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Bhutan women's national football team


Bhutan women's national football team

Nickname(s) Druk Eleven
Association Bhutan Football Federation
Sub-confederation SAFF
Confederation AFC
Head coach Namgay[1]
Top scorer None
Home stadium Changlimithang
FIFA ranking unranked
Highest FIFA ranking 115 (December 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 128 (7 December 2012)
First international
 Bangladesh 7–0 Bhutan 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 6 December 2010)
Biggest win
Biggest defeat
 India 18–0 Bhutan 
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 13 December 2010)
World Cup
Appearances None
AFC Women's Asian Cup
Appearances None

The Bhutan national women's football team represents Bhutan in international women's football. The team is controlled by the governing body for football in Bhutan, the Bhutan Football Federation, which is currently a member of the Asian Football Federation and the regional body the South Asian Football Federation. Bhutan play their home games at the national stadium, Changlimithang. It is one of the younger national teams in the world having played its first match in 2010. The team is technically unranked by FIFA as they have been inactive for the last eighteen months, but they will be taking part in the 2014 SAFF Women's Championship at the end of 2014.


  • History 1
  • Current squad 2
  • Recent results and upcoming fixtures 3
  • Competitive record 4
  • International opponents 5
  • References 6


Bhutanese football in general came to the international stage comparatively late in the day with the men's national team only playing their first competitive international match in 1982[2] and the only junior team to compete internationally, the Under-17s making their debut in 2003.[3] The women's team did not enter any form of international competition until 2010.[4] Prior to their entry into international football, a formal women's competition was established in Bhutan for the first time, supported by a grant from FIFA and run by the Bhutan Football Federation.[5] Because of the very under-developed state of women's football in Bhutan at this time, club teams did not exist and so the tournament consisted of teams representing individual Dzongkhags.[5] This competition was used not only to increase the popularity of football amongst women in the country, but also to act as means of identifying and coaching players who would form the first ever Bhutan women's national football squad.[5]

Their first ever competitive game was a friendly match against Cox's Bazar where all of the group matches were scheduled to take place, they succumbed 7-0 to their hosts.[4] Their competition proper got off to an even worse start as they lost 18-0 to India, one of the strongest teams in the region.[4] Bangladesh then repeated their performance in the pre-competition friendly running out 9-0 victors and eliminating Bhutan from the competition.[4] The team were able to salvage some pride in their final game, drawing 1-1 with Sri Lanka, which is to date their only positive result of any kind and indeed, the only time they have scored a goal in a competitive match.[4] Their performance at the SAFF Championships saw them gain 889 ranking points.[6] Although they were at this stage only provisionally ranked in 127th and last place as they had not played the required number of five competitive matches against officially ranked teams, their performance saw them achieve a higher points total than four other provisionally ranked teams: the U.S. Virgin Islands, Liberia, Qatar and Afghanistan.[6] Had they been officially ranked, their points tally would have placed them in 122nd place ahead of ranked nations Tanzania, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda and Botswana.[6]

The women's team then withdrew from international football for the next two years, re-emerging to play in the 2012 SAFF Women's Championship. Prior to the tournament in Sri Lanka, the team of twenty five, including two referees and physiotherapists, but with the playing squad consisting entirely of students, flew to Bangkok for two weeks training to get accustomed to warmer weather.[1] They entered the tournament provisionally ranked 34th out of 35 in the Asian Football Confederation, with only Afghanistan ranked below them, and unranked on the global listing because they had been inactive for more than eighteen months.[7] At this point, with their points total of 889, they had a higher technical rating than twelve teams who were either unranked due to inactivity or provisionally ranked in last place due to insufficient competition and had more ranking points than five officially ranked teams: Iraq, Mozambique, Malawi, Antigua and Barbuda and Bostswana.[7] The team travelled to Sri Lanka to play their fixtures at the Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club Grounds and were drawn in a group with the same teams as the previous edition of the tournament. Sri Lanka took advantage of their status as hosts in the first match, beating Bhutan 4-0, taking the lead after just four minutes through Nilushika Kumari, with Praveena Perera wrapping up the scoring at the end of the game following two goals either side of half time from Erandi Kumudumala.[8] Bhutan performed better in their next game, a narrow 1-0 loss to Bangladesh, but this eliminated them from the tournament.[9] Their final match against India was very one-sided, though not as great a defeat as last time, India still ran out victors 11-0 sending Bhutan home without a point or a goal.[10]

Having now played the requried five games against already ranked teams, Bhutan received their first official ranking position: 128th, ahead of Antigua and Barbuda and Botswana.[11] Bhutan have not played a competitive match since the 2012 SAFF Championships, but due to movements around them, did climb to a high ranking of 115th in December 2013[12] but have since been inactive for more than 18 months so are no longer officially ranked. The team will take part in the 2014 SAFF Women's Championship to be held in November 2014 in Pakistan.

Current squad

The following team played in the 2012 SAFF Women's Championship against Sri Lanka:[9]

Position Player Name
GK Dorji Choden
DF Sherab
DF Beda
DF Nima
DF Bumchu
MF Rima
MF Sonam
MF Tshering
MF Tanka
FW Yeshey
FW Ngawang

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

Competitive record

International opponents

As at 1 August 2014:
Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Win % Loss %
Bangladesh 3 0 0 3 0 17 -17 0% 100%
India 2 0 0 2 0 29 -29 0% 100%
Sri Lanka 2 0 1 1 1 5 -4 0% 50%
Total 7 0 1 6 1 51 -50 0% 86%


  1. ^ a b Phuntsho, Tashi (September 2012). "Women's national football team in Bangkok".  
  2. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Bhutan". World Football Elo Ratingsand Advanced Satellite Consulting. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Diaz Rubio, Julian; Hashim, Refel; Zea, Antonio; Lee, Seungsoo (11 February 2006). "Asian U-17 Championship 2004".  
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Bhutan Women's Fixtures and Results".  
  5. ^ a b c Unknown, Editor (8 January 2010). "Sarpang wins inter-dzongkhag women’s football".  
  6. ^ a b c "FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking".  
  7. ^ a b "FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking".  
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka vs Bhutan - 2014 SAFF Women's Championship".  
  9. ^ a b "Bangladesh vs Bhutan - 2014 SAFF Women's Championship".  
  10. ^ "Bhutan vs India - 2014 SAFF Women's Championship".  
  11. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking".  
  12. ^ "FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking".  
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