Malta women's national football team

The Malta women's national football team represents the Malta Football Association in international women's football matches sanctioned by UEFA.[2] As of June 2017, Malta ranks 94th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.[3]

Malta
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationMalta Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMark Gatt
CaptainDorianne Theuma
Most capsDorianne Theuma (64)
Top scorerDorianne Theuma (21)
Home stadiumCentenary Stadium
FIFA codeMLT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 102 Decrease 1 (12 July 2019)[1]
Highest74 (August 2003)
Lowest113 (December 2006)
First international
 Romania 3–0 Malta 
(Bucharest, August 10, 2003)
Biggest win
 Malta 6–0 Luxembourg 
(Ta'Qali, April 6, 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 0–13 Spain 
(Ta'Qali, September 9, 2009)

History

The team first appeared in official competitions in the 2005 European Championship's qualifying, debuting on August 10, 2003 in Bucharest with a 3–0 loss to Romania. Malta lost all eight games, with a 1–35 goal average. The team's first goal was scored by Sarah Caruana on November 16, 2003, against Croatia.[4]

After 13 losses, Malta achieved its first tie on June 7, 2006 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last match of the 2007 World Cup's qualifying. The team played for the first time against elite national teams in the 2011 World Cup's qualifying, losing all games including a record 0–13 defeat to Spain. On March 3, 2011 Malta won an official match for the first time in the 2013 European Championship qualifying's preliminary round, beating Georgia 1–0 with a goal by D'Agostino in injury time.

On April 6, 2013 Malta attained its first crushing win by beating Luxembourg 6–0 in the 2015 World Cup qualifying's preliminary round. The team also defeated Latvia and tied with Albania to top the group and make it past a preliminary round for the first time in its fourth attempt.[5]

The team was coached from its foundation to 2015 by Pierre Brincat, then from 22 January 2015 by former U19 coach Mark Gatt.[6]

World Cup record

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did not enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007 Did not qualify
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
France 2019
Total 0/7
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Current squad

Squad for the 2019 World Cup qualification's preliminary round, starting 11 April 2017.[7]

Player Club Birth
Goalkeepers
Jodie Attard Malta 2000
Rachelle Borg Malta Paola Hibernians 1998
Janice Xuereb Malta Birkirkara 1996
Maria Xuereb Malta 1998
Defenders
Rebecca Bajada Malta Paola Hibernians 1994
Charlene Cassia Malta Birkirkara 1997
Ann-Marie Said Malta 1994
Charlene Zammit Malta Paola Hibernians 1991
Midfielders
Martina Borg Malta Paola Hibernians 1996
Rachel Cuschieri Cyprus Apollon Limassol 1992
Stefania Farrugia Malta Birkirkara 1991
Jade Flask Malta Paola Hibernians 1996
Raina Giusti Malta Birkirkara 1997
Kimberly Parnis Malta Birkirkara 1993
Dorianne Theuma Malta Paola Hibernians 1984
Yasmeen Vella Malta Birkirkara 1991
Emma Xuereb Malta Paola Hibernians 1992
Gabriella Zahra Malta Birkirkara 1991
Shona Zammit Malta Paola Hibernians 1996

Overall official record

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Scorers
2005 Euro qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
0–3 0–8
0–1 0–2
0–3 1–4
0–9 0–5
Romania Romania
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia Croatia
Republic of Ireland Ireland
5 / 5 0
0
Caruana
0
2007 World Cup qualifying Regular stage
(Class B)
1–4 0–1
1–4 1–3
0–1 1–1
Croatia Croatia
Slovenia Slovenia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
4 / 4 D'Agostino
Theuma, Tonna
Theuma
2009 Euro qualifying Preliminary round 0–0
2–4
0–8
Lithuania Lithuania
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Slovakia Slovakia
4 / 4 0
Carabott 2
0
2011 World Cup qualifying Regular stage 0–13 0–9
0–8 0–6
0–2 0–6
0–2 1–5
Spain Spain
England England
Austria Austria
Turkey Turkey
5 / 5 0
0
0
N. Pace
2013 Euro qualifying Preliminary round 1–0
0–2
1–1
Georgia (country) Georgia
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Armenia Armenia
2 / 4 D'Agostino
0
Cuschieri
2015 World Cup qualifying Preliminary round 1–1
6–0
2–0
Albania Albania
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Latvia Latvia
1 / 4 Theuma
Theuma 2, Buttigieg, Carabott, Cuschieri, Xuereb
Cuschieri, Theuma
Regular stage 0–2 0–2
0–5 0–8
0–3 0–5
0–11 0–5
0–8 0–5
Israel Israel
Denmark Denmark
Serbia Serbia
Switzerland Switzerland
Iceland Iceland
6 / 6

Most capped players

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most caps for Malta, as of 23 June 2015. (bold denotes players still available for selection).

Dorianne
Dorianne Theuma is Malta's most capped player with 64 caps.
# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Dorianne Theuma 2003–present 64 21
2 Rebecca D'Agostino 2003–2014 57 4
3 Ylenia Carabott 2005–present 56 11
4 Natasha Pace 2003–2014 48 3
5 Rachel Cucshieri 2007–present 42 6
6 Charlene Zammit 2009–present 33 0
6 Mandy Debono 2006–present 33 0
6 Maria Azzopardi 2003-2011 33 0
9 Stefania Farrugia 2007–present 32 1
10 Kathleen Saliba 2004-2012 31 1

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Malta - Women's". UEFA. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking: Women's Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ Duret, Sébastien; Morrison, Neil (19 June 2005). "European Women Championship 2005 - Match Details". www.rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ Aquilina, Domenic (18 April 2013). "Malta proud to make history". UEFA. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ Lia, Gianluca (8 February 2015). "Interview with Malta women's national team head coach Mark Gatt". Women's Soccer United. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Malta - Women's Squad". UEFA. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

External links

Centenary Stadium

The Centenary Stadium (Maltese: il-Grawnd taċ-Ċentinarju) is a stadium located in Ta' Qali, Malta. The stadium, which is situated next to the National Stadium, houses the headquarters of the Malta Youth Football Association. It seats 3,000 and serves as the home stadium of the Malta national under-21 football team. The stadium, together with three other stadiums, also hosts matches of the Maltese Premier League, Maltese First Division and Maltese FA Trophy.

Index of Malta-related articles

This page list topics related to Malta.

List of football stadiums in Malta

The following is a partial list of football stadiums in Malta in order of capacity. Although a number of teams participating in the Maltese football league system own or operate their own stadium, Maltese football league matches are generally played at a neutral stadium.

Rachel Cuschieri

Rachel Cuschieri (born 26 April 1992) is a Maltese football midfielder, currently playing for RSC Anderlecht after signing from Birkirkara FC in the Maltese First Division. She first played the Champions League in 2010.

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