Belarus women's national football team

The Belarus women's national football team represents Belarus in international women's football. The team is governed by the Football Federation of Belarus (Беларуская фэдэрацыя па футболу).

Belarus
AssociationFootball Federation of Belarus
(Беларуская фэдэрацыя па футболу)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachEduard Demenkovets
CaptainOksana Shpak
FIFA codeBLR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 53 1 (13 December 2019)[1]
Highest37 (December 2011)
Lowest56 (December 2018)
First international
 Poland 3–0 Belarus
(Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland; November 4, 1995)
Biggest win
 Estonia 0–7 Belarus
(Valga, Estonia; May 17, 2000)
 Belarus 8–1 Kazakhstan 
(Minsk, Belarus; August 25, 2004)
Biggest defeat
 Ukraine 8–0 Belarus
(FFU Training Complex, Ukraine; August 2, 2014)

History

Belarus first appeared in a FIFA/UEFA qualification stage in the 1997 European Championship, where it was paired with the Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia. In its first official match they lost 0–1 to the Czech Republic on 7 October 1995. In May 1996 they attained their first official win by beating 3–0 Poland, which had defeated them 2–0 in the first match. They subsequently beat Estonia 0–4 and 4–0 to end 3rd, tied at 9 points with Poland. The Czech Republic qualified for the play-offs.

In the 1999 World Cup qualifying Belarus was ranked in Class B, with no qualifying options, together with Poland, Ireland and Wales. Belarus beat Wales 4–1 and tied in Wales (3–3) and Ireland (0–0), losing all other three matches: 0–1 and 3–1 to Poland, 0–1 to Ireland. Belarus ranked 3rd with 5 points, and Poland qualified for the promotion play-offs.

In the 2001 European Championship qualifying, again in Class B, Belarus beat Estonia 4–1 and 0–7, Israel 0–5 and 1–0 and Slovakia 1–0, and tied 1–1 in Romania, but the Romanians earned the spot in the promotion play-offs after beating Belarus 0–1. With this settled Belarus lost 6–1 to Slovakia in the last match.

In the 2003 World Cup qualifying, Class B, Belarus beat Bosnia 5–2 and 2–7, Turkey 4–0 and 1–5, Slovakia 3–2. They lost the remaining three games: 3–1 in Slovakia, and 2–0 and 2–4 against Hungary. Belarus was 3rd, tied at 15 points with Slovakia.

In the 2005 European Championship qualification, Class B, Belarus beat Estonia 5–0 and 1–3, Kazakhstan 0–2 and 8–1, and Israel 0–2. They just conceded two points, from a home 1–1 tie against Israel. Belarus topped the group for the first time, but there were no promotion play-offs as the qualifying system was unified for 2009.

In the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification Belarus was promoted for the First Category, and grouped with Sweden, Iceland, the Czech Republic and Portugal. Belarus won 0–1 and 3–2 to Portugal, and tied 1–1 with the Czech Republic. They lost the remaining five matches: 3–0 and 1–2 to Iceland, 6–0 and 0–6 to Sweden and 3–0 to the Czech Republic, ending second to last with 7 points.

In the 2009 European Championship qualifying Belarus was grouped with England, Spain, the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. Belarus beat Northern Ireland 5–0, and tied 1–1 with the same opponent. They lost the six remaining matches: 0–3 and 1–6 to Spain, 1–4 and 1–3 to the Czechs and 4–0 and 1–6 to England, again ending second to last.

In the 2011 World Cup qualifying Belarus was grouped with Norway, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Macedonia. They beat Slovakia 0–2 and 2–0, and Macedonia 1–6 and 6–0. They also attained a surprise 1–1 tie in the Netherlands. They lost 0–5 and 3–0 to Norway, and 0–4 to the Netherlands. Belarus was 3rd, their best result in a top-flier qualifying stage yet.

In the 2013 European Championship qualifying Belarus was grouped with Finland, Ukraine, Slovakia and Estonia. In their first four matches they have beaten Estonia 2–1 and Ukraine 0–1, tied 2–2 with Finland and lost 3–0 to Slovakia.

World Cup record

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
1991Did Not Enter-------
1995-------
1999Did Not Qualify-------
2003-------
2007-------
2011-------
2015-------
2019-------
Total0/7-------
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Performance in European Championship

Current squad

Caps as of 2018.[2]

No. Pos. Player Club
GKNatalya Voskobovich Minsk
GKEkaterina Kovalchuk Minsk
DFZaryna Kapustsina RGUOR
DFValeriya Karachun (captain) RGUOR
DFAnna Kozyupa RGUOR
DFKsenia Kubichnaya RGUOR
DFAnastasiya Novikava Zorka Minsk
DFPolina Shatsilenia Minsk
DFElvira Urazaeva Zorka Minsk
DFMargarita Yushko Minsk
MFLyubov Gudchenko Gintra Univ
MFAnastasiya Kharlanova RGUOR
MFTatiana Markushevskaya Zorka Minsk
MFVita Nikolaenko Zorka Minsk
MFAnastasia Shcherbachenia Pärnu JK
MFAnastasia Shlapakova RGUOR
MFYulia Slesarchik Minsk
FWViktoriya Kazakevich Zorka Minsk
FWAnastasia Linnik Minsk
FWEkaterina Lutskevich RGUOR
FWKarina Olkhovik RGUOR
FWAnastasia Shuppo Minsk

References

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. "Belarus". Women Soccerway. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
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