Sweden women's national football team

The Sweden women's national football team (Swedish: svenska damfotbollslandslaget) represents Sweden in international women's football competition and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The national team has been traditionally recognized as one of the world's best women's teams and has won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984. Like the equally successful men's counterpart, the female one also gained a World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers (1987, 1995, 2001). The team has participated in six Olympic Games, eight World Cups, as well as ten European Championships. Sweden won bronze medals at the World Cups in 1991, 2011 and 2019.

Sweden
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Blågult
(The Blue and Yellow)
AssociationSvenska Fotbollförbundet (SvFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPeter Gerhardsson
CaptainCaroline Seger
Most capsTherese Sjögran (214)[1]
Top scorerLotta Schelin (88)[2]
Home stadiumGamla Ullevi
FIFA codeSWE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 5 Steady (16 April 2021)[3]
Highest3 (June 2007)
Lowest11 (June 2018)
First international
 Sweden 0–0 Finland 
(Mariehamn, Finland; 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
 Sweden 17–0 Azerbaijan 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 23 June 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 5–1 Sweden 
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 6 August 2016)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultRunners-up (2003)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (1984)

The 2003 World Cup-final was the only second time Sweden ever reached the final of a FIFA World Cup after the 1958 FIFA World Cup Final, and was the second most watched event in Sweden that year. Lotta Schelin is the top goalscorer in the history of Sweden with 85 goals. Schelin surpassed Hanna Ljungberg's 72-goal record against Germany on 29 October 2014.[4] The player with the most caps is Therese Sjögran, with 214. The team was coached by Thomas Dennerby from 2005 to 2012, and Pia Sundhage from 2012 to 2017. The head coach is Peter Gerhardsson.

After winning the two qualifying matches against Denmark for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Swedish Olympic Committee approved of record increases in investments for the women's team. The new budget granted over a million SEK (about US$150,000) for the team and 150,000 SEK (about US$25,000) per player for developing physical fitness. The new grants are almost a 100% increase of the 2005 and 2006 season funds.[5]

The developments and conditions of the Sweden women's national football team can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.

Team imageEdit

Home stadiumEdit

The Sweden women's national football team plays their home matches on the Gamla Ullevi.

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.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Lose   Void or postponed   Fixture

27 October 2020 (2020-10-27) UEFA W Euro 2022 qualifying Sweden   2–0   Iceland Gothenburg
18:30 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Gamla Ullevi
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
1 December 2020 (2020-12-01) UEFA W Euro 2022 qualifying Slovakia   0–6   Sweden Trnava, Slovakia
18:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Anton Malatinský Stadium
Referee: Karoline Wacker (Germany)
19 February 2021 (2021-02-19) Friendly Austria   1–6   Sweden Paola, Malta
15:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Hibernians Stadium
Referee: Zuzana Valentová (Slovakia)
23 February 2021 (2021-02-23) Friendly Malta   0–3   Sweden Paola, Malta
14:30 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Hibernians Stadium
Referee: Maria Ferrieri (Italy)
10 April 2021 (2021-04-10) Friendly Sweden   1–1   United States Stockholm
19:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
13 April 2021 (2021-04-13) Friendly Poland   2–4   Sweden Łódź, Poland
17:30 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Stadion Miejski Widzewa
Referee: Reka Molnar (Hungary)
10 June 2021 (2021-06-10) Friendly Sweden   v   Norway Kalmar
--:-- UTC+2 Report (Svenskfotboll)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Guldfågeln Arena
21 July 2021 (2021-07-21) Olympics GS Sweden   v   United States Tokyo, Japan
17:30 UTC+9 Stadium: Tokyo Stadium
24 July 2021 (2021-07-24) Olympics GS Sweden   v   Australia Saitama, Japan
17:30 UTC+9 Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
27 July 2021 (2021-07-27) Olympics GS New Zealand   v   Sweden Rifu, Japan
17:00 UTC+9 Stadium: Miyagi Stadium

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

The following table shows Sweden's all-time international record from 1973.

[6][7]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
  Argentina 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Australia 11 7 3 1 22 8 +14
  Austria 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7
  Azerbaijan 2 2 0 0 20 0 +20
  Belarus 2 2 0 0 12 0 +12
  Belgium 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
  Brazil 10 3 2 5 9 14 −5
  Canada 23 14 4 5 43 23 +20
  Chile 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  China PR 26 10 9 7 32 24 +8
  Colombia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Croatia 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
  Czech Republic 5 4 1 0 8 2 +6
  Czechoslovakia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Denmark 56 31 12 13 90 53 +37
  England 26 15 8 3 48 21 +27
  Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10
  Finland 37 30 6 1 118 16 +102
  France 20 11 3 6 39 25 +14
  Germany 30 8 1 21 35 53 −18
  Ghana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Great Britain 1 0 1 0 0 0 ±0
  Hungary 8 8 0 0 44 2 +42
  Iceland 17 13 2 2 55 11 +44
  Iran 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7
  Italy 23 15 4 4 42 15 +27
  Japan 13 5 3 5 25 13 +12
  Latvia 4 4 0 0 25 1 +24
  Malta 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
  Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
  Moldova 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9
  Netherlands 22 10 5 7 32 17 +15
  Nigeria 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4
  North Korea 4 4 0 0 5 1 +4
  Northern Ireland 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7
  Norway 54 20 12 22 86 88 −2
  Poland 7 7 0 0 27 1 +26
  Portugal 10 8 0 2 30 8 +22
  Republic of Ireland 6 5 1 0 22 1 +21
  Romania 4 4 0 0 22 0 +22
  Russia 7 7 0 0 17 1 +16
  Scotland 6 6 0 0 17 2 +15
  Serbia and Montenegro 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8
  Slovakia 6 6 0 0 26 1 +25
  South Africa 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6
  South Korea 4 3 1 0 11 1 +10
  Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
  Spain 10 7 3 0 32 6 +26
   Switzerland 13 12 0 1 44 7 +37
  Thailand 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
  Ukraine 4 3 0 1 11 3 +8
  United States 41 7 11 23 40 72 −32
  Wales 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name Ref.
Head coach   Peter Gerhardsson
Assistant coach
Goalkeeping coach
Physical coach

Manager historyEdit

Name P W D L GF GA Debut Last match
Christer Molander 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 August 1973 25 August 1973
  Hasse Karlsson 12 7 1 4 19 10 26 July 1974 2 October 1976
  Tord Grip 7 6 1 0 17 3 18 June 1977 21 October 1978
Ulf Bergquist 7 3 3 1 10 4 5 July 1979 27 July 1979
  Ulf Lyfors 51 34 11 6 135 39 28 June 1980 30 September 1987
  Gunilla Paijkull 43 30 6 7 100 30 27 April 1988 29 November 1991
  Bengt Simonsson 60 37 6 17 153 69 8 March 1992 31 August 1996
  Marika Domanski-Lyfors 135 71 26 38 277 142 9 October 1996 16 June 2005
  Thomas Dennerby 113 68 18 27 240 112 28 August 2005 15 September 2012
  Pia Sundhage 81 43 18 20 156 72 23 October 2012 29 July 2017
  Peter Gerhardsson 15 11 2 2 34 6 19 September 2017 -
Total 525 310 93 122 1,141 487 - -
Statistics as of 24 October 2018.[8]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named to the squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifiers against   Latvia and   Iceland on 22 and 27 October 2020, respectively.[9]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Zećira Mušović (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 24) 3 0   Chelsea
1GK Jennifer Falk (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 28) 1 0   BK Häcken
1GK Emma Holmgren (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Uppsala

2DF Nilla Fischer (1984-08-02) 2 August 1984 (age 36) 182 23   Linköping
2DF Linda Sembrant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 33) 120 11   Juventus
2DF Magdalena Eriksson (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 27) 62 6   Chelsea
2DF Jessica Samuelsson (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 29) 59 0   Rosengård
2DF Jonna Andersson (1993-01-02) 2 January 1993 (age 28) 48 0   Chelsea
2DF Hanna Glas (1993-04-16) 16 April 1993 (age 28) 36 0   Bayern Munich
2DF Amanda Ilestedt (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 28) 33 3   Bayern Munich
2DF Nathalie Björn (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 24) 19 3   Rosengård

3MF Caroline Seger (captain) (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 36) 204 28   Rosengård
3MF Kosovare Asllani (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 31) 140 37   Real Madrid
3MF Olivia Schough (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 30) 74 9   Djurgårdens IF
3MF Julia Roddar (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 29) 6 0   Göteborg
3MF Filippa Curmark (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Göteborg

4FW Sofia Jakobsson (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 31) 113 21   Real Madrid
4FW Stina Blackstenius (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 25) 56 14   Göteborg
4FW Lina Hurtig (1995-09-05) 5 September 1995 (age 25) 31 6   Juventus
4FW Mimmi Larsson (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 27) 24 6   Rosengård
4FW Pauline Hammarlund (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 27) 18 4   Göteborg
4FW Anna Anvegård (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 23) 14 3   Rosengård
4FW Julia Zigiotti Olme (1997-12-24) 24 December 1997 (age 23) 13 0   Göteborg
4FW Loreta Kullashi (1999-05-20) 20 May 1999 (age 21) 7 3   Eskilstuna United
4FW Rebecka Blomqvist (1997-07-24) 24 July 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Göteborg

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been named to a Sweden squad in the last 12 months. This list may be incomplete, and caps and goals may be incorrect.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Hedvig Lindahl (1983-04-29) 29 April 1983 (age 38) 170 0   Atlético Madrid v.   Iceland, 22 September 2020

DF Emma Kullberg (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 29) 2 0   Göteborg v.   Iceland, 22 September 2020


FW Fridolina Rolfö (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 27) 46 11   VfL Wolfsburg v.   Iceland, 22 September 2020

Notes:

  • PRE: Preliminary squad
  • RET: Retired from the national team

Previous squadsEdit

RecordsEdit

Active players in bold, statistics as of 23 February 2021.[10]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

 
Sweden playing against Germany in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.
FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 18 7 6 4 2 0 13 3
  1995 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 4 Qualified as hosts
  1999 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 6 6 6 0 0 18 5
  2003 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 10 7 6 5 0 1 27 4
  2007 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 3 4 8 7 1 0 32 6
  2011 Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 10 6 10 8 2 0 40 6
  2015 Round of 16 16th 4 0 3 1 5 8 10 10 0 0 32 1
  2019 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2 12 6 8 7 0 1 22 2
   2023 To be determined To be determined
Total Best: Runners-up 8/9 40 23 5 12 71 48 54 47 5 2 184 27

Olympic GamesEdit

 
Sweden celebrate after the semi final victory against Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Summer Olympics record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 5 4 2 1 1 6 4
  2000 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 1 4 10 8 2 0 25 11
  2004 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 4 5 12 9 0 3 37 11
  2008 Quarter-final 6th 4 2 0 2 4 5 13 10 2 1 42 13
  2012 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 2 1 7 5 16 13 2 1 50 12
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 3 2 4 8 17 12 4 1 40 10
  2020 Qualified 5 4 0 1 10 4
  2024 To be determined
  2028
Total Best: Runners-up 6/6 25 7 6 12 24 32 77 58 11 8 210 65

UEFA Women's ChampionshipEdit

 
Sweden in the UEFA Women's Euro 2013.
UEFA Women's Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1984 Champions 1st 4 3 0 1 6 4 6 6 0 0 26 1
  1987 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 4 6 5 0 1 14 3
  1989 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3 6 2 3 1 11 4
  1991 Did not qualify 6 4 2 0 13 3
  1993 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 18 4
  1995 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 0 2 9 8 6 5 0 1 25 2
   1997 Semi-finals 3rd 4 3 0 1 6 2 6 5 1 0 26 2
  2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 7 4 8 5 2 1 28 10
  2005 Semi-finals 3rd 4 1 2 1 4 4 8 6 1 1 26 5
  2009 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 7 4 8 8 0 0 31 0
  2013 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 13 3 Qualified as hosts
  2017 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 4 5 8 7 0 1 22 3
  2022 Qualified
Total Best: Champions 11/13 37 19 5 13 63 41 74 56 11 7 240 37
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Algarve CupEdit

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's football events, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

Year Result
  1994 Third place
  1995 Champions
  1996 Runners-up
  1997 Third place
  1998 Fourth place
  1999 Sixth place
  2000 Fourth place
  2001 Champions
  2002 Third place
  2003 Fifth place
  2004 Fifth place
  2005 Fourth place
  2006 Third place
  2007 Third place
  2008 Fifth place
  2009 Champions
  2010 Third place
  2011 Fourth place
  2012 Fourth place
  2013 Fourth place
  2014 Fourth place
  2015 Fourth place
  2016 Did not enter
  2017 Seventh place
  2018 Champions
  2019 Fourth place
  2020 Seventh place

FIFA world rankingsEdit

As of 21 April 2021[13]

  Worst Ranking    Best Ranking    Worst Mover    Best Mover  

Sweden's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
5 2021 4 3 0 1 5   0 5   0

HonoursEdit

IntercontinentalEdit

  Silver medalist: 2016
  Runner-up: 2003
  Third place: 1991, 2011, 2019

ContinentalEdit

  Champion: 1984
  Runner-up: 1987, 1995, 2001
  Third place: 1989 (not determined after 1993)

RegionalEdit

  Champion: 1995, 2001, 2009, 2018
  Runner-up: 1996
  Third place: 1994, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010
  Champion: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
  Runner-up: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1982
  • Cyprus Tournament[16]
  Champion: 1990, 1992
  • North America Cup[17]
  Champion: 1987
  Champion: 2003

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sjögran Caps and goals
  2. ^ Schelin Caps and goals
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Förlust i Örebro mot Tyskland". Swedish Football Association (in Swedish). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  5. ^ Mats Bråstedt. "'SOK lovar damerna en storsatsning'". Expressen.se. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Sveriges motståndare 1973–2016" (in Swedish). SvFF.
  7. ^ "Sveriges motståndare 1973-2020" (PDF). Svensk fotboll (in Swedish). SvFF. Retrieved 4 April 2021. This document is updated annually in December/January.
  8. ^ Sweden – Förbundskapten
  9. ^ https://www.svenskfotboll.se/nyheter/landslag/2020/10/truppen-till-em-kval-oktober/
  10. ^ Sweden – Caps and Goals
  11. ^ "Fischer missar EM-kvalet mot Lettland". SVT Sport (in Swedish). 13 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Stjärnorna saknas – missar EM-kvalet mot Lettland". www.expressen.se (in Swedish). 13 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  13. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - Sweden - Women's". FIFA. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  14. ^ Algarve Cup
  15. ^ Nordic Women's Championships 1974–1982 rsssf.com/ Retrieved 09–03–13.
  16. ^ Cyprus Tournament (Women) 1990–1993 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  17. ^ North America Cup 1987 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  18. ^ Australia Cup 1999–2004 rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
European Champions
1984 (First title)
Succeeded by
1987 Norway