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The FIGC has an active role in promoting the full collection of National Women’s Teams and has now increased the number of squads from three to five. Last year, there was the trio of the Women’s National Team, the Under-19 side and the Under-17s, who all take part in official FIFA and UEFA competitions. They will now be joined by an additional two outfits. Firstly, there will be a new Under-23s side, which will have the aim of helping young players develop as they move up towards the senior squad. Secondly, an Under-16s side will also be created, which will act as the base for all teams in the higher age brackets and will represent a key starting point for all young Italian players.
For the forthcoming season, ex-Brescia coach Milena Bertolini will take over the role as coach of the National Women’s side and as Coordinator of the National Youth Teams. As for the other squads within the Italy set-up, they are currently led by coaches of great experience; Enrico Maria Sbardella is in charge of the Under-19s, while Massimo Migliorini is with the Under-17s. At present it is yet to be confirmed who will be taking charge of the Under-23s and Under-16s.
As for the Heads of Delegation, the FIGC has selected a number of inspirational figures who will act as influential points of reference for the female footballers: Barbara Facchetti, Fiona May, Manuela Di Centa and Patrizia Recandio.
The Women’s National Team will begin their new season against Moldova on September 15th in La Spezia, as they take part in their first 2019 World Cup qualifier. Other than Moldova in their group, the Azzurre will also be competing against Romania, Portugal and Belgium.
Among the Women’s Teams’ achievements throughout history, the National Team have picked up two Silver Medals (1993 and 1997) and a Bronze (1987) at various European Championships, whilst the Under-19 outfit triumphed at the Euros in 2008. The Under-17s have also secured two Bronze medals, one at the European Championship in 2013 and the other at the World Cup in 2014.
In addition to the sides previously mentioned, there is also the newly-formed Women’s Futsal Team, which made its debut on June 2015 at the Foro Italico in Rome.
Head to the NATIONAL TEAMS section of our website for a full summary of the five National Women’s teams and also the Futsal side.