Benin women's national football team

The Benin women's national football team represents Benin in international women's football and it is controlled by the Benin Football Federation. They never reached the African Championship or the World Cup finals.

AssociationBenin Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachVacant
Most capsUnknown
Top scorerBouraïma Bathily (1)
Home stadiumStade de l'Amitié
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
CurrentNR (27 September 2019)[1]
Highest92 (December 2009)
Lowest148 (September 2015)
First international
 Benin 1–0 Malawi 
(Benin; February 19, 2006)
Biggest win
 Benin 1–0 Malawi 
(Benin; February 19, 2006)
 Benin 3–2 Guinea 
(Dakar, Senegal; May 17, 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Senegal 5–1 Benin 
(Dakar, Senegal; May 19, 2006)

Benin's participation in the African Championships consists of only one qualification tournament, in 2006. Benin beat Malawi at home, and therefore moved through the first qualification round. They then drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast, and won in a penalty shootout. In the second round, Benin met Mali, and lost both matches.

Benin also entered the 2008 African Championships, but then pulled out before the tournament began. Their home defeat to Mali was therefore the last match Benin has played in so far.


2006 African Women's Championship

The national team of Benin played its first match against Malawi on February 19, 2006; in the qualifying tournament of the 2006 African Women's Championship, which was held in Nigeria. Benin won the match by a score of 1–0, but the goalscorer was unknown. The second leg was played on February 26, 2006; this time it ended with a 0–0 draw. Benin advanced to the First Round due to an aggregate score of 1–0. In the First Round, Benin was paired with Ivory Coast and drew both matches by scores of 1–1. In the second match when it was still 1–1 after extra time, Benin won in a penalty shoot-out by a score of 4–3 and they advanced to the Second Round. In the Second Round, Benin met Mali. In the first leg, on July 22, 2006; Benin lost the match 3–1, and their only goal in the game was scored by Bouraïma Bathily, the only known goalscorer for Benin. The second leg, played on August 6, 2006, was a 1–0 loss and also so far the last match that Benin played, in which they lost by one goal. Thus, Benin was eliminated from the tournament by an aggregate score of 4–1.

2008 Olympic Games qualifying

Benin was paired with Namibia in the preliminary round for the 2008 Olympic Games Football Tournament in China, but they withdrew.

2008 African Women's Championship

Once again Benin withdrew from a tournament, after being paired with Guinea in the First Round of the 2008 African Women's Championship qualification. The tournament was held in Equatorial Guinea.

Competition Records

World Cup record

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

African Women's Championship record

Africa Women Cup of Nations
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 Did Not Enter
2006 Did Not Qualify
2008 Withdrew
2010 Did Not Enter

Olympic Games record

Summer Olympics
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1996 Did Not Enter
2008 Withdrew
2012 Did Not Enter

All-Africa Games record

All-Africa Games
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
2003 Did Not Enter

Official Record

Partial results are shown in parentheses

DateLocationHome teamScoreAway teamSource
19 February 2006 Benin Benin 1–0 Malawi
26 February 2006 Malawi Malawi 0–0 Benin
12 March 2006 Cotonou Benin 1–1 (1–0) Ivory Coast [2]
24 March 2006 Abidjan Ivory Coast 1–1 (0–0) 3–4 PSO Benin [2]
17 May 2006 Dakar Benin 3–2 Guinea
19 May 2006 Dakar Senegal 5–1 Benin
21 May 2006 Dakar Benin 3–2 (a.e.t.) Ivory Coast [2]
29 May 2006 Cotonou Benin 2–3 (2–2) Equatorial Guinea
22 July 2006 Bamako Mali 3–1 (1–0) Benin
27 July 2006 Cotonou Benin 1–2 Congo
6 August 2006 Cotonou Benin 0–1 (0–0) Mali
27–29 October 2007 Benin (w/o) Namibia
30 November 2007 Guinea (w/o) Benin

All-time record

  • Correct as of November 5, 2014


  • Unknown (2006)

See also


  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  2. "Results: Côte d'Ivoire". FIFA. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
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