Wales women's national football team

The Wales women's national football team represents Wales in international women's football. They have yet to qualify for the final stages of the World Cup or European Championships and are currently ranked 35th in the world[3] and 20th in Europe.[2] The team is run by the Football Association of Wales.

AssociationFootball Association of Wales
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJayne Ludlow
CaptainSophie Ingle
Most capsJessica Fishlock (101)
Top scorerHelen Ward (39)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 32 Increase 1 (12 July 2019)[1]
Highest29[2] (June–September 2018)
Lowest57[2] (May 2006)
First international
 Wales 2–3  Republic of Ireland
(Llanelli, Wales; May 13, 1973)
Biggest win
 Wales 15–0 Azerbaijan 
(Newtown, Powys, Wales; August 21, 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 12–0  Wales
(Bielefeld, Germany, 31 March 1994)
 Wales 0–12  Germany
(Swansea, Wales, 5 May 1994)

Tournament performances

FIFA World Cup record

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
France 2019 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 0/8 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship

  • Unofficial competitions:
  • European Competition for Women's Football:
  • UEFA Women's Championship:

Algarve Cup

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's football events, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Portugal 1994
to 2001
did not enter
Portugal 2002 12th 4 1 0 3 1 9
Portugal 2003 12th 4 0 2 2 4 8
Portugal 2004 10th 4 2 0 2 6 8
Portugal 2005
to 2008
did not enter
Portugal 2009 12th 4 1 0 3 8 6
Portugal 2010 did not enter
Portugal 2011 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7
Portugal 2012 8th 4 2 1 1 3 4
Portugal 2013 12th 4 1 2 1 3 4
Portugal 2014
to 2018
did not enter
Total 7/25 28 9 5 14 31 47


Up-to-date women's caps and goals statistics are not published by the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

Current squad

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the friendly against  New Zealand on 4 June 2019.[15]

Manager: Wales Jayne Ludlow

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
GK Laura O'Sullivan 23 August 1991 (age 27) Wales Cardiff City Ladies
GK Olivia Clark 30 August 2001 (age 17) England Nettleham

DF Sophie Ingle (captain) 2 September 1991 (age 27) England Chelsea
DF Hayley Ladd 6 October 1993 (age 25) England Manchester United
DF Loren Dykes 5 February 1988 (age 31) England Bristol City
DF Gemma Evans 1 August 1996 (age 22) England Bristol City
DF Rhiannon Roberts 30 August 1990 (age 28) England Liverpool
DF Lily Woodham 3 September 2000 (age 18) England Reading
DF Emma Jones 21 August 1986 (age 32) Wales Cardiff City Ladies
DF Ella Powell 1 February 2000 (age 19) England Lewes

MF Chloe Lloyd 4 October 1996 (age 22) Wales Cardiff City Ladies
MF Anna Filbey 11 October 1999 (age 19) England Tottenham Hotspur
MF Charlie Estcourt 27 May 1998 (age 21) England Reading
MF Megan Wynne 21 January 1993 (age 26) England Tottenham Hotspur
MF Georgia Evans 16 October 1995 (age 23) England Yeovil Town

FW Natasha Harding (vice-captain) 2 March 1989 (age 30) England Reading
FW Kylie Nolan 27 June 1998 (age 21) Wales Cardiff City Ladies
FW Elise Hughes 15 April 2001 (age 18) England Everton
FW Helen Ward 26 April 1986 (age 33) England Watford
FW Kayleigh Green 22 March 1988 (age 31) England Brighton & Hove Albion

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Claire Skinner 17 February 1997 (age 22) 4 0 Wales Cardiff City Women v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
GK Emma Gibbon 6 February 1999 (age 20) England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Portugal, 13 November 2018

DF Tamsyn Sibanda 20 February 2001 (age 18) England Arsenal v.  Portugal, 13 November 2018
DF Alice Griffiths 22 January 2001 (age 18) 2 0 Wales Cyncoed Ladies v.  England, 31 August 2018
DF Rachel Rowe 13 September 1992 (age 26) 15 0 England Reading v.  England, 31 August 2018

MF Angharad James 1 June 1994 (age 25) 48 2 Unattached v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
MF Jess Fishlock 14 January 1987 (age 32) 101 29 United States Reign FC v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
MF Gwen Davies 2 August 1999 (age 19) Wales Cardiff City Ladies v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
MF Kelly Isaac 9 January 1988 (age 31) Wales Cardiff City Ladies v.  Portugal, 13 November 2018
MF Chloe Williams 22 December 2000 (age 18) England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Portugal, 13 November 2018

FW Ffion Morgan 11 May 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Wales Cardiff City Ladies v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
FW Nadia Lawrence 29 November 1989 (age 29) 16 0 Wales Cardiff City Ladies v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
FW Cori Williams 6 August 1991 (age 27) Wales Cardiff City Ladies v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
FW Grace Horrell 25 November 2001 (age 17) 0 0 Wales Cardiff City Ladies v.  Italy, 22 January 2019
FW Hannah Miles 13 April 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Wales Cardiff City Ladies v.  Portugal, 13 November 2018
FW Peyton Vincze 19 October 2000 (age 18) 3 0 United States Oklahoma State Cowgirls v.  England, 31 August 2018


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Wales football team

Wales football team may refer to:

Wales national football team

Wales national under-21 football team

Wales national under-19 football team

Wales national under-17 football team

Wales women's national football team

Wales national semi-professional football team

Women's football in Wales

Women's football is still a minority sport in Wales but the sport has grown due to the hosting of football games at the 2012 Olympic games.The top level of domestic football is the Welsh Premier Women's Football League, below which are several regional leagues. Founded in 2009, the winner of the league each season qualifies for the UEFA Women's Champions League. The FAW Women's Cup is the premier national cup competition which was founded in 1992 and a Premier League Cup was started in 2014.

The national team are affiliated with both UEFA and FIFA. Founded in 1973 they have yet to qualify for the finals of either the FIFA Women's World Cup or the UEFA Women's Championship. There are also national teams for women and girls at age restricted levels (under 19, under 17 etc.).

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