Afghanistan women's national football team

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The Afghanistan women's national football team (Dari: تیم ملی فوتبال زنان افغانستان‬) is the women's national team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF). They play the majority of their home games at the Ghazi National Olympic Stadium in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Due to the conditions in Afghanistan and the controversy surrounding the female Muslim football teams, it has been difficult for the AFF to obtain long-term sponsorship for the team. In May 2010, Danish sports brand Hummel International signed up the male, female and youth teams of Afghanistan.

Currently, the Afghan team is coached by Kelly Lindsey, who is assisted by Haley Carter. Both of these women partner with former Afghanistan Women's National Team member Khalida Popal. The team is currently preparing for the 2016 SAFF Women's Championship that will be held in India this November. The official roster for this tournament has not been announced. There are around 25 women's football teams around the country and the Football Federation considers to hold the first national football tournament in the country this year.

In December 2010, the team played its first official international game, against Nepal, during the South Asian Football Federation Women's Championships in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. On 16 February 2012 they completed a 2–0 win against Qatar, their first official international victory. On 10 June 2014 Afghanistan Football Federation moved from South Asian Football Federation to Central Asian Football Federation.

The team was formed in 2007 by the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee with players taken from selected school girls in Kabul. That year, the team played for the first time against the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) women's side, with Afghanistan winning 5–0. In 2008, the team traveled to Pakistan to participate in the second national tournament of Pakistan. There they won their group stage and semi-final games but lost to Baluchistan in the final.

In an attempt to improve the quality of women's football, the team was sent to Germany in 2008 to hold a preparation camp. Later in the year, the Afghan team traveled to Jordan to participate in the Islamic Countries Women's Football Tournament. The results this time were less favourable as they faced established and more experienced teams for the first time. Afghanistan lost all of its games by at least 17 goals.

This page was last edited on 20 June 2018, at 13:25 (UTC).
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