Ivory Coast women's national football team

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Ivory Coast
Association Ivorian Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Clémentine Touré
Captain Dominique Thiamalé
FIFA code CIV
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 63 Steady2.svg(26 June 2020) [1]
Highest59 (March 2017)
Lowest136 (2011)
First international
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 0–3 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg
(1 June 1988, Foshan, China)
Biggest win
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 7–0 Mozambique  Flag of Mozambique.svg
(26 May 2012, Abidjan, Ivory Coast)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 0–10 Germany  Flag of Germany.svg
(7 June 2015, Ottawa, Canada)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2015 )
Best resultGroup Stage, (2015)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 2012 )
Best result3rd place, (2014)

The Ivory Coast women's national football team represents Ivory Coast in international women's football and is controlled by the Ivorian Football Federation. They played their first international match in 1988. The team is currently ranked 64th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings and as the 6th best team in CAF.

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History

In 1985, almost no country in the world had a women's national football team, [2] including Ivory Coast who did not play their first FIFA recognised match until 1988 [3] when they participated in the Women's FIFA Invitational Tournament 1988. The country was in Group A. On 1 June, they lost to the Netherlands 0–3 in a game in Foshan. On 3 June, they lost to Canada 0–6 in a game in Foshan. In a game on 5 June, they lost to China 1–8 in a game in Guangzhou. [4] In 1992, they competed at the 1st Lyon'ne Cup — Women, held in Lyon, France from 17–20 April. Ivory Coast was in the nation's group. They lost to the United States U20 team 0–4, lost to the CIS team 0–3 and lost to France 1–6. [5] In 2002, the team competed in 2 matches. [6] In 2003, they played in 0 matches. [6] In 2004, they played in 0 matches. [6] In 2005, they played in 3 matches. [6] In 2006, they played in 2 matches. [6] In 2006, the team had 3 training sessions a week. [6] In 2005, they played in the women's Tournoi de Solidarité in Dakar, Senegal. On 18 May, they lost to Mali 1–6. On 20 May, they tied Senegal 3–3. They did not make the finals and overall finished last in the tournament. [7] On 17 May 2006 in Dakar, Togo tied Ivory Coast 3–3. [8] In 2007, the country competed at the Tournoi de Cinq Nations held in Ouagadougou. On 2 September, they tied Mali 1–1 with Rita Akaffou scoring for the team in the 65th minute. On 5 September, they beat Togo 5–0 before Togo was disqualified from the competition for bringing a club team. On 6 September, they lost to Mali 1–2. [9] In 2010, the country had a team at the African Women's Championships during the preliminary rounds. In the round, they beat Guinea 5–1. They lost to Malawi 4–2 in the return leg. [10] In the 2010, Women's Championship in Africa, they lost in the preliminary round in March, they beat Gabon at home and away 2–1 and 3–1. In the first round against Nigeria, they lost both matches by scores of 1–2 and 1–3. [11] The country did not have a team competing at the 2011 All Africa Games. [12]

The national team has trained in Abidjan. [13] As of 2006, the country did not have an under-17 or under-20 side. [6] In June 2012, the team was ranked 67th in the world by FIFA and the 6th best team in CAF. [14] This was an improvement of four places from March 2012 when they were ranked 71st in the world. The team's worst ever ranking was in 2011 when they were ranked 136th in the world. Other rankings include 73 in 2006, 75 in 2007, 74 in 2008, 92 in 2009, and 77 in 2010. [15]

However, in 2014 African Women's Championship, Ivory Coast surprised everyone by passing through into the semi-final, and later, they shocked Africa by beating giant South Africa, marked for the first time they would play in FIFA Women's World Cup, in Canada 2015. In the later tournament, the World Cup, they were eliminated with three total losses to Germany (0–10), Thailand (2–3) and Norway (1–3). Despite having lost all, Ange N'Guessan's goal over Norway was voted as one of ten best goal in the whole tournament.

Background and development

Early development of the women's game at the time colonial powers brought football to the continent was limited, as colonial powers in the region tended to take concepts of patriarchy and women's participation in sport with them to local cultures that had similar concepts already embedded in them. [16] The lack of later development of the national team on a wider international level symptomatic of all African teams is a result of several factors, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women in the wider society, and fundamental inequality present in the society that occasionally allows for female-specific human rights abuses. [17] When quality female football players are developed, they tend to leave for greater opportunities abroad. [18] Continent-wide, funding is also an issue, with most development money coming from FIFA, not the national football association. [18] Future success for women's football in Africa is dependent on improved facilities and access by women to these facilities. Attempting to commercialise the game and make it commercially viable is not the solution, as demonstrated by the current existence of many youth and women's football camps held throughout the continent. [16]

Football is the fourth most popular girls' sport, trailing behind handball, basketball and athletics. [6] A women's football program was set up in the country in 1975 [13] and girls' football is played in schools. [6] Player registration starts at nine years of age. [13] In 2006, there were 610 registered female players, 560 of whom were senior players and 50 were under 18 years of age. [6] This was an increase from 2002 when there were 130 registered female players, 2003 when there were 220, 2004 when there were 253, and 2005 when there were 428 registered players. [6] In 2006, there were 123 football clubs in the country, of which 11 were women's-only sides. [6] As of 2009, there are 36 senior teams and 4 youth teams for women. [13] A school based competition exists. [13]

The national federation was created in 1960 and became FIFA affiliated in 1964. [6] [19] [20] Their kit includes orange shirts, white shorts and green socks. [19] The national committee does not have a full-time employee in charge of women's football. [6] Representation of women's football is not guaranteed in the federation's constitution. [6] The FIFA trigramme is CIV. [21] A FIFA-run women's MA football course was run in the country in 2007. [13]

Coaching staff

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Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the fourth round of the 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. [22]

Head coach: Clémentine Touré

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Cynthia Djohoré (C) (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 32)290 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
161 GK Aminata Diabaté (1998-11-15) 15 November 1998 (age 21) Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Juventus de Yopougon

22 DF Fatou Coulibaly (1987-02-13) 13 February 1987 (age 33)331 Flag of Cyprus.svg Pyrgos Limassol
42 DF Nina Kpaho (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 (age 23)140 Flag of Belarus.svg Neman Grodno
52 DF Mariam Diakité (1995-04-11) 11 April 1995 (age 25)149 Flag of Belarus.svg Neman Grodno
132 DF Fernande Tchetche (1988-06-20) 20 June 1988 (age 32)200 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Affoubenou FC
182 DF Raymonde Kacou (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 33)60 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Juventus de Yopougon
202 DF Lynda Gauzé (1990-06-11) 11 June 1990 (age 30)10 Flag of Belarus.svg Neman Grodno

63 MF Bernadette Amani (1997-09-05) 5 September 1997 (age 22)30 Flag of Spain.svg Extremadura
143 MF Ida Guehai (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 25)231 Flag of Spain.svg Logroño
153 MF Christine Lohoues (1992-10-18) 18 October 1992 (age 27)221 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa
173 MF Nadège Cissé (1997-04-04) 4 April 1997 (age 23)60 Flag of Belarus.svg FC Minsk
193 MF Jessica Aby (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 22)20 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Onze Sœurs de Gagnoa

34 FW Espérance Agbo 1995 (age 2425)20 Flag of India.svg Gokulam Kerala
74 FW Nadege Essoh (1990-05-05) 5 May 1990 (age 30)314 Flag of France.svg FC Milhaud
84 FW Inès Tia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 26)1914 Flag of South Korea.svg Gyeongju KHNP
104 FW Priscille Kreto (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Africa
114 FW Rebecca Elloh (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 25)173 Flag of Cyprus.svg Pyrgos Limassol
124 FW Rosemonde Kouassi (2001-12-26) 26 December 2001 (age 18)30 Flag of Israel.svg Hapoel Ra'anana
4 FW Binta Diakité (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 (age 32)222 Flag of Belarus.svg FC Minsk

9 Inès Konan 10

Recent call ups

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
FW Ange N'Guessan (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 29)214 Flag of Spain.svg Granadilla 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round)

Sandrine Kouadio 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
Mariam Sidibé 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)

Recent results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Lose

2020

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Competitive record

FIFA Women's World Cup

YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did Not Enter
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Did Not Enter
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Did Not Enter
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Did Not Qualify
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Did Not Qualify
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Did Not Qualify
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Group Stage23rd3003316
Flag of France.svg 2019 Did Not Qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 2023 To be determined
Total1/9-3003316
FIFA Women's World Cup history
YearRoundDateOpponentResultStadium
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Group stage7 JuneFlag of Germany.svg  Germany L 0–10 TD Place Stadium, Ottawa
11 JuneFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand L 2–3
15 JuneFlag of Norway.svg  Norway L 1–3 Moncton Stadium, Moncton

Africa Women Cup of Nations

Africa Women Cup of Nations
YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGA
1991 Did not enter
1995
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1998
Flag of South Africa.svg 2000
Flag of Nigeria.svg 2002 Did not qualify
Flag of South Africa.svg 2004 Did not enter
Flag of Nigeria.svg 2006 Did not qualify
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2008
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2012 Group stage310277
Flag of Namibia.svg 2014 Third place521288
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2016 Did not qualify
Flag of Ghana.svg 2018 Did not qualify
Total2/1383141515

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