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.
|Nickname(s)||صبايا الأرز |
(The Lady Cedars)
|Association||Lebanon Football Association |
(الاتحاد اللبناني لكرة القدم)
|Sub-confederation||WAFF (West Asia)|
|Head coach||Wael Gharzeddine|
|Current||137 2 (13 December 2019)|
|Highest||92 (December 2009)|
|Lowest||148 (September 2018)|
| Algeria 12–0 Lebanon |
(Alexandria, Egypt; 19 April 2006)
| Lebanon 12–1 Kuwait |
(Amman, Jordan; 9 June 2013)
| Greece 14–0 Lebanon |
(Pegeia, Cyprus; 12 March 2015)
|WAFF Women's Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2007)|
|Best result||Third 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitive record
- 3 Team records
- 4 Recent results and matches
- 5 Players
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 See also
- 8 Footnotes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Known as "the Lady Cedars" (Arabic: صبايا الأرز), the Lebanon women's national team was formed in 2005. 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. 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.
In their second WAFF Women's Championship in 2011 they were drawn with Iran, Syria and hosts the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 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.
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. They were drawn with Jordan, Uzbekistan and Kuwait in their group. 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, ending their qualifying campaign with three points.
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. 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. 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. 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.
FIFA Women's World CupEdit
|FIFA Women's World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1991||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2015||Did not qualify||The 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup served as the qualifying tournament|
|2023||To be decided||The 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup will serve as the qualifying tournament|
|FIFA Women's World Cup record||Qualification record|
|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|
AFC Women's Asian CupEdit
|AFC Women's Asian Cup record||Qualification record|
|1975||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2014||Did not qualify||3rd of 4||3||1||0||2||12||10|
|2022||To be decided||To be decided|
WAFF Women's ChampionshipEdit
|WAFF Women's Championship record|
|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||–|
|2006 Arab Women's Championship||Group stage|
|2010 Arabia Women's Cup||Group stage|
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. 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).
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).
Recent results and matchesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|7 January 2019 2019 WAFF Championship||Bahrain||3–2||Lebanon||Muharraq, Bahrain|
Allisa 78', 81'
|Stadium: Shaikh Ali Bin Mohammed Stadium|
|9 January 2019 2019 WAFF Championship||Lebanon||2–0||United Arab Emirates||Muharraq, Bahrain|
|Report||Stadium: Shaikh Ali Bin Mohammed Stadium|
|11 January 2019 2019 WAFF Championship||Lebanon||1–3||Jordan||Muharraq, Bahrain|
|16:00||Tamim 58'||Report||Hina 8'
|Stadium: Shaikh Ali Bin Mohammed Stadium|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Club|
|1||GK||Racha Yaghi||10 June 2002||Akhaa Ahli Aley|
|GK||Arlette Ghostine||Salam Zgharta|
|2||DF||Mira Hoteit||20 September 2000||Zouk Mosbeh|
|3||DF||Christelle Bedran||5 December 2000||Sporting High|
|4||DF||Amal Salha||Akhaa Ahli Aley|
|5||DF||Lara Bahlawan||5 September 1994||SAS|
|12||DF||Aya Jamal Eddine||SAS|
|13||DF||Rhea May Taleb||ÓBerytus|
|14||DF||Ithamar Romanos||10 May 1999||ÓBerytus|
|15||DF||Aya Al Jurdi||SAS|
|17||DF||Dima Alkasty||Akhaa Ahli Aley|
|18||DF||Celine Al Haddad||Akhaa Ahli Aley|
|DF||Fatima Al-Zahra Khashab||Zouk Mosbeh|
|6||MF||Tatiana Khalil (captain)||3 November 1992||SAS|
|8||MF||Layla Iskandar||16 May 2002||Salam Zgharta|
|16||MF||Joya Maria Azzi||23 September 2000||Zouk Mosbeh|
|19||MF||Rana Al Mokdad||SAS|
|MF||Aya Boukhary||Salam Zgharta|
|7||FW||Samira Awad||30 June 2000||ÓBerytus|
|10||FW||Yara Bou Rada||7 August 2000||SAS|
|11||FW||Hanin Tamim||5 April 2000||SAS|
- As of 8 November 2018
|Head Coach||Wael Gharzeddine|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Achraf Mahjoub|
|Equipment Officer||Eid Kamar|
|Administrator||Nour El Ghabdan|
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