|Association|| Italian Football Federation |
|Head coach||Milena Bertolini|
|Most caps||Patrizia Panico (196)|
|Top scorer|| Patrizia Panico |
Elisabetta Vignotto (107)
|Current|| 15 |
|Highest||10 (July 2003)|
|Lowest||19 (March 2017)|
(Viareggio, Italy, 23 February 1968)
(Vercelli, Italy, 17 September 2014)
(Ringsted, Denmark, 16 May 1982)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1991 )|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1991, 2019)|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1984 )|
|Best result||Runners-up (1993, 1997)|
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On 8 June 2018, twenty years since their last participation, Italy qualified for the 2019 FIFA World Cup, winning its qualifying group with a game in hand.In the group stage of the tournament, Italy won Group C, recording two victories against Australia (2–1) and Jamaica (5–0), which guaranteed advancement to the knockout stage, with Italy's defeat to Brazil (0–1) irrelevant to the final table. In the round of 16, Italy won 2–0 over China, advancing to the quarter-finals for the second time in their history. However, with a 2–0 defeat to European Champions Netherlands, Italy's World Cup journey came to an end on 29 June 2019.
|FIFA Women's World Cup||0||0||0||0|
|UEFA Women's Championship||0||2||1||3|
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|Quarter-finals||5th of 12||4||2||0||2||8||5|
|Did not qualify|
|Group stage||9th of 16||3||1||1||1||3||3|
|Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined|
|UEFA Women's Championship record|
|Third place||3rd of 4||2||1||0||1||2||3|
|Fourth place||4th of 4||2||0||1||1||2||3|
|Fourth place||4th of 4||2||0||0||2||1||5|
|Runners-up||2nd of 4||2||0||1||1||1||2|
|Did not qualify|
|Runners-up||2nd of 8||5||2||2||1||7||6|
|Group stage||5th of 8||3||1||1||1||3||4|
|Group stage||8th of 8||3||0||0||3||4||12|
|Quarter-finals||7th of 12||4||2||0||2||5||5|
|Quarter-finals||6th of 12||4||1||1||2||3||5|
|Group stage||13th of 16||3||1||0||2||5||6|
|To be determined|
Win Draw Loss
|18 January Friendly|| Italy ||2–1||Empoli, Italy|
|18:00 UTC+2|| Mauro |
|Report|| Girelli ||Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani |
Referee: Shane Shukrula
|22 January Friendly|| Italy ||2–0||Cesena, Italy|
|18:00 UTC+2|| Mauro ||Report||Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi |
Referee: : Marina Visnjic
|27 February Cyprus Cup Group|| Mexico ||0–5||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|Report||Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium|
|1 March Cyprus Cup Group|| Hungary ||0–3||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|Report||Stadium: GSZ Stadium |
|4 March Cyprus Cup Group|| Italy ||4–1||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|Report||Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hugnary)|
|6 March Cyprus Cup Final|| North Korea ||3–3 (a.e.t.)|
|Report||Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium |
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
|9 AprilFriendly|| Italy ||2–1||Reggio Emilia, Italy|
|29 MayFriendly|| Italy ||3–1||Ferrara, Italy|
|Report||Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza |
Referee: Tess Olofsson
|9 June 2019 FIFA WWC GS|| Australia ||1–2||Valenciennes, France|
|13:00||Report||Stadium: Stade du Hainaut |
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|14 June 2019 FIFA WWC GS|| Jamaica ||0–5||Reims, France|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Stade Auguste-Delaune |
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
|18 June 2019 FIFA WWC GS|| Italy ||0–1||Valenciennes, France|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Stade du Hainaut |
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)
|25 June 2019 FIFA WWC R16|| Italy ||2–0||Montpellier, France|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Stade de la Mosson |
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)
The following 23 players were called up for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Caps, goals and player numbers are correct as of 29 June 2019 [update] after the match against the Netherlands.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Laura Giuliani||6 June 1993||40||0|
|12||GK||Chiara Marchitelli||4 May 1985||40||0|
|22||GK||Rosalia Pipitone||3 August 1985||3||0|
|3||DF||Sara Gama (captain)||27 March 1989||101||5|
|5||DF||Elena Linari||15 April 1994||34||0|
|7||DF||Alia Guagni||1 October 1987||67||5|
|13||DF||Elisa Bartoli||7 May 1991||51||1|
|16||DF||Laura Fusetti||8 October 1990||0||0|
|17||DF||Lisa Boattin||3 May 1997||14||0|
|20||DF||Linda Tucceri||4 April 1991||8||1|
|2||MF||Valentina Bergamaschi||22 January 1997||20||3|
|4||MF||Aurora Galli||13 December 1996||28||4|
|6||MF||Martina Rosucci||9 May 1992||37||1|
|8||MF||Alice Parisi||11 December 1990||46||5|
|11||MF||Barbara Bonansea||13 June 1991||54||19|
|15||MF||Annamaria Serturini||13 May 1998||1||0|
|21||MF||Valentina Cernoia||22 June 1991||36||6|
|23||MF||Manuela Giugliano||18 August 1997||26||3|
|9||FW||Daniela Sabatino||26 June 1985||49||21|
|10||FW||Cristiana Girelli||23 April 1990||56||31|
|14||FW||Stefania Tarenzi||29 February 1988||3||1|
|18||FW||Ilaria Mauro||22 May 1988||28||8|
|19||FW||Valentina Giacinti||2 January 1994||25||4|
The following table shows Italy's all-time official international record per opponent:
Last updated: Italy vs Netherlands, 29 June 2019. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
Below is a chart of Italy's FIFA ranking from 2003 to the present.
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