(Women's National Team)
|Association|| Faroe Islands|
Football Association (FSF)
|Head coach||Pætur S. Clementsen|
|Captain||Rannvá B. Andreasen|
|Most caps||Rannvá B. Andreasen (52)|
|Top scorer||Rannvá B. Andreasen (26)|
|Current|| 85 |
|Highest||60 (June 2009)|
|Lowest||88 (July–September 2015)|
(Toftir, Faroe Islands; 24 September 1995)
(Kópavogur, Iceland; 25 June 1986)
(Ħamrun, Malta; 6 April 2015)
(Douglas, Isle of Man; 12 July 2001)
(Aspach, Germany; 24 October 2017)
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.
The Faroe Islands, or the Faeroe Islands, is a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometres (200 mi) north-northwest of Scotland, and about halfway between Norway and Iceland. It is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. The islands have a total area of about 1,400 square kilometres (540 sq mi) with a population of 51,783 as of June 2019.
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The FSF scrapped their women's national team after the tournament, as they were unwilling to fund travel to away fixtures. They did enter competitions at youth level, which were not played on a home and away basis but were mini-tournaments staged in a single location to keep costs down.
When the senior women's national team was relaunched in 2004 after an eight-year hiatus, their first match was a 2–1 friendly defeat to Ireland. Irish coach Noel King named an experimental team which lacked his leading players from Arsenal Ladies.The game was staged in Klaksvík on 12 October 2004, the day before the nations' senior men's teams met at Lansdowne Road, Dublin.
In the next match, a return friendly with Ireland at the Oscar Traynor Centre in Dublin, Rannvá B. Andreasen put the Faroe Islands ahead after six minutes. Ireland hit back to win 2–1.
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|World Cup Finals|
|Did not enter|
|Did not qualify|
|1||3||3||0||0||9||3||+6||9||Qualifying group stage||—||2–1||—||5–1|
The squad called up for the match against Iceland for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification.
Caps and goals updated as of 24 November 2017.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Monika Biskopstø||29 December 1994||3||0|
|GK||Jóna Nicolajsen||16 May 1986||4||0|
|DF||Birita Nielsen||7 September 1999||5||1|
|DF||Arnborg Lervig||20 October 1997||2||0|
|DF||Katrina Akursmørk||21 October 1996||2||0|
|DF||Rebekka Danielsen||10 March 2000||0||0|
|DF||Guðrið Poulsen||8 May 1997||0||0|
|MF||Birna Tummasardóttir Mikkelsen||4 January 1994||12||0|
|MF||Lív Arge||20 March 1997||22||2|
|MF||Anna Sofía Sevdal||20 December 1993||33||0|
|MF||Eyðvør Klakstein||5 September 1995||26||4|
|MF||Olga Kristina Hansen||28 February 1990||47||5|
|MF||Ásla Johannesen||9 May 1996||14||1|
|MF||Evy á Lakjuni||12 August 1999||0||0|
|MF||Jacoba Langgaard||24 September 1988||5||1|
|FW||Margunn Lindholm||16 April 1996||9||0|
|FW||Milja Simonsen||11 January 1997||18||4|
|FW||Rannvá Andreasen||10 November 1980||52||26|
|FW||Heidi Sevdal||6 March 1989||45||19|
|FW||Hanna Højgaard||7 April 1989||1||0|
Players in bold are still active.
On 28 November 2012 two of the players of the Faroe Islands women's national team set a world record. For the first time ever a parent and child played together in a football match for their country.Bára Skaale Klakkstein has played for many years now on the national team, Eyðvør has played for the U17 and U19 national teams, but on 28 November 2012 both mother and daughter played together in a friendly match against Luxembourg. The Faroe Islands won 6–0. Eyðvør was born on 5 September 1995 and was 17 years old when playing this match which was her first for the national team. The mother, Bára Skaale Klakkstein, was born on 24 March 1973 and was 39 years old, when she played the match against Luxembourg. Mother and daughter have played together on the KÍ women's best team since 2010.
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