently, Belgium has been invited to play at the 2019 edition. They are in Group C with Austria, Slovakia and Nigeria.
As of 19 September 2017 [update] :
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