England women's national football team

England
Nickname(s)The Lionesses[1]
AssociationThe Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachSarina Wiegman
CaptainLeah Williamson[2]
Most capsFara Williams (172)
Top scorerEllen White (52)
FIFA codeENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 4 (13 October 2022)[3]
Highest2 (March 2018)
Lowest14 (June 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
 England 20–0 Latvia 
(Doncaster, England; 30 November 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 8–0 England 
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1995)
Best resultThird place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1984)
Best resultChampions (2022)
Websitewww.englandfootball.com/womens-senior-team/home

The England women's national football team, also known as the Lionesses, have been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, England is permitted by FIFA statutes, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, to maintain a national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals in 1995, 2007 and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009, and won in 2022, marking the first time since 1966 that any England senior football team had won a major championship.


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