Soviet Union women's national football team

The USSR women's national football team represented the Soviet Union in international women's football. The team was controlled by the Football Federation of USSR. It was founded in 1990, so it was a short-lived national team due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union the following year. Oleg Lapshin served as the team's coach during its 20 months of existence.

Soviet Union
AssociationFootball Federation of USSR
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Bulgaria 1–4 Soviet Union 
(Kazanlak, Bulgaria; 26 March 1990)
Last international

 Soviet Union 2–1 Hungary 
(Soviet Union; 6 October 1991)
Biggest win
 Bulgaria 1–4 Soviet Union 
(Kazanlak, Bulgaria; 26 March 1990)
Biggest defeat
 United States 8 – 0 Soviet Union 
(Blaine, Minnesota, USA; 5 August 1990)


Following a letter published in 1972 in the magazine journal Zdorovye complaining about a women's football tournament being held in Dnipropetrovsk, Nina Graevskaya, head of the USSR Federation of Sports Medicine, replied that holding such competitions was inexpedient, arguing that playing football posed a danger to the female body because of the size of its heart, bones and pelvis and its spine and joint's degree of mobility. One month later the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sport issued a ban on women's football, along with women's boxing and wrestling. [1]


The Soviet team played its first match on 26 March 1990 against Bulgaria in Kazanlak. A. Bezmenova, Tatyana Verezubova and Irina Gnutova made it a 4–1 win. Two weeks later they played their first match on Soviet soil, a 0–0 draw against Norway in Sevastopol. The Soviet women's national team didn't take part in the 1991 UEFA Women's Championship qualification, instead playing friendly matches.[2]

The USSR was accepted for the 1993 UEFA Women's Championship, which would have marked its first appearance in an official women's football tournament. The Soviet national team played its only official game on 6 October 1991, a 2–1 win over Hungary. It was also the last match of the team, which ended its short existence with a balance of 9 wins, 9 draws and 16 losses. The second qualification game was played on February 1992 after the break-up of the USSR Football Federation, with the debuting Russia women's national team representing the new Russian Federation.


  1. ^ Not appreciated: Why women's football was humiliated and banned in the USSR. Lenta, 5 January 2019
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