|Nickname(s)||Belgian Red Flames|
|Association||Belgian Football Association (KBVB/URBSFA)|
|Head coach||Ives Serneels|
|Most caps||Aline Zeler (111)|
|Top scorer||Tessa Wullaert (45)|
|Home stadium||Den Dreef|
|Current||17 (26 June 2020)|
|Highest||17 (December 2019)|
|Lowest||35 (November 2010, March 2011)|
| France 1-2 Belgium |
(Reims, France; 30 May 1976)
| Belgium 12-0 Moldova |
(Leuven, Belgium; 19 September 2017)
| Spain 9-1 Belgium |
(Alginet, Spain; 29 February 2004)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2017)|
|Best result||Group Stage (2017)|
The Belgium women's national football team (nicknamed Belgian Red Flames) represents Belgium in international women's football. It is controlled by the Royal Belgian Football Association, the governing body for football in Belgium. Their home stadium is Den Dreef and their current coach Ives Serneels. During most of its history the team has had poor results, but showed improvement in the Euro 2013 and 2015 World Cup Qualifiers. In 2016 they qualified for their first major tournament: Euro 2017.
Belgium played its first match against France on May 30, 1976 at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims, France. The game ended in a 2-1 victory. A year after this debut, the Belgian team played against Switzerland and France, tying both matches, 2-2 and 1-1 respectively. They played the same teams again the next year, this time beating both with 1-0 and 2-0. Another victory followed against Yugoslavia with 1-0. The team's first defeat however came at the hands of England: 3-0, which was followed by a 2-0 loss against France and a 2-2 tie against the Netherlands. In the following years, Belgium kept playing mostly against European teams.
Belgium participated in qualifications for the first time for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football. They were sorted in Group 4 with the Netherlands, Denmark and West Germany. The campaign started off well with a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands, but continued with a 1-0 loss against Denmark and a 1-1 draw against West Germany. Despite having a neutral goal difference at this point, the Belgian team ended up last in the group after a 5-0 defeat against the Netherlands and draws against their other two opponents, 2-2 against Denmark and 1-1 against West Germany.
Their second attempt at qualifying was for the 1987 European Competition, where they were joined in Group 3 by France, the Netherlands again and Sweden. Their games against France were one win and one loss, both 3-1. Their matches against their two other opponents however were all defeats: 3-1 and 3-0 against The Netherlands, and 5-0 and 2-1 against Sweden. This resulted in Belgium again ending last in the group.
Belgium finally came close to qualifying for the tournament in its next iteration, in 1989. They played in Group 4 against four other teams: Czechoslovakia, France, Spain and Bulgaria. Among the eight games, they won two, drew four and lost two, with 7 goals for and 4 against. This earned them third place in the group of five, which did not suffice for qualification.
The Belgian team suffered a series of poor results from 1990 to 2011. They never won even half of their matches in any of the qualification campaigns during this period, except for one. This notable exception was the 2003 Women's World Cup qualifiers, where they won five games and suffered only one loss. Scotland however had achieved the same result and with better goal difference, leaving Belgium second in their group. This is nevertheless Belgium's best performance at the World Cup qualifiers so far (as of 2015), although it was followed by their worst: they lost all eight games in the next iteration (2007). At the UEFA Women's Euro qualifications, their best performances during this period were at the 1995 edition and the 2009 edition, both times losing 'only' half of their matches and drawing one.
An era of victories began when Ives Serneels replaced Anne Noë as manager in 2011. Serneels led the team to improved qualification campaigns for Euro 2013 and 2015 World Cup, both times ending third in the group (just short of qualifying). Between both campaigns, the Belgian female football team adopted the nickname "Belgian Red Flames". Following the improvements, the RBFA invested in more growth in 2015, targeting qualification for Euro 2017. After a successful start in their qualifications group, the team was invited to play at the 2016 Algarve Cup in Portugal, one of the most prestigious women's international football events.
Belgium finished second in their Euro 2017 qualifications group (after England), which was enough to earn them their first ever qualification for a major tournament. At Euro 2017 Belgium secured a 2-0 upset win over Norway during group stage. However after losing 1-0 to Denmark and 2-1 to the Netherlands they finished third in their group and did not advance to the knockout round.
Belgium performed well in UEFA World Cup Qualifying for the 2019 World Cup and secured second place in Group 6 behind Italy. As a result they qualified for the UEFA Play-offs as they were one of the top 4 ranked second place teams. Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark were the other teams in the play-off. Belgium faced Switzerland in their play-off semi-final, after two legs the aggregate score was 3-3, but Switzerland advanced on away goals. The Netherlands then defeated Switzerland in the play-off final to claim the final UEFA qualifying spot at the 2019 World Cup.
The Belgium women's national team play their home matches on the Den Dreef.
|Assistant manager||Tamara Cassimon|
|Goalkeeping coach||Sven Cnudde|
|Fitness coach||Cédric Lehance|
|Physiotherapist||Fabienne Van De Steene|
Caps and goals may be incorrect.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Nicky Evrard||26 May 1995||16||0||Gent|
|GK||Diede Lemey||7 October 1996||4||0||Sassuolo|
|GK||Justien Odeurs||13 May 1997||33||0||Anderlecht|
|DF||Julie Biesmans||4 May 1994||47||2||PSV|
|DF||Maud Coutereels||21 May 1986||86||9||Lille|
|DF||Laura De Neve||9 October 1994||15||0||Anderlecht|
|DF||Laura Deloose||19 June 1993||24||3||Anderlecht|
|DF||Heleen Jaques||20 April 1988||89||2||Gent|
|DF||Davina Philtjens||26 February 1989||78||8||Sassuolo|
|MF||Tine De Caigny||9 June 1997||53||20||Anderlecht|
|MF||Marie Minnaert||5 May 1999||3||0||Club Brugge|
|MF||Kassandra Missipo||3 February 1998||13||0||Anderlecht|
|MF||Jarne Teulings||11 January 2002||0||0||Anderlecht|
|MF||Charlotte Tison||21 April 1998||6||0||Anderlecht|
|MF||Justine Vanhaevermaet||29 April 1992||10||0||LSK Kvinner|
|FW||Janice Cayman||12 October 1988||92||34||Lyon|
|FW||Elena Dhont||27 March 1998||10||1||Twente|
|FW||Chloe Vande Velde||6 June 1997||14||2||Gent|
|FW||Davinia Vanmechelen||30 August 1999||16||4||Standard Liège|
|FW||Sarah Wijnants||13 October 1999||9||0||Anderlecht|
|FW||Tessa Wullaert||19 March 1993||78||39||Anderlecht|
The following players have been called up in the past 12 months.
This list may be incomplete.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Lisa Lichtfus||29 December 1999||0||0||Standard Liège||2020 Algarve Cup PRE|
|DF||Isabelle Iliano||2 March 1997||1||0||Gent||2020 Algarve Cup|
|DF||Shari Van Belle||22 December 1999||6||0||Gent||2020 Algarve Cup|
|DF||Jody Vangheluwe||15 July 1997||2||0||Club Brugge||2020 Algarve Cup PRE|
|MF||Alexandra Soree||1 August 1998||2||0||Orlando Pride||2020 Algarve Cup|
|FW||Lisa Petry||12 February 2001||1||0||Standard Liège||2020 Algarve Cup|
|FW||Lola Wajnblum||22 January 1996||4||0||Standard Liège||2020 Algarve Cup|
|FW||Ella Van Kerkhoven||20 November 1993||7||1||Inter Milan||2020 Algarve Cup PRE|
|FW||Elke Van Gorp||12 May 1995||30||7||Anderlecht||v. Lithuania, 12 November 2019|
Most capped players
As of 5 October 2020:
As of 12 July 2019:
Win Draw Lose Fixtures
Belgium has not yet featured at the World Cup, but has reached the end stage of the Euro 2017 tournament. Their best qualification rounds before that were for 2003 World Cup, 2013 Euro and 2015 World Cup.
|FIFA Women's World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1991||Did not qualify||6||1||0||5||1||12|
|2023||To Be Determined||To Be Determined|
|UEFA Women's Championship record||Qualification record|
|1984||Did not qualify||6||1||3||2||7||12|
|1997||Belgium and 17 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group|
|2001||Belgium and 16 other nations were not part of a proper qualification group|
|2021||To be determined|
Belgium was invited to play at the 2016 Algarve Cup in Portugal and ended fifth out of eight teams. The teams were divided into two groups; after the group stage, placement matches were played among the equally ranked teams from both groups. Belgium ended third in Group A, and won the placement match against Russia (third place in Group B) with 5-0.
Belgium has been invited to the Cyprus Cup four times, as of 2019 . Their first appearance was in 2015. They were sorted into group C that year, with Mexico, Czech Republic and South Africa, and ended last in the group. They also lost the placement match (after penalties) against South Korea, resulting in the last place of all 12 teams. In 2017 Belgium finished third in Group A with Switzerland, North Korea and Italy, and eventually reached seventh place out of 12 after winning the placement match against Austria. 
Belgium was also invited to play the tournament in 2018, in a group with Austria, Czech Republic and Spain. They ended second in the group behind eventual winner Spain, and fifth overall (out of 12) after winning the placement match against South Africa. Belgium returned to the Cyprus Cup in 2019. They were in Group C with Austria, Slovakia and Nigeria. Belgium finished in third place after defeating Austria on penalties in the third place match.