The Norway women's national football team
in international women's football
. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Norway
, are former European, World and Olympic champions and thus one of the most successful national teams. New players are recruited from around the globe, and heavily from Toppserien
, the top women's football league in Norway.
Norway women's national football team emerged in 1978, which was relatively early for Western Europe, but late for the Nordic countries
, beating only Iceland
. Having little culture for official clubs and a series system, Norway had a lot to do to catch up to especially Sweden
. Their early history therefore consisted of losing to their neighbours and eventually beating Northern Ireland
for their first ever win.
A power to be reckoned with
Eventually, Norway marked themselves as one of the better countries in Europe
, if inferior to their Nordic neighbours. They beat England
. In the first qualification
for the European Competition for Representative Women's Teams
(later renamed UEFA Women's Championship), Norway played opposite Sweden, Finland
and Iceland. Norway lost both matches against Sweden, but beat Finland over both matches. A surprising home draw against Iceland mattered little, Norway took the second spot in a qualification where only the best teams qualified. Sweden later won the Euros.
The start of the golden years
Norway seemed to have problems... Read More