Netherlands at the FIFA Women's World Cup

Netherlands have participated two times at the FIFA Women's World Cup: in 2015,[1] in 2019.[2] The have reached the 2nd round in 2015 and the final in 2019.[3][4]

2015 World Cup

Starting positions in the first World Cup match of the Dutch women

Four years later, the Dutch finally qualified for the World Cup. However, they needed from most qualified teams most games to qualify: 10 group games and four play-off games. Previously, they had again for the 2013 European Championship qualified, but there did not survive the preliminary round. Thus, at the Qualification draw for the World Cup in Canada, they were again assigned to pot 2 and were rejoined to the group with runner-up Norway, against whom they joined the European qualifers had lost in the preliminary round. Other group opponents were the neighbor Belgium, where they won the first game 4-0, Portugal, Greece and first time Albania. After a 7-0 in Portugal they gambled away in the home games against Norway and Belgium the direct qualification, as they lost this 1: 2 or only came to a 1-1. However, on the final day of the match, the Dutch were able to secure their participation in the playoff games of the runners-up by winning in Norway. In the playoffs they could then qualify for the first time with two wins against the Scotland and after a 1-1 home game by a 2-1 victory in Italy , Both goals scored the only 18-year-old Vivianne Miedema, who was also the best scorer in European qualifying with 16 goals. In the other confederations, only one player, Jamaica Shakira Duncan, also scored 16 goals but failed to qualify for the finals. Duncan also scored 14 of the 16 goals in the pre-qualifier against weaker teams. Both were together with Anja Mittag, who scored 11 goals in qualifying and five in the finals, also best scorers of the overall competition.

In the draw for the groups, the Dutch women were not placed and were assigned to Group A with hosts Canada

2019 World Cup

Vivianne Miedema 2014 (cropped)
Vivianne Miedema, Top Scorer in World Cup Qualification
USA-NED (women) 2019-07-07
Start positions in the final

In July 2017, the Dutch women could use the home advantage and for the first time become European Champions. In the World Cup qualification started in September 2017, although they were allotted pot B in the draw, they were one of the group favorites, as they were Norway's supposedly strongest opponents at home. EM in the group matches had turned off. They then won the first qualifier against the Norwegians 1-0. After a 5-0 in Slovakia, they then but at the goalless home game against Ireland from a point. This made sure that despite the victories in the other games after a 1: 2 defeat in Norway on the final day only finished second and the Norwegians qualified as group winners directly for the World Cup, as this except the game in the Netherlands won all other games. As the best runner-up, however, the European champions were qualified for the playoffs of the four best runners-up. Here in the semifinal of the European Championship finals match against Denmark and as in the European Championship finals, the Dutch women are also victorious with two wins (2: 0 and 2: 1). In the playoff final, they met Switzerland, who like the Dutch women four years earlier for the first time at a World Cup finals were there. In the first leg, they laid the foundation for the World Cup qualifiers with a 3-0 victory after scoreless first half. In the second leg, they lost to captain Anouk Dekker in the seventh minute after a red card, but kept the 0-0 at home and Vivianne Miedema with their Seventh qualifying goal brought the Dutch women in the 52nd in the lead, the Swiss needed five goals to successful qualification. But they managed only one goal and so qualified the Dutch for the second time for a World Cup finals.

In France, as in the previous four years, the Dutch team have met Canada and New Zealand and for the first time Cameroon.[5] With three wins, the European champion qualified for the knockout stages, where, as in 2015, Asian champion Japan was the opponent.[6] Two goals from Lieke Martens, the new record holder of the Dutch Women's World Cup, turned the result of 2015 and reached the quarter-final against Italy. Here, the Dutch women won 2-0, with Vivianne Miedema scored the lead with their third World Cup goal. The Dutch also qualified for the Olympic Games 2020. In the semi-final, after 90 goalless minutes, extra time allowed Jackie Groenen to score the only goal of the match. Thus, the Dutch women were the first time in the final, where they lost to defending champions USA 0-2, but as the first opponent did not score in the first half.

Netherlands's FIFA World Cup record
Host nation
and year
Result Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015 Round of 16 13th 4 1 1 2 3 4
France 2019 Runners-up 2nd 7 6 0 1 11 5
Total 2/8 2nd 11 7 1 3 14 9
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Record by opponent

FIFA Women's World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA
 Canada 2 1 1 0 3 2
 Cameroon 1 1 0 0 3 1
 China PR 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Italy 1 1 0 0 2 0
 Japan 2 1 0 1 3 3
 New Zealand 2 2 0 0 2 0
 Sweden 1 1 0 0 1 0
 United States 1 0 0 1 0 2


Player Goals 2015 2019
Lieke Martens 3 1 2
Vivianne Miedema 3 3
Kirsten van de Ven 2 2
Jill Roord 1 1
Dominique Bloodworth 1 1
Stefanie van der Gragt 1 1
Lineth Beerensteyn 1 1
Jackie Groenen 1 1
Anouk Dekker 1 1
Total 14 3 11


  1. ^ "Japan keep Women's World Cup title defence alive with win over Holland". June 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ - Matches - Japan-Netherlands".
  3. ^ "Women's World Cup: Netherlands beat Sweden to reach final against USA". July 3, 2019.
  4. ^ McMahon, Bobby. "The Secret To The Netherlands' Success At The 2019 Women's World Cup".
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Late Netherlands penalty breaks Japan's hearts at Women's World Cup". CNN.
Netherlands women's national football team

The Netherlands women's national football team (Dutch: Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal) is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017. They have played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, and reached thirteenth place. They have also played at the final tournament in the 2019 edition, losing 2-0 the final against the United States.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Sarina Wiegman has been head coach since January 2017. As of July 2019, the team is ranked number 3 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

FIFA Women's World Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
Canada 2015 Group stage 6 June  New Zealand W 1–0 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
11 June  China PR L 0–1
15 June  Canada D 1–1 Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Round of 16 23 June  Japan L 1–2 BC Place, Vancouver
France 2019 Group stage 11 June  New Zealand W 1–0 Stade Océane, Le Havre
15 June  Cameroon W 3–1 Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
20 June  Canada W 2–1 Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
Round of 16 25 June  Japan W 2–1 Roazhon Park, Rennes
Quarter-finals 29 June  Italy W 2–0 Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Semi-finals 3 July  Sweden W 1–0 (aet) Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
Final 7 July  United States L 0–2 Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
Countries at the FIFA Women's World Cup


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.