England women's national football team


August 11, 2022

The England women's national football team represents England in the international women's football arena. It was formed in 1972 and was managed by the Women's Football Association of England until 1993, after which the general Football Association of England began to manage the team. The national team took part in five world championships (in 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019). The best result is third place at the 2015 World Championships. The national team also played in two European Championship finals (in 1984 and 2009), losing in both. The longest-serving head coach of the national team was the Englishwoman Hope Powell, who led the national team from 1998 to 2013, having previously also played for her as a player. In the FIFA ranking, calculated since 2003, the minimum place of the national team was 14th (in 2004), the maximum was 2nd (March 2018).

Team History

Early years

From 1921 to 1971 in England, women's football was officially banned by the Football Association, which banned girls from playing on their fields and stadiums for 50 years with the wording: "Playing football is not suitable for women and should not be encouraged." Although a year before the ban, Liverpool hosted a record match between women's teams, which 53,000 fans came to watch. On a wave of euphoria after the victory of the men's team of England in the 1966 World Cup, in 1969 the first Women's Football Association was formed in England, which consisted of 44 clubs. In 1971, the FA finally lifted the ban on women's football. And already on November 18, 1972, the England team, under the leadership of Eric Worthington, in the Scottish city of Greenock held its debut official meeting against the Scottish team, winning the first historic victory with a score of 3: 2.

1979–1997: Progress under Martin Reagan

The first success for the national team came under Martin Reagan, who led the team from 1979 to 1990. In 1984, the England team won silver medals at the first Women's European Football Championship. The championship title was won by the Swedish national team, which beat the English women 4-3 in the penalty shootout (the main matches ended with a score of 1-0 in favor of each of the teams). In 1987, at the European Championship, all the same Swedes beat the England team at the 1/2 final stage. As a result - 4th place