The Italy Women’s National Football Team is the national team representing Italy in women’s football. The team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and has been competing at the international level since 1968.
Italy Women’s National Football Team
The Italy Women’s National Football Team has a long and storied history in the sport, having competed in several major international tournaments such as the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the UEFA Women’s Euro Championship.
The team’s first major tournament was the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup held in China, where they finished in fourth place. Since then, the team has competed in seven FIFA Women’s World Cups and has never failed to qualify for the tournament.
In addition to their World Cup appearances, the Italy Women’s National Football Team has also competed in ten UEFA Women’s Euro Championships, with their best finish coming in 1993, where they finished as runners-up.
The team is currently led by head coach Milena Bertolini, who took over the reins in 2017. Under her leadership, the team has undergone a major overhaul and has seen a significant improvement in its performance on the international stage.
One of the standout players for the Italy Women’s National Football Team is striker Cristiana Girelli, who has been a key player for the team since making her debut in 2013. Girelli has scored 38 goals in 74 appearances for the national team and was instrumental in helping the team qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Another player who has been making waves in recent years is midfielder Barbara Bonansea, who scored the game-winning goal against Australia in Italy’s opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Bonansea has been a mainstay in the Italy Women’s National Football Team since making her debut in 2013 and has established herself as one of the team’s key players.
Despite their recent success, the Italy Women’s National Football Team still faces some challenges, particularly when it comes to funding and resources. In 2019, the team made headlines when they were forced to change in a men’s restroom at a training facility due to a lack of adequate facilities for women.
Despite these challenges, the Italy Women’s National Football Team continues to inspire young girls and women across the country to pursue their dreams in football. With a talented group of players and a dedicated coaching staff, the team is poised to continue making strides on the international stage and to inspire future generations of women’s footballers in Italy and beyond.