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Central African Republic women's national football team

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Central African Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCentral African Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
(Central Africa)
Head coachVacant
CaptainFlorencia Yamale
Most caps11 players (2)
Top scorerChristelle Demba (1)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
CurrentNR (18 December 2020)[1]
First international
 Congo 2−0 Central African Republic 
(Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; 4 April 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 2−0 Central African Republic 
(Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; 4 April 2018)

The Central African Republic women's national football team represents the Central African Republic (CAR) in women's international football competitions. The team played its first international matches in 2018 in the Cup of Nations qualifiers. The country's youth national team has played in several matches and events, including an Under-19 World Cup qualifying competition in which the team lost in the semi-finals. As is the case across Africa, the women's game faces numerous challenges. Football was only formally organised in 2000, and there are only 400 players competing at the national level.


Home stadium[edit]

Background and development[edit]

The development of women's football in Africa faces several challenges, including limited access to education, poverty amongst women, inequalities and human rights abuses targeting women.[2][3][4][5] Many quality players leave the country seeking greater opportunity in Europe or the United States.[6] In addition, most of the funding for women's football in Africa comes from FIFA, not the local national football associations.[6]

The Central African Football Federation, the CAR's national football association, was founded in 1961 and became a FIFA affiliate in 1964.[7] In the CAR, there is no national association staffer dedicated to women's football and no women on the board or in the executive committee.[7] With assistance from FIFA, the federation developed a women's programme starting in 2000. A national competition and school competition were later introduced.[8] Football is one of the most popular women's sports in the CAR.[7] There were about 200 registered youth players in the country and 200 registered senior players as of 2006. There are 80 club-level teams with women on them, 20 of which are exclusively for women.[7]


In 1985, only a few countries had women's national football teams, and the Central African Republic was no exception.[9]

In 2006, the team trained five times a week.[7] As of March 2020, the team was not ranked by FIFA due to it not having played enough international matches.[10]

The country has a national under-20 side. This team has participated in the qualifying competition for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which prior to 2006 was an under-19 tournament in which the CAR team also took part.[11][12] In 2002, the qualifiers began with an African Women's Under-19 Championship. The CAR faced Equatorial Guinea in a home-and-away series in the first round, winning both matches by scores of 1–0 and 2–0. The country was set to play Zimbabwe in the quarterfinals, but Zimbabwe withdrew from the competition. In the semi-finals, the CAR met South Africa in a home match, but lost 0–2. The team was scheduled to play a return match in South Africa, but the host country refused to grant the Central African players visas, which led to South Africa's disqualification from the tournament. South Africa appealed the decision and visas were subsequently issued to Central African players, but the team then withdrew from the competition.[12][13][14] In 2010, the Central African Republic women's national under-20 football team participated in the African Women's U-20 World Cup qualifiers. They had a walkover win against São Tomé and Príncipe in the first round but did not participate in the second or third rounds.[15]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Ref.
Head coach Vacant


Current squad[edit]

  • The following players were named on date month year for the xxx tournament.
  • Caps and goals accurate up to and including date month year.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club

Recent call-ups[edit]

  • The following players have been called up to the Central African Republic squad in the past 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

Previous squads[edit]

Individual records[edit]

  • Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 2020.


Results and fixtures[edit]

  • The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixtures



Women's World Cup record[edit]

Women's World Cup finals Women's World Cup
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011
Canada 2015
France 2019 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 3
AustraliaNew Zealand 2023 To Be Determined To Be Determined
Total 2 0 1 1 1 3

Olympic Games record[edit]

Olympic Games finals Olympic Games
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Ineligible
Australia 2000
Greece 2004 Did Not Enter
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2021

Africa Women Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Women Cup of Nations finals Africa Women Cup of Nations
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1991 Did Not Enter No Qualifying Process
Nigeria 1998
South Africa 2000
Nigeria 2002
South Africa 2004
Nigeria 2006
Equatorial Guinea 2008
South Africa 2010
Equatorial Guinea 2012
Namibia 2014
Cameroon 2016
Ghana 2018 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 1 3
Republic of the Congo 2020 To Be Determined
Total 2 0 1 1 1 3

African Games record[edit]

African Games finals African Games
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Nigeria 2003 Did Not Enter No Qualifying Process
Algeria 2007
Mozambique 2011
Republic of the Congo 2015
Equatorial Guinea 2019 To Be Determined

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  2. ^ Jean Williams (15 December 2007). A Beautiful Game: International Perspectives on Women's Football. Berg. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-84520-674-1.
  3. ^ Richard Giulianotti; David McArdle (2006). Sport, Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Routledge. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7146-5344-0.
  4. ^ Chris Hallinan; Steven J. Jackson (31 August 2008). Social And Cultural Diversity in a Sporting World. Emerald Group Publishing. pp. 40–41. ISBN 978-0-7623-1456-0.
  5. ^ Jean Williams (18 December 2003). A Game for Rough Girls?: A History of Women's Football in Britain. Routledge. pp. 173–175. ISBN 978-0-415-26338-2.
  6. ^ a b Gabriel Kuhn (24 February 2011). Soccer Vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics. PM Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-60486-053-5.
  7. ^ a b c d e FIFA (2006). "Women's Football Today" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ "Goal! Football: Central African Republic" (PDF). FIFA. 3 November 2009. p. 4. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  9. ^ Chrös McDougall (1 January 2012). Soccer. ABDO. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-61783-146-1.
  10. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking". 13 December 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Women U-19/U-20 World Cup". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Regulations – CAN U-20 women 2010 – CAF". Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  13. ^ "African Women U-19 Championship 2002". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Goal! Football: Central African Republic" (PDF). FIFA. 3 November 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  15. ^ "African Women U-20 World Cup 2010 Qualifying". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 13 April 2012.

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