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FIFA World Cup 2019: Meet the Female Head Coaches


There are 24 teams taking part in this years Women’s FIFA World Cup with a whopping 38% of teams with a female head coach.  We say whopping, because in the history of the tournament, 38% is the highest percentage of female head coaches.  Since the first official FIFIA Women’s World Cup, the percentages have slowly increased:

2015 = 25%

2011 = 31%

2007 = 18%

2003= 25%

1999 = 12.5%

1995= 6%

1991= 12.5%


Did you know: only 3 female head coaches have won the World Cup so far, those being:

Tina Theune with her German team in 2003

Silvia Neid again with Germany in 2007

Jill Ellis with USA in 2015


We would like to introduce you to the women heading up their teams!


France – Corinne Diacre


As a player, she won 121 caps for France and scored 14 goals, including the one that took Les Blues to their maiden Women’s World Cup in 2003.  The first woman to take charge of a professional men’s team in France, Diacre was handed the national team job in August 2017, and has brought her strong character and cool head to bear in reviving the fortunes of France’s golden generation.


Germany – Martina Voss-Tecklenburg


Following the completition of the qualifiers, the former German international took over the role as Head Coach.  Previously, Voss-Tecklenburg coached Switzerland’s women’s team and led the Swiss to appearances at a FIFA Women’s World Cup and UEFA Women’s European Championships for the first Tim win history.



Italy – Milena Bertolini

Former central defender Milena Bertolini spent 15 years in the Italian top flight.  On moving into coaching, she enjoyed spells with Verona, Reggiana and Brescia before taking charge of her national team in August 2017 and leading them back to the Women’s World Cup after a 20 year absence.



Japan – Asako Takakura-Takemoto

The former Nadeshiko player replaced the legendary Norio Sasaki in 2016.  She commanded instant credibility, with her coaching career with Japan’s national youth teams marked by high-quality football success – most notably a victory at 2014 FIFI U17 World Cup.  Since becoming senior coach, she has lead the Japanese to the Asian Title in 2018.



Netherlands – Sarina Wiegman


The Netherlands have reached unprecedented heights since Wiegman’s appointment in January 2017.  She let the team to their first-ever major title in the UEFA Women’s Euros in 2017 and was honoured with the The Best FIFA women’s coach in 2017 award.



Scotland – Shelley Kerr


The former Scotland Captain, who had made headlines as the first woman in the UK to coach a senior men’s team, took charge of the national side in 2017.  She had previously managed Arsenal and Scotland’s U19 side.



South Africa – Desiree Ellis


A pioneer of women’s football in South Africa, Desiree was appointed caretaker coach of Banyana Banyana in October 2016 before taking on the job permanently in 2018.  As well as duding the national team to their maiden women’s world finals, she is also the first African player – male or female – to have won the COSAFA Women’s Cup both as player and a coach.


Thailand – Nuengruethai Sathongwien


In her first stint as Thailand’s Head Coach, she led the team to their first appearance at a FIFA Women’s World Cup, and to their first victory at the finals – a 3-2 win over Côte d’Ivoire.  Sathongwien returned to the job in October 2017 and guided the team to France 2019.


USA – Jill Ellis


Jill bring vital experience to the USA squad for France 2019, having orchestrated the teams triumph at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.  That success also saw her named FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year in 2015.




  1. Dorcas


    Love this special profile of amazing women who have taken the bold step. An amazing young woman in Kenya 27 years old who is coaching Moving The Goalposts team of rural girls who have qualified for Division 1 league. She is the only youn woman and womans coach in all participating teams in Kenya’s premier league. She has won matches and is respected in our community

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