Mexico women's national football team

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Mexico women's national football team
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Nickname(s)
El Tri Femenil
La Tri
Association Federación Mexicana de Fútbol
Confederation CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)
Sub-confederation NAFU (North America)
Head coach Christopher Cuéllar
Captain Stephany Mayor
Most caps Maribel Dominguez (112)
Top scorer Maribel Domínguez (80)
FIFA code MEX
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FIFA ranking
Current 27 Steady2.svg(27 September 2019) [1]
Highest21 (January 2011)
Lowest31 (December 2002)
First international
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 9–0 Austria  Flag of Austria.svg
(Jesolo, Italy; 6 July 1970)
Biggest win
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 10–0 Malta  Flag of Malta.svg
(Bristol, England; 28 June 1997)
Snake Flag of Martinique.svg  Martinique 0–10 MexicoFlag of Mexico.svg
(Bridgeview, United States; 18 October 2014)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 12–0 Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1999 )
Best resultGroup Stage (1999, 2011, 2015)
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1991 )
Best resultRunners-up Silver medal icon.svg  : (1998), (2010)

The Mexico women's national football team represents Mexico on the international stage. The squad is governed by the Mexican Football Federation and competes within CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. It has won gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games and a silver medal in the Pan American Games team, as well as one silver and one bronze in the Women's World Cup prior to FIFA's recognition of the women's game. When it placed second in 1971, Mexico hosted the second edition of this unofficial tournament. In addition to its senior team, Mexico fields U-20 and U-17 squads as well, with the latter having reached the final during the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometers (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 129 million people, Mexico is the tenth most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states plus Mexico City (CDMX), which is the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the country include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana, and León.

Mexican Football Federation governing body of association football in Mexico

The Mexican Football Federation is the governing body of association football in Mexico. It administers the Mexico national team, the Liga MX and all affiliated amateur sectors, and controls promoting, organizing, directing, expanding, and supervising competitive football in Mexico.

CONCACAF International sport governing body

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is one of FIFA's 6 continental governing bodies for association football. Its 41 members include nations and territories in North America, including Central America and the Caribbean. Three geographically South American entities are also members — Guyana, Suriname, and the French overseas department of French Guiana and Martinique. CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.

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Coached by Leonardo Cuéllar for most of the team's official existence, La Tri's senior squad has participated in three Women's World Cups and one edition of the Summer Olympic Games.

Leonardo Cuéllar Mexican footballer

Leonardo Cuéllar Rivera is a Mexican football manager and former player who is the current manager of América in the Liga MX Femenil. He was the head coach of the Mexico women's national football team from 1998 to 2016.

FIFA Womens World Cup Association football competition for womens national teams

The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women's World Championship, was held in China. Under the tournament's current format, national teams vie for 23 slots in a three-year qualification phase. The host nation's team is automatically entered as the 24th slot. The tournament proper, alternatively called the World Cup Finals, is contested at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about one month.

Summer Olympic Games international multi-sport event

The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad, first held in 1896, is a major international multi-sport event held once every four years. The most recent Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) organises the Games and oversees the host city's preparations. In each Olympic event, gold medals are awarded for first place, silver medals are awarded for second place, and bronze medals are awarded for third place; this tradition began in 1904. The Winter Olympic Games were created due to the success of the Summer Olympics.

The senior squad was established in 1963, but its first FIFA-recognized game was in 1991.

History

Unofficial era

Although not officially recognized by FIFA until 1991, Mexico's team was actually established in 1963, when many countries still had bans on women's football. [2] . In the 1950s, both Costa Rica and Argentina witnessed increased interest in the women's game and held tours in various countries. In 1963, Las Ticas, the Costa Rican women's national football team, spent six months in Mexico conducting a tour to increase exposure of the game. Observing the success of Las Ticas, Mexico formed its first team to play in opposition to the Costa Rican squad.

Costa Rica Country in Central America

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a sovereign state in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers. An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José with around 2 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.

Argentina Federal republic in South America

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The Costa Rica women's national football team is controlled by the Costa Rican Football Federation. They are one of the top women's national football teams in the Central American region along with Guatemala.

Led by Alicia Vargas, Mexico placed third in the 1970 Women's World Cup, a tournament FIFA has yet to acknowledge. Mexico fell 2-1 in the semifinal to hosts Italy before defeating England 3-2 in the third place match. The following year, Mexico hosted the 1971 Women's World Cup, which has also yet to be officially recognized. The squad reached the final but fell 3-0 to Denmark. An estimated 110,000 people attended the final at Estadio Azteca [3] , which is the largest crowd ever to witness a women's soccer game; FIFA has not recognized this attendance record either.

The 1970 Women's World Cup was a non-FIFA-sanctioned association football tournament for women which took place in Italy in July 1970. It was won by Denmark, represented by Boldklubben Femina.

Italy womens national football team womens national association football team representing Italy

The Italy women's national football team has represented Italy in international women's football since their inception in 1968. The team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body for football in Italy.

England womens national football team womens national association football team representing England

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Modern era

In the 1980s, when a series of mundialitos took place, Mexico participated in the 1986 edition. [4] Mexico was placed in Group A along with Italy and Japan, but the team did not advance beyond the first stage.

The Mundialito was a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football. Held on four occasions in the northern region of Italy since 1984, it was one of the most prestigious women's football events, prior to the advent of the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

Japan womens national football team womens national association football team representing Japan

The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.

Mexico's first official appearance in the Women's World Cup was in 1999, when the United States hosted the tournament. The team also qualified in 2011 and 2015, hosted by Germany and Canada, respectively. Likewise, the team qualified for the Olympics in 2004. In all four instances, El Tri Femenil failed to advance beyond the group stage; in fact, the team has yet to win a single game in either major tournament.

1999 FIFA Womens World Cup 1999 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup was the third edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the world championship for women's national association football teams. It was hosted as well as won by the United States and took place from 19 June to 10 July 1999 at eight venues across the country. The tournament was the most successful FIFA Women's World Cup in terms of attendance, television ratings, and public interest.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.

2011 FIFA Womens World Cup 2011 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was the sixth FIFA Women's World Cup competition, the world championship for women's national association football teams. It was held from 26 June to 17 July 2011 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in October 2007. Japan won the final against the United States on a penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw after extra time and became the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA World Cup.

The first official coach for the Mexico women's national football team was Leonardo Cuéllar. One of his first objectives was to qualify for the 1999 Women's World Cup. [5] The team accomplished this by placing second to Canada in the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship. However, much controversy arose regarding the nationalities of the recruited players. Preference was given to US-born players of Mexican heritage, largely because Mexico did not have an official league at the time. Andrea Rodebaugh, the team's then-captain, argued that the team's main goal was to qualify; she also wanted to strengthen the team and celebrate its official recognition. [6] Despite the controversy, the team went on to participate in the 1999 Women's World Cup with a mix of US-born and Mexican-born players.

In recent years, an increase in young talent developing in Mexico brought an increase of expectations from Mexican football fans and media alike. Following their worst ever World Cup finish in 2015, fans began calling for Cuellar's resignation or firing. In 2016, the women's national football team failed to qualify for the Olympics, and lost to Costa Rica which was the turning point in the teams history since many thought the defeat resulted in Mexico becoming the fourth best team in CONCACAF. With these results and Leonardo Cuellar's controversial decision to not bring Charlyn Corral and Kenti Robles, whom had terrific seasons at their clubs in Spain's Primera División, onto the squad [7] led to him resigning from his position in April 2016. [8] Roberto Medina became the head coach in 2017. [9]

In 2018 Mexico won the Central American and Caribbean Games by defeating Costa Rica 3-1 in the final. [10]

At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Mexico entered as the third highest ranked team behind the United States and Canada. At the tournament Mexico finished third in their group with a record of one win and two losses, which included a surprising 2-0 loss to Panama. As a result of not advancing to the knockout round, Mexico was unable to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. [11]

Notable matches

Mexico's first recorded international game was against Austria during the 1970 Women's World Cup, when squad beat the European side 9-0 in the group stage. However, to participate in this inaugural tournament, teams had to qualify, so La Tri played against other teams prior to this match.

Before the modern era, Mexico defeated England 2-1 in the third place match of the 1970 Women's World Cup, the first edition of the tournament. In front of a record-breaking crowd, the team also reached the final of the 1971 Women's World Cup, but fell 3-0 to Denmark.

Among the most notable victories is when the team finished second in the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. Hosts of the cup, Mexico defeated the United States in the semifinal for the first and only time before falling to Canada in the final.

Recent results

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

The following 26 players were called up for a training camp in October 2019. [12]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Alejandría Godínez (1994-02-24) 24 February 1994 (age 25)20 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca
1 GK Itzel González (1994-08-14) 14 August 1994 (age 25)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana
1 GK Cecilia Santiago (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 24)620 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven

2 DF Rebeca Bernal (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 22)180 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
2 DF Mariana Cadena (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 24) Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
2 DF Janelly Farías (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 29) Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara
2 DF Mónica Flores (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23)90 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia
2 DF Jimena López (1999-01-30) 30 January 1999 (age 20)120 Flag of the United States.svg Texas A&M Aggies
2 DF Jocelyn Orejel (1996-11-14) 14 November 1996 (age 22)70 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana
2 DF Kenti Robles (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 28)683 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
2 DF Kimberly Rodríguez (1999-03-26) 26 March 1999 (age 20)41 Flag of the United States.svg Oklahoma State Cowgirls
2 DF Andrea Sánchez (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 25)30 Flag of Mexico.svg Guadalajara
2 DF Bianca Sierra (1992-06-25) 25 June 1992 (age 27)500 Flag of Iceland.svg Þór/KA

3 MF Daniela Espinosa (1999-07-13) 13 July 1999 (age 20)80 Flag of Mexico.svg América
3 MF Diana Evangelista (1994-11-05) 5 November 1994 (age 24) Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
3 MF Dinora Garza (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 31)305 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
3 MF Stephany Mayor (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 28)7513 Flag of Iceland.svg Þór/KA
3 MF Karla Nieto (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 24)210 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca
3 MF Mónica Ocampo (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 32)9117 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca
3 MF Joana Robles (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 25)120 Flag of Mexico.svg Atlas
3 MF María Sánchez (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 23)193 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars

4 FW Renae Cuéllar (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 29) Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana
4 FW Adriana Iturbide (1993-03-27) 27 March 1993 (age 26)31 Flag of Mexico.svg Atlas
4 FW Kaitlyn Johnson (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 25)218 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Red Stars
4 FW Desirée Monsiváis (1988-01-19) 19 January 1988 (age 31) Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
4 FW Viridiana Salazar (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 21) Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca

Recent call-ups

These players were called up to the squad in the last 12 months:

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Emily Alvarado (1998-06-09) 9 June 1998 (age 21)20 Flag of the United States.svg TCU Horned Frogs 2019 Pan American Games
GK Bianca Henninger (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 28)70 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship

DF Arianna Romero (1992-07-29) 29 July 1992 (age 27)441 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash 2019 Pan American Games
DF Karen Díaz (1998-08-02) 2 August 1998 (age 21)20 Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 26 May 2019
DF Dirce Delgado (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 33)00 Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM Training camp, 14–22 January 2019
DF Christina Murillo (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 26)401Unattached 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship

MF Nancy Antonio (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 23)151 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 2019 Pan American Games
MF Liliana Mercado (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 30)170 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 2019 Pan American Games
MF Lizbeth Ovalle (1999-10-19) 19 October 1999 (age 19)144 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 2019 Pan American Games
MF Yamilé Franco (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 27)91 Flag of Mexico.svg León v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 26 May 2019
MF Alexia Delgado (1999-12-09) 9 December 1999 (age 19)50 Flag of the United States.svg Arizona State Sun Devils v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 26 May 2019
MF Belén Cruz (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 26 May 2019
MF Zulma Hernández (1995-09-09) 9 September 1995 (age 24)30 Flag of Mexico.svg América v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 26 May 2019
MF Cristina Ferral (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 26)111 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, 5 April 2019
MF Nayeli Rangel (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 27)857 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup

FW Charlyn Corral (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 28)5329 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid 2019 Pan American Games
FW Katty Martínez (1998-03-14) 14 March 1998 (age 21)101 Flag of Mexico.svg UANL 2019 Pan American Games
FW Kiana Palacios (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 23)142 Flag of Spain.svg Real Sociedad 2019 Pan American Games
FW Betzy Cuevas (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 22)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana Training camp, 14–22 January 2019
FW Ariana Calderón (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 29)142 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship

Notes:

Notable player records

Competitive record

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup Record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did not qualify
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Group Stage16th3003115
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Did not qualify
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Group Stage11th302137
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Group Stage22nd301228
Flag of France.svg 2019 Did not qualify
Total3/89036630
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
YearRoundDateOpponentResultStadium
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Group stage19 JuneFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil L 1–7 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford
24 JuneFlag of Germany.svg  Germany L 0–6 Civic Stadium, Portland
27 JuneFlag of Italy.svg  Italy L 0–2 Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Group stage27 JuneFlag of England.svg  England D 1–1 Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburg
1 JulyFlag of Japan.svg  Japan L 0–4 BayArena, Leverkusen
5 JulyFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand D 2–2 Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Group stage9 JuneFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia D 1–1 Moncton Stadium, Moncton
13 JuneFlag of England.svg  England L 1–2
17 JuneFlag of France.svg  France L 0–5 TD Place, Ottawa

CONCACAF Women's Championship

CONCACAF Women's Championship Record
YearRoundMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of Haiti.svg 1991 Group Stage3102916
Flag of the United States.svg 1993 Did not enter
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1994 Third Place4112619
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1998 Runners-up5311206
Flag of the United States.svg 2000 Group Stage3102107
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the United States.svg 2002 Third Place5302117
Flag of the United States.svg 2006 Third Place320162
Flag of Mexico.svg 2010 Runners-up5302117
Flag of the United States.svg 2014 Third Place5302177
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Group Stage310249
Total-36182169480
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Olympic Games

Summer Olympic Games Record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Did not qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000
Flag of Greece.svg 2004 Quarter-Finals8th301218
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Did not qualify
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 To be determined
Flag of France.svg 2024
Flag of the United States.svg 2028
Total-1/6301218
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American Games

Pan American Games Record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1999 Runners-up2nd6312159
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg 2003 Third Place3rd4301105
Flag of Brazil.svg 2007 Fourth Place4th530261
Flag of Mexico.svg 2011 Third Place3rd522132
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Third Place3rd5302107
Flag of Peru.svg 2019 Fifth Place5th4211105
Flag of Chile.svg 2023 To be determined
Total-6/62916496429
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Central American and Caribbean Games

Central American and Caribbean Games Record
YearRoundPositionMPWD*LGFGA
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg 2010 Withdrew
Flag of Mexico.svg 2014 Champions1st5410111
Flag of Colombia.svg 2018 Champions1st5500183
Flag of Panama.svg 2022 To be determined
Total-2/310910294
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Overall official record

CompetitionStageResultOpponentPositionScorers
Flag of Haiti.svg 1991 CONCACAF Tournament Group stage0–12 Flag of the United States.svg United States
1–3 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago
8–1 Flag of France.svg Martinique 3 / 4
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1994 CONCACAF Tournament Group stage0–9 Flag of the United States.svg United States
0–6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
3–1 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica
3–3 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago 3 / 5
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1998 CONCACAF Tournament Group stage3–2 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
7–1 Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
2–2 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago 1 / 4
Semifinals8–0 Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Final0–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 World Cup Group stage1–7 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Domínguez
0–6 Flag of Germany.svg Germany
0–2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy 4 / 4
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1999 Pan American Games Group stage1–1 Flag of the United States.svg United States
2–3 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
5–1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
5–1 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago 3 / 5
Semifinals2–2 (PSO: 5–3) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Final0–1 Flag of the United States.svg United States
Flag of the United States.svg 2000 Gold Cup Group stage3–4 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Domínguez 2, Mora
7–0 Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Mora 4, Domínguez 3
0–3 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 3 / 4
Flag of the United States.svg 2002 Gold Cup Group stage0–3 Flag of the United States.svg United States
5–1 Flag of Panama.svg Panama Gómez 2, Domínguez, Leyva, Sandoval
2–0 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago 2 / 4 Gerardo 2
Semifinals0–2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Third place match4–1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Domínguez 2, González, Mora
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg 2003 Pan American Games Group stage1–0 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Worbis
3–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Mora, Rosales, Worbis
Semifinals2–3 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Leyva, Mora
Third place match4–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Leyva, Mora, Moreno, Rosales
Flag of Greece.svg 2004 Summer Olympics Group stage1–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Domínguez
0–2 Flag of Germany.svg Germany 2 / 3
Quarterfinals0–5 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
Flag of the United States.svg 2006 Gold Cup Group stage3–0 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago Domínguez, González, P. Pérez
Semifinals0–2 Flag of the United States.svg United States
Third place match3–0 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica Ocampo 2, Domínguez
2007 World Cup qualification AFC-CONCACAF play-off0–2 2–1 Flag of Japan.svg Japan Domínguez, Leyva
Flag of Brazil.svg 2007 Pan American Games Group stage5–0 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay Corral 2, Ocampo 2, Valdez
0–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina
2–0 Flag of Panama.svg Panama Worbis
3–2 Flag of the United States.svg United States López 2, Worbis
Semifinals0–2 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
Third place match1–2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Worbis
Flag of Mexico.svg 2008 Summer Olympics qualification Group stage8–1 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica López 4, Morales 2, Ocampo, Worbis
1–3 Flag of the United States.svg United States 2 / 3 Worbis
Semifinals0–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Flag of Mexico.svg 2010 Gold Cup Group stage7–2 Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana Domínguez 4, Garza, Worbis
2–0 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago Domínguez, López
0–3 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada 2 / 4
Semifinals2–1 Flag of the United States.svg United States Domínguez, V. Pérez
Final0–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 World Cup Group stage1–1 Flag of England.svg England Ocampo
0–4 Flag of Japan.svg Japan
2–2 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 3 / 4 Domínguez, Mayor
Flag of Mexico.svg 2011 Pan American Games Group stage0–0 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
1–1 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago Domínguez
1–0 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 2 / 4 V. Pérez
Semifinals0–1 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
Third place match1–0 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Ruiz
Flag of Mexico.svg 2012 Summer Olympics qualification'Group stage5–0 Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Domínguez 3, Diaz, Garza
7–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Guajardo 3, Diaz, Ruiz, Saucedo
0–4 Flag of the United States.svg United States 2 / 4
Semifinals1–3 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada V. Pérez
Flag of the United States.svg 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship Group stage0-1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
10–0 Flag of France.svg Martinique Samarzich, Duarte 2, Mayor, Guillou (o.g.), Garciamendez, Garza, Ocampo 2, Noyola
3-1 Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica 2 / 4 Mayor, Corral 2
Semifinals0-3 Flag of the United States.svg United States
Third Place Match4-2 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago Mayor, Ocampo, Corral 2
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 World Cup Group stage1–1 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia V. Pérez
1–2 Flag of England.svg England Ibarra
0-5 Flag of France.svg France 4 / 4
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Pan American Games Group stage0–1 Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia
3–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Noyola, Rangel, Ruiz
3-1 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Trinidad and Tobago 2 / 4 Mayor 2, Ocampo
Semifinals2-4 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Romero, Rangel
Third place match2-0 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Ocampo, Mayor
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Summer Olympics qualification Group stage6-0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Domínguez 3, Garciamendez, Rangel, Johnson
0-1 Flag of the United States.svg United States
1-2 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 3 / 4 Domínguez
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Group stage0-6Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4-1Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Corral 2, Johnson, Sanchez
0-2Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 3/4

Head coaching history

1. Nicolás Rodríguez [ disambiguation needed ]: As ‘’La Tri’s’’ first official coach between 1991 and 1998, Rodríguez took an inexperienced and under-resourced squad to the 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Sending only one qualifier from the confederation to the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, this tournament fielded eight teams divided into two groups. Matches were also only 80 minutes long. In Group A, Mexico lost to eventual winner United States 12-0, its worst ever appearance. With a loss against Trinidad and Tobago and a win against Martinique, Mexico finished third in the group, failing to advance to the semifinals. Likewise, during the 1994 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which determined the two qualifiers for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, Mexico finished in third place, failing to reach the international tournament yet again.

2. Leonardo Cuéllar: Once a highly-touted player for the Mexico men’s national football team, Cuéllar took over ‘’El Tri Femenil’’ after a brief stint as the women’s soccer coach at CSULA. Head coach until 2016—a period of 18 years—Cuéllar had a questionable record. As head coach, Mexico only qualified for the world cup on three occasions and the Olympics once; his teams never won a single game in any major tournament, nor did they finish first in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Common criticism of his leadership was his [nepotism]] and overreliance on US-born players. Cuéllar was never at risk of losing his job despite dubious results, and he even hired close allies, including his son Christopher Cuéllar. He also regularly held tryouts in the United States without doing the same in Mexico.

Initially charged with taking the squad to the 1998 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which would award 1.5 qualification slots to the 1999 Women’s World Cup, he was successful in qualifying for the team’s first ever appearance at the official tournament. Finishing first in its group and winning against Guatemala in the semifinal, Mexico eventually fell 1-0 to Canada in the final. Mexico went on to qualify for the cup after defeating Argentina in the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL playoff match. Cuéllar was very lucky to qualify. The tournament expanded from 12 teams to 16 teams and the United States was the host, so their squad automatically qualified; had these two changes not been made, Mexico would have likely been out.

Cuéllar went on to schedule friendlies and participate in organized tournaments, but with few victories. The team qualified for 2011 and 2015, but his coaching style remained consistent. Frustration grew among his players after his call-ups involved much controversy. As players like Charlyn Corral and Kenti Robles demanded change, Cuéllar began to omit them from future squads. Likewise, he discriminated against Stephany Mayor and Bianca Sierra for being in a relationship, leading to their infrequent call-ups as well. His reign eventually ended when Mexico failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

3. Roberto Medina: Promoted from U-20 squad to the senior team without any official announcement from the FMF, Medina served as head coach from 2016 to 2018. With few victories—including a 3-0 win against Venezuela early in his tenure, his technique was essentially a continuation of Cuéllar’s style. Though he was praised after Mexico won the gold during the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, he was relieved of his position after failing to advance out of the group stage during the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. With losses to Panama and the United States, Mexico did not qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup despite having the Liga MX Femenil and the most talented generation it had seen up until this point. Historically weaker teams, such as Jamaica and Panama, advanced further than the squad, signifying that other teams had surpassed Mexico. After his ouster, he became head coach of Tigres. Medina had been the U-20 coach one other time, but elected to coach a men’s team just before a world cup.

4. Christopher Cuéllar: With no official announcement, Cuéllar Jr. replaced Medina after the team failed to qualify for 2019. Cuéllar, the son of Leonardo Cuéllar, was promoted after serving as the U-20 women’s squad coach. Like his predecessors, Cuéllar Jr. has had limited results. With no victory or draw as of the end of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Cuéllar continued as head coach during the 2019 Pan American Games.

Domestic recognition

In various occasions, fans have showed up in large numbers to support ‘’La Tri.’’ When Mexico played against Denmark in the 1971 Women’s World Cup final, over 100,000 showed up at Estadio Azteca. Likewise, when Mexico played Argentina in a playoff game to qualify for the 1999 Women’s World Cup, over 70,000 fans were in attendance.

Until recently, attention around the women’s team was dwarfed by the men’s squad. Few matches were televised or advertised, limiting knowledge around the team’s achievements and struggles. Former ESPN commentator Nelly Simón frequently advocated for more attention to this team. Likewise, after winning the gold medal at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, Kenti Robles called on news outlets and fans to pay more attention to them. However, with increased attention in the women’s game after the establishment of the women’s league in 2017, more games have been televised. Since then, millions watched Mexico play in the U-17 world cup final against Spain in 2018.

See also

Citations

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  2. "Costa Rica women have history to draw on in first Women's World Cup". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
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  4. Garin, Erik (11 April 2019). "Mundialito (Women) 1981-1988". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  5. Lewis, Michael (21 January 2012). "Mexico's Leonardo Cuellar Has Turned 'Las Tri' into a Global Power". Fox News Latino. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
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