Malta women's national football team

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Malta
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Association Malta Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mark Gatt
Captain Dorianne Theuma
Most caps Dorianne Theuma (64)
Top scorer Dorianne Theuma (21)
Home stadium Centenary Stadium
FIFA code MLT
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 102 Decrease2.svg 1 (12 July 2019) [1]
Highest74 (August 2003)
Lowest113 (December 2006)
First international
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 3–0 Malta  Flag of Malta.svg
(Bucharest, August 10, 2003)
Biggest win
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 6–0 Luxembourg  Flag of Luxembourg.svg
(Ta'Qali, April 6, 2013)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 0–13 Spain  Flag of Spain.svg
(Ta'Qali, September 9, 2009)

The Malta women's national football team represents the Malta Football Association in international women's football matches sanctioned by UEFA. [2] As of June 2017, Malta ranks 94th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings. [3]

Malta Football Association association football governing body of Malta

The Malta Football Association is the governing body of football in Malta.

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, usually 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.

UEFA international sport governing body

The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

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History

The team first appeared in official competitions in the 2005 European Championship's qualifying, debuting on August 10, 2003 in Bucharest with a 3–0 loss to Romania. Malta lost all eight games, with a 1–35 goal average. The team's first goal was scored by Sarah Caruana on November 16, 2003, against Croatia. [4]

Bucharest Capital of Romania

Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. It is located in the southeast of the country, at 44°25′57″N26°06′14″E, on the banks of the Dâmbovița River, less than 60 km (37.3 mi) north of the Danube River and the Bulgarian border.

Romania womens national football team womens national association football team representing Romania

The Romania women's national football team represents Romania in international women's football. Their most recent competition is qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Despite not gaining as much success as the men's, the women's team has been improving greatly, and almost qualified for UEFA Women's Euro and FIFA Women's World Cup. The rise of women's team is the chance for Romania to become the first Balkan nation to play on an international competitions, and become the first nation to have both men and women's teams participating in both tournaments. The only rival for them in the Balkans, is Serbia, as Serbian women's team had almost qualified for a major tournament recently.

The Croatia women's national football team represents the Republic of Croatia in international football. The team is managed by the Croatian Football Federation, the governing body for football in the country.

After 13 losses, Malta achieved its first tie on June 7, 2006 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last match of the 2007 World Cup's qualifying. The team played for the first time against elite national teams in the 2011 World Cup's qualifying, losing all games including a record 0–13 defeat to Spain. On March 3, 2011 Malta won an official match for the first time in the 2013 European Championship qualifying's preliminary round, beating Georgia 1–0 with a goal by D'Agostino in injury time.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina women's national football team represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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.

In the UEFA qualification for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, 41 entrants were drawn into eight groups, from which the group winners advanced to a play-off round. The four winners of the play-off round advanced directly to join Germany in the finals tournament, while the four play-off losers played two further knock-out rounds to determine a nation to play-off with the third-placed CONCACAF nation for a finals place.

On April 6, 2013 Malta attained its first crushing win by beating Luxembourg 6–0 in the 2015 World Cup qualifying's preliminary round. The team also defeated Latvia and tied with Albania to top the group and make it past a preliminary round for the first time in its fourth attempt. [5]

Luxembourg womens national football team womens national association football team representing Luxembourg

Luxembourg women's national football team represent Luxembourg in international football.

The European qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was a women's football tournament organized by UEFA. A record 46 entrants were competing for eight spots. For the first time Albania and Montenegro entered a senior competitive tournament. The first matches were held on 4 April 2013.

Latvia women's national football team represent Latvia in international football.

The team was coached from its foundation to 2015 by Pierre Brincat, then from 22 January 2015 by former U19 coach Mark Gatt. [6]

World Cup record

World Cup Finals
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGD
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did not enter
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995
Flag of the United States.svg 1999
Flag of the United States.svg 2003
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Did not qualify
Flag of Germany.svg 2011
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015
Flag of France.svg 2019
Total0/7
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squad

Squad for the 2019 World Cup qualification's preliminary round, starting 11 April 2017. [7]

The European qualifying competition for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was a women's football competition that determined the eight UEFA teams joining the automatically qualified hosts France in the final tournament.

PlayerClubBirth
Goalkeepers
Jodie Attard Flag of Malta.svg 2000
Rachelle Borg Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1998
Janice Xuereb Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1996
Maria Xuereb Flag of Malta.svg 1998
Defenders
Rebecca Bajada Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1994
Charlene Cassia Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1997
Ann-Marie Said Flag of Malta.svg 1994
Charlene Zammit Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1991
Midfielders
Martina Borg Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1996
Rachel Cuschieri Flag of Cyprus.svg Apollon Limassol 1992
Stefania Farrugia Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1991
Jade Flask Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1996
Raina Giusti Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1997
Kimberly Parnis Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1993
Dorianne Theuma Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1984
Yasmeen Vella Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1991
Emma Xuereb Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1992
Gabriella Zahra Flag of Malta.svg Birkirkara 1991
Shona Zammit Flag of Malta.svg Paola Hibernians 1996

Overall official record

CompetitionStageResultOpponentPositionScorers
2005 Euro qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
0–3 0–8
0–1 0–2
0–3 1–4
0–9 0–5
Flag of Romania.svg Romania
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
5 / 5

Caruana
2007 World Cup qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
1–4 0–1
1–4 1–3
0–1 1–1
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina
4 / 4 D'Agostino
Theuma, Tonna
Theuma
2009 Euro qualifying Preliminary round0–0
2–4
0–8
Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia
4 / 4
Carabott 2
2011 World Cup qualifying Regular stage0–13 0–9
0–8 0–6
0–2 0–6
0–2 1–5
Flag of Spain.svg Spain
Flag of England.svg England
Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
5 / 5


N. Pace
2013 Euro qualifying Preliminary round1–0
0–2
1–1
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands
Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia
2 / 4 D'Agostino

Cuschieri
2015 World Cup qualifying Preliminary round1–1
6–0
2–0
Flag of Albania.svg Albania
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia
1 / 4 Theuma
Theuma 2, Buttigieg, Carabott, Cuschieri, Xuereb
Cuschieri, Theuma
Regular stage0–2 0–2
0–5 0–8
0–3 0–5
0–11 0–5
0–8 0–5
Flag of Israel.svg Israel
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland
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Most capped players

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most caps for Malta, as of 23 June 2015. (bold denotes players still available for selection).

Dorianne Theuma is Malta's most capped player with 64 caps. Dorianne.PNG
Dorianne Theuma is Malta's most capped player with 64 caps.
#PlayerPeriodCapsGoals
1 Dorianne Theuma 2003–present6421
2 Rebecca D'Agostino 2003–2014574
3 Ylenia Carabott 2005–present5611
4 Natasha Pace 2003–2014483
5 Rachel Cucshieri 2007–present426
6 Charlene Zammit 2009–present330
6 Mandy Debono 2006–present330
6 Maria Azzopardi 2003-2011330
9 Stefania Farrugia 2007–present321
10 Kathleen Saliba 2004-2012311

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