Kosovo was admitted to FIFA on 13 Might 2016
The ladies’s nationwide workforce rose 4 locations within the newest world rankings
Historic victory in UEFA Girls’s EURO qualifying
At first look, a four-place rise from 126th to 122nd within the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rating may not look like a major enchancment. But it reveals that, regardless of being shaped lower than 9 years in the past, the Kosovo ladies’s nationwide workforce are heading in the right direction.
Coach Aferdita Fazlija’s aspect underlined this level by successful their first-ever qualifier for the UEFA Girls’s EURO 2021, following it up with a defeat by Slovenia and one other win towards Estonia.
“It was necessary to kick off our qualifying marketing campaign with a win towards an opponent like Turkey, and personally it makes me really feel very proud,” Fazlija defined in an interview with FIFA.com. “We’d by no means have thought that we might decide up six factors from three matches.
“We needed to enhance, carry out nicely and never take into consideration the factors. Provided that we’re a brand new and inexperienced nationwide workforce, I feel we performed two good video games. Nonetheless, it’s necessary to emphasize that our efficiency towards Slovenia was something however good, and it highlighted the expertise we nonetheless lack.”
Happy with our ladies👏👏🇽🇰⚽️💛💙 pic.twitter.com/e6vESCIjdK— FFK (@FFK_KS) August 31, 2019
Whereas many nations can look again on a historical past of girls’s soccer stretching again over a few years, the ladies’s aspect of the attractive recreation remains to be in its infancy in Kosovo. Though the story started with the founding of FFC Pristina within the 1980s, the nationwide workforce was established a lot later – in April 2011. A lot has occurred since then.
“The crowds that turned out to see us begin our qualifying marketing campaign have been improbable,” the 49-year-old continued. “The matches have been broadcast on nationwide tv in order that many Kosovans might observe them dwell. The extent of professionalism on show towards Turkey attracted consideration and sparked a brand new curiosity in ladies’s soccer.”
These will not be the one constructive modifications relating to ladies’s soccer improvement. Along with the ten-club senior league, an U-16 league and U-16 and U-19 nationwide groups have additionally been created. “We’ve got additionally arrange a lot of golf equipment in most public colleges throughout the nation,” Fazlija defined.
Fazlija has performed her personal half in steering the ladies’s recreation in Kosovo on to a constructive path. Between 2005 and 2010 she not solely accomplished her sports activities diploma but in addition took each the UEFA B and A training badges on the identical time.
“Throughout this era I managed to reactivate FFC Pristina and helped arrange the ladies’s league in 2010. I used to be named coach of the ladies’s nationwide workforce only a yr later.”
Regardless of this spectacular progress, Fazlija additionally is aware of that additional motion is required to make sure that ladies’s soccer continues to develop in her homeland nicely into the long run.
“Over the following 4 years we have to improve the variety of golf equipment additional so that there’s no less than one membership in each area people,” she mentioned. “We anticipate to observe that up with further leagues from U-14 to senior degree. On prime of all that, we’ll proceed to supply teaching and referee coaching programs for ladies and produce extra feminine leaders into the golf equipment.
“I used to be a participant myself and needed to retire for political causes,” Fazlija continued. “My dream was to compete on the worldwide stage on the two greatest tournaments of all: the European Championships and the World Cup. Whereas I didn’t obtain my dream as a participant, I hope I can achieve this as a coach.”
FIFA/Coca-Cola Girls’s World Rating