Malta women's national football team

The Malta women's national football team represents the Malta Football Association in international women's football matches sanctioned by UEFA.[2]

Malta
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationMalta Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMark Gatt
CaptainDorianne Theuma
Most capsDorianne Theuma (100)
Top scorerDorianne Theuma (28)
Home stadiumCentenary Stadium
FIFA codeMLT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 93 Steady (20 August 2021)[1]
Highest74 (August 2003)
Lowest113 (December 2006)
First international
 Romania 3–0 Malta 
(Bucharest, August 10, 2003)
Biggest win
 Malta 6–0 Luxembourg 
(Ta'Qali, April 6, 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 0–13 Spain 
(Ta'Qali, September 9, 2009)

HistoryEdit

The team first appeared in official competitions in the 2005 European Championship's qualifying, debuting on August 10, 2003 in Bucharest with a 3–0 loss to Romania. Malta lost all eight games, scoring once and conceding 35. The team's first goal was scored by Sarah Caruana on November 16, 2003, against Croatia.[3]

After 13 losses, Malta achieved its first draw on June 7, 2006 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last match of the 2007 World Cup's qualifying. The team played in the 2011 World Cup's qualifying, losing all games including a record 0–13 defeat to Spain. On March 3, 2011 Malta won an official match for the first time in the 2013 European Championship qualifying's preliminary round, beating Georgia 1–0 with a goal by D'Agostino in injury time.

On April 6, 2013 Malta beat Luxembourg 6–0 in the 2015 World Cup qualifying's preliminary round. The team also defeated Latvia and drew with Albania to top the group and make it past a preliminary round for the first time.[4]

The team was coached from its foundation until 2015 by Pierre Brincat, and then from 22 January 2015 till now by former U19 coach Mark Gatt.[5]

Team imageEdit

Home stadiumEdit

The Malta women's national team play their home matches on the Centenary Stadium.

Overall official recordEdit

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
2005 Euro qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
0–3 0–8
0–1 0–2
0–3 1–4
0–9 0–5
  Romania
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Croatia
  Ireland
5 / 5 0
0
Caruana
0
2007 World Cup qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
1–4 0–1
1–4 1–3
0–1 1–1
  Croatia
  Slovenia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
4 / 4 D'Agostino
Theuma, Tonna
Theuma
2009 Euro qualifying Preliminary round 0–0
2–4
0–8
  Lithuania
  Luxembourg
  Slovakia
4 / 4 0
Carabott 2
0
2011 World Cup qualifying Regular stage 0–13 0–9
0–8 0–6
0–2 0–6
0–2 1–5
  Spain
  England
  Austria
  Turkey
5 / 5 0
0
0
N. Pace
2013 Euro qualifying Preliminary round 1–0
0–2
1–1
  Georgia
  Faroe Islands
  Armenia
2 / 4 D'Agostino
0
Cuschieri
2015 World Cup qualifying Preliminary round 1–1
6–0
2–0
  Albania
  Luxembourg
  Latvia
1 / 4 Theuma
Theuma 2, Buttigieg, Carabott, Cuschieri, Xuereb
Cuschieri, Theuma
Regular stage 0–2 0–2
0–5 0–8
0–3 0–5
0–11 0–5
0–8 0–5
  Israel
  Denmark
  Serbia
  Switzerland
  Iceland
6 / 6

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixture

2020Edit

26 November 2020 (2020-11-26) UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying Georgia   0–4   Malta Mikheil Meskhi Stadium-2, Tbilisi
12:00 (15:00 GET) Report (UEFA)
Report (SW)
Referee: Simona Ghisletta (Switzerland)
1 December 2020 UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying Israel   0–2   Malta Ramat Gan, Israel
15:30 Report (UEFA)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Ramat Gan Stadium
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (Macedonia)

2021Edit

18 February 2021 Friendly Malta   0–4   Slovakia Paola, Malta
18:30 Report (SW)
Stadium: Hibernians Stadium
Referee: Marina Aufschnaiter (Austria)
23 February 2021 Friendly Malta   0–3   Sweden Paola, Malta
14:30 Report (SW)
Stadium: Hibernians Stadium
Referee: Maria Ferrieri (Italy)
10 June 2021 Friendly Malta   1–2   Montenegro
Report (SW)
13 June 2021 Friendly Malta   1–0   Montenegro
Report (SW)
16 September 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying Denmark   7–0   Malta Viborg, Denmark
Report
Stadium: Viborg Stadion
Referee: Karoline Wacker (Germany)
21 September 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying Malta   2–2   Bosnia and Herzegovina Ta' Qali
18:30
Report
Stadium: Centenary Stadium
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
21 October 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying Russia   3–0   Malta Khimki
Report Stadium: Arena Khimki
Referee: Miriama Matulova (Slovakia)
26 October 2021 World Cup 2023 qualifying Azerbaijan   v   Malta Baku
Report Stadium: ASK Arena
Referee: Réka Molnar (Hungary)

2022Edit

8 April 2022 World Cup 2023 qualifying Malta   v   Denmark
Report
12 April 2022 World Cup 2023 qualifying Malta   v   Russia
Report
2 September 2022 World Cup 2023 qualifying Malta   v   Azerbaijan
Report
6 September 2022 World Cup 2023 qualifying Montenegro   v   Malta
Report

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name Ref.
Head coach Mark Gatt

Manager historyEdit

  • Mark Gatt (????–)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named in the squad for the 2023 World Cup qualification matches against Russia and Azerbaijan on 21 and 26 October 2021.[6]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jodie Attard (2000-01-07) 7 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Swieqi United
1GK Maya Cachia (2004-12-23) 23 December 2004 (age 16) 0 0   Crotone
1GK Patricia Ebejer (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Mġarr United

2DF Maia Debono (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Mġarr United
2DF Jessica Dimech (2002-06-22) 22 June 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Swieqi United
2DF Stefania Farrugia (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 30) 35 1   Birkirkara
2DF Jade Flask (1996-08-04) 4 August 1996 (age 25) 21 1   Swieqi United
2DF Jade Schembri (1999-05-08) 8 May 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Swieqi United
2DF Nicole Sciberras (2001-04-28) 28 April 2001 (age 20) 16 0   Tavagnacco
2DF Alishia Sultana (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 24) 14 0   Birkirkara
2DF Charlene Zammit (1991-01-18) 18 January 1991 (age 30) 40 0   Birkirkara

3MF Brenda Borg (1997-05-01) 1 May 1997 (age 24) 27 2   Mġarr United
3MF Kayleigh Chetcuti (2000-09-02) 2 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Swieqi United
3MF Rachel Cuschieri (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 29) 39 7   Lazio
3MF Emma Lipman (captain) (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 32) 9 0   Como
3MF Ann-Marie Said (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 27) 13 0   Birkirkara
3MF Dorianne Theuma (1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 37) 100 28   Swieqi United
3MF Shona Zammit (1996-06-15) 15 June 1996 (age 25) 21 3   Swieqi United

4FW Ylenia Carabott (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 32) 83 21   Keynsham Town
4FW Francesca Chircop (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 28) 4 0   Mġarr United
4FW Maria Farrugia (2001-01-09) 9 January 2001 (age 20) 14 1   Sunderland
4FW Emma Xuerreb (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 29) 32 2   Swieqi United

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players were also named to a squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Janice Xuereb (1996-08-01) 1 August 1996 (age 25) 22 0   Birkirkara v.   Denmark, 16 September 2021

DF Alexandra Gatt (2004-10-13) 13 October 2004 (age 17) 0 0 v.   Denmark, 16 September 2021
DF Gabriella Zahra (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 30) 24 0   Birkirkara v.   Denmark, 16 September 2021

MF Veronique Mifsud (2003-02-11) 11 February 2003 (age 18) 5 0   Birkirkara v.   Montenegro, 10 June 2021
MF Simone Buttigieg (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 26) 2 0   Kirkop United v.   Montenegro, 10 June 2021
MF Maya Lucia (2003-07-06) 6 July 2003 (age 18) 0 0   Raiders Għargħur v.   Israel, 1 December 2020

FW Martina Borg (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 25) 16 1   Torres v.   Denmark, 16 September 2021
FW Haley Bugeja (2004-05-05) 5 May 2004 (age 17) 10 5   Sassuolo v.   Montenegro, 10 June 2021
FW Kailey Willis (2003-05-18) 18 May 2003 (age 18) 1 0   Hellas Verona v.   Montenegro, 10 June 2021

CaptainsEdit

RecordsEdit

*Active players in bold, statistics correct as of July 2021.

Most capped playersEdit

 
In 2015 Dorianne Theuma was Malta's most capped player with 64 caps.

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most caps for Malta.[citation needed]

# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Dorianne Theuma 2003–present 64 21
2 Rebecca D'Agostino 2003–2014 57 4
3 Ylenia Carabott 2005–present 56 11
4 Natasha Pace 2003–2014 48 3
5 Rachel Cuschieri 2007–present 42 6
6 Charlene Zammit 2009–present 33 0
6 Mandy Debono 2006–present 33 0
6 Maria Azzopardi 2003–2011 33 0
9 Stefania Farrugia 2007–present 32 1
10 Kathleen Saliba 2004–2012 31 1

Top goalscorersEdit

# Player Year(s) Goals Caps

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD GP W D* L GF GA GD
  1991 Did not enter UEFA Euro 1991
  1995 UEFA Euro 1995
  1999 Did not enter
  2003
  2007 Did not qualify 6 0 1 5 4 14 -10
  2011 8 0 0 8 1 51 -50
  2015 13 2 1 10 9 56 -47
  2019 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
   2023 To be determined To be determined
Total - - - - - - - - 30 3 3 24 17 123 -106
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's ChampionshipEdit

UEFA Women's Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
     1984 Did not enter Did not enter
  1987
  1989
  1991
  1993
     1995
   1997
  2001
  2005 Did not qualify 8 0 0 8 1 35
  2009 3 0 1 2 2 12
  2013 3 1 1 1 2 3
  2017 3 2 0 1 9 8
  2022 10 3 1 6 11 30
Total - - - - - - - 27 6 3 18 25 88
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 20 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Malta - Women's". UEFA. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ Duret, Sébastien; Morrison, Neil (19 June 2005). "European Women Championship 2005 - Match Details". www.rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ Aquilina, Domenic (18 April 2013). "Malta proud to make history". UEFA. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ Lia, Gianluca (8 February 2015). "Interview with Malta women's national team head coach Mark Gatt". Women's Soccer United. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Mark Gatt names women's national team ahead of Russia, Azerbaijan matches". Malta Football. 18 October 2021.

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