Scotland women's national football team

The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Championship in 2017. As of July 2019, the team was 22nd in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Scotland
AssociationScottish Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVacant
CaptainRachel Corsie[1]
Most capsGemma Fay (203)[2]
Top scorerJulie Fleeting (116)
FIFA codeSCO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 21 Steady (18 December 2020)[3]
Highest19[4] (March 2014; September 2018)
Lowest31[4] (March 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)[5][6][7]
Biggest win
 Scotland 17–0 Lithuania 
(Glasgow, Scotland; 30 May 1998)[8]
Biggest defeat
 England 8–0 Scotland 
(Nuneaton, England; 23 June 1973)[9]
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultGroup stage (2017)

HistoryEdit

Church documents recorded women playing football in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, in 1628.[10] Scotland first played a women's international match in May 1881.[10] Women's football struggled for recognition during this early period and was banned by the football authorities in 1921.[10] Club sides who were interested in using their grounds for women's football were subsequently denied permission by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).[10] The sport continued on an unofficial basis until the 1970s, when the ban was lifted.[10] In 1971 UEFA instructed its members to take control of women's football within their territories. The motion was passed 31–1, but Scotland was the only member to vote against it.[11] Football in Scotland has traditionally been seen as a working class and male preserve.[12]

Scotland's first official match, a 3–2 defeat to England, took place in November 1972.[5][6][7] The team was managed by Rab Stewart. The 1921 ban on women's football was lifted in 1974, and the SFA assumed direct responsibility for Scottish women's football in 1998.[12] Scotland have participated in most international competitions since the ban was removed. The team's standing has improved significantly in recent years, reaching an all-time high of 19th place in the FIFA Women's World Rankings in March 2014.[4][13][14] They reached their first major tournament finals when they qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2017.[15]

The team followed this up by qualifying for their first World Cup finals tournament in 2019.[16] Following their qualification, the Scottish Government announced they would provide funding to allow all the players to train full-time in the lead up to the World Cup, a welcome announcement as several players do not play professionally.[17] Their final home match (against Jamaica) before the 2019 World Cup saw a record attendance for the national team of 18,555.[18] Claire Emslie scored Scotland's first World Cup goal, netting in a 2–1 defeat against England on 9 June.[19] After losing their second game, 2–1 against Japan, Scotland needed to win their third game against Argentina to qualify for the last 16 as a third-placed team.[20] They appeared to be heading for qualification when they took a 3–0 lead, but they conceded three late goals to draw 3–3 and exited at the group stage.[20]

Three consecutive 1–0 defeats in qualification (two by Finland and one by Portugal) prevented Scotland from qualifying for UEFA Women's Euro 2022.[21] Head coach Shelley Kerr, who had guided the team to their appearance at the 2019 World Cup, left her position following this failure.[22]

Home stadiumEdit

 
Ravenscraig Stadium hosted the first official match played by the Scotland women's team, in November 1972.

The first official match played by the Scotland women's team was hosted by the Ravenscraig Stadium, an athletics facility in Greenock.[5][6] The team now normally plays its home games at (men's) club stadiums. Venues used in recent years include Fir Park in Motherwell, Tynecastle Park and Easter Road in Edinburgh, and St Mirren Park in Paisley.[23][24]

Hampden Park in Glasgow is the traditional home of the men's national team and is described by the Scottish Football Association as the National Stadium.[25] A Scotland women's international was played at Hampden for the first time in October 2012, when it hosted the first leg of a European Championship qualifying playoff against Spain.[26] Earlier in 2012, Hampden had hosted matches in the Olympic women's football tournament. In May 2019 the team attracted a record attendance for a women's football match in Scotland, when 18,555 were present at Hampden for a World Cup warm-up friendly with Jamaica.[18]

Media coverageEdit

Scotland women's internationals have been televised by BBC Alba and broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland.[27] BBC Radio Scotland presenter Tam Cowan was temporarily taken off the air in 2013, after he criticised the use of Fir Park for women's internationals in his Daily Record column.[23] In a November 2013 interview with The Independent newspaper, Laura Montgomery of Glasgow City FC suggested that media coverage of women's football in Scotland often reflected sexist and misogynist attitudes. This is due to a preponderance of "stupid male journalists", according to Montgomery.[28]

Competitive recordEdit

 
Scotland playing a 2015 World Cup qualifying match in Sweden

World CupEdit

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Round Pld W D L F A
1991 Did not enter
1995 Did not qualify Group – 4th[note 1] 6 0 0 6 3 22
1999 Unable to qualify[note 2]
2003
2007 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 8 2 2 4 4 20
2011 Group – 2nd 8 6 1 1 24 5
2015 Play-offs 12 8 0 4 38 12
2019 Group – 4th 3 0 1 2 5 7 Group – 1st 8 7 0 1 19 7
Total 1/8 3 0 1 2 5 7 42 23 3 16 88 66
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
  2019 Group stage 9 June   England L 1–2 Allianz Riviera, Nice
14 June   Japan L 1–2 Roazhon Park, Rennes
19 June   Argentina D 3–3 Parc des Princes, Paris

Olympic GamesEdit

At the Olympic Games the International Olympic Committee charter only permit a Great Britain team, representing the whole of the United Kingdom, to compete.[29] As London hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Great Britain team was entered and two Scotland players (Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke) were selected for the squad.[30][31]

The FA indicated in June 2013 that they would be prepared to run women's teams at future Olympic tournaments, subject to one of the home nations meeting the qualification criteria (i.e. being one of the top three European nations at the Women's World Cup).[32] Following objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, and a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the FA said they would not seek entry into the 2016 tournament.[33]

In October 2018, an agreement was reached between the four associations ahead of the 2020 tournament, and qualification was secured by England reaching the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.[34]

European ChampionshipEdit

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Round Pld W D L F A
1984 Did not qualify Group – 2nd 6 3 1 2 9 8
1987 Group – 2nd 6 4 0 2 24 10
1989 Group – Withdrew
1991 Did not enter
1993 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 4 0 1 3 1 5
1995 Group – 4th 6 0 0 6 3 22
1997 Unable to qualify[note 3]
2001
2005 Did not qualify Group – 3rd 8 4 0 4 19 16
2009 Play-offs 10 4 1 5 19 11
2013 Play-offs 10 5 2 3 24 16
2017 Group – 3rd 3 1 0 2 2 8 Group – 2nd 8 7 0 1 30 7
2022 Did not qualify Group E 6 3 0 3 16 3
Totals 1/13 3 1 0 2 2 8 64 30 5 29 145 98
UEFA Women's Championship history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
  2017 Group stage 19 July   England L 0–6 Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht
23 July   Portugal L 1–2 Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam
27 July   Spain W 1–0 De Adelaarshorst, Deventer

Unofficial competitionsEdit

  • World Cup
  • European Competition

Other tournamentsEdit

Year Competition Result GP W D* L GS GA Ref
  1976 Three Nations Championship 2nd 2 1 0 1 3 6
  1979 European Competition Group 2 0 1 1 0 2 [40]
  1992 Varna Tournament 7th 3 2 0 1 5 2 [41]
  1999 Albena Cup 2nd 5 1 3 1 9 7 [42]
  2000 Albena Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 10 5 [43]
  2000 Celt Cup 3rd 2 1 0 1 27 1 [44]
  2000 Veenendal Tournament 3rd 2 0 1 1 3 5 [45]
  2002 Algarve Cup 10th 4 2 0 2 4 8 [46]
  2006 Torneo Regione Molise 3rd 2 0 0 2 0 8 [47]
  2008 Cyprus Women's Cup 6th 4 1 0 3 5 5 [48]
  2009 Cyprus Women's Cup 7th 4 1 0 3 2 8
  2010 Cyprus Women's Cup 7th 4 1 0 3 3 10
  2011 Cyprus Women's Cup 4th 4 1 1 2 2 4
  2012 Cyprus Women's Cup 9th 4 2 0 2 6 8
  2013 Cyprus Women's Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 7 6
  2013 Brazilian Invitational 4th 4 0 0 4 4 10 [49]
  2014 Cyprus Women's Cup 4th 4 2 2 0 10 7
  2015 Cyprus Women's Cup 7th 4 2 0 2 7 7
  2017 Cyprus Women's Cup 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5
  2019 Algarve Cup 5th 3 2 0 1 5 2 [50]
  2020 Pinatar Cup 1st 3 3 0 0 6 1 [51]
Total 72 28 11 33 124 117
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named in the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying matches against Portugal on 27 November and Finland on 1 December 2020.[52][53]

Caps and goals are current as of 1 December 2020 after the match against Finland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Lee Alexander (1991-09-23) 23 September 1991 (age 29) 27 0   Glasgow City
12 1GK Shannon Lynn (1985-10-22) 22 October 1985 (age 35) 31 0   Vittsjö
21 1GK Jenna Fife (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 25) 5 0   Rangers

2 2DF Kirsty Smith (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 27) 43 0   Manchester United
3 2DF Hannah Godfrey (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 23) 4 1   Tottenham Hotspur
4 2DF Rachel Corsie (captain) (1989-08-17) 17 August 1989 (age 31) 120 17   Birmingham City
5 2DF Jennifer Beattie (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 29) 130 23   Arsenal
6 2DF Rachael Boyle (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 29) 36 0   Hibernian
7 2DF Nicola Docherty (1992-08-23) 23 August 1992 (age 28) 23 0   Rangers
15 2DF Sophie Howard (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 27) 19 1   Reading
2DF Rachel McLauchlan (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 23) 7 0   Glasgow City
2DF Emma Mitchell (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 28) 65 7   Reading

8 3MF Kim Little (vice-captain) (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 30) 139 59   Arsenal
9 3MF Caroline Weir (1995-06-20) 20 June 1995 (age 25) 75 11   Manchester City
10 3MF Leanne Crichton (1987-08-06) 6 August 1987 (age 33) 72 3   Glasgow City
11 3MF Lisa Evans (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 28) 85 17   Arsenal
14 3MF Chloe Arthur (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 25) 21 0   Aston Villa
16 3MF Christie Murray (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 30) 68 5   Birmingham City
20 3MF Lucy Graham (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 24) 7 0   Everton
3MF Samantha Kerr (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Glasgow City

13 4FW Jane Ross (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 31) 135 60   Manchester United
17 4FW Fiona Brown (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 25) 39 2   Rosengård
18 4FW Zoe Ness (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 24) 9 1   Rangers
19 4FW Martha Thomas (1996-05-31) 31 May 1996 (age 24) 6 2   West Ham United
22 4FW Erin Cuthbert (1998-07-19) 19 July 1998 (age 22) 40 13   Chelsea
23 4FW Lizzie Arnot (1996-03-01) 1 March 1996 (age 24) 34 2   Rangers
4FW Kirsty Hanson (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 22) 4 0   Manchester United

Recent call upsEdit

The following players have been selected by Scotland within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Hayley Lauder (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 30) 103 9   Glasgow City 2020 Pinatar Cup

MF Amy Muir (2000-03-07) 7 March 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Hibernian v.   Finland, October 2020

FW Claire Emslie INJ (1994-03-08) 8 March 1994 (age 26) 30 7   Everton v.   Portugal, November 2020
FW Abbi Grant (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 25) 7 2   Birmingham City v.   Finland, October 2020

Notes:

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury

Honoured playersEdit

The SFA operates a roll of honour for every female player who has made more than 100 appearances for Scotland.[54] The Scottish Football Museum operates a hall of fame, based at Hampden Park, which is open to players and managers involved in Scottish football.[55] Rose Reilly (2007) and Julie Fleeting (2018) are the only women to be inducted so far. Sportscotland operates the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, which has inducted some footballers, also including Reilly.

ManagersEdit


See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The European Championship acted as a qualification tournament for the World Cup.
  2. ^ Scotland were in "Class B" of European qualification and were therefore unable to earn qualification for the World Cup finals.
  3. ^ Scotland were in "Class B" of European qualification and were therefore unable to earn qualification for the European Championship finals.

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