Sarina Wiegman

Sarina Petronella Wiegman RON (born 26 October 1969), also known as Sarina Wiegman-Glotzbach,[3][4][5] is a Dutch football manager, former footballer and current head coach of the England women’s national team.[6][7] She played as a central midfielder[8][9][10] and, later in her career, as a defender.[8] In 2001, she became the first women’s Dutch footballer to gain 100 caps.[9][11][12]

Sarina Wiegman
Sarina Wiegman trains the Dutch national team.jpg
Wiegman training the Netherlands on 14 May 2019
Personal information
Full name Sarina Wiegman-Glotzbach
Birth name Sarina Petronella Wiegman[1]
Date of birth (1969-10-26) 26 October 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth The Hague, Netherlands
Position(s) Central midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
England (head coach)
Youth career
1987–1988 KFC '71
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2003 Ter Leede
National team
1987–2001 Netherlands 99[2] (3)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Ter Leede
2007–2014 ADO Den Haag
2014–2017 Netherlands (assistant)
2015 Netherlands (interim)
2016 Jong Sparta Rotterdam (assistant)
2016–2017 Netherlands (interim)
2017–2021 Netherlands
2021– England
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

After retiring from play in 2003, Wiegman started a managerial career, coaching the women's teams of Ter Leede and ADO Den Haag.[4][6] In 2014, she became assistant manager of the national team.[6] In 2016, Wiegman received her full coaching licence and became the first woman to work as coach at a Dutch professional football organisation.[6]

After being appointed head coach of the Netherlands Women, Wiegman led them to victory at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017.[13] Two years later, she guided the team to a runners-up medal at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[14] In August 2020, it was announced she would take the job of manager of the England women's national football team, starting in 2021.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Wiegman was born in The Hague and started playing football on the street at an early age.[16] At the age of six, she joined ESDO from Wassenaar, where she played alongside boys.[16] She also played for HSV Celeritas from The Hague, where she could join the women's team.[16] She is married to Marten Glotzbach and they have two daughters together.[17]

Playing careerEdit

In 1987, Wiegman joined KFC '71, where she won the KNVB Cup in the same year.[16]

In 1988, while in China for the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament, she met USWNT head coach Anson Dorrance, who invited her to come study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and play for the North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team, which was actualised in 1989.[11][12] At North Carolina, Wiegman played alongside such players as Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Carla Overbeck.[11] They became NCAA champions in 1989.[16][18]

Wiegman later described the team quality and working conditions as being "of the highest level", which made for a stark contrast with the situation in the Netherlands when she returned there after one year.[11] Here, all women's players had to work aside from football.[11][12] Wiegman became a physical education teacher, a job she would keep for the rest of her playing career.[9][12]

In 1994, Wiegman joined Ter Leede, where she would win two Dutch championships (2001 and 2003) and one KNVB Cup (2001).[16][18] In 2003, she retired after becoming pregnant with her second child.[4]

International careerEdit

Wiegman gained 104 caps for the Netherlands, scoring three goals, between 1987 and 2001.[3][18] She also captained the team.[12][16]

In 1986, at the age of sixteen, Wiegman was first selected for the Netherlands.[12] On 23 May 1987, at the age of 17, she made her debut in an away match against Norway, which was Dick Advocaat's only match in charge of the Netherlands Women.[9][11][12] She played at the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament, where the Netherlands reached the quarter-finals.[9][11][16] Wiegman also helped the Netherlands reach the quarter-finals of the 1989, 1991 and 1993 European Championships, although they never reached the final tournament of an official World Cup or European Championship.

On 9 April 2001, Wiegman gained her 100th cap in a home friendly against Denmark, becoming the first Dutch footballer to do so.[9][12][19] Two days later, she was honoured with a shield awarded by the men's head coach Louis van Gaal.[9][12] During his speech, he said: "I have a lot of respect for Sarina. For the men, everything is arranged. Here, this is much more difficult."[9]

Wiegman played her final international game on 14 June 2001, a 2–0 away defeat against Czech Republic.[20]

Managerial careerEdit

Ter LeedeEdit

On 24 January 2006, it was announced that Wiegman would become manager of Ter Leede.[21] With the team, she won the Dutch championship and the KNVB Cup in 2007.[18]

ADO Den Haag WomenEdit

In the summer of 2007, Wiegman became manager of the women's team of ADO Den Haag, who would be competing in the newly established Women's Eredivisie.[22] In 2012, she led ADO to the Eredivisie title and KNVB Cup.[23][18] In 2013, ADO were once again victorious in the KNVB Cup.[23]

Netherlands WomenEdit

Assistant coachEdit

On 1 August 2014, Wiegman left ADO to become assistant coach of the Netherlands women's national football team, as well as coordinator of the women's national under-19 team.[3][23][24] On 27 March 2015, it was announced that Wiegman would be attending the KNVB course to obtain a coaching licence, becoming only the third woman to do so, after Vera Pauw and Hesterine de Reus.[25] On 2 July 2015, it was announced that she would have an internship at Sparta Rotterdam.[26]

On 1 August 2015, following Roger Reijners' dismissal as head coach of the Netherlands Women, Wiegman was appointed as interim head coach.[3][27] This lasted until 1 October,[3] when Arjan van der Laan assumed his duties as the new head coach.[28] Wiegman subsequently became assistant coach again.[3][4]

On 31 July 2016, Wiegman received her UEFA Pro coaching licence, having completed the Dutch Football Association's coaching course and a one-year internship at Sparta Rotterdam.[29] In an interview with the KNVB, she said that having seen first-hand the high level of professionalism of men's football in the Netherlands, she hoped to help bring women's football in the Netherlands to the same level.[29]

On 3 October 2016, it was announced that Wiegman would become temporary assistant of Ole Tobiasen at Jong Sparta Rotterdam (who appear in the 2016–17 Tweede Divisie), in addition to her work as Netherlands Women assistant.[30] In doing so, she became the first female coach at a Dutch professional football organisation.[31][32]

Head coachEdit

On 23 December 2016, Van der Laan was sacked by the KNVB and Wiegman was once again appointed interim head coach of the Netherlands Women.[33] On 13 January 2017, the KNVB announced that Wiegman was installed as head coach on a permanent basis.[6][7] At the same time, Foppe de Haan was appointed as her assistant.[6][7]

Wiegman was appointed head coach six months before the start of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017, for which the Netherlands had automatically qualified as hosts. However, the team had been losing four out of five friendly matches, and morale was low.[34] Wiegman subsequently worked on improving players' confidence and on a change in playing style to more attacking football.[34]

At the European Championship, the Netherlands won every match, culminating in a 4–2 defeat of Denmark in the Final.[35] The team also received praise for their attractive playing style.[34][36] The win signified the Netherlands Women's first European Championship title and first ever major honour in women's football. Wiegman became the second Dutch coach to lead the national team to a major honour, after Rinus Michels at the men's UEFA Euro 1988.

On 23 October 2017, Wiegman was awarded The Best FIFA Women's Coach title at that year's The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, ahead of Denmark coach Nils Nielsen and Lyon coach Gérard Prêcheur.[37] Two days later, she was accepted as a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau at a ceremony which saw the entire European Championship-winning team receive the same honour.[38]

After securing qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Wiegman led the Netherlands to the final of the tournament, in which they were defeated 0–2 against the United States. The team again received praise for their style of play on the way to the final.[39] On 9 July 2019, it was announced a likeness of Wiegman will be added to the statue garden of the Dutch Football Association, KNVB, for her contributions to Dutch football. She is the first woman to receive this honour.[40]

England WomenEdit

In August 2020, The Football Association announced that Wiegman had signed a four-year contract and would take the job of manager of the England women's national football team, starting in September 2021, taking over from Phil Neville.[15][41] Her appointment made her the first non-British permanent Lionesses manager.[42][43] Norwegian Hege Riise assumed the role on an interim basis in January 2021 until Wiegman could take over.[44] Wiegman's first game in charge was an 8–0 win against North Macedonia to begin 2023 World Cup qualification.[45] On 30 November 2021, Wiegman's England side set a new national record with a 20–0 win over Latvia during World Cup qualifying. The previous record was 13–0 against Hungary set in 2005. The match was Wiegman's sixth in charge and maintained her 100% record with the Lionesses, outscoring their opponents 53–0 during that time.[46]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 30 November 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Netherlands 23 December 2016 31 August 2021 72 52 9 11 205 54 +151 072.22
England 1 September 2021 present 6 6 0 0 53 0 +53 100.00
Career totals 78 58 9 11 258 54 +204 074.36




KFC '71
North Carolina Tar Heels
Ter Leede


Ter Leede
ADO Den Haag Women
Netherlands Women



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