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France
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Bleues (The Blues)
Association Fédération Française de Football (FFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Hervé Renard
Captain Wendie Renard
Most caps Sandrine Soubeyrand (198)
Top scorer Eugénie Le Sommer (93)
FIFA code FRA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 3 Increase 1 (7 December 2018)
Highest 3 (December 2014 – June 2017, June 2018, December 2018, March – December 2020, June 2021, March – June 2022; December 2023 – March 2024)
Lowest 10 (September 2009)
First international
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg France 4–0 Netherlands 
(Hazebrouck, France; 17 April 1971)
Biggest win
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg France 14–0 Algeria 
(Cesson-Sévigné, France; 14 May 1998)
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg France 14–0 Bulgaria 
(Le Mans, France; 28 November 2013)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 7–0 France 
(Bad Kreuznach, Germany; 2 September 1992)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 2003)
Best result Fourth place (2011)
European Championship
Appearances 7 (first in 1997)
Best result Semi-finals (2022)

The France women's national football team (French: Équipe de France féminine de football, sometimes shortened as Féminin A) represents France in international women's football. The team is directed by the French Football Federation (FFF). France competes as a member of UEFA in various international football tournaments such as the FIFA Women's World Cup, UEFA Women's Euro, the Summer Olympics, and the Algarve Cup.

The France women's national team initially struggled on the international stage failing to qualify for three of the first FIFA Women's World Cups and the six straight UEFA European Championships before reaching the quarter-finals in the 1997 edition of the competition. However, since the beginning of the new millennium, France have become one of the most consistent teams in Europe, having qualified for their first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 and reaching the quarter-finals in two of the three European Championships held since 2000. In 2011, France recorded a fourth-place finish at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup; its best finish overall at the competition. In the following year, the team captured the 2012 Cyprus Cup and the fourth place at Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Hervé Renard has been team manager since March 2023. The current captain of the national team is defender Wendie Renard.

History

Early history

In 1919, a women's football championship was established in France by the Fédération des Sociétés Féminines Sportives de France (FSFSF). On 29 April 1920, a team led by French women's football pioneer Alice Milliat traveled to England and played its first international match against English team Dick, Kerr's Ladies. The match, held in Preston, attracted more than 25,000 spectators. France won the match 2–0 and ended its tour with two wins, one draw, and one defeat. The following year, a return match in France at the Stade Pershing in Vincennes, a suburb of Paris, took place in front of over 12,000 spectators. The match ended in a 1–1 draw. In May 1921, France returned to England for friendlies. The team won its first match 5–1, then suffered three consecutive defeats. In October 1921, the English team returned to France contesting matches in Paris and Le Havre with both matches ending in stalemates. Despite women's football in England being prohibited by The Football Association in December 1921, France continued to go there on tour for matches. A victory for the French in Plymouth was followed by 0–0 draws in Exeter and Falmouth. By 1932, the female game had been called to an end and the women's league formed in 1919 by the FSFSF was discontinued. The last match by the FSFSF international team was another scoreless draw against Belgium on 3 April 1932.

Throughout the late 1960s in France, particularly in Reims, local players worked hard to promote awareness and the acceptance of women's football. A year before getting officially sanctioned, France took part in a makeshift European Cup against England, Denmark, and Italy. The tournament was won by the Italians. The Federal Council of the French Football Federation officially reinstated women's football in 1970 and France played its first official international match on 17 April 1971 against the Netherlands in Hazebrouck with Jocelyne Ratignier and Marie-Claire Caron-Harant scoring. That same year, France took part in the unofficial 1971 Women's World Cup, held in Mexico. The ladies continued the pirate games, which just made it into the margins of FIFA's records, until FIFA began overseeing the competition in 1991. Since 1982, UEFA has governed the European games.

Reinstatement

In 1975, the women's football league was officially reinstated, this time with backing from the French Football Federation, the governing body of football in France. Stade Reims was the best team in the country throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, thus constituted much of the French national squad. For the non-official World Cup in 1978 in Taiwan, the team included the entire Reims squad. The team shared the title with Finland, who never actually played the final. Due to receiving minimal support from the French Football Federation, who ultimately looked at women's football as not being highly regarded, France struggled in international competition failing to advance past the first round of qualification in both the 1984 and 1987 UEFA Women's Championship. Francis Coché, who managed the team during these failures, was later replaced by Aimé Mignot. Mignot helped the team finally get past the first round, however, in the quarterfinals, they lost to Italy, which meant they wouldn't appear at the 1989 UEFA Women's Championship. Despite the initial positives, Mignot failed to continue his success with France failing to qualify for both the 1991 and 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and losing in the first round of qualification in three straight UEFA Women's Championships. After almost a decade in charge, Mignot was replaced by former women's international Élisabeth Loisel.

With Loisel in charge, the FFF, along with then France national football team manager Aimé Jacquet, moved the women's national team to Clairefontaine, which had quickly become a high-level training facility for male football players. As a result of the move, younger women were afforded the same benefits from the facilities offered by Clairefontaine as the men. The success of female training led to the formation of the Centre National de Formation et d'Entraînement de Clairefontaine, which is now referred to as the female section of the Clairefontaine academy. Under the tutelage of Loisel, the first results appeared encouraging. They reached their first-ever Women's World Cup qualifying for the 2003 edition after defeating England over two legs in a play-off game in London and again at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. The match in Saint-Étienne attracted more than 23,000 spectators and was broadcast by the popular French broadcasting company Canal Plus. Loisel's squad later qualified for the 2005 European Championship, where they were knocked out in the group stage. She was eventually sacked after failing to qualify for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Team under Bruno Bini

Loisel was replaced by former football player and now coach Bruno Bini. Bini had been in charge of several France female international youth sides before accepting the role and was tasked with the job of qualifying for UEFA Women's Euro 2009. Due to the success of the Clairefontaine project and the surprising emergence of the French women's first division, Division 1 Féminine, Bini inherited a team full of emerging, young, and influential talent, which included the likes of Camille Abily, Sonia Bompastor, Louisa Necib, Élise Bussaglia, Laura Georges, and Corine Franco. Bini was also provided with leadership from captain Sandrine Soubeyrand. Early results under Bini were extremely positive with France finishing first in their Euro qualifying group only conceded two goals. France also performed well in friendly tournaments, such as the Nordic Cup and Cyprus Cup. At UEFA Women's Euro 2009, France were inserted into the group of death, which consisted of themselves, world powerhouse Germany, no. 7 ranked Norway, and an underrated Iceland. France finished the group with 4 points, alongside Norway, with Germany leading the group. As a result of the competition's rules, all three nations qualified for the quarterfinals. In the knockout rounds, France suffered defeat to the Netherlands losing 5–4 on penalties after no goals were scored in regular time and extra time.

Corinne Diacre Era

Corinne Diacre was appointed manager of France's women's national team in August 2017. She has led the French national team to success as champions in the SheBelieves Cup in 2017 and runner-ups in 2018. Her time in charge was marked by considerable controversy with a number of veteran players, ultimately leading the France Football Federation to sack Diacre ahead of the 2023 Women's World Cup on 9 March 2023 due to her poor relations with players. "It appears that the dysfunctions observed seem, in this context, irreversible," the federation said in a statement.

Current Manager

Hervé Renard was appointed on 30 March 2023 to be the new manager of France's women's national team with a contract through the Olympic Games in August 2024.

2011 Women's World Cup

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The French team at the 2011 Women's World Cup prior to the 2–4 first round loss to Germany on 5 July 2011.

Bini's next task was to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup after the disappointment of four years earlier. In the team's qualifying group, France finished the campaign scoring 50 goals and conceded none over the course of ten matches (all wins). On 16 September 2010, France qualified for the World Cup following the team's 3–2 aggregate victory over Italy.

At the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, France qualified to the knockout stage by finishing in second place in its group after wins over Nigeria and Canada, and a loss to the host team. The team went on to beat England on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, but lost to the United States in the semi-finals. France finished the competition in fourth place and earned qualification to the Olympic football tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; it was the nation's first appearance in the competition. Striker Marie-Laure Delie was the only multiple goal scorer for France in the tournament, while defenders Sonia Bompastor and Laura Georges as well as midfielder Louisa Necib were selected to the All-Star Team.

Golden era

France has entered one of the most successful eras in the country's women's football history. In the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 held in Sweden, France stood top of the group, beating Spain, England and Russia to earn its ticket to the quarter-finals. However, Bergeroo's side lost to Denmark in a penalty shootout, thus failing to advance to the semi-finals.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

In the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup held in Canada, France was listed to Pot 1, and was a favorite to become champions. France was named to Group F, alongside England, Mexico and Colombia. In the opening match against England, a goal from Eugénie Le Sommer gave France a 1–0 victory. However, France was shocked by Colombia in a 2–0 loss, making Colombia only the second Latin American team to win a Women's World Cup match. Therefore, France's third and final group stage match against Mexico was a must-win. France went on to beat Mexico 5–0 to qualify to the knockout round as top of the group.

In the knockout round, France eased past South Korea in a 3–0 win in Montreal to remain at the same location awaiting the quarter-final match against Germany. In the quarter-final match against Germany, despite dominating the majority of the match, France were unable to capitalize on their chances, which ultimately cost them the game. France were finally able to score in the 64th minute through Louisa Nécib, but failed to keep the lead as Célia Šašić scored on an 83rd-minute penalty kick. The score was 1–1 after 120 minutes, resulting in the match to be decided in a penalty shootout, where France's 5th penalty taken by Claire Lavogez was denied by Nadine Angerer, in which France were eliminated from the tournament losing 4–5 on penalty kicks.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017

France won all matches at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying Group 3. The home matches had sizable crowds, with 7,761 spectators attending the Romania match at the MMArena in Le Mans, 15,028 spectators at the Ukraine match at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, 24,835 spectators at the Greece match at Roazhon Park in Rennes, and 7,521 spectators at the Albania at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris. The team scored a win and two draws at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Group C, and was defeated by England in quarter-finals.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

In March 2015, France was selected to host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup of the tournament. Having automatically qualified as hosts, France was considered a favorite to win the tournament, along with the United States. The team opened with three victories against Norway, Nigeria, and South Korea, winning its group with a total of 9 points. In the round of 16, France defeated Brazil by a score of 2–1, but lost to the United States in the quarterfinal with the same score of 2–1. This Women's World Cup was particularly notable, as it was used as a platform by many women's teams to campaign for equal pay between men and women.

Team image

Nicknames

The France women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Les Bleues (The Blues)".

Media coverage

FIFA Women's World Cup

Television channel Period
Direct 8 2011
W9 2015
TF1 2019

UEFA Women's Euro

Television channel Period
Direct 8 2009, 2013
France Télévisions 2017
TF1 2022

Friendly and Qualifiers

Television channel Period
Direct 8, C8, CStar 2009–2018
W9 2019–2023

Overall competitive record

Overall record

Competition Stage Result Opponent Position Top scorer
1984 European Championship qualification
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
1–0 0–3
0–0 2–0
1–1 0–0
Italy Italy
Portugal Portugal
Switzerland Switzerland
2 / 4 Musset
Musset, Wolf
Musset
1987 European Championship qualification
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0–1 3–5
1–3 3–1
0–4 0–1
Netherlands Netherlands
Belgium Belgium
Sweden Sweden
2 / 4 Constantin, Musset, Romagnoli
?
0
Italy 1988 Mundialito
0
1st Stage
0
1–1
1–1
England England
Italy Italy B
2 / 3 Musset
Bernard
Semifinals 0–3 Italy Italy
Third place 0–1 United States United States
1989 European Championship qualification
0
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0
2–0 0–0
5–0 2–0
3–1 0–0
2–2 0–0
Belgium Belgium
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Spain Spain
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
1 / 5 Musset, Puentes
Baracat, Breton, Mismacq, Musset, Puentes
Musset 2, Loisel
Loisel, Romagnoli
Quarterfinals 1–2 0–2 Italy Italy Musset
1991 European Championship qualification
0
1st Stage
0
3–1 2–0
0–2 1–4
Poland Poland
Sweden Sweden
2 / 3 Mismacq 2, Le Boulch, Jézéquel, Musset
Jézéquel
1993 European Championship qualification
0
1st Stage
0
1–4 0–4
1–1 5–1
Denmark Denmark
Finland Finland
2 / 3 Jézéquel
Fusier 2, Bernauer, Cassauba, Locatelli, Petit
1995 European Championship qualification
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0–2 1–1
1–0 3–0
1–0 3–0
Italy Italy
Portugal Portugal
Scotland Scotland
2 / 4 Sykora
Sykora 2, Gout, Richoux
Béghé, Guitti, Hillion, Pichon
1997 European Championship qualification
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
3–3 3–0
0–0 0–1
1–1 2–1
Iceland Iceland
Russia Russia
Netherlands Netherlands
2 / 4 Pichon 4, Sykora + 1 o.g.
0
Gout, Olive, Pichon
Repechage 2–0 3–0 Finland Finland Pichon 2, Diacre, Roujas, Woock
Norway / Sweden 1997 European Championship
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
1–1
3–1
0–3
Spain Spain
Russia Russia
Sweden Sweden
3 / 4 Roujas
Roujas 3
0
1999 World Cup qualification
0
0
1st Stage (Class A)
0
0
2–1 3–0
2–2 0–1
0–0 2–3
Switzerland Switzerland
Finland Finland
Italy Italy
3 / 4 Lattaf 2, Lagrevol, Roujas + 1 o.g.
Lagrevol, Pichon
Pichon, Soubeyrand
2001 European Championship qualification
0
0
1st Stage (Class A)
0
0
2–2 2–0
1–1 2–1
1–0 2–1
Sweden Sweden
Netherlands Netherlands
Spain Spain
1 / 4 Jézéquel 2, Herbert, Zenoni
Diacre 2, Lattaf
Béghé 2, Diacre
Germany 2001 European Championship
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0–3
3–4
2–0
Norway Norway
Denmark Denmark
Italy Italy
4 / 4 0
Béghé, Blouet, Pichon
Jézéquel, Pichon
2003 World Cup qualification
0
0
1st Stage (Class A)
0
0
0–3 1–3
2–0 2–1
2–1 4–1
Norway Norway
Ukraine Ukraine
Czech Republic Czech Republic
2 / 4 Pichon
Pichon 3, Soubeyrand
Pichon 3, Béghé, Blouin, Soubeyrand
Repechage 1–0 1–0 England England Diacre, Pichon
United States 2003 World Cup
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0–2
1–0
1–1
Norway Norway
South Korea South Korea
Brazil Brazil
3 / 4 0
Pichon
Pichon
2005 European Championship qualification
0
0
0
1st Stage (Class A)
0
0
0
4–0 6–0
2–0 3–0
7–1 5–1
3–0 2–5
Hungary Hungary
Iceland Iceland
Poland Poland
Russia Russia
1 / 5 Pichon 5, Lattaf 2, Béghé, Bompastor, Tonazzi
Lattaf 2, Tonazzi 2, Béghé
Pichon 6, Diacre, Diguelman, Herbert, Lattaf, Tonazzi, Woock
Lattaf 2, Pichon 2, Tonazzi
England 2005 European Championship
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
3–1
1–1
0–3
Italy Italy
Norway Norway
Germany Germany
3 / 4 Pichon 2, Lattaf
Béghé
0
2007 World Cup qualification
0
0
0
1st Stage (Class A)
0
0
0
0–1 2–0
3–1 2–1
2–0 5–0
0–0 1–1
Netherlands Netherlands
Austria Austria
Hungary Hungary
England England
2 / 5 Soubeyrand 2
Bussaglia 2, Soubeyrand 2, Pichon
Pichon 2, Soubeyrand 2, Bompastor, Lattaf, Tonazzi
Diguelman
2009 European Championship qualification
0
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0
6–0 5–0
6–0 2–0
0–1 2–1
8–0 2–0
Greece Greece
Slovenia Slovenia
Iceland Iceland
Serbia Serbia
1 / 5 Abily 3, Soubeyrand 2, Lattaf, Nécib, Franco, Herbert, Thomis
Bussaglia 2, Lattaf 2, Abily, Thiney, Thomis + 1 o.g.
Herbert, Soubeyrand
Brétigny 3, Thomis 2, Abily, Bussaglia, Nécib, Thiney, Traïkia
Finland 2009 European Championship
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
3–1
1–5
1–1
Iceland Iceland
Germany Germany
Norway Norway
3 / 4 Abily, Bompastor, Nécib
Thiney
Abily
Quarterfinals 0–0 (PSO: 4–5) Netherlands Netherlands Scored: 1 Soubeyrand, 2 Abily, 3 Henry, 4 Le Sommer Missed: 5 Franco, 6 Meilleroux, 7 Herbert
2011 World Cup qualification
0
0
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0
0
7–0 3–0
2–0 1–0
12–0 6–0
2–0 7–0
6–0 4–0
Croatia Croatia
Iceland Iceland
Estonia Estonia
Serbia Serbia
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
1 / 6 Delie 2, Franco 2, Le Sommer 2, Abily, Soubeyrand, Thiney, Thomis
Thiney 2, Thomis
Delie 4, Thiney 4, Herbert 2, Thomis 2, Abily, Bussaglia, Franco, Nécib, Le Sommer + 1 o.g.
Thiney 4, Abily 2, Bussaglia, Delie, Thomis
Bompastor 2, Delie 2, Le Sommer 2, Abily, Franco, Nécib + 1 o.g.
Direct qualification 0–0 3–2 Italy Italy Bussaglia, Thiney, Bompastor
Germany 2011 World Cup
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
1–0
4–0
2–4
Nigeria Nigeria
Canada Canada
Germany Germany
2 / 4 Delie
Thiney 2, Abily, Thomis
Delie, Georges
Quarterfinals 1–1 (PSO: 4–3) England England Bussaglia — Scored: 2 Bussaglia, 3 Thiney, 4. Bompastor, 5 Le Sommer Missed: 1 Abily
Semifinals 1–3 United States United States Bompastor
Third place 1–2 Sweden Sweden Thomis
United Kingdom 2012 Summer Olympics
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
2–4
5–0
1–0
United States United States
North Korea North Korea
Colombia Colombia
2 / 4 Delie, Thiney
Catala, Delie, Georges, Renard, Thomis
Thomis
Quarterfinals 2–1 Sweden Sweden Georges, Renard
Semifinals 1–2 Japan Japan Le Sommer
Bronze match 0–1 Canada Canada
2013 European Championship qualification
0
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0
5–0 5–0
3–1 4–0
4–1 4–0
2–0 5–0
Israel Israel
Republic of Ireland Ireland
Wales Wales
Scotland Scotland
1 / 5 Thiney 3, Abily, Bompastor, Delie, Franco, Rubio, Le Sommer + 1 o.g.
Le Sommer 3, Delie, Morel, Nécib, Thomis
Thomis 3, Thiney 2, Abily, Delie, Le Sommer
Delie 2, Le Sommer 2, Nécib, Renard + 1 o.g.
Sweden 2013 European Championship
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
3–1
1–0
3–0
Russia Russia
Spain Spain
England England
1 / 4 Delie 2, Le Sommer
Renard
Le Sommer, Necib, Renard
Quarterfinals 1–1 (PSO: 2–4) Denmark Denmark NecibScored: 2 Thiney, 3 Le Sommer Missed: 1 Necib, 4 Delannoy
2015 World Cup qualification
0
0
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0
0
4–0 7–0
3–1 3–1
10–0 14–0
4–0 4–0
2–0 3–1
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Austria Austria
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Hungary Hungary
Finland Finland
1 / 6 Thiney 4, Delie 3, Abily 2, Delannoy, Thomis
Bussaglia, Delie, Henry, Necib, Renard, Thomis
Thiney 8, Le Sommer 5, Renard 4, Delie 3, Abily, Bussaglia, Georges, Necib
Le Sommer 2, Abily, Delie, Majri, Thiney, Thomis + 1 o.g.
Necib 2, Bussaglia, Delie, Thiney
Canada 2015 World Cup
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
1–0
0–2
5–0
England England
Colombia Colombia
Mexico Mexico
1 / 4 Le Sommer

Le Sommer 2, Delie, Henry + 1 o.g.
Round of 16 3–0 South Korea South Korea Delie 2, Thomis
Quarterfinals 1–1 (PSO: 4–5) Germany Germany NecibScored: 1 Thiney, 2 Abily, 3 Necib, 4 Renard Missed: 5 Lavogez
2017 European Championship qualification
0
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0
6–0 6–0
3–0 1–0
3–0 1–0
3–0 4–0
Flag of Albania.svg Albania
Flag of Greece.svg Greece
Flag of Romania.svg Romania
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
1 / 5 Houara 2, Le Sommer 4, Le Bihan 3, Hamraoui 2, Delie
Le Sommer 2, Bilbault, Le Bihan
Le Sommer 2, Delie, Bussaglia
Majri 2, Delie, Bussaglia, Hamraoui, Abily + 1 o.g.
Brazil 2016 Summer Olympics
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
4–0
0–1
3–0
Colombia Colombia
United States United States
New Zealand New Zealand
2 / 4 Le Sommer, Abily, Majri + 1 o.g.

Le Sommer, Cadamuro 2
Quarterfinals 0–1 Canada Canada
Netherlands 2017 European Championship
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
1–0
1–1
1–1
Iceland Iceland
Austria Austria
Switzerland Switzerland
2 / 4 Le Sommer
Henry
Abily
Quarterfinals 0–1 England England
France 2019 World Cup
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
4–0
2–1
1–0
South Korea South Korea
Norway Norway
Nigeria Nigeria
1 / 4 Le Sommer, Renard 2, Henry
Gauvin, Le Sommer
Renard
Round of 16 2–1 (a.e.t.) Brazil Brazil Gauvin, Henry
Quarterfinals 1–2 United States United States Renard
2022 European Championship qualification
0
0
0
1st Stage
0
0
0
3–0 12–0
6–0 2–0
7–0 11–0
0–0 3–0
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan
Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia
Flag of North Macedonia.svg Macedonia
Flag of Austria.svg Austria
1 / 5 Gauvin, Le Sommer, Katoto 3, De Almeida, Diani 2, Dali, Périsset, Cascarino, Laurent, Morroni, Baltimore, Matéo
Majri 4, Geyoro, Katoto, Asseyi + 1 o.g.
Le Sommer 6, Katoto, De Almeida 3, Torrent, Asseyi 2, Gauvin, Diani, Geyoro 2, Cascarino
Renard, Katoto 2
England 2022 European Championship
0
0
1st Stage
0
0




Results and fixtures

  • The following is a list of matches in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

      Win       Draw       Loss

2023

2024

Coaching staff

Current personnel

As of 9 March 2023.
Position Name
Head coach France Hervé Renard
Assistant coaches France Éric Blahic
France Laurent Bonadéi
France David Ducci
Goalkeeping coach France Gilles Fouache
Fitness coach France Thomas Pavillon

Managerial history

  • France Pierre Geoffroy (1971–1978)
  • France Francis-Pierre Coché (1978–1987)
  • France Aimé Mignot (1987–1997)
  • France Élisabeth Loisel (1997–2007)
  • France Bruno Bini (2007–2013)
  • France Philippe Bergeroo (2013–2016)
  • France Olivier Echouafni (2016–2017)
  • France Corinne Diacre (2017–2023)
  • France Hervé Renard (2023–present)

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players are named in the squad for the UEFA Women's Euro 2025 qualifying matches against Republic of Ireland and Sweden on 5 and 9 April 2024 respectively.

Caps and goals are correct as of 9 April 2024, after the match against Sweden.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Solène Durand (1994-11-20) 20 November 1994 (age 29) 4 0 Italy Sassuolo
16 1GK Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 32) 51 0 Italy Juventus
21 1GK Constance Picaud (1998-07-05) 5 July 1998 (age 25) 6 0 France Paris Saint-Germain

2 2DF Maëlle Lakrar (2000-05-27) 27 May 2000 (age 23) 14 3 France Montpellier
3 2DF Wendie Renard (captain) (1990-07-20) 20 July 1990 (age 33) 157 38 France Lyon
4 2DF Estelle Cascarino (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 27) 15 1 Italy Juventus
5 2DF Jade Le Guilly (2002-06-18) 18 June 2002 (age 21) 0 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
7 2DF Sakina Karchaoui (1996-01-26) 26 January 1996 (age 28) 72 1 France Paris Saint-Germain
13 2DF Selma Bacha (2000-11-09) 9 November 2000 (age 23) 29 2 France Lyon
19 2DF Griedge Mbock Bathy (1995-02-26) 26 February 1995 (age 29) 80 8 France Lyon
22 2DF Ève Périsset (1994-12-24) 24 December 1994 (age 29) 57 4 England Chelsea

6 3MF Amandine Henry (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 34) 102 14 United States Angel City FC
8 3MF Grace Geyoro (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 26) 80 17 France Paris Saint-Germain
10 3MF Léa Le Garrec (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 (age 30) 12 2 France Fleury
14 3MF Sandie Toletti (1995-07-13) 13 July 1995 (age 28) 53 3 Spain Real Madrid
15 3MF Kenza Dali (1991-07-31) 31 July 1991 (age 32) 65 12 England Aston Villa

9 4FW Eugénie Le Sommer (1989-05-18) 18 May 1989 (age 35) 192 93 France Lyon
11 4FW Kadidiatou Diani (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 29) 98 27 France Lyon
12 4FW Marie-Antoinette Katoto (1998-11-01) 1 November 1998 (age 25) 37 28 France Paris Saint-Germain
17 4FW Sandy Baltimore (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 24) 27 3 France Paris Saint-Germain
18 4FW Julie Dufour (2001-01-29) 29 January 2001 (age 23) 5 0 France Paris FC
20 4FW Delphine Cascarino (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 27) 60 14 France Lyon
23 4FW Vicki Bècho (2003-10-03) 3 October 2003 (age 20) 13 1 France Lyon

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the squad in last 12 months.


Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Marie Petiteau (2002-06-12) 12 June 2002 (age 21) 0 0 France Montpellier v. Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal, 5 December 2023
GK Mylène Chavas (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 26) 1 0 Spain Real Madrid 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup PRE

DF Élisa De Almeida (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 26) 30 3 France Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden, 9 April 2024 INJ
DF Thiniba Samoura (2004-02-11) 11 February 2004 (age 20) 0 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden, 9 April 2024 INJ
DF Hillary Diaz (2004-06-24) 24 June 2004 (age 19) 1 0 France Bordeaux v. Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal, 5 December 2023
DF Aïssatou Tounkara (1995-03-16) 16 March 1995 (age 29) 40 3 France Paris Saint-Germain 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

MF Amel Majri (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 31) 74 11 France Lyon 2024 UEFA Women's Nations League Finals
MF Oriane Jean-François (2001-08-14) 14 August 2001 (age 22) 5 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of Austria.svg Austria, 26 September 2023
MF Laurina Fazer (2003-10-13) 13 October 2003 (age 20) 3 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of Austria.svg Austria, 26 September 2023

FW Clara Matéo (1997-11-28) 28 November 1997 (age 26) 29 4 France Paris FC 2024 UEFA Women's Nations League Finals
FW Viviane Asseyi (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 30) 66 14 England West Ham United v. Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal, 5 December 2023
FW Melvine Malard (2000-06-28) 28 June 2000 (age 23) 22 6 England Manchester United v. Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal, 5 December 2023
FW Mathilde Bourdieu (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 25) 1 0 France Paris FC v. Flag of Norway.svg Norway, 31 October 2023
FW Naomie Feller (2001-11-06) 6 November 2001 (age 22) 6 1 Spain Real Madrid 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

  • INJ = Injured
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • WD = Withdrew from the squad
  • RET = Retired from the national team

Previous squads

Records

, after the match against Sweden.
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

Honours

Invitational trophies

  • Cyprus Cup: Winner 2012, 2014
  • SheBelieves Cup: Winner 2017
  • Tournoi de France: Winner 2020, 2022, 2023

Competitive record

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
China 1991 Did not qualify UEFA Euro 1991
Sweden 1995 UEFA Euro 1995
United States 1999 6 2 2 2 9 7
United States 2003 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 2 3 10 7 1 2 16 10
China 2007 Did not qualify 8 5 2 1 15 4
Germany 2011 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 10 10 12 11 1 0 53 2
Canada 2015 Quarter-finals 5th 5 3 1 1 10 3 10 10 0 0 54 4
France 2019 Quarter-finals 6th 5 4 0 1 10 4 Qualified as host
Australia New Zealand 2023 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 2 0 12 4 10 10 0 0 54 3
2027 To be determined To be determined
Total 5/9 0 Titles 24 13 5 6 44 24 56 45 6 5 201 29
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty kicks.

Match history

Olympic Games

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012 Fourth place 4th 6 3 0 3 11 8
Brazil 2016 Quarterfinals 6th 4 2 0 2 7 2
Japan 2020 Did not qualify
France 2024 Qualified as host
United States 2028 To be determined
Australia 2032
Total 3/9 0 Titles 10 5 0 5 18 10

UEFA Women's Championship

UEFA Women's Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1984 Did not qualify 6 2 3 1 4 4
Norway 1987 6 1 0 5 7 15
West Germany 1989 10 4 4 2 15 3
Denmark 1991 4 2 0 2 6 7
Italy 1993 4 1 1 2 7 10
EnglandGermanyNorwaySweden 1995 6 4 1 1 9 3
NorwaySweden 1997 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 4 5 8 4 3 1 14 6
Germany 2001 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 5 7 6 4 2 0 10 5
England 2005 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 4 5 8 7 0 1 32 7
Finland 2009 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 5 7 8 7 0 1 31 2
Sweden 2013 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 2 8 8 0 0 32 2
Netherlands 2017 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 3 3 8 8 0 0 27 0
England 2022 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5 8 7 1 0 44 0
Switzerland 2025 To be determined
Total 7/13 0 Titles 26 11 8 7 39 34 90 59 15 16 238 64
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.

UEFA Women's Nations League

UEFA Women's Nations League record
League phase Finals
Season LG GP Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK Year Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2023–24 A 2 1st 6 5 1 0 9 1 Same position 2nd France Netherlands Spain 2024 Runners-up 2 1 0 1 2 3
2025–26 A To be determined 2026 To be determined
Total 6 5 1 0 9 1 Total 0 Title 2 1 0 1 2 3

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Selección femenina de fútbol de Francia para niños

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France women's national football team Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.