Norway's women's national football team


August 13, 2022

See List of Norwegian champion teams in women's football for the winning teams in the EC, WC and Olympic Games. Norway's women's national football team represents Norway in international women's football. The national team played its first match in 1978, and has since taken part in six World Cups, three Olympic Games and 10 European Championships. Norway has won all of these three tournaments, as well as the EC twice. In addition, Norway also has silver in the WC and EC and bronze in the Olympics, and is thus one of the most successful women's national teams in the world. Norway started relatively late in Scandinavian terms with a women's national team, and used the time until the mid-1980s to establish itself. From 1987 onwards, however, Norway became a top team when they won the EC, and the following year an unofficial WC. Norway's heyday purely in terms of medals stretched from 1987 to 2000, where all the gold medals came. Since then, Norway was less often at the top in the intercontinental championships, but in the EC, Norway was more often in the semi-finals and finals. Norway has had relatively few changes of coaches, and the coaches tend to stay for between four and six years, which has given all the coaches the opportunity to try their hand at both the Olympics, EC and WC. Norway does not play its international matches in a fixed stadium, but mainly rolls in Eastern Norway after playing in a number of stadiums. Apart from a short period in 1995, Norway has not had any nicknames. The USA and Sweden are rivals.


On a European scale, the women's national team was established relatively early, but they were late in the Scandinavian context, well behind Sweden and Denmark. An unofficial match was played where a Norwegian women's national team met the Swedish women's national football team on 7 August 1975 at Nya Ullevi in ​​Gothenburg, They lost 0–4 with Torodd Nordeng as coach and players such as Sif Kalvø and Grete Pedersen. The first official matches Norway played were two mini-tournaments against Sweden, Denmark and Finland, before Norway met, and beat, Northern Ireland.

The Beginning (1978–1983)

As in many other countries, the Norwegian Football Association also had a very skeptical tone towards women's football. It was only in the 1970s, after the establishment of the Norway Cup and Dagbladet's active fight to get the NFF to change its position, that Norway eventually got a national team and the Norwegian Championship. The national team was formed with Per Pettersen as coach. Norway's first international match was played on 7 July 1978 against Sweden, and the match ended in a 1-2 loss. Kari Nielsen from Asker became the first ever goalscorer on the women's national team. There were also losses against Finland and Denmark during this Nordic championship in Denmark. The following year, Norway lost once again to the three countries. However, Norway won their first match 4–1 against Northern Ireland during an unofficial EC tournament in Italy. Over the next few years, Norway gradually improved, and succeeded in beating France, Switzerland and England. Norway also drew against Denmark and Sweden during the Nordic Championship in 1982, making their best effort in the Nordic Championship by going through undefeated. However, there were no official European or World Championships, and thus no championship qualifiers either.

Erling Hokstad (1983–1989)

In 1983, Erling Hokstad took over the national team, and helped lead Norway to its first qualification for a championship. Although the 1984 European Championship was strictly speaking unofficial as less than half of the UEFA member countries entered, it was the first championship to require qualification. Norway ended up in an all-Nordic qualification pool with Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Norway beat Finland both times, winning and drawing against Iceland. However, there were two losses against Sweden, and thus Norway was out, as only the winner progressed. The results showed that Norway was in the process of distinguishing itself among the better teams. Sweden also won the EC.

First Norwegian European champions in team sports

Norway had a Sweden complex which showed itself the following year, when the European champions beat Norway a whopping 5–0, the biggest loss in Norway's history (touched on later). As of 7 May 1986, Dag St