The Italy women's national football team (Italian: Nazionale di calcio femminile dell'Italia) has represented Italy in international women's football since their inception in 1968. The team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body for football in Italy.
Formed in 1968, Italy took part in various unofficial international tournaments, hosting the first unofficial European Competition in 1969 and World Cup in 1970. Italy qualified for both the first World Cup in 1991, where they reached the quarter-finals, and the first European Championship. While Italy were runners-up in the European Championship in 1993 and 1997, they are yet to replicate similar success at the World Cup. In 2019, after a 20-year drought, Italy qualified for the World Cup where they equaled their previous best performance, reaching the quarter-finals.
|Association||Italian Football Federation |
|Head coach||Milena Bertolini|
|Most caps||Patrizia Panico (196)|
|Top scorer||Patrizia Panico|
Elisabetta Vignotto (107)
|Current||14 1 (12 July 2019)|
|Highest||10 (July 2003)|
|Lowest||19 (March 2017)|
| Italy 2–1 Czechoslovakia |
(Viareggio, Italy, 23 February 1968)
| Italy 15–0 FYROM |
(Vercelli, Italy, 17 September 2014)
| Denmark 6–0 Italy |
(Ringsted, Denmark, 16 May 1982)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1991, 2019)|
|Appearances||11 (first in 1984)|
|Best result||Runners-up (1993, 1997)|
The women's national team played its first game on 23 February 1968, in Viareggio against Czechoslovakia. However, the national team was not yet part of the Italian Women's Football Federation, which was founded on 11 March in Viareggio. From the beginning, they took part in various continental and international tournaments in Europe and in the world, also achieving good successes. With the birth of the European Competition for Women's Football (1984), organized by UEFA, and later the Women's World Cup, organized by FIFA, the highest international women's competitions became equivalent to the men's competitions.
After its debut in 1968, the Italy national team took to the field to compete in other non-official international friendlies and tournaments, such as the European Competition in 1969 that saw it win the final over Denmark, the World Cup in 1970 that saw it lose the final against the aforementioned Danish national team, competitions both organized in Italy, and the Mundial in Mexico in 1971 where they achieved third place. In 1979, Italy hosted, and participated in the unofficial European Competition, reaching the final again, which took place at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, and in which Denmark triumphed again. Between 1981 and 1988 there were five editions of the Mundialito, an international invitation-only tournament, one of the most prestigious events in the women's football scene before the advent of the World Cup. Apart from the first edition in 1981 that was organized in Japan, the next four were organized in Italy, where the Italy national team obtained three victories and two second places overall. The triumphs arrived in 1981, winning the group, in 1984 overcoming West Germany in the final and in 1984 overcoming the United States in the final, while in the other two editions it lost the final against England.
In 1984, UEFA organized the first European Competition. Italy won Group 3 of the qualifiers, being one of four teams to qualify for the final round. Italy faced Sweden, being defeated both in the first leg, played at the Flaminio Stadium in Rome in front of 10,000 spectators, and in the return match in Linköping. In 1987, Italy again gained access to the European Competition, winning Group 4 of the qualifiers. In the final stage organized in Norway, Italy were defeated in the semi-final against the host nation, but achieved third place by defeating England, with goals by Carolina Morace and Elisabetta Vignotto. Italy were also confirmed in the 1989 edition, having passed the qualifying phase with a play-off win against France. Italy finished fourth in the tournament, having lost the semi-final against West Germany after a penalty shoot-out, as well as in the third place match against Sweden after extra time.
In the 1991 European Championship, Italy was once again admitted to the four-team finals, after having won the qualifying play-off against the Sweden. In the final tournament, Italy repeated what had happened two years before, losing both the semi-final against the German hosts and the final for third place against Denmark, although even with the fourth-place finish, gained access to the first edition of the World Cup organized by FIFA in the same year. The world championship was organized in China, as Italy was drawn into Group 3 together with Germany, Chinese Taipei and Nigeria. Italy ended the group in second place with two victories against Taipei and Nigeria and a defeat against Germany; all four goals for the team came from Carolina Morace. Italy advanced to the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by Norway 3-2 after extra time.
The 1993 European Championship was hosted in Italy. After defeating England in the final play-off match, Italy overcame Germany in the semi-finals after a penalty shoot-out. In the final, played at the Manuzzi Stadium in Cesena, Italy was defeated 1–0 by Norway. Norway also denied Italy a place at the 1995 European Championship, with a 7–3 aggregate loss in the qualifying play-offs. Consequently, Italy also didn't qualify for the 1995 World Cup.
Italy participated in the 1997 European Championship, with the number of teams participating in the competition increasing from four to eight. In Group B, Italy defeated Norway and drew against Denmark and Germany, still achieving first in the group advancing to the knockout stage. In the semi-final Italy beat Spain 2–1, but in the final, were defeated 2–0 by Germany. In 1998, Italy qualified for the World Championship for the second time. The 1999 edition took place in the United States, with Italy being drawn in Group B along with Brazil, Germany and Mexico. After a 1–1 draw against Germany in the debut match, Italy lost 2–0 to Brazil, and ended the group with a 2–0 victory over Mexico; Italy finishing third in the group and were eliminated.
With the beginning of the 2000s, a decline in the performance of the Italy national team began. At the 2001 European Championship, Italy, coached by Carolina Morace, were eliminated in the group stage due to a worse goal difference compared to Norway.
Four years later, at the 2005 European Championship, Italy finished last in its group with zero points, losing all three of their matches against Germany, Norway and France, conceding twelve goals overall. Redemption came in the 2009 edition, with Italy defeating both England and Russia, advancing to the knock-out stage as second-placed in the group behind Sweden who had defeated them. In the quarter-finals, Italy faced Germany, where they lost 2–1; Germany would ultimately win their seventh continental title.
Having failed to qualify for the 2003 and 2007 editions of the World Cup, Italy also failed to qualify for the 2011 edition in the intercontinental two-legged play-off between UEFA and CONCACAF. The United States won the first leg 1–0 in Padua with a goal by Alex Morgan in the fourth minute of added time, while they also won the second leg by a score of 1–0 in Bridgeview with a goal by Amy Rodriguez in the first half.
Italy qualified for the 2013 European Championship in Sweden by winning the qualifying group with nine victories out of ten matches. At the tournament, Italy was drawn in Group A with hosts Sweden, Denmark and Finland. With one win, one draw and one defeat, Italy advanced from the group stage to the quarter-finals in second place, but were defeated 1–0 by Germany.
In the following two years, Italy, led by Antonio Cabrini, was involved in the qualification for the 2015 World Championship: despite eight victories out of ten games, including two record victories against Macedonia (11–0 and 15–0), they finished in second place in Group 2 behind Spain, sending Italy to the play-offs. In the first round of the play-offs, Italy defeated Ukraine 4–3 on aggregate, but were defeated by the Netherlands 3–2 on aggregate in the final round of the play-offs.
Italy qualified for the 2017 European Championship second in its group behind Switzerland. At the European Championship, Italy finished in last place in Group B behind Germany, Sweden and Russia, despite the victory in the third game against Sweden.
On 8 June 2018, twenty years since their last participation, Italy qualified for the 2019 FIFA World Cup, winning its qualifying group with a game in hand. In the group stage of the tournament, Italy won Group C, recording two victories against Australia (2–1) and Jamaica (5–0), which guaranteed advancement to the knockout stage, with Italy's defeat to Brazil (0–1) irrelevant to the final table. In the round of 16, Italy won 2–0 over China, advancing to the quarter-finals for the second time in their history. However, with a 2–0 defeat to European Champions the Netherlands, Italy's World Cup journey came to an end on 29 June 2019.
|FIFA Women's World Cup||0||0||0||0|
|UEFA Women's Championship||0||2||1||3|
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|1991||Quarter-finals||6th of 12||4||2||0||2||8||5|
|1995||Did not qualify|
|1999||Group stage||9th of 16||3||1||1||1||3||3|
|2003||Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined|
|UEFA Women's Championship record|
|1987||Third place||3rd of 4||2||1||0||1||2||3|
|1989||Fourth place||4th of 4||2||0||1||1||2||3|
|1991||Fourth place||4th of 4||2||0||0||2||1||5|
|1993||Runners-up||2nd of 4||2||0||1||1||1||2|
|1995||Did not qualify|
|1997||Runners-up||2nd of 8||5||2||2||1||7||6|
|2021||To be determined|
Win Draw Loss
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Laura Giuliani||6 June 1993||40||0||Juventus|
|12||GK||Chiara Marchitelli||4 May 1985||40||0||Florentia|
|22||GK||Rosalia Pipitone||3 August 1985||3||0||Roma|
|3||DF||Sara Gama (captain)||27 March 1989||101||5||Juventus|
|5||DF||Elena Linari||15 April 1994||34||0||Atlético Madrid|
|7||DF||Alia Guagni||1 October 1987||67||5||Fiorentina|
|13||DF||Elisa Bartoli||7 May 1991||51||1||Roma|
|16||DF||Laura Fusetti||8 October 1990||0||0||Milan|
|17||DF||Lisa Boattin||3 May 1997||14||0||Juventus|
|20||DF||Linda Tucceri||4 April 1991||8||1||Milan|
|2||MF||Valentina Bergamaschi||22 January 1997||20||3||Milan|
|4||MF||Aurora Galli||13 December 1996||28||4||Juventus|
|6||MF||Martina Rosucci||9 May 1992||37||1||Juventus|
|8||MF||Alice Parisi||11 December 1990||46||5||Fiorentina|
|11||MF||Barbara Bonansea||13 June 1991||54||19||Juventus|
|15||MF||Annamaria Serturini||13 May 1998||1||0||Roma|
|21||MF||Valentina Cernoia||22 June 1991||36||6||Juventus|
|23||MF||Manuela Giugliano||18 August 1997||26||3||Milan|
|9||FW||Daniela Sabatino||26 June 1985||49||21||Milan|
|10||FW||Cristiana Girelli||23 April 1990||56||31||Juventus|
|14||FW||Stefania Tarenzi||29 February 1988||3||1||ChievoVerona Valpo|
|18||FW||Ilaria Mauro||22 May 1988||28||8||Fiorentina|
|19||FW||Valentina Giacinti||2 January 1994||25||4||Milan|
The following table shows Italy's all-time official international record per opponent:
In the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process, one spot was allocated to the winner of a two-legged play-off between the winner of the UEFA repechage play-offs and the winner of the third-place qualification match in the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup.
The order of play for these matches was announced following a draw held at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich on 17 March 2010.Adele Frollani
Adele Frollani (born 4 August 1974) is an Italian footballer who played as a defender for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2001.Amedeo Amadei
Amedeo Amadei (Italian pronunciation: [ameˈdɛːo amaˈdɛi]; 26 July 1921 – 24 November 2013) was a professional Italian football player and manager, who played as a striker. Following his death in 2013, he was one of eleven members to be inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame. A powerful forward, considered to be one of the best Italian strikers of all time, he was known for his prolific goalscoring, acrobatic ability in the air, and precise volleying; due to his importance to Roma throughout his career, he was affectionately known by the fans as the "eighth King of Rome".Anna Duo
Anna Duo (born 8 August 1972) is an Italian footballer who played as a defender for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2001.Antonella Carta
Antonella Carta (born 1 March 1967 in Nuoro) is an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 1997 and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup where she was the team captain.Antonio Cabrini
Antonio Cabrini (Italian pronunciation: [anˈtɔːnjo kaˈbriːni]; born 8 October 1957) is an Italian professional football manager and a former player. He has played left-back, mainly with Juventus. He won the 1982 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team. Cabrini was nicknamed Bell'Antonio ("beautiful Antonio"), because of his popularity as a charismatic and good-looking football player. On the field, he made a name for himself as one of Italy's greatest defenders ever, and is remembered in particular for forming one of the most formidable defensive units of all time with Italy and Juventus, alongside goalkeeper Dino Zoff, as well as defenders Claudio Gentile, and Gaetano Scirea. Cabrini won the Best Young Player Award at the 1978 World Cup, after helping Italy managed a fourth-place finish, and also represented Italy at Euro 1980, once again finishing in fourth place. He is one of the few players to have won all UEFA Club competitions, an achievement he managed with Juventus.Carla Brunozzi
Carla Brunozzi (born 20 April 1976 in Teramo) is an Italian footballer who played as a goalkeeper for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2001 and UEFA Women's Euro 2005.Damiana De Iana
Damiana De Iana (born 26 June 1970) is an Italian footballer who played as a defender for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.Daniela Tavalazzi
Daniela Tavalazzi (born 8 August 1972) is an Italian footballer who played as a defender for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 1997 and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.Fabiana Comin
Fabiana Comin (born 21 March 1970 in Fonte) is an Italian football coach and former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2001.Giulia Perelli
Giulia Perelli (born 23 April 1982 in Livorno) is an Italian women's international footballer who plays as a defender. She is a member of the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2001 and UEFA Women's Euro 2005.Italy women's national under-17 football team
The Italy women's national under-17 football team represents Italy in international football in under-17 categories and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation.Manuela Tesse
Manuela Tesse (born 28 February 1976 in Sassari) is an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 1997, 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2001.Martina Rosucci
Martina Rosucci (born 9 May 1992) is an Italian football midfielder. She plays for Juventus in the women's Serie A and the Italy women's national football team.Pietro Ghedin
Pietro Ghedin (born 21 November 1952) is an Italian football coach and former player who last managed the Maltese national team.Raffaella Salmaso
Raffaela Salmaso (born 16 April 1968) is an Italian football coach and former defender, who represented the Italy women's national football team at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Despite playing in defence, Salmaso netted around a dozen goals per season as she won four Serie A titles with four different clubs.Salmaso was a member of the Italy women's national football team from 1990 until 1997, and scored Italy's first goal in their 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter final defeat to Norway. She retired from international football after playing in Italy's 2–0 UEFA Women's Euro 1997 final defeat to Germany.Roberta Stefanelli
Roberta Stefanelli (born 18 May 1974) is an Italian footballer who played as a defender for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.Silvia Fiorini
Silvia Fiorini (born 24 December 1969) is an Italian footballer who played as a midfielder for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, UEFA Women's Euro 1997 and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.Silvia Tagliacarne
Silvia Tagliacarne (born 8 August 1975) is an Italian footballer who played as a forward for the Italy women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2001.
|18 January Friendly||Italy||2–1||Chile||Empoli, Italy|
|18:00 UTC+2||Mauro 73'
|Report||Girelli 32' (o.g.)||Stadium: Stadio Carlo Castellani|
Referee: Shane Shukrula
|22 January Friendly||Italy||2–0||Wales||Cesena, Italy|
|18:00 UTC+2||Mauro 15' 45'||Report||Stadium: Stadio Dino Manuzzi|
Referee: : Marina Visnjic
|27 February Cyprus Cup Group||Mexico||0–5||Italy||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|Report||Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium|
|1 March Cyprus Cup Group||Hungary||0–3||Italy||Larnaca, Cyprus|
|Report||Stadium: GSZ Stadium|
|4 March Cyprus Cup Group||Italy||4–1||Thailand||Larnaca, Cyprus|
||Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hugnary)|
|6 March Cyprus Cup Final||North Korea||3–3 (a.e.t.)|
|Report||Stadium: Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium|
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
|5 April Friendly||Poland||1–1||Italy||Lublin, Poland|
|9 April Friendly||Italy||2–1||Republic of Ireland||Reggio Emilia, Italy|
|29 May Friendly||Italy||3–1||Switzerland||Ferrara, Italy|
||Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza|
Referee: Tess Olofsson
|9 June 2019 FIFA WWC GS||Australia||1–2||Italy||Valenciennes, France|
||Stadium: Stade du Hainaut|
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|14 June 2019 FIFA WWC GS||Jamaica||0–5||Italy||Reims, France|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Stade Auguste-Delaune|
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
|18 June 2019 FIFA WWC GS||Italy||0–1||Brazil||Valenciennes, France|
|21:00||Report||Stadium: Stade du Hainaut|
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)
|25 June 2019 FIFA WWC R16||Italy||2–0||China PR||Montpellier, France|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Stade de la Mosson|
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)
|29 June 2019 FIFA WWC QF||Italy||0–2||Netherlands||Valenciennes, France|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Stade du Hainaut|
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||2||0||0||5||0||+5||100.00||UEFA|
|Republic of Ireland||7||6||1||0||16||5||+11||85.71||UEFA|
|Serbia and Montenegro||3||3||0||0||15||1||+14||100.00||UEFA|