|Association||Scottish Football Association|
|Head coach||Shelley Kerr|
|Most caps||Gemma Fay (203)|
|Top scorer||Julie Fleeting (116)|
|Current|| 20 |
|Highest||19 (March 2014; September 2018)|
|Lowest||31 (March 2004)|
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
(Glasgow, Scotland; 30 May 1998)
(Nuneaton, England; 23 June 1973)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2019 )|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2017 )|
|Best result||Group stage (2017)|
The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017. As of December 2018, the team was 20th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
Women's association football, also commonly 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.
The Scottish Football Association, is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. Members of the SFA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national associations as well as local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world. It is not to be confused with the "Scottish Football Union", which is the name that the SRU was known by until the 1920s.
Church documents recorded women playing football in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, in 1628.Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881. Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921. Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s, when the ban was lifted. In 1971 UEFA instructed its members to take control of women's football within their territories. The motion was passed 31–1, but Scotland was the only member to vote against it. Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as a working class and male preserve.
Carstairs is a village in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Carstairs is located 5 miles (8 km) east of the county town of Lanark and the West Coast Main Line runs through the village. The village is served by Carstairs railway station, which is served by the Caledonian Sleeper to and from London Euston. Carstairs is best known as the location of the State Hospital. Carstairs is applied to the places Carstairs Village and the village of Carstairs Junction where the railway station is situated. The two places are two completely different villages divided by 1 mile (2 km) of land, a parkland area and the railway line.
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.
Association football is one of the national sports of Scotland and the most popular sport in the country. There is a long tradition of "football" games in Orkney, Lewis and southern Scotland, especially the Scottish Borders, although many of these include carrying the ball and passing by hand, and despite bearing the name "football" bear little resemblance to association football.
Scotland's first official match, a 3–2 defeat to England, took place in November 1972. The team was managed by Rab Stewart. The 1921 ban on women's football was lifted in 1974. The SFA assumed direct responsibility for Scottish women's football in 1998.Scotland have participated in most international competitions since the ban was removed. The team's standing has improved significantly in recent years, reaching an all-time high of 19th place in the FIFA Women's World Rankings in March 2014. They reached their first major tournament finals when they qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2017. The team followed this up by qualifying for their first World Cup finals tournament in 2019.
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.
Robert Edward Thorburn Stewart is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a right half, making nearly 150 appearances in the Scottish Football League. After retiring as a player, Stewart became a coach and was the original manager of the Scotland women's national football team.
The FIFA Women's World Rankings for football were introduced in 2003, with the first rankings published in March of that year, as a follow-on to the existing Men's FIFA World Rankings. They attempt to compare the strength of internationally active women's national teams at any given time.
|1991||Did not enter|
|1995||Did not qualify||Group – 4th||6||0||0||6||3||22|
|1999||Unable to qualify|
|2007||Did not qualify||Group – 3rd||8||2||2||4||4||20|
|2011||Group – 2nd||8||6||1||1||24||5|
|2019||Qualified||Group – 1st||8||7||0||1||19||7|
At the Olympic Games the International Olympic Committee charter only permit a Great Britain team, representing the whole of the United Kingdom, to compete.As London was host to the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Great Britain team was entered and two Scotland players (Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke) were selected for the squad. In June 2013, the (English) Football Association indicated that they would be prepared to run women's teams at future Olympic tournaments subject to one of the home nations meeting the qualification criteria (i.e. being one of the top three European nations at the Women's World Cup).
The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.
The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Created by Pierre de Coubertin and Demetrios Vikelas in 1894, it is the authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
The Great Britain women's Olympic football team represents the United Kingdom in the women's football tournament at the Olympic Games. There is normally no team representing the United Kingdom at women's football: separate teams compete for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Following objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, and a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the Football Association said they would not seek entry into the 2016 Summer Olympics tournament.The third-place finish England secured at the 2015 World Cup would have qualified Great Britain for the Olympics, but a team was not entered. An agreement was reached between the four associations ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, with qualification depending on England's performance in the 2019 World Cup.
The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of association football in Wales, and controls the Wales national football team and its corresponding women's team. It is a member of FIFA, UEFA and the IFAB.
The Irish Football Association (IFA) is the governing body for association football in Northern Ireland. It organised the Ireland national football team which, after 1921, became the Northern Ireland national football team.
The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. These were the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America and the third to be held in a developing country, after the 1968 games in Mexico City and the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea.
|1984||Did not qualify||Group – 2nd||6||3||1||2||9||8|
|1987||Group – 2nd||6||4||0||2||24||10|
|1989||Group – Withdrew|
|1991||Did not enter|
|1993||Did not qualify||Group – 3rd||4||0||1||3||1||5|
|1995||Group – 4th||6||0||0||6||3||22|
|1997||Unable to qualify|
|2005||Did not qualify||Group – 3rd||8||4||0||4||19||16|
|2017||Group – 3rd||3||1||0||2||2||8||Group – 2nd||8||7||0||1||30||7|
The 1979 European Competition for Women's Football was a women's football tournament contested by European nations. It took place in Italy from 19 to 27 July 1979.
|Three Nations Championship||2nd||2||1||0||1||3||6|
|Torneo Regione Molise||3rd||2||0||0||2||0||8|
Scotland women's internationals have been televised by BBC Alba and broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland.BBC Radio Scotland presenter Tam Cowan was temporarily taken off the air in 2013, after he criticised the use of Fir Park for women's internationals in his Daily Record column. In a November 2013 interview with The Independent newspaper, Laura Montgomery of Glasgow City FC suggested that media coverage of women's football in Scotland often reflected sexist and misogynist attitudes. This is due to a preponderance of "stupid male journalists", according to Montgomery.
The first official match played by the Scotland women's team was hosted by the Ravenscraig Stadium, an athletics facility in Greenock. The team now normally plays its home games at (men's) club stadiums. Venues used in recent years include Fir Park in Motherwell, Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh and St Mirren Park in Paisley.Hampden Park in Glasgow is the traditional home of the men's national team and is described by the Scottish Football Association as the National Stadium. A Scotland women's international was played at Hampden for the first time in October 2012, when it hosted the first leg of a European Championship qualifying playoff against Spain. Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament.
The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 Algarve Cup.
Caps and goals are current as of the match played on 6 March 2019.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Lee Alexander||23 September 1991||14||0|
|GK||Jenna Fife||1 December 1995||4||0|
|GK||Shannon Lynn||22 October 1985||30||0|
|DF||Chloe Arthur||21 January 1995||19||0|
|DF||Jennifer Beattie||13 May 1991||121||22|
|DF||Frankie Brown||8 October 1987||96||0|
|DF||Rachel Corsie (captain)||17 August 1989||106||16|
|DF||Nicola Docherty||23 August 1992||16||0|
|DF||Joelle Murray||7 November 1986||48||1|
|DF||Kirsty Smith||6 January 1994||32||0|
|MF||Lizzie Arnot||1 March 1996||23||2|
|MF||Leanne Crichton||6 August 1987||62||3|
|MF||Hayley Lauder||4 June 1990||97||9|
|MF||Kim Little (vice-captain)||29 June 1990||130||52|
|MF||Joanne Love||6 December 1985||190||13|
|MF||Christie Murray||3 May 1990||60||4|
|MF||Caroline Weir||20 June 1995||60||7|
|FW||Fiona Brown||31 March 1995||36||2|
|FW||Erin Cuthbert||19 July 1998||27||8|
|FW||Claire Emslie||8 March 1994||19||3|
|FW||Abi Harrison||7 December 1997||3||0|
|FW||Zoe Ness||24 March 1996||7||1|
|FW||Jane Ross||18 September 1989||125||58|
The following players have been selected by Scotland within the past 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Rachel Harrison||11 October 1989||0||0||v. |
|DF||Emma Mitchell||19 September 1992||59||7||2019 Algarve Cup INJ|
|DF||Sophie Howard||17 September 1993||12||0||v. |
|DF||Rachel McLauchlan||7 July 1997||7||0||v. |
|MF||Lucy Graham||10 October 1996||3||0||v. |
|MF||Samantha Kerr||17 April 1999||0||0||v. |
|FW||Lana Clelland||26 January 1993||24||3||v. |
|FW||Abbi Grant||11 December 1995||2||0||v. |
|FW||Lisa Evans||21 May 1992||75||17||v. |
The SFA operates a roll of honour for every female player who has made more than 100 appearances for Scotland.The Scottish Football Museum operates a hall of fame, based at Hampden Park, which is open to players and managers involved in Scottish football. Rose Reilly (2007) and Julie Fleeting (2018) are the only women to be inducted so far. Sportscotland operates the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, which has inducted some footballers, also including Reilly.
|1||8||7||0||1||19||7||+12||21||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
Scotland were drawn in Group E.
|2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|| Final tournament if among three best runners-up |
Hampden Park is a football stadium in the Mount Florida area of Glasgow, Scotland. The 51,866-capacity venue serves as the national stadium of football in Scotland. It is the normal home venue of the Scotland national football team and amateur Scottish league club Queen's Park F.C. and regularly hosts the latter stages of the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup competitions. It is also used for music concerts and other sporting events, such as when it was reconfigured as an athletics stadium for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. It competes in the three major professional tournaments, the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Nations League and the UEFA European Championship. Scotland, as a constituent country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete in the Olympic Games. The majority of Scotland's home matches are played at the national stadium, Hampden Park.
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