Libyan women's national soccer team
|Association||Libyan Football Federation|
|Head coach||Dr. Soad Shebani|
|Assistant coach||Emmad el-Fadeih|
|FIFA rank||. (Points)
(as of August 14, 2020)
First international match Libya 0-8 Egypt March 6, 2016; Sousse ( DO )
Biggest defeats Libya 0-8 Egypt March 6, 2016; Sousse ( TUN ) Libya 0: 8 Ethiopia April 4, 2018; New Cairo ( EGY )
|(As of April 4, 2018 )|
Under Gaddafi , women's football was allowed in Libya, but with due regard for the country's conservative customs it was only allowed to be played in halls and without an audience. At the insistence of the athletes, the Libyan Football Association accepted the formation of a women's national team that was supposed to take part in the 2006 African Football Championship for women , but participation was withdrawn. The next tournament was planned for spring 2011, but the civil war that broke out in Libya on February 17 thwarted these plans.
After the coup, the restrictions of the Gaddafi era fell away and the team was able to appear in public, but was thereby targeted by radical Islamist forces and conservative television preachers. Salim Jabar , one of the most famous among them, said in one of his sermons: “This team is made up of tall, good-looking young girls, and that's the last thing this country needs. The women in this team have sold themselves and brought shame on their families. ”Following threats from the Ansar al-Sharia militia , the team has to train in secret and changing locations and under guard. The men's national team also appropriated FIFA funds that were intended for the women. In 2013, a participation in the Berlin tournament Discover Football was planned. The Libyan Football Association canceled the participation against the will of the players and gave the date in the fasting month of Ramadan as the reason .
In 2015, the players of the Libyan women's national soccer team took part in the Discover Football festival in Lebanon .
The team has been provisional in the FIFA world rankings since March 25, 2016 after the team played two qualifying matches for the 2016 African Cup of Nations against Egypt on March 6 and 20, 2016 . The team played their home game in Sousse, Tunisia . In autumn 2016, the team took part in the Home Game Home Game of Discover Football in Berlin under the name Stadtwahl Tripoli in order to avoid political pressure. In 2018, the team lost 8-0 to Ethiopia in the first round of qualifying for the Women's African Championship, which was held at the Petro-Sport Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. The game in Ethiopia was lost 7-0.
The 2013 team consisted of 25 women with a core of around eleven players. The eldest, midfielder Hadhoum El-Alabed, was 37 years old in 2013 and played in Liverpool , where she also received her doctorate in sports science ( PhD ). The captain in 2013 was the 25-year-old geophysicist Fadwa El-Bahi. Gaddafi's supporters and opponents are represented in the team, which is why it is considered an example of the reconciliation of the Libyan civil war parties.
During the game the women wear blue tracksuits.
The lives of three female players were portrayed in the 2018 documentary Freedom Fields .
Tournament balance sheet
- 2003 to 2015: did not participate (1st game only in 2016)
- »Football helped us to survive« Interview by Katharina Maria Kersten with the captain of the team, Fadwa el-Bahi, Zenith magazine, August 15, 2019
- Women's world rankings. In: fifa.com. FIFA , August 14, 2020, accessed on August 14, 2020 (teams without a place and points are provisional because no more than five games have been played or the teams have been inactive for more than 18 months).
- Libya's women's football team banned from major tournament , The Guardian , July 19, 2013
- Africa - Women's Championship 2006 , rsssf.com
- Presentation of the team , page of the football festival Discover Football
- Home game Libyan soccer players kicking in Berlin , Berliner Zeitung, August 30, 2016
- Libya says women's soccer team can't play tournament due to Ramadan , GlobalPost , July 19, 2013
- Arab women's tournament in Berlin: Kick for the Revolution , spiegelonline.de , July 27, 2013
- Project Discover Football: Football for Women's Rights , Deutschlandradio Kultur , October 18, 2015
- Women's football in the Arab world: Kick against all resistance , Süddeutsche Zeitung , September 4, 2015
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- Women's football: Discovery Ball , Süddeutsche Zeitung , September 1, 2016
- Football qualifier: Ethiopian women demolish Libya 8-0 , journalducameroun.com, April 5, 2018
- Ethiopia W7-0Libya W , sportstats.com
- Libya's women's football team banned from major tournament Gulf News , July 19, 2018