Hege Riise (born 18 July 1969) is a Norwegian football coach and former midfield[3] player who is coaching the Norway women's national football team. One of the best footballers of her generation, she won the FIFA Women's World Cup, the Olympic Games, and the UEFA Women's Euro with the Norway women's national football team.[4]

Hege Riise
Hege Riise (2017).jpg
Riise in 2017
Personal information
Full name Hege Riise[1]
Date of birth (1969-07-18) 18 July 1969 (age 53)
Place of birth Lørenskog, Norway
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Norway (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Setskog/Høland
1995–1997 Nikko Securities Dream Ladies
1997–1999 Setskog/Høland
2000 Asker 18 (3)
2001–2003 Carolina Courage 39 (12)
2004–2006 Team Strømmen 52 (9)
National team
1990–2004 Norway 188 (58)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Team Strømmen
Norway U23
2009–2012 United States (assistant)
2012–2016 LSK Kvinner (assistant)
2016–2020 LSK Kvinner
2021 England (interim)
2021 Great Britain Olympic
2021–2022 Norway U19
2022– Norway
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Playing careerEdit


Riise started playing football at age six and played in a boys' team until age 14. She won the Norwegian Cup competition with Setskog-Høland in 1992. In late 1995 along with four other Norwegians she joined Nikko Securities Dream Ladies football club in Japan. Nikko won the Japanese league and cup competitions in 1996 and the cup in 1997, after which Riise moved back to Norway to play again with Setskog-Høland.

She joined Asker FK, in 2000, and again won the cup competition with Asker the same year. Drafted by the Carolina Courage in the Women's United Soccer Association 2000 Foreign Draft, Riise was the team's MVP two times and led the Courage to a WUSA Founders Cup title in 2002, before her involvement was curtailed by an anterior cruciate ligament injury.[2] In 2003 the Norwegian Football Association named Riise the best female Norwegian footballer ever.

Returning to Norway in 2005 Hege Riise joined Team Strømmen of Oslo and became the club's playing assistant trainer in 2006. She played her last top-level match with Team Strømmen on 28 October 2006 aged 37 and retired from football as a player.


Riise made her international debut with the Norwegian national team in 1990. Norway won the UEFA Women's Championship in 1993. Two years later with Norway she won the Women's World Cup and was awarded the Golden Ball after the competition.

Riise's biggest achievement with Norway was winning the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, to become one of only three women in the world to win the Olympics, the World Cup and the European Championship (with Gro Espeseth and Bente Nordby).

She retired from international football in September 2004 with 188 caps and 58 goals.[5]

International goalsEdit

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 November 1991 Guangdong Provincial Stadium, Guangzhou, China   New Zealand 4–0 4–0 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
2. 23 May 1992 Rolighetsmoen, Modum, Norway   Switzerland 5–0 6–0 UEFA Women's Euro 1993 qualifying
3. 26 September 1992 Sofiemyr Stadion, Kolbotn, Norway   Belgium 6–0 8–0
4. 8–0
5. 18 March 1994 Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal   Denmark 2–1 6–1 1994 Algarve Cup
6. 6 June 1995 Tingvalla IP, Karlstad, Sweden   Nigeria 3–0 8–0 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup
7. 8 June 1995   England 2–0 2–0
8. 10 June 1995 Strömvallen, Gävle, Sweden   Canada 2–0 7–0
9. 13 June 1995 Tingvalla IP, Karlstad, Sweden   Denmark 3–0 3–1
10. 18 June 1995 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden   Germany 1–0 2–0
11. 23 July 1996 RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States   Germany 3–2 3–2 1996 Summer Olympics
12. 23 June 1999 Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, Landover, United States   Canada 4–1 7–1 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup
13. 26 June 1999 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States   Japan 1–0 4–0
14. 30 June 1999 CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, United States   Sweden 3–0 3–1
15. 17 September 2000 Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia   Nigeria 2–0 3–1 2000 Summer Olympics

Coaching careerEdit

Riise retired as a player at the end of the 2006 season with 188 international caps to her credit,[6] the record for all Norwegian footballers. In 2007, she became the chief trainer at Team Strømmen, in the Norwegian women's premier league, the Toppserien. In the 2008 season, Team Strømmen were runners-up in both the league and the Cup competitions.

On 28 January 2009, Riise was appointed Assistant Trainer to the USA women's national team.[6]

Riise was appointed interim head coach of the England women's national football team in January 2021. Her tenure bridged the gap between the resignation of Phil Neville, who had originally agreed to see out his contract, and his already-agreed-upon replacement, the incumbent Netherlands head coach Sarina Wiegman due to start in September 2021.[7] Due to the reduced international schedule as a result of the COVID-19, Riise only took charge of three friendlies: defeating Northern Ireland 6–0 in her debut before losing to France and Canada.[8][9] On 10 March 2021, she was also announced as the manager for Team GB at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[10] The team progressed as group winners with seven points in three games before being eliminated in the first knockout round by Australia 4–3 in extra-time.[11]

After her stint in the United Kingdom, Riise fulfilled a prior agreement to take charge of the Norway women's national under-19 football team.[12] In the 2022 UEFA Under-19 Championship, Norway won their group[13] and came second overall, after being defeated 2-1 in the final by Spain.[14]

On August 3, Riise was officially appointed as Norway head coach replacing Martin Sjögren.[15] The rest of the coaching team consists of the assistant coaches Monica Knudsen and Ingvild Stensland, and the goalkeeping coach Jon Knudsen.[15]





LSK Kvinner

Norway Under-19


  1. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020: Squad list, Great Britain" (PDF). FIFA. 7 July 2021. p. 6. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b "10 - Hege Riise". Women's United Soccer Association. Archived from the original on 9 July 2003. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Hege Riise". SNL.no (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  4. ^ "England: Hege Riise set to lead Lionesses on temporary basis". BBC Sport. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Norge Kvinner Senior A - Toppscorer, gule og røde kort" [Norway Women Senior A - Top scorer, yellow and red cards] (in Norwegian). Norwegian Football Association. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Women Football: Riise leaves for the US". Norway Post. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation] & Verdens Gang. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Hege Riise to lead Lionesses in February, with Rhian Wilkinson also joining". Football Association. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  8. ^ "White hat-trick as England thrash NI". BBC Sport.
  9. ^ Flood, George (14 April 2021). "Riise laments lack of chances after England Women lose Canada friendly". Evening Standard. London.
  10. ^ Goh, ZK (10 March 2021). "Great Britain women name Hege Riise as Olympic Games head coach". Olympic Channel. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  11. ^ Kemp, Emma (30 July 2021). "Team GB 3-4 Australia (aet): Olympics women's football quarter-final – as it happened". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Folvik, Herman; Syversen, Christina Paulos (19 January 2021). "Hege Riise ny England-trener: – En stor mulighet for meg" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  13. ^ UEFA.com. "WU19 EURO - Standings". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  14. ^ UEFA.com. "Spain-Norway | Women's Under-19 2022". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  15. ^ a b Madsen, Christer (3 August 2022). "Hege Riise ny landslagssjef" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Football Federation. Retrieved 3 August 2022.