6th July 2022, see the delayed UEFA Women’s Euro Championships take place across England. This years tournament see’s 16 teams take part, with 6 of those teams lead by a female Head Coach, making that a percentage of 37.5% – exactly the same as the 2017 tournament.
Meet the female head coaches below:
Sarina Wiegman – England
Sarina Wiegman in the Dutch born Head Coach of the England team, having signed a 4 year contract starting in September 2021. Her appointment made her the first non-British permanent Lionesses manager.
Wiegman’s first game in charge was an 8–0 win against North Macedonia to begin 2023 World Cup qualification. On 30 November 2021, Wiegman’s England side set a new national record with a 20–0 win over Latvia during World Cup qualifying. The previous record was 13–0 against Hungary set in 2005. The match was Wiegman’s sixth in charge and maintained her 100% record with the Lionesses, outscoring their opponents 53–0 during that time.
Sarina is the current defending European Championship winning coach after she led the Netherlands to victory in 2017 on home soil. In the same year she was named Best FIFA Women’s Coach and went on to coach the Netherlands to the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019, beaten by the USA.
As a player, Sarina played for the North Carolina Tar Heels alongside Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Carla Overbeck winning the 1989 NCAA National Soccer Championships. In addition, she gained 104 caps for the Netherlands and was the first Dutch player to earn 100.
Irene Fuhrmann – Austria
Irene is the Austrian born Head Coach of the Austrian team, having taking over the job in 2020, becoming the first female head coach of the national team. She is the first female Austrian coach to receive a UEFA Pro licence and is the still the only woman in Austria to hold one.
Irene was part of the assistant coaching team with Austria at the last UEFA Euro Championships in 2017, as Austria led a surprise campaign reaching the Semi-Finals. Her coaching career winning percentage is 61.9%.
As a player, she earned 22 caps playing to Austria.
Martina Voss-Tecklenberg – Germany
Martina is the German born Head Coach of the German team, having previously been head coach to Switzerland in the last UEFA Euro Championship campaign.
As a player, she earned 125 caps for her country, playing between 1984 and 2000. She played in three FIFA Women’s World Cup (1991, 1995, 1999), one Olympiad (1996) and five UEFA Women’s Championships (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997).
After the end of her active career as a player, Martina worked as a team manager for the Oberliga club SV Straelen. Full-time as a PE teacher association, she takes care of female selection teams in the Lower Rhine. She is also chief editor of the women’s football magazine “FF”.
From 12 February 2008 to 17 February 2011 she was the head coach of FCR 2001 Duisburg. With Duisburg, Voss-Tecklenburg won the UEFA Women’s Cup in 2009 and two national cups in 2009 and 2010. Her contract was ended on 17 February 2011. In June 2011 she signed a one-year contract at Bundesliga side FF USV Jena, but she left the team next January as she was appointed the Swiss national team’s new coach. in 2019, she as appointed Germany’s new head coach.
Anna Signeul – Finland
Anna is the Swedish born Head Coach of the Finnish National Team.
Signeul began her coaching career at the age of 21 while still a player at IK Brage. She coached at club level including spells at Strömsbro IF and Tyresö FF, and from 1996 worked with the Swedish Football Association as head of the national women’s teams at youth level. Under Signeul’s tutelage, Sweden came third in the 1998 UEFA Women’s Under-18 Championship before winning the competition the following year.
In March 2005, Signeul was appointed as National Coach of the Scotland women’s team, replacing the outgoing Vera Pauw. Her first major achievement was leading the country to a qualification play-off for UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 which they lost on away goals to Russia. She has also led Scotland to an all-time high of 20 in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. In addition to her position as National Coach, Signeul also has a wider remit in charge of developing the women’s game at all levels in Scotland. Signeul announced in January 2017 that she would leave Scotland after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament to become the head coach of Finland
Corrine Diacre – France
Corrine is the French born Head Coach of the French National team.
To date, she has coached the team in 171 matches, with a winning percentage of 40.35%.
In 2014, she became the first female coach of a men’s professional team in France, after she replaced coach Helena Costa, who quit the role within days of her appointment. After three full seasons all in Ligue 2, on 30 August 2017 Diacre left Clermont to become the manager of France’s women’s national team.
As a player, Corrine earned 121 caps for France beginning her national team career at the age of 18, debuting for the team on March 9, 1993 and went on to represent France in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 European Championships, serving as the team’s captain.
Diacre scored the goal against England that qualified France for the 2003 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the first round. In August 2005, Diacre retired from the France national team at the age of 31.
Milena Bertolini – Italy
Melina is the Italian born Head Coach of the Italian National Team.
Following her playing retirement in 2001, she became an assistant coach at Foroni Verona, the club she last played at, with the team winning the 2001–02 Coppa Italia. The following season, she was promoted as the team’s head coach, leading them to Supercoppa Italiana and Serie A titles. In 2004, she returned to her former club Reggiana, winning the 2009–10 Coppa Italia during her tenure. In 2012, she joined Brescia, where she won two Serie A titles (2013–14 and 2015–16), two Coppa Italia titles (2014–15 and 2015–16) and three Supercoppa Italiana titles (2014, 2015 and 2016). During her managerial career in Serie A, she won the Panchina d’Oro award as the best manager of the season on six occasions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
At the end of the 2010–11 season, Bertolini obtained a UEFA Pro Licence.
In August 2017, she was appointed as the head coach of the Italy women’s national team. In 2019 Women’s World Cup qualification, she helped the team to win their qualifying group with only one loss, thus qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The tournament is Italy’s third appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and their first qualification after a twenty year absence