Soccer is still considered as a man’s game in most parts of the globe. Women coaches account for just under seven percent of soccer coaches around the world despite the fact that a female coach led the Dutch women’s national team to victory at Union of European Football Associations’ Women’s Championship. It’s assumed that men are better than women at sports as they are stronger, fasters, bigger and better endurance.
Despite the cultural bias, the number of female soccer coach is increasing, this year, 4/10 female soccer coach are nominated for the best FIFA Women’s Coach. Let see who they are and take your time to honor them.
Milena Bertolini (ITA) – Italy national team
Milena Bertolini was born in 1966 in Italy. She is a former footballer and current manager of the Italy women’s national team who led Italy to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after a twenty year absence.
Bertolini obtained a UEFA Pro Licence in 2011 which allows her to coach a high level male team.
In August 2017, she was appointed as the head coach of the Italy women’s national team. Since then, she has led the team to success, of which, is to reach World Cup quarter-finals for first time since 1991.
Jill Ellis (USA) – USA national team
Jillian Anne Ellis was born in 1966. From 2014, she coached the United States women’s national soccer team and recently stepped down on July 30, 2019.
Ellis owned USSF Pro coaching license and has an impressive record as a UCLA Bruins coach. She coached for the under-20 and under-21 national teams, and was the interim coach of the senior women’s national team in 2012, and for 2 matches in 2014.
She is the development director of the United States Soccer Federation, managing the national youth teams development program and being head coach for various college and United States national youth teams over the years. In 2015 and 2019, she led the United States Women’s National Soccer Team to won the World Cup. She is the second coach to win a World Cup back-to-back.
Antonia Is Piñera (ESP) – Spain U-17 national team
Antonia Is was born in 1966) in Spain. She is a former football defender played for CFF Tradehi.
As the current manager of the Spain women’s national under-17 football team, she led her team to win U-17 Women’s World Cup and UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship over their very strong competitors Korea DPR, Colombia and Mexico
Sarina Wiegman (NED) – Netherlands national team
Sarina Wiegman was born in 1969. She was a Dutch former central midfielder and defender and current head coach of the Netherlands women’s national football team. After retiring in 2003, Wiegman started coaching the women’s teams of Ter Leede and ADO Den Hagar.
In 2016, Wiegman has her coaching licence and became the first female head coach at a Dutch professional football organisation. After appointed, she led the team to victory at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017. In 2019, she guided the team to a runners-up medal at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.