Central African Republic women's national football team

The Central African Republic women's national football team represents the Central African Republic (CAR) in women's international football competitions. The team played its first international matches in 2018 in the Cup of Nations qualifiers. The country's youth national team has played in several matches and events, including an Under-19 World Cup qualifying competition in which the team lost in the semi-finals. As is the case across Africa, the women's game faces numerous challenges. Football was only formally organised in 2000, and there are only 400 players competing at the national level.

 Central African Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCentral African Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coachVacant
Most caps11 players (2)
Top scorerChristelle Demba (1)
FIFA codeCTA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
CurrentNR (27 March 2020)[1]
First international
 Congo 2−0 Central African Republic 
(Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; 4 April 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 2−0 Central African Republic 
(Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; 4 April 2018)

Background and developmentEdit

The development of women's football in Africa faces several challenges, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women, inequalities and human rights abuses targeting women.[2][3][4][5] Many quality players leave the country seeking greater opportunity in Europe or the United States.[6] In addition, most of the funding for women's football in Africa comes from FIFA, not the local national football associations.[6]

The Central African Football Federation, the CAR's national football association, was founded in 1961 and became a FIFA affiliate in 1964.[7] In the CAR, there is no national association staffer dedicated to women's football and no women on the board or in the executive committee.[7] With assistance from FIFA, the federation developed a women's programme starting in 2000. A national competition and school competition were later introduced.[8] Football is one of the most popular women's sports in the CAR.[7] There were about 200 registered youth players in the country and 200 registered senior players as of 2006. There are 80 club-level teams with women on them, 20 of which are exclusively for women.[7]

TeamEdit

In 1985, only a few countries had women's national football teams, and the Central African Republic was no exception.[9]

In 2006, the team trained five times a week.[7] As of March 2020, the team was not ranked by FIFA due to it not having played enough international matches.[10]

The country has a national under-20 side. This team has participated in the qualifying competition for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which prior to 2006 was an under-19 tournament in which the CAR team also took part.[11][12] In 2002, the qualifiers began with an African Women's Under-19 Championship. The CAR faced Equatorial Guinea in a home-and-away series in the first round, winning both matches by scores of 1–0 and 2–0. The country was set to play Zimbabwe in the quarterfinals, but Zimbabwe withdrew from the competition. In the semi-finals, the CAR met South Africa in a home match, but lost 0–2. The team was scheduled to play a return match in South Africa, but the host country refused to grant the Central African players visas, which led to South Africa's disqualification from the tournament. South Africa appealed the decision and visas were subsequently issued to Central African players, but the team then withdrew from the competition.[12][13][14] In 2010, the Central African Republic women's national under-20 football team participated in the African Women's U-20 World Cup qualifiers. They had a walkover win against São Tomé and Príncipe in the first round but did not participate in the second or third rounds.[15]

RecordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

World Cup record World Cup
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Did Not Enter
  1995
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 3
Total 2 0 1 1 1 3

Olympic Games recordEdit

Olympic Games record Olympic Games
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Ineligible
  2000
  2004 Did Not Enter
  2008
  2012
  2016
  2020 To Be Determined
Total

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Did Not Enter No Qualifying Process
  1995
  1998
  2000
  2002
  2004
  2006
  2008
  2010
  2012
  2014
  2016
  2018 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 3
  2020 To Be Determined
Total 2 0 1 1 1 3

African Games recordEdit

African Games record African Games
qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  2003 Did Not Enter No Qualifying Process
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019 To Be Determined
Total

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 27 March 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  2. ^ Jean Williams (15 December 2007). A Beautiful Game: International Perspectives on Women's Football. Berg. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-84520-674-1. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ Richard Giulianotti; David McArdle (2006). Sport, Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Routledge. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7146-5344-0. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  4. ^ Chris Hallinan; Steven J. Jackson (31 August 2008). Social And Cultural Diversity In A Sporting World. Emerald Group Publishing. pp. 40–41. ISBN 978-0-7623-1456-0. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  5. ^ Jean Williams (18 December 2003). A Game for Rough Girls?: A History of Women's Football in Britain. Routledge. pp. 173–175. ISBN 978-0-415-26338-2. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b Gabriel Kuhn (24 February 2011). Soccer Vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics. PM Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-60486-053-5. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e FIFA (2006). "Women's Football Today" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "Goal! Football: Central African Republic" (PDF). FIFA. 3 November 2009. p. 4. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  9. ^ Chrös McDougall (1 January 2012). Soccer. ABDO. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-61783-146-1. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  10. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking". FIFA.com. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Women U-19/U-20 World Cup". Rsssf.com. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Regulations – CAN U-20 women 2010 – CAF". Cafonline.com. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  13. ^ "African Women U-19 Championship 2002". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Goal! Football: Central African Republic" (PDF). FIFA. 3 November 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  15. ^ "African Women U-20 World Cup 2010 Qualifying". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012.