The Nigeria national women's football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons, represents Nigeria in international women's football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. The team is by far Africa's most successful international women's football team winning a record eleven Women's Africa Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the final. The team is also the only women's national team from the Confederation of African Football to have reached the quarterfinals in both the FIFA Women's World Cup and Football at the Summer Olympics.
|Association||Nigeria Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Randy Waldrum|
|Top scorer||Perpetua Nkwocha (80)|
|Current||45 (9 December 2022)|
|Highest||23 (July 2003)|
|Lowest||46 (August 2022)|
| Nigeria 5–1 Ghana |
(Nigeria; 16 February 1991)
| Nigeria 15–0 Niger |
(Côte d'Ivoire; 11 May 2019)
| Norway 8–0 Nigeria |
(Tingvalla IP, Sweden; 6 June 1995)
Germany 8–0 Nigeria
(Leverkusen, Germany; 25 November 2010)
France 8–0 Nigeria
(Le Mans, France; 6 April 2018)
|Appearances||9 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1999)|
|Football at the Summer Olympics|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2004)|
|Women's Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)|
|WAFU Zone B Women's Cup|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Champions (2019)|
They are also one of the few teams in the world to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, with their best performance at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.
They won the first seven African championships and through their first twenty years lost only five games to African competition.12 December 2002 to Ghana in Warri, 3 June 2007 at Algeria, 12 August 2007 to Ghana in an Olympic qualifier, 25 November 2008 at Equatorial Guinea in the semis of the 2008 Women's African Football Championship and May 2011 at Ghana in an All Africa Games qualification match.
The Super Falcons have been unable to dominate beyond Africa in such arenas as the FIFA Women's World Cup or the Olympic Games however. The team has been to every World Cup since 1991, but managed just once to finish in the top eight. In 2003, the Super Falcons turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the first round, failing to score a single goal and losing all three Group A matches. They did little better in 2007, drawing only one of their Group B matches. However, they faced the group of death in both 2003 and 2007, grouped both times with rising Asian power North Korea, traditional European power Sweden, and a historic women's superpower in the USA.
Nigeria hosted the African women's championship finals for the third time in 2006 which were then canceled due to a severe outbreak of gang induced violence within the Nigerian area, replacing Gabon, which was initially granted the right to host but later pulled out citing financial difficulties, and won it for the seventh time in a row. Nigeria's Super Falcons and Ghana's Black Queens represented Africa in China for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The "Falconets" are the country's junior team (U-20), which performed creditably in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Russia when they beat Finland 8–0 before they were sent packing by Brazil in the Quarter-finals. They were the runner-up to Germany at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Nigeria also played in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Canada and lost to Germany in the finals 0–1, Asisat Oshoala got both the golden ball and golden boot.
The "Flamingoes" are the country's cadet team (U-17), which qualified for the inaugural women's U-17 World Cup New Zealand 2008. Nigeria qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup where they were placed in Group A with South Korea, Norway and hosts France.
The Nigeria women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Super Falcons".
FIFA world rankingsEdit
- As of 17 July 2021
Worst Ranking Best Ranking Worst Mover Best Mover
|Nigeria's FIFA world rankings|
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
|18 February 2022 AFWCON qualification Second round 1st leg||Nigeria||2–0||Ivory Coast||Abuja, Nigeria|
||Report||Stadium: Moshood Abiola National Stadium|
Referee: Ayawa Mana Mawoufemo (Togo)
|23 February 2022 AFWCON qualification Second round 2nd leg||Ivory Coast||0–1|
|Nigeria||Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire|
||Stadium: Stade Robert Champroux|
Referee: Zouwaira Souley Sani (Niger)
|Note: Nigeria won 3–0 on aggregate.|
|8 April Friendly||Canada||2–0||Nigeria||Vancouver, Canada|
|3:30am (SAT)||Report||Stadium: BC Place|
|11 April Friendly||Canada||2–2||Nigeria||Langford, Canada|
|19:30 UTC−7||Report||Stadium: Starlight Stadium|
Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)
|4 July 2022 2022 AFWCON GS||Nigeria||1–2||South Africa||Rabat, Maroc|
||Stadium: Stade Moulay Hassan|
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)
|14 July 2022 2022 AFWCON QF||Cameroon||0–1||Nigeria||Casablanca, Morocco|
||Stadium: Stade Mohammed V|
Referee: Akhona Makalima (South Africa)
|18 July 2022 2022 AFWCON SF||Morocco||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
||Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium|
|22 July 2022 2022 AFWCON 3rd place||Nigeria||0–1||Zambia||Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco|
|Stadium: Stade Mohammed V|
|3 September Friendly||United States||4–0||Nigeria||Kansas City, Kansas|
|13:00 ET||Stadium: Children's Mercy Park|
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|6 September Friendly||United States||2–1||Nigeria||Washington, D.C.|
||Stadium: Audi Field|
Referee: Odette Hamilton (Jamaica)
|6 October Friendly||Japan||2–0||Nigeria||Kobe, Japan|
|16:28 UTC+9||Report (JFA)
|Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe|
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (Australia)
|21 July 2023 FIFA WC Group||Nigeria||v||Canada||Melbourne, Australia|
|Report||Stadium: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium|
|31 July 2023 FIFA WC Group||Republic of Ireland||v||Nigeria||Brisbane, Australia|
|Report||Stadium: Lang Park|
Current coaching staffEdit
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (June 2021)
- As of 6 November 2020
|Randy Waldrum||Head coach|||
|Name||Start date||End date||Notes||Ref|
|Jo Bonfrere||managed Nigeria at 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, concurrently with the men's national team of Nigeria.|
|Paul Hamilton||regarded as the first coach of the women national team; managed Nigeria at 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|Ismaila Mabo||managed Nigeria to quarter finals at 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, thus regarded as the most successful coach; led Nigeria to 2000 Olympics and 2004 Olympics|
|Samuel Okpodu||2002||managed Nigeria at 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|Godwin Izilien||managed Nigeria to win 2004 African Women's Championship|
|Ntiero Effiom||managed Nigeria at 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup; led Nigeria to win 2003 All-Africa Games|
|Joseph Ladipo||managed Nigeria at 2008 Olympics; led Nigeria to win 2007 All-Africa Games; managed Nigeria to third-place finish at 2008 African Women's Championship|
|Uche Eucharia||October 2011||managed Nigeria to win 2010 African Women's Championship; managed Nigeria at 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup|||
|Kadiri Ikhana||April 2012||November 2012||led Nigeria to fourth place at 2012 African Women's Championship|||
|Edwin Okon||June 2015||managed Nigeria to win 2014 African Women's Championship; managed Nigeria at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|||
|Christopher Danjuma||September 2015||led Nigeria to fourth place at 2015 All-Africa Games|||
|Florence Omagbemi||February 2016||December 2016||led Nigeria to win 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations|||
|Thomas Dennerby||January 2018||October 2019||led Nigeria to win at 2019 WAFU Zone B Women's Cup|||
Coach: Randy Waldrum
Following players have been called up to a squad in the past 12 months.
This list may be incomplete.
Bold indicates winning squads
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (April 2021)
- Asisat Oshoala (????–)
*Active players in bold, statistics as of November 2020.
Most capped playersEdit
- FIFA Women's World Cup
- Olympic Games
- Quarterfinals: 2004
- 2019 Four Nations Tournament (women's football)
- African Women's National Team of the Year
- Winners: (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)
FIFA Women's World CupEdit
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|2019||Round of 16||16th||4||1||0||3||2||7|
|Summer Olympics record|
|1996||did not qualify|
|2012||did not qualify|
Africa Women Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Women Cup of Nations record|
|African Games record|
|2011||did not qualify|
|2019||See Nigeria women's national under-20 football team|
|2023||to be determined|
Turkish Women's CupEdit
|Turkish Women's Cup record|
WAFU Women's Cup recordEdit
|WAFU Zone B Women's Cup|
All−time record against FIFA recognized nationsEdit
The list shown below shows the Djibouti national football team all−time international record against opposing nations.
*As of xxxxxx after match against xxxx.
Record per opponentEdit
*As ofxxxxx after match against xxxxx.
The following table shows Djibouti's all-time official international record per opponent:
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