Sherida Spitse

Sherida Spitse (Dutch pronunciation: [ʃeːˈridaː ˈspɪtsə]; born 29 May 1990) is a Dutch football midfielder currently playing for Vålerenga Fotball in the Norwegian Toppserien and the Netherlands women's national football team where she has made over 150 appearances.[1]

Sherida Spitse
Sherida Spitse 2014 (cropped)
Personal information
Date of birth 29 May 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Sneek, Netherlands
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vålerenga Fotball
Number 8
Youth career
2004–2007 VV Sneek
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 SC Heerenveen 100 (13)
2012–2014 FC Twente 38 (26)
2014–2017 LSK Kvinner FK 65 (16)
2017–2018 FC Twente 23 (8)
2018– Vålerenga 22 (9)
National team
2006– Netherlands 169 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:25, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Spitse started her career at VV Sneek before joining SC Heerenveen when the Dutch women's professional league (Eredivisie Vrouwen) was established in 2007.[2] After five seasons at Heerenveen where she played 100 official matches and scored 13 goals,[3] in 2012 the Dutch and Belgian leagues merged (BeNe League) and she moved to FC Twente in May 2012.[4] At Twente she won the BeNe League titles in 2012–13 and 2013–14. She was also the club top scorer in 2012–13.[2]

In December 2013, it was announced that Spitse would transfer to Norwegian Toppserien club LSK Kvinner FK from January 2014.[5] For this transfer, money was paid for the first time in Dutch women's football.[6][7][8][9] Spitse became a Norwegian League and Cup champion at the end of the 2014 season with LSK Kvinner. She was also voted on to Norway's Team of the Year at the annual NISO awards ceremony in Oslo.[10] She remained in the club for the next two seasons (2015 and 2016) winning the League and Cup in both seasons.[11]

On 19 December 2016, during the 2015–16 Eredivisie winter break, she moved back to the Netherlands after agreeing a contract with FC Twente to play the second half of the season.[12] On 16 June 2017, she extended her contract with FC Twente for one season. [13]

During the 2017–18 Eredivisie winter break, on 27 December 2017, she signed a two year contract with Vålerenga Fotball, returning to the Norwegian Toppserien.[14]

International career

Spitse made her debut for the Netherlands women's national football team under coach Vera Pauw on 31 August 2006, in a 4–0 World Cup qualifying defeat to England.[2][15] At the time, she was 16 years old and still playing in VV Sneek boys team.[16][17]

At the UEFA Women's Euro 2009, she was a member of the Dutch squad which reach the semifinals of the tournament.[18]

In June 2013, national team coach Roger Reijners selected Spitse in the Netherlands squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[19]

On 7 February 2015 she earned her 100th cap for the Dutch team against Thailand.[20] Spitse helped the Netherlands qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and was selected for the final squad.[21] She played all four of the Netherlands matches in the tournament.[1]

In January 2017, she played her 125th match for the national team against Romania.[22] Spitse was part of the Dutch winning team of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017,[23] she played in all matches and was named in the 2017 UEFA Team of the Tournament.

International goals

Scores and results list the Netherlands goal tally first.[15]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 November 2006 Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion, Almere, Netherlands  Russia 4–0 5–0 Friendly
2. 29 October 2009 Oosterenkstadion, Zwolle, Netherlands  North Macedonia 8–0 13–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
3. 19 December 2010 Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo, Brazil  Mexico 2–1 2–1 2010 Torneio Internacional
4. 2 March 2011 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  New Zealand 1–0 4–1 2011 Cyprus Cup
5. 3 April 2011 Kras Stadion, Volendam, Netherlands  Scotland 4–1 6–2 Friendly
6. 6–2
7. 24 November 2011 Kyocera Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands  Croatia 2–0 2–0 2013 UEFA Women's Euro qualifying
8. 15 February 2012 Stade des Costières, Nîmes, France  France 1–0 1–2 Friendly
9. 1 March 2012 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Scotland 1–0 1–2 2012 Cyprus Cup
10. 24 October 2012 Jan Louwers Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  France 1–0 1–1 Friendly
11. 25 November 2012 Telstar Stadion, Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands  Wales 2–0 2–0
12. 29 June 2013 Telstar Stadion, Velsen-Zuid, Netherlands  Australia 3–1 3–1
13. 5 April 2014 Pankritio Stadium, Heraklion, Greece  Greece 5–0 6–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
14. 7 February 2015 Polman Stadion, Almelo, Netherlands  Thailand 1–0 7–0 Friendly
15. 4 April 2015 Korinn Stadium, Kópavogur, Iceland  Iceland 1–0 1–2
16. 17 September 2015 De Vijverberg, Doetinchem, Netherlands  Belarus 5–0 8–0
17. 7–0
18. 4 June 2016 Mandemakers Stadion, Waalwijk, Netherlands  South Africa 1–0 1–0
19. 25 October 2016 Scholz Arena, Aalen, Germany  Germany 1–2 2–4
20. 3 March 2017 VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal  Australia 2–3 2–3 2017 Algarve Cup
21. 20 July 2017 Sparta Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Denmark 1–0 1–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2017
22. 24 July 2017 Koning Willem II Stadion, Tilburg, Netherlands  Belgium 1–0 2–1
23. 6 August 2017 De Grolsch Veste, Enschede, Netherlands  Denmark 3–2 4–2
24. 24 November 2017 NTC Senec, Senec, Slovakia  Slovakia 2–0 5–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
25. 6 April 2018 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Northern Ireland 4–0 7–0
26. 6–0
27. 10 April 2018 Tallaght Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 2–0 2–0
28. 8 June 2018 Shamrock Park, Portadown, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 4–0 5–0
29. 9 November 2018 Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht, Netherlands   Switzerland 1–0 3–0
30. 19 January 2019 Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South-Africa  South Africa 1–0 2–1 Friendly

Personal life

Spitse and her wife Jolien van der Tuin[24] had their first baby in April 2017.[25]



FC Twente

*During the BeNe League period (2012 to 2015), the highest placed Dutch team is considered as national champion by the Royal Dutch Football Association.[26]

LSK Kvinner




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  23. ^ "Wiegman kiest Oranjeselectie voor WEURO 2017". (in Dutch). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
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  27. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 March 2018.

External links

2008–09 Eredivisie (women)

The 2008–09 Eredivisie Vrouwen was the second season of the Netherlands women's professional football league. The league took place from 21 August 2008 to 31 May 2009 with seven teams. AZ successfully defended the title and became champions for a second year running. The 84 matches of the season had a 56,365 total attendance.

2012 Cyprus Women's Cup

The 2012 Cyprus Women's Cup was the fifth edition of the Cyprus Women's Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Cyprus. It took place between February 28 – March 6, 2012.

2012–13 BeNe League

The 2012–13 season of the Women's BeNe League was the first season of the Belgium and the Netherlands' women's football top level league. Since this was the first season, the league had no reigning champion, although both countries had reigning champions from their former top leagues—Standard Liège in Belgium and ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands. The season started on 24 August 2012. The championship was won by FC Twente.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of hosts Canada, China, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Matches were played from 6 to 15 June 2015.

2016 Toppserien

The 2016 Toppserien was the 30th season of the women's football top level league in Norway. LSK Kvinner FK were the defending champions and defended their title.

2018 Toppserien

The 2018 Toppserien is the 32nd season of the highest women's football league in Norway. LSK Kvinner entered the season as the defending champions.

LSK Kvinner won their fifth consecutive title with five matchdays to spare.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group E

Group E of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 10 to 20 June 2019. The group consisted of Cameroon, Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The top two teams, the Netherlands and Canada, along with the third-placed team, Cameroon (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA play-offs

The UEFA play-offs of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition involve the four runners-up with the best records among all seven groups in the qualifying group stage.

FC Twente Vrouwen

FC Twente Vrouwen is the women's football section of Dutch club FC Twente based in Enschede. Founded in 2007, it is one of the founding members of the professional Dutch women's football league (Eredivisie Vrouwen) competing in the league since its inaugural season. The club has won the Eredivisie five times, the BeNe League twice and the Dutch Cup twice. Its home ground is the Sportpark Slangenbeek in Hengelo with occasional matches (UEFA Women's Champions League knockout stage and other important matches) being played at the De Grolsch Veste.

Kika van Es

Kika van Es (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkika vɑn ˈɛs]; born 11 October 1991) is a Dutch football defender who plays for Everton in the FA WSL.

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.

SC Heerenveen Vrouwen

SC Heerenveen Vrouwen is a Dutch women's football from Heerenveen representing SC Heerenveen in the women's Eredivisie.Founded in 2007, Heerenveen was a founding member of the Vrouwen Eredivisie. After finishing last in 2008 and 2010 and second-to-last in 2009, in 2011 it attained its best result yet, finishing 4th and reaching the national cup final, lost against AZ Alkmaar. In April 2011 the club announced the women's team would be disbanded following the end of the season, but it subsequently cancelled the decision. The following season Heerenveen returned to the bottom of the table, ending last.

In the 2012–13 season, Heerenveen moved in the newly founded BeNe League. It was the second-to-last Dutch team in the championship, an overall 11th position.


Sneek (Dutch: [sneːk] (listen); West Frisian: Snits) is a city southwest of Leeuwarden and seat of the former municipality of Sneek in the province of Friesland (Netherlands). As for 2011 it is part of the municipality Súdwest-Fryslân. The city had approximately 33,855 inhabitants in January 2017.Sneek is situated in Southwest-Friesland, close to the Sneekermeer and is well known for its canals, the Waterpoort (Watergate, the symbol of the city), and watersport (Sneekweek). Sneek is one of the Friese elf steden (Eleven cities). The city is very important for the southwest area of Friesland (the "Zuidwesthoek").

UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group B

Group B of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of Germany, the reigning champions, Iceland, Netherlands and Norway. Matches were staged in Kalmar and Växjö from 11–17 July 2013.

Norway won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Germany. Iceland progressed as one of the best third-placed teams while the Netherlands failed to advance.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017

The 2017 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Women's Euro 2017, was the 12th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. The competition was expanded to 16 teams (from 12 teams in the previous edition).The Netherlands were declared as hosts by the UEFA Executive Committee on 4 December 2014.Germany's 22-year reign as champions of Europe was ended after losing 1–2 to Denmark in the quarter-finals. In addition it was only Germany's second loss in the finals since 1993. Another former winner, Norway, lost to both finalists, the Netherlands and Denmark, and ended without goals or points.

The Netherlands won their first ever title by beating fellow first time finalists, Denmark, 4–2 in the final.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Final

The UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Final was a football match to determine the winner of UEFA Women's Euro 2017. The match took place on 6 August 2017 at De Grolsch Veste in Enschede, Netherlands, and was contested by the winners of the semi-finals, the Netherlands and Denmark.

The Netherlands won the final 4–2 for their first UEFA Women's Championship title.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Group A

Group A of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 contained Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Norway. The matches were played from 16 to 24 July 2017.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 knockout stage

The knockout phase of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 began on 29 July 2017 and ended on 6 August 2017 with the final.All times local (UTC+2).

Vålerenga Fotball Damer

Vålerenga Fotball Damer is the women's football branch of Vålerenga Fotball. The team plays in Toppserien, Norway.

The team first won promotion to Toppserien in 2011 after earning promotion from the First Division. This made Vålerenga the third Norwegian club with both a men's team and a women's team in the top-tier league, and the first club to have its own women's team win promotion to Toppserien, as the two other clubs, Stabæk Fotball and Lillestrøm SK, inherited another club's women's team.

Netherlands squads


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