Valérie Gauvin

Valérie Gauvin (born 1 June 1996) is a French football player who plays as a forward for Montpellier in the Division 1 Féminine and for the French national team. She was born in Sainte-Clotilde on the island of Réunion.

Valérie Gauvin
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Gauvin in 2013
Personal information
Full name Valérie Gauvin
Date of birth 1 June 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Sainte-Clotilde, Réunion, France
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Youth career
2007–2014 Toulouse
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Toulouse 31 (33)
2014– Montpellier 77 (43)
National team
2012 France U16 5 (3)
2012–2013 France U17 9 (9)
2016 France U20 6 (1)
2015– France 23 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2019

Club career


Gauvin was born on the French island of Réunion and moved to the south-west of mainland France with her mother and sister at the age of 4. At the age of 12 she joined Toulouse to train with the club, and at the age of 16 joined the senior team in the Division 2 Féminine. In 2012–13, Gauvin played for Toulouse in the Division 1 Féminine before being relegated back to the Division 2 Féminine. In the 2013–14 season she was the top scorer of the league with 32 goals in 20 games.[1] During her time at Toulouse, she also scored 45 goals in the National U19 Challenge.[2]


In June 2014, Gauvin returned to the Division 1 Féminine, joining Montpellier.[2] In May 2017, following a successful season in which she scored 13 goals in 17 appearances and helped Montpellier qualify for the 2017–18 UEFA Women's Champions League, Gauvin signed a contract extension until 2020.[3]

International career

In July 2012, Gauvin represented France under-16 at the 2012 Nordic Under-16 Cup. She started in the 1–0 loss to Sweden,[4] started and scored the first goal in the 5–1 victory over Finland,[5] and started and scored a brace in the 3–0 victory over Norway, giving France the third place in the tournament.[6]

In October 2012, Gauvin represented France under-17 in the first round of the 2013 UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship qualification campaign. She started all 3 matches, scoring a brace in the 5–0 victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina,[7] a brace in the 12–0 victory over Lithuania,[8] and a hat-trick in the 5–0 victory over Hungary.[9] In March 2013, she was in the French squad for the second round.[10] She started and scored a goal in both the 3–1 victory over Northern Ireland[11] and in the 2–0 victory over Finland,[12] but came on as a 75th minute substitute in the 1–1 draw with Spain,[13] who qualified due to a better goal-difference.

In July 2015, Gauvin helped France to win the gold medal at the 2015 Summer Universiade, including opening the scoring against Russia in the 2–0 victory in the final.[14]

In September 2015, Gauvin was called-up to the French senior team for the first time, for matches against Brazil and Romania.[1] She made her official debut appearance for the French senior team on 23 October 2015, in a 2–1 loss to the Netherlands, coming on as a substitute for Marie-Laure Delie in the 71st minute.[15]

In November 2016, Gauvin was selected for France's under-20 squad for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[16][17] She played in a friendly against Canada in Australia ahead of the tournament, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 victory.[18] In the tournament's group stage she came on as a late sub in the 0–0 draw against the United States[19] and in the 2–0 victory over New Zealand.[20] She started in the 2–2 draw against Ghana,[21] providing the assist for the first goal by Delphine Cascarino.[22] In the knock-out stage she came on as a sub in extra-time in the semi-final 2–1 victory over Japan[23] and in the 73rd minute in the final against North Korea which France lost 3–1.[24][25]

In March 2017, Gauvin represented the French secondary senior team at the 2017 Istria Cup. She played in all 4 matches,[26] scoring a hat-trick against Hungary B.[27] France B finished the tournament in third place, beating Northern Ireland 1–0.[28]

On 23 October 2017, Gauvin scored her first goal for the French senior team in an 8–0 victory over Ghana during a friendly match.[29][30] On 6 April 2018, Gauvin scored a hat-trick in an 8–0 victory over Nigeria.[31]

Career statistics

International goals

Scores and results list France's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Gauvin goal.

International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 October 2017 Stade Auguste Delaune, Reims, France  Ghana 8–0 8–0 Friendly
2. 7 March 2018 Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, United States  Germany 3–0 3–0 SheBelieves Cup
3. 6 April 2018 MMArena, Le Mans, France  Nigeria 2–0
4. 5–0
5. 6–0
6. 4 March 2019 Stade de la Vallée du Cher, Tours, France  Uruguay 3–0
7. 5–0
8. 4 April 2019 Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps, Auxerre, France  Japan 1–1 3–1 Friendly
9. 8 April 2019 Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg, France  Denmark 4–0 4–0 Friendly
10. 31 May 2019 Stade Dominique Duvauchelle, Créteil, France  China PR 1–0 2–0 Friendly
11. 12 June 2019 Allianz Riviera, Nice, France  Norway 1–0 2–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
12. 23 June 2019 Stade Océane, Le Havre, France  Brazil 1–0 2–1 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup


  1. ^ a b "Valérie Gauvin, le bleu lui va si bien" [Valérie Gauvin, the blue suits her so well] (in French). Montpellier. 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Valérie Gauvin à Montpellier!" [Valérie Gauvin in Montpellier!] (in French). Foot d'Elles. 25 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Valérie Gauvin prolonge avec le MHSC!" [Valérie Gauvin extends with the MHSC!] (in French). Montpellier. 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Equipe de France des moins de 16 ans – France-Suède 0–1" [France Under-16 Team – France-Sweden 0–1] (in French). 9 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Equipe de France des moins de 16 ans – Finlande-France 1–5" [France Under-16 Team – Finland-France 1–5] (in French). 10 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Equipe de France des moins de 16 ans – France-Norvège 3–0" [France Under-16 Team – France-Norway 3–0] (in French). 14 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Women's Under-17 2013 – France-Bosnia and Herzegovina". UEFA. 1 October 2012. Archived from the original on 26 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Women's Under-17 2013 – France-Lithuania". UEFA. 3 October 2012. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Women's Under-17 2013 – Hungary-France". UEFA. 6 October 2012. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Valérie Gauvin en équipe de France" [Valérie Gauvin in the France team]. Sud-Ouest (in French). 16 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Women's Under-17 2013 – France-Northern Ireland". UEFA. 24 March 2013. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Women's Under-17 2013 – France-Finland". UEFA. 26 March 2013. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Women's Under-17 2013 – Spain-France". UEFA. 29 March 2013. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Day 10: Hosts Korea power ahead as Shaquille Walker sprints to 800m gold". Eurosport. 13 July 2015. The first of the football finals saw France beat Russia 2–0 after a second-half strike from Valerie Gauvin was followed by an own goal by Liubov Kipiatkova.
  15. ^ "Equipe de France A – France-Pays-Bas 1–2" [Team France A – France-Netherlands 1–2] (in French). 23 October 2015.
  16. ^ "France squad to compete at FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2016". Women's Soccer United. 3 November 2016.
  17. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 8 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Equipe de France des moins de 20 ans – Canada-France 0–2" [France Under-20 Team – Canada-France 0–2] (in French). 8 November 2016.
  19. ^ "2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup – France-USA". FIFA. 14 November 2016.
  20. ^ "2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup – New Zealand-France". FIFA. 21 November 2016.
  21. ^ "2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup – France-Ghana". FIFA. 17 November 2016.
  22. ^ Boakye-Buckman, Samuel A. (17 November 2016). "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup: France Late Show Denies Ghana Famous Win". Ghana Soccer News.
  23. ^ "2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup – Japan-France". FIFA. 29 November 2016.
  24. ^ "2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup – Korea DPR-France". FIFA. 3 December 2016.
  25. ^ Mishner, Katie (3 December 2016). "2016 U-20 Women's World Cup Final – Korea DPR 3–1 France: Korea DPR complete youth tournament double". Vavel.
  26. ^ "Equipe de France B – Valérie Gauvin" [Team France B – Valérie Gauvin] (in French). Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Istria Cup : La France B en démonstration de force" [Istria Cup: France B in show of strength] (in French). Coeurs de foot. 6 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Equipe de France B – France-Irlande du Nord 1–0" [Team France B – France-Northern Ireland 1–0] (in French). 8 March 2017.
  29. ^ Payet, Mickaël (25 October 2017). "Équipe de France féminine : Gauvin débloque son compteur" [French women's team: Gauvin unblocks her counter] (in French). Clicanoo.
  30. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (27 October 2017). "Ghana Black Queens coach defiant despite 8–0 loss". BBC Sport.
  31. ^ Nwachukwu, John Owen (7 April 2018). "France v Nigeria: Super Falcons hammered 8–0 in friendly". Daily Post.

External links

2014–15 Division 1 Féminine

The 2014–15 Division 1 Féminine season was the 41st since its establishment. Lyon were the defending champions. The season began on 30 August 2014 and ended on 9 May 2015. The winter break began on 22 December 2014 and ended on 9 January 2015.

2015–16 Division 1 Féminine

The 2015–16 Division 1 Féminine season was the 42nd since its establishment. Lyon successfully retained the title on 8 May 2016, making it the tenth Division 1 title in a row. The season began on 30 August 2015 and ended on 21 May 2016.

2016–17 Division 1 Féminine

The 2016–17 Division 1 Féminine season was the 43rd edition since its establishment. Lyon were the defending champions, having won the title in each of the past ten seasons. The season began on 11 September 2016.

Lyon won the season, making it their 15th (and 11th straight) title.

2017–18 Division 1 Féminine

The 2017–18 Division 1 Féminine season was the 44th edition since its establishment. Lyon were the defending champions, having won the title in each of the past eleven seasons. The season began on 3 September 2017 and ended on 27 May 2018. Lyon won their 16th (12th straight) title.

2018 SheBelieves Cup

The 2018 SheBelieves Cup was the third edition of the SheBelieves Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held in the United States. Featuring national teams from Germany, England, France, and hosts United States, it began on March 1 and ended on March 7, 2018, broadly running in parallel with the 2018 Algarve Cup, 2018 Turkish Women’s Cup, and the 2018 Cyprus Women's Cup.The United States won the tournament.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France, which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 7 to 17 June 2019. The group consisted of hosts France, Nigeria, Norway and South Korea. The top two teams, France and Norway, along with the third-placed team, Nigeria (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on 22 June with the round of 16 and ended on 7 July with the final match, held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu. A total of 16 teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.All times listed are local, CEST (UTC+2).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup squads

This is a list of squads of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, an international women's association football tournament being held in France from 7 June until 7 July 2019. Each of the 24 national teams involved in the tournament had to provide to FIFA a preliminary squad of between 23 and 50 players by 26 April 2019, which FIFA did not publish. From the preliminary squad, each team named a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 24 May 2019. FIFA published the 23-player final lists, with the squad numbers, on their website on 27 May 2019. Players in the final squad could be replaced by a player from the preliminary squad due to serious injury or illness up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match.The age listed for each player is on 7 June 2019, the first day of the tournament. The numbers of caps and goals listed for each player do not include any matches played after the start of the tournament. The club listed is the club for which the player last played a competitive match prior to the tournament. A flag is included for coaches that are of a different nationality than their own national team.

France at the 2015 Summer Universiade

France participated at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.

France women's national football team

The French women's national football team (French: Équipe de France féminine de football, sometimes shortened as Féminin A) is directed by the French Football Federation (FFF). The team competes as a member of UEFA in various international football tournaments such as the FIFA Women's World Cup, UEFA Women's Euro, the Summer Olympics, and the Algarve Cup.

The France women's national team initially struggled on the international stage failing to qualify for three of the first FIFA Women's World Cups and the six straight UEFA European Championships before reaching the quarter-finals in the 1997 edition of the competition. However, since the beginning of the new millennium, France have become one of the most consistent teams in Europe, having qualified for their first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 and reaching the quarter-finals in two of the three European Championships held since 2000. In 2011, France recorded a fourth-place finish at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup; its best finish overall at the competition. In the following year, the team captured the 2012 Cyprus Cup and the fourth place at Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Corinne Diacre has been the manager of the national team since 30 August 2017. The current captain of the national team is midfielder Amandine Henry.

List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers

This article lists each country's goalscorers in the FIFA Women's World Cup. There are 373 goalscorers for the 917 goals scored at the 8 editions of the World Cup final tournaments.


Numbers in green means the player finished as the tournament top scorer (or joint top scorer).

Montpellier HSC (Women)

Montpellier Hérault Sport Club Féminines (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃pɛˈlyeɪ eɪˈroʊ]; commonly referred to as simply Montpellier) is a French women's football club based in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, a commune in the arrondissement of Montpellier. The club was founded in 1990. Montpellier play in the Division 1 Féminine having finished in 4th place in the 2009–10 season. The club is managed Sarah M'Barek and was captained by goalkeeper and French women's international Céline Deville before she departed for club rivals Lyon in July 2011.

Montpellier hosts its home matches at the Stade Joseph-Blanc, a 1,000-capacity stadium that is situated in Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone. The club also hosts matches at the Stade de Grammont in Montpellier, where the male section is based.

Saint-Denis, Réunion

Saint-Denis (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.də.ni], or unofficially Saint-Denis de la Réunion for disambiguation) is the préfecture (administrative capital) of the French overseas region and department of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. It is located at the island's northernmost point, close to the mouth of the Rivière Saint-Denis.

Saint-Denis is the most populous commune in the French overseas departments. At the 2016 census, there were 204,304 inhabitants in the metropolitan area of Saint-Denis (as defined by INSEE), 147,920 of whom lived in the city (commune) of Saint-Denis proper and the remainder in the neighbouring communes of Sainte-Marie and Sainte-Suzanne.

Montpellier HSC (Women) – current squad


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