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Nepal women's national football team

   Nepal
नेपाल राष्ट्रीय महिला फूट्बल टिम
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Nepali Cheli's
Association All Nepal Football Association
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Kumar Katuwal
FIFA code NEP
FIFA ranking 109[1] Decrease 7
Highest FIFA ranking 92 (December 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 128 (August 2012)
First international
   Nepal 0 – 1 Hong Kong 
(Hong Kong; 14 December 1986)
Biggest win
   Nepal 13 – 0 Afghanistan 
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 14 December 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 14 – 0 Nepal   
(Hong Kong; 24 December 1989)
 Japan 14–0 Nepal
(Bacolod, Philippines; 12 November 1999)
Women's Asian Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1986)
Best result Group stage

The Nepal women's national football team, otherwise known as Nepali Cheli's (Nepalese Sisters) is the female representative football team for Nepal.

History

Formation

Nepal formed a women's national team in the mid-1980s and debuted in the 1986 AFC Women's Championship. During the start of the tournament, Nepal played their first official match against Hong Kong (December 14, 1986), which they lost with a score of 1-0. Nepal women's side also participated in the final three phases of the Asian Cup in 1986, 1988 and 1999, never going beyond the group stages. Nepal proved to be in a difficult group with former champions Thailand, alongside Indonesia and Hong Kong, two relatively strong teams. As a result, Nepal had lost all three matches, two of them indefinitely, while the match against Hong Kong proved to be a steady profit. In 1989 Nepal played again in the championship, against the same opponents, except that Thailand was substituted against Japan. This resulted in ugly points for Nepal, who lost every game by a wide margin, the smallest 0-3 against Hong Kong.

Nepal's Soccer Fifa First Vice President Is Kamal Thapa. Nepal's First Woman Captain Is Rama Singh When Nepali Women Football Team Was Created, Mr. Kamal Thapa Was The President Of All Nepal Football Association and the first National Woman Team Captain Is Rama Singh, Who represented bagmati team and she started playing in the year 1985, Second National Women Team Captain Is Kamala Hirachan who is a represented Gandaki Team and the third women captain is, Meera Chaudhary who represented Naryani team, Rama Singh Is Now The First News Reader In Nepali television history, and Meera Chaudhary is in a rank of DSP in Nepal police.

Crisis years

As a result of the democracy uprising in 1990, there was an eight-year period without women national team. This negatively affected player recruitment, but nevertheless Nepal soon returned into international football during the Women's Asian Cup in 1999. Despite their triumphant return, the results were about the same as before the eight-year hiatus. The championship ended in the group-stage with Japan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and the Philippines, where Nepal lost all four games. Since then, Nepal has not appeared in the Women's Asian cup.

However, this does not mean that Nepal had not played football since 1999. The Mangladevi League, roughly a month-long women's football tourney, was set-up trying to bring in women football players across the country. It was played in early 2000, in a league-cum-knockout basis. It was an initiative taken by a single person, but sadly discontinued after a year.[2]

Nepal had a long period without matches, but they impressed many in the South Asian Games in 2010, where they reached the final after beating several opponents by a wide margin . In the finals they lost narrowly 1-3 against the big favorite India. This gave the national team a much needed recognition.

Regeneration

The regeneration of Women's football in Nepal was first realised when after the national leagues were reinstated in 2009. The women's national team prior to this, hadn't played an international game for 5 years. Nevertheless, the Chelis began training for two upcoming major international tournaments in the following year. In 2010, Nepali women footballers returned with two runner-up trophies, one from the 11th South Asian Games, and the other from the SAFF Women's Football Championship. Despite limited training, resources and less attention compared to the men's team, the women's team had performed exceedingly well internationally. In the South Asian Games, they defeated Sri Lanka 8-0, and in SAFF they thrashed Afghanistan 13-0 and Pakistan 11-0. Striker Anu Lama was the star of SAFF, scoring three hat-tricks to be declared the best player of the tournament. However, the team was defeated 0-5 by India in the SAG final, but it was a much more closely fought match when they lost 0-1 to the same team in the SAFF final recently.

Following the team's regeneration since 2010, the women's side rose 22 places in the FIFA ranking.[3]

Home stadium

The stadium at daytime

The team's home ground is shared with the Nepal national football team at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in Tripureswor, Kathmandu, Nepal. Holding 25,000 spectators, of which 5.000 seated, it is the biggest stadium in Nepal. It is named after Dashrath Chand, one of the martyrs of Nepal.

Most recently, the stadium was used as a primary venue for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup and the 2013 SAFF Championship, with the Halchowk Stadium hosting some of the matches as well.

Apart from sporting events, the stadium is also used as a music venue for cultural events with Bryan Adams being the most notable act that performed at the site.

Prior to the 2013 SAFF Championship in Nepal, the Dasarath Rangasala underwent heavy renovation that saw several improvements such as the expansion of seats from 20,000 to 25,000.

Recent results and fixtures

Results accurate up to 26 November 2014.[4]

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
Winter 2018 TBD TBD 2018 SAFF Women's Championship
Winter 2018 TBD TBD 2018 SAFF Women's Championship
Winter 2018 TBD TBD 2018 SAFF Women's Championship
Summer 2017 TBD TBD 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers
Summer 2017 TBD TBD 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers
Summer 2017 TBD TBD 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers
21 November 2014  India L 0–6 Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, Pakistan 2014 SAFF Women's Championship (Finals)
19 November 2014  Bangladesh W 1–0 Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, Pakistan 2014 SAFF Women's Championship (Semi-finals)
16 November 2014  Sri Lanka W 3–0 Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, Pakistan 2014 SAFF Women's Championship
14 November 2014  Pakistan W 2–0 Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, Pakistan 2014 SAFF Women's Championship
12 November 2014  Bhutan W 8–0 Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad, Pakistan 2014 SAFF Women's Championship
26 October 2013  Qatar W 3–0 Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar Exhibition match (International friendly)
24 October 2013  Qatar W 6–0 Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar Exhibition match (International friendly)
8 January 2013  Kuwait W 8–0 Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait Exhibition match (International friendly)
16 September 2012  India L 1–3 CR & FC Grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2012 SAFF Women's Championship (Finals)
14 September 2012  Sri Lanka W 3–0 CR & FC Grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2012 SAFF Women's Championship (Semifinals)
12 September 2012  Afghanistan W 7–1 CR & FC Grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2012 SAFF Women's Championship
10 September 2012  Maldives W 5–0 CR & FC Grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2012 SAFF Women's Championship
8 September 2012  Pakistan W 8–0 CR & FC Grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2012 SAFF Women's Championship
23 December 2010  India L 0–1 Cox’s Bazar Stadium, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh 2010 SAFF Women's Championship
21 December 2010  Bangladesh W 3–0 Cox’s Bazar Stadium, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh 2010 SAFF Women's Championship
18 December 2010  Pakistan W 12–0 Cox’s Bazar Stadium, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh 2010 SAFF Women's Championship
14 December 2010  Afghanistan W 13–0 Cox’s Bazar Stadium, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh 2010 SAFF Women's Championship
12 December 2010  Maldives W 6–0 Cox’s Bazar Stadium, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh 2010 SAFF Women's Championship
8 February 2010  India L 1–3 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2010 South Asian Games
6 February 2010  Pakistan W 7–0 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2010 South Asian Games
4 February 2010  India L 0–5 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2010 South Asian Games
2 February 2010  Sri Lanka W 8–0 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2010 South Asian Games
29 January 2010  Bangladesh W 1–0 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2010 South Asian Games
16 November 1999  Uzbekistan L 1–6 Panaad Stadium, Bacolod City, Philippines 1999 AFC Women's Championship
12 November 1999  Japan L 0–14 Panaad Stadium, Bacolod City, Philippines 1999 AFC Women's Championship
10 November 1999  Thailand L 0–5 Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo City, Philippines 1999 AFC Women's Championship
8 November 1999  Philippines L 0–5 Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo City, Philippines 1999 AFC Women's Championship
24 December 1989  Japan L 0–14 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong 1989 AFC Women's Championship
22 December 1989  Indonesia L 0–8 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong 1989 AFC Women's Championship
18 December 1989  Hong Kong L 0–3 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong 1989 AFC Women's Championship
19 December 1986  Indonesia L 0–6 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong 1986 AFC Women's Championship
17 December 1986  Thailand L 0–5 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong 1986 AFC Women's Championship
14 December 1986  Hong Kong L 0–1 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong 1986 AFC Women's Championship

* Nepal score always listed first

      Win       Draw       Loss

Players

Current squad

The following squad was announced for the 2014 SAFF Women's Championship on 5 November 2014.[5]

# Name Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
- Namita Kumari Dali - - - ANFA
- Chandra Devi Dahal - - - ANFA
- Anjila Rai - - - ANFA
Defenders
- Mana Maya Limbu - - - ANFA
- Menuka Giri - - - ANFA
- Ghim Kumari Gurung - - - ANFA
- Punam Jarga Magar - - - ANFA
Midfielders
- Sajana Rana (1987-06-13) 13 June 1987 - - APF Women's Club
- Laxmi Poudel - - - ANFA
- Dipa Rai - - - ANFA
- Yasodha Lama - - - ANFA
- Bhujunga Rai - - - ANFA
- Renuka Kumari - - - ANFA
Forwards
- Anita Basnet - 0 0 ANFA
- Anu Lama (c) (1987-10-03) 3 October 1987 - 28 APF Women's Club
- Dipa Adhikari - - - APF Women's Club
- Krishna Khatri - 0 0 ANFA
- Anjali Waiba - 0 0 ANFA
- Sabitra Bhandari - 0 0 ANFA
- Niru Thapa - - - ANFA

Coaching staff

Head Coach Kumar Katuwal
Manager Bimala Paudel
Officials Pramila Singh Shrestha
Pravin Kumar Yadav

Competitive record

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
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