Lebanon women's national football team

The Lebanon women's national football team[a] is the official women's national football team of the country of Lebanon. The team was established in 2005, and is controlled by the Lebanon Football Association (LFA), the governing body for football in Lebanon. Whilst the team has yet to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup, or the AFC Women's Asian Cup, they have finished in third place at the 2007 and 2019 editions of the WAFF Women's Championship.

Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)صبايا الأرز
(The Lady Cedars)
AssociationLebanon Football Association
(الاتحاد اللبناني لكرة القدم)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationWAFF (West Asia)
Head coachWael Gharzeddine
CaptainTatiana Khalil
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 137 Increase 2 (13 December 2019)[1]
Highest92 (December 2009)
Lowest148 (September 2018)
First international
 Algeria 12–0 Lebanon 
(Alexandria, Egypt; 19 April 2006)
Biggest win
 Lebanon 12–1 Kuwait 
(Amman, Jordan; 9 June 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Greece 14–0 Lebanon 
(Pegeia, Cyprus; 12 March 2015)
WAFF Women's Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2007)
Best resultThird place (2007, 2019)

Lebanon played their first match in 2006 against Algeria in a 12–0 defeat at the Arab Women's Championship. However, their first qualification campaign took place eight years later, on the occasion of the 2014 Women's Asian Cup. While Lebanon ultimately failed to qualify for the final tournament, they won 12–1 against Kuwait on 9 June 2013 in their biggest win to date.

Colloquially called "the Lady Cedars" (Arabic: صبايا الأرز‎), their home kit is predominately red and their away kit white, in reference to their national flag. From 2006 Lebanon's FIFA ranking has been relatively steady, with their best ranking being 92th in December 2009 and their worst being 148th in September 2018.


Known as "the Lady Cedars" (Arabic: صبايا الأرز‎),[2][3] the Lebanon women's national team was formed in 2005.[4] Along with Jordan, Iran, Palestine and Syria, they are one of the earliest women's national teams in the West Asian Football Federation. Their first match was a 12–0 defeat against Algeria at the 2006 Arab Women's Championship. They finished in last place after three games without having scored a single goal.[5] Their first WAFF Women's Championship campaign was in 2007; after two 3–0 losses, first against Jordan and then against Iran, Lebanon beat Syria 7–0 finishing in third place in the tournament.[6]

In their second WAFF Women's Championship in 2011 they were drawn with Iran, Syria and hosts the United Arab Emirates (UAE).[7][8] After losing their first match on 4 October against Iran 8–1, Lebanon won 1–0 thanks to a Ghinwa Saleh goal against Syria. In their final match, against the UAE, Lebanon lost 5–0 and were knocked out of the competition.[8]

Managed first by Vatche Sarkissian and then by Farid Nujaim, Lebanon took part in the qualification campaign for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup. This would be their first official qualification tournament, eight years from their inception.[9] They were drawn with Jordan, Uzbekistan and Kuwait in their group.[10] In their first match, they lost 0–5 against Jordan before being defeated by Uzbekistan 0–4. Already eliminated, Lebanon beat Kuwait 12–1 in a consolatory victory,[11] ending their qualifying campaign with three points.[10]

Lebanon during the 2019 WAFF Women's Championship third place award ceremony.

Coached by Wael Gharzeddine, Lebanon competed in the 2019 WAFF Women's Championship. They began their campaign on 7 January with a slim 3–2 defeat to hosts Bahrain; in the 57th minute Hanin Tamim gave Lebanon the lead, but the opposing team scored three goals in 12 minutes. Dima Alkatsi's late consolation goal was not enough for a comeback.[12] In their second match, played two days later, Lebanon's late goals in each half, the first by Rana Mokdad, the second by Samira Awad, secured a 2–0 win over the UAE.[13] On 11 January, Lebanon suffered a 3–1 defeat to Jordan; after conceding two goals in the first 12 minutes and a third in the 56th minute, Hanin Tamim scored a goal to end the match.[14] After a four-day rest, Lebanon played their final match against Palestine. Three first-half goals, scored by Hanin Tamim, who grabbed her third goal of the tournament, Aya Jurdi and Samira Awad gave Lebanon all three points, finishing in third place.[2]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Did not enter Did not enter
  2015 Did not qualify The 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup served as the qualifying tournament
  2019 Withdrew Withdrew
2023 To be decided The 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup will serve as the qualifying tournament
Total 0/8 Total

Summer OlympicsEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Did not enter The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup served as the qualifying tournament
  2000 The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup served as the qualifying tournament
  2004 Did not enter
  2020 Did not qualify 3rd of 3 2 0 0 2 0 12
  2024 To be decided To be decided
Total 0/7 Total 2 0 0 2 0 12

AFC Women's Asian CupEdit

AFC Women's Asian Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad Outcome Pld W D L GF GA
  1975 Did not enter Did not enter
  2014 Did not qualify 3rd of 4 3 1 0 2 12 10
  2018 Withdrew Withdrew
2022 To be decided To be decided
Total 0/19 Total 3 1 0 2 12 10

WAFF Women's ChampionshipEdit

WAFF Women's Championship record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  2005 Did not enter
  2007 Third place 3rd of 4 3 1 0 2 7 6
  2010 Did not enter
  2011 Group stage 5th of 8 3 1 0 2 2 13
  2014 Did not enter
  2019 Third place 3rd of 5 4 2 0 2 8 6
Total Best: third place 3/6 10 4 0 6 17 25

Other tournamentsEdit

Tournament Result
  2006 Arab Women's Championship Group stage
  2010 Arabia Women's Cup Group stage

Team recordsEdit

As of 15 January 2019, the complete official match record of the Lebanese women's national team comprises 27 matches: seven wins and 20 losses.[15] During these matches, the team scored 43 times and conceded 110 goals. Lebanon's highest winning margin is 11 goals, which has been achieved against Kuwait in 2013 (12–1).[11]

FIFA rankingsEdit

Below is a chart of Lebanon's FIFA ranking from 2006 to the present. Following a drastic increase of 52 positions (from 144th in 2007 to 92nd in 2009, their best ranking to date), the country went through a steady decline (from 92nd in 2009 to 137th in 2019, with their lowest ranking at 148th in September 2018).[16]


Recent results and matchesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss



Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2019 WAFF Women's Championship.[17]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Racha Yaghi (2002-06-10) 10 June 2002 (age 17)   Akhaa Ahli Aley
22 1GK Yasmine Sardouk   ÓBerytus
1GK Arlette Ghostine   Salam Zgharta

2 2DF Mira Hoteit (2000-09-20) 20 September 2000 (age 19)   Zouk Mosbeh
3 2DF Christelle Bedran (2000-12-05) 5 December 2000 (age 19)   Sporting High
4 2DF Amal Salha   Akhaa Ahli Aley
5 2DF Lara Bahlawan (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 (age 25)   SAS
12 2DF Aya Jamal Eddine   SAS
13 2DF Rhea May Taleb   ÓBerytus
14 2DF Ithamar Romanos (1999-05-10) 10 May 1999 (age 20)   ÓBerytus
15 2DF Aya Al Jurdi   SAS
17 2DF Dima Alkasty   Akhaa Ahli Aley
18 2DF Celine Al Haddad   Akhaa Ahli Aley
2DF Fatima Al-Zahra Khashab   Zouk Mosbeh

6 3MF Tatiana Khalil (captain) (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 27)   SAS
8 3MF Layla Iskandar (2002-05-16) 16 May 2002 (age 17)   Salam Zgharta
16 3MF Joya Maria Azzi (2000-09-23) 23 September 2000 (age 19)   Zouk Mosbeh
19 3MF Rana Al Mokdad   SAS
3MF Aya Boukhary   Salam Zgharta

7 4FW Samira Awad (2000-06-30) 30 June 2000 (age 19)   ÓBerytus
10 4FW Yara Bou Rada (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 19)   SAS
11 4FW Hanin Tamim (2000-04-05) 5 April 2000 (age 19)   SAS

Coaching staffEdit

As of 8 November 2018[18]
Position Name
Head Coach   Wael Gharzeddine
Goalkeeper Coach   Achraf Mahjoub
Physiotherapist   Aline Farah
Equipment Officer   Eid Kamar
Analyzer   Hussein Yehya
Administrator   Nour El Ghabdan

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Arabic: المنتخب اللبناني لكرة القدم النسائي‎
    French: Équipe du Liban féminine de football


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  14. ^ "Jordan stay perfect, Palestine, UAE remain winless". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
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