Scotland women's national football team

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Association Scottish Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Shelley Kerr
Captain Rachel Corsie [1]
Most caps Gemma Fay (203) [2]
Top scorer Julie Fleeting (116)
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FIFA ranking
Current 20 Decrease2.svg 1 (7 December 2018) [3]
Highest19 [4] (March 2014; September 2018)
Lowest31 [4] (March 2004)
First international
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2–3 England  Flag of England.svg
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 17–0 Lithuania  Flag of Lithuania (1988-2004).svg
(Glasgow, Scotland; 30 May 1998) [5]
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 8–0 Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg
(Nuneaton, England; 23 June 1973)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019 )
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2017 )
Best resultGroup 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 country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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.

Womens association football association football when played by women

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.

Scottish Football Association governing body of association football in Scotland

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. [6] Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881. [6] Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921. [6] Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). [6] The sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s, when the ban was lifted. [6] 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. [7] Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as a working class and male preserve. [8]

Carstairs village in the United Kingdom

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.

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.

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. [8] 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. [4] [9] [10] They reached their first major tournament finals when they qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2017. [11] The team followed this up by qualifying for their first World Cup finals tournament in 2019. [12]

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.


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Scotland playing a 2015 World Cup qualifying match in Sweden

World Cup

YearFinal TournamentQualification
1991 Did not enter
1995 Did not qualify Group – 4th [13] 6006322
1999 Unable to qualify [14]
2007 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 8224420
2011 Group – 2nd 8611245
2015 Play-offs 128043812
2019 Qualified Group – 1st 8701197
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.


At the Olympic Games the International Olympic Committee charter only permit a Great Britain team, representing the whole of the United Kingdom, to compete. [15] 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. [16] [17] 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). [18]

Olympic Games major international sport event

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.

International Olympic Committee ruling body of the Olympic movement

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.

Great Britain womens Olympic football team womens Olympic association football team representing the UK

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. [19] The third-place finish England secured at the 2015 World Cup would have qualified Great Britain for the Olympics, [20] 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. [21]

Football Association of Wales governing body of association football in Wales

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.

Irish Football Association governing body of association football in Northern Ireland

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.

2016 Summer Olympics Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016

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.

European Championship

YearFinal TournamentQualification
1984 Did not qualify Group – 2nd 631298
1987 Group – 2nd 64022410
1989 Group – Withdrew
1991 Did not enter
1993 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 401315
1995 Group – 4th 6006322
1997 Unable to qualify [22]
2005 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 84041916
2009 Play-offs 104151911
2013 Play-offs 105232416
2017 Group – 3rd 310228 Group – 2nd 8701307

Unofficial competition

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.

Other tournaments

Flag of England.svg 1976Three Nations Championship2nd210136
Flag of Italy.svg 1979 European Competition Group201102 [28]
Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1992 Varna Tournament 7th320152 [29]
Flag of Bulgaria.svg 1999 Albena Cup 2nd513197 [30]
Flag of Bulgaria.svg 2000 Albena Cup 5th4211105 [31]
Ulster Banner.svg 2000Celt Cup3rd2101271 [32]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000Veenendal Tournament3rd201135 [33]
Flag of Portugal.svg 2002 Algarve Cup 10th420248 [34]
Flag of Italy.svg 2006Torneo Regione Molise3rd200208 [35]
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2008 Cyprus Cup 6th410355 [36]
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2009 Cyprus Cup 7th410328
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2010 Cyprus Cup 7th4103310
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2011 Cyprus Cup 4th411224
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2012 Cyprus Cup 9th420268
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2013 Cyprus Cup 5th421176
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013 Brazilian Invitational 4th4004410 [37]
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2014 Cyprus Cup 4th4220107
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2015 Cyprus Cup 7th420277
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2017 Cyprus Cup 5th421165
Flag of Portugal.svg 2019 Algarve Cup 5th320152
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Media coverage

Scotland women's internationals have been televised by BBC Alba and broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland. [38] 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. [39] 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. [40]


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Ravenscraig Stadium hosted the first official match played by the Scotland women's team, in November 1972.

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. [39] [41] 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. [42] 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. [43] Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament.


Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 Algarve Cup. [44] [45]

Caps and goals are current as of the match played on 6 March 2019.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Lee Alexander (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 27)140 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow City
1 GK Jenna Fife (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 23)40 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian
1 GK Shannon Lynn (1985-10-22) 22 October 1985 (age 33)300 Flag of Sweden.svg Vittsjö

2 DF Chloe Arthur (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 24)190 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City
2 DF Jennifer Beattie (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 27)12122 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Frankie Brown (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 31)960 Flag of England.svg Bristol City
2 DF Rachel Corsie (captain) (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 29)10616 Flag of the United States.svg Utah Royals
2 DF Nicola Docherty (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 26)160 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow City
2 DF Joelle Murray (1986-11-07) 7 November 1986 (age 32)481 Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian
2 DF Kirsty Smith (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 25)320 Flag of England.svg Manchester United

3 MF Lizzie Arnot (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 23)232 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
3 MF Leanne Crichton (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 31)623 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow City
3 MF Hayley Lauder (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 28)979 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow City
3 MF Kim Little (vice-captain) (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 28)13052 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
3 MF Joanne Love (1985-12-06) 6 December 1985 (age 33)19013 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow City
3 MF Christie Murray (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 28)604 Flag of England.svg Liverpool
3 MF Caroline Weir (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 23)607 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

4 FW Fiona Brown (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 23)362 Flag of Sweden.svg Rosengård
4 FW Erin Cuthbert (1998-07-19) 19 July 1998 (age 20)278 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
4 FW Claire Emslie (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 24)193 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
4 FW Abi Harrison (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 (age 21)30 Flag of England.svg Bristol City
4 FW Zoe Ness (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 22)71 Flag of England.svg Durham
4 FW Jane Ross (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 29)12558 Flag of England.svg West Ham United

Recent players

The following players have been selected by Scotland within the past 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Rachel Harrison (1989-10-11) 11 October 1989 (age 29)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Spartans v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, 21 January 2019

DF Emma Mitchell (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 26)597 Flag of England.svg Arsenal 2019 Algarve Cup INJ
DF Sophie Howard (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25)120 Flag of England.svg Reading v. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania, 4 September 2018
DF Rachel McLauchlan (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 21)70 Flag of England.svg Yeovil Town v. Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand, 6 March 2018

MF Lucy Graham (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 22)30 Flag of England.svg Bristol City v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, 21 January 2019
MF Samantha Kerr (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 (age 19)00 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow City v. Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 13 November 2018

FW Lana Clelland (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 26)243 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, 21 January 2019
FW Abbi Grant (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 23)20 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, 21 January 2019
FW Lisa Evans (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 26)7517 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, 17 January 2019 INJ


Honoured players

The SFA operates a roll of honour for every female player who has made more than 100 appearances for Scotland. [46] The Scottish Football Museum operates a hall of fame, based at Hampden Park, which is open to players and managers involved in Scottish football. [47] 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.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying

1Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 8701342+3221 [lower-alpha 1] Final tournament
2Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 8701307+2321 [lower-alpha 1]
3Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 83052119+29 [lower-alpha 2]
4Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 83051020109 [lower-alpha 2]
5Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia 8008451470
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head results: Scotland 0–4 Iceland, Iceland 1–2 Scotland.
  2. 1 2 Head-to-head results: Slovenia 3–0 Belarus, Belarus 2–0 Slovenia.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017

1Flag of England.svg  England 3300101+99 Knockout stage
2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 31022313 [lower-alpha 1]
3Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 31022863 [lower-alpha 1]
4Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 31023523 [lower-alpha 1]
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
  1. 1 2 3 Head-to-head records:
    • Spain: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), +1 GD (2 GF, 1 GA)
    • Scotland: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), 0 GD (2 GF, 2 GA)
    • Portugal: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), −1 GD (2 GF, 3 GA)

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

1Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 8701197+1221 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 8611215+1619 Play-offs
3Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 83231612+411
4Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 8116622164
5Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 8107521163
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying

Scotland were drawn in Group E. [48]

1Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 00000000
4Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 00000000
5Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Coaching staff

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