Finland women's national football team

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Helmarit (the Boreal Owls)[1]
AssociationFootball Association
of Finland

(Suomen Palloliitto)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachAnna Signeul
CaptainTinja-Riikka Korpela
Most capsLaura Österberg Kalmari (130)
Top scorerLaura Österberg Kalmari (41)
FIFA codeFIN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 31 Increase 1 (12 July 2019)[2]
Highest14 (September 2005)
Lowest32 (March 2019)
First international
 Finland 0–0 Sweden 
(Mariehamn, 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
 Finland 7–0 Armenia 
(Helsinki, 21 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 9–0 Finland 
(Vejen, 26 July 1975)
UEFA Women's Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2005)
Best resultSemifinals (2005)

The Finland women's national football team represents Finland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 European Championship, surprising the female football world having drawn with Sweden and beaten Denmark. Finland hosted the 2009 EC finals.[3]

The Finnish team now has a few players that are considered to be among the best in the female football, such as Laura Österberg Kalmari, Sanna Valkonen and Anne Mäkinen.

As of March 2017, the team is ranked 28th in the FIFA world ranking. This is the lowest status since the ranking started in 2003. From 2004 to 2010 the typical ranking was #16.[4]

Competitive record[]

World Cup[]

Year Result
China 1991 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
France 2019
Total 0/8

European Championship[]

Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
1984 Did Not Qualify
Norway 1987
West Germany 1989
Denmark 1991
Italy 1993
Germany 1995
Norway Sweden 1997
Germany 2001
England 2005 Semifinals 4 1 1 2 5 8 −3
Finland 2009 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 5 5 ±0
Sweden 2013 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 6 −5
Netherlands 2017 Did Not Qualify
Total 3/11 11 3 3 5 11 19 -8

Minor tournaments[]

Algarve Cup[]

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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 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 1995 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 1996 did not enter
Portugal 1997 did not enter
Portugal 1998 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 1999 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2000 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2001 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2002 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2003 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2004 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2005 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2006 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2007 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2008 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2009 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2010 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2011 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2012 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2013 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2014 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2015 _ 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 2016 did not enter
Portugal 2017 did not enter
Portugal 2018 did not enter
Total 11/25 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nordic Football Championship
Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
Finland 1974 Third place 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
Denmark 1975 Third place 2 0 0 2 0 13 −13
Sweden 1976 Third place 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4
Finland 1977 Third place 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
Denmark 1978 Third place 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3
Norway 1979 Third place 3 1 1 1 2 5 −3
Sweden 1980 Fourth place 3 0 2 1 1 8 −7
Finland 1981 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
Denmark 1982 Fourth place 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5
Total 9/9 23 3 6 14 9 56 -47
Cyprus Cup
Year Result GP W D L GF GA GD
2012 7th place 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1
2013 7th place 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1
2014 12th place 4 0 1 3 1 8 −7
2015 9th place 4 1 1 2 3 7 −4
2016 8th place 4 0 1 3 3 8 −5
2018 11th place 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3
Total 24 4 6 14 22 43 −21

Managers[]

Tenure Coach Record
G W D L Win %
1973–77 Finland Juhani Nirkkonen 12 1 1 10 008.33
1978 Finland Simo Syrjävaara 3 1 1 1 033.33
1979–89 Finland Kaj Österberg 44 13 12 19 029.55
1989–92 Finland Jyrki Nieminen 24 3 4 17 012.50
1993–96 Finland Nils Suomalainen 24 4 5 15 016.67
1996–00 Finland Reima Kokko 46 11 3 32 023.91
2001–09 Finland Michael Käld 107 35 22 50 032.71
2010–16 Sweden Andrée Jeglertz 76 27 13 36 035.53
2017 Finland Marko Saloranta 6 2 0 4 033.33
2017– Sweden Anna Signeul 12 4 4 4 033.33

Players[]

The following squad was announced for UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualification against Portugal and Spain on 16 and 20 September 2016.[5]

Caps and goals as of 21 September 2016.

Head coach: Andrée Jeglertz

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Minna Meriluoto (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 33) 58 0 Finland HJK Helsinki
23 1GK Tinja-Riikka Korpela (vc) (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 33) 71 0 Germany FC Bayern München

3 2DF Tuija Hyyrynen (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 31) 84 1 Denmark Fortuna Hjørring
5 2DF Emma Koivisto (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 24) 22 1 United States Florida State Seminoles
6 2DF Katarina Naumanen (1995-07-24) 24 July 1995 (age 23) 9 0 Finland HJK Helsinki
2 2DF Maija Saari (c) (1986-03-26) 26 March 1986 (age 33) 95 11 Norway Vålerenga Fotball
16 2DF Anna Westerlund (1989-04-09) 9 April 1989 (age 30) 92 1 Norway Lillestrøm SK

8 3MF Olga Ahtinen (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Finland Turun Palloseura
10 3MF Emmi Alanen (1991-04-30) 30 April 1991 (age 28) 63 14 Sweden Vittsjö GIK
11 3MF Nora Heroum (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 24) 48 1 Italy Brescia Calcio Femminile
15 3MF Natalia Kuikka (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 23) 24 2 United States Florida State Seminoles
7 3MF Annika Kukkonen (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 29) 75 2 Sweden Djurgårdens IF FF
4 3MF Ria Öling (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 24) 13 1 Spain Santa Teresa CD
20 3MF Linda Ruutu (1990-02-17) 17 February 1990 (age 29) 14 1 Finland HJK Helsinki
14 3MF Iina Salmi (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax

13 4FW Jenny Danielsson (1994-08-30) 30 August 1994 (age 24) 11 3 Spain Sporting de Huelva
19 4FW Adelina Engman (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 24) 42 6 Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
22 4FW Sanni Franssi (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 24) 7 1 Switzerland FC Zürich Frauen
9 4FW Juliette Kemppi (1994-05-14) 14 May 1994 (age 25) 23 3 Norway Kolbotn IL
18 4FW Linda Sällström (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 31) 71 29 Sweden Vittsjö GIK

Recent call-ups[]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Siiri Välimaa (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Norway Kolbotn IL v.  Portugal; 7 June 2016 PRE
DF Janni Laakso (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Finland FC Honka v.  Montenegro; 12 April 2016 PRE
DF Katri Mattsson (1982-11-22) 22 November 1982 (age 36) 100 3 Finland FC Ilves v.  Spain; 27 October 2015
DF Tia Painilainen (1996-10-25) 25 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0 United States Arizona Wildcats v.  Portugal; 7 June 2016 PRE
MF Kaisa Björn (1989-07-29) 29 July 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Finland FC Ilves v.  Montenegro; 12 April 2016 PRE
MF Riikka Ketoja (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 24) 5 0 Sweden Sunnanå SK v.  Australia; 9 March 2015
MF Sanna Saarinen (1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 27) 17 3 Finland PK-35 Vantaa v.  Montenegro; 12 April 2016
MF Julia Tunturi (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 23) 6 0 Finland Åland United v.  Republic of Ireland; 9 March 2016
MF Ella Vanhanen (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Finland Åland United v.  Montenegro; 12 April 2016 PRE
FW Tia Hälinen (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Spain Santa Teresa CD v.  Norway; 29 May 2015

Coaching staff[]

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ "Helmarit nimetty MM-karsinta-avaukseen Serbiaa vastaan" (in Finnish). Football Association of Finland. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Women's Euro 2009 in Finland". Embassy of Finland. 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Finland". FIFA. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Finland". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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