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FIFA Women's World Cup


Scotland women's national team during Women's World Cup qualifying. Photo courtesy of the Scottish Football Association.

FIFA Women's World Cup record

France 2019 will be Scotland’s first appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™. The closest the Scots had previously come was in 2015, when they lost out to the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the UEFA play-offs.

The road to France

Shelley Kerr’s side secured their place in history on a dramatic final day of France 2019 qualifying. The Scots and Switzerland had proved almost impossible to separate prior to that point, having beaten the other by a one-goal margin at home and secured maximum points against their other Group 2 opponents. But while the Swiss looked to be in pole position, their goalless draw in Poland allowed Scotland to take top spot with a wildly-celebrated 2-1 win away to Albania. It was also remarked that, in hindsight, the key moment had arrived three months earlier, when Kerr’s team scored three times in the final 12 minutes away to Poland to turn a 2-0 deficit into a priceless 3-2 win.

The coach

When Anna Signeul’s 12-year reign ended in 2017, Shelley Kerr was a popular choice as successor. The ex-defender had captained Scotland during a distinguished playing career and gone on to coach the national U-19 side and Arsenal, among others. She had also made headlines by becoming the first woman in the UK to take charge of a senior men’s team. Now, having introduced a more expansive playing style and led Scotland to their first World Cup, Kerr has made history once again.

The stat

4 – Of their seven victories en route to France 2019, four involved Scotland coming from behind to take the points. Shelley Kerr’s comeback queens also proved expert at eking out narrow victories, winning five of their matches by a one-goal margin.