Women's coach Anna Signeul signs new two-year Scotland deal

Anna Signeul

Anna Signeul has signed a new two-year contract to remain as Scotland's women's national football coach.

The Swede replaced Dutchwoman Vera Pauw at the Scottish Football Association in March 2005 and her new deal runs to the end of the Euro 2017 qualifiers.

"The last 10 years have been fantastic, and I am so proud of what we have achieved together," said Signeul.

"Reaching the Euro and World Cup play-offs have been highlights, tinged with the pain of missing qualification."

Signeul was shortlisted for the Fifa World Coach of the Year for Women's Football in 2013.

In her time in the post she has led the squad to their highest-ever world rankings (11th in Europe and 19th in the world in March 2014), reached the play-offs for the 2009 and 2013 Euro championships and last year led Scotland into their first Women's World Cup play-off.

Scotland's Cyprus Women's Cup fixtures
Wednesday 4 March. Scotland v Canada, GSP Stadium, Nicosia, kick-off 17:30 local timeMonday 9 March. Scotland v Korea Republic, GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, kick-off 14:30 local time
Friday 6 March. Italy v Scotland, GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, kick-off 17:30 local timeWednesday 11 March. Final placing matches, venues and kick-off TBC

In a statement, she continued: "I am delighted to pledge my future to Scotland for another two years and continue this journey with a fantastic group of players and staff.

"The determination to go one step further and make it to the finals of a major tournament is what drives us all."

The SFA's chief executive Stewart Regan said: "The growth of women's football has been one of the real highlights of the Scottish FA's strategy, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision, and we are convinced that Anna will continue to push the boundaries of success for the national team, with the ultimate aim of qualifying for a major championship finals for the first time."

Meanwhile, Signeul has chosen her squad to play in the 12-team Cyprus Women's Cup next month.

The group comprises hugely experienced players and those just starting out on their international careers.

Goalkeeper Gemma Fay, at Celtic last season, seeks her 181st cap and Glasgow City central midfielder Jo Love goes for 156th appearance, while Glasgow City's Fiona Brown hopes to win her second cap, as does club-mate Megan Cunningham, hoping for a place in goals ahead of Fay.

Scotland play Canada in Nicosia on Wednesday 4 March followed two days later by a game against Italy in Larnaca. They have a free weekend before completing their Group A ties against Korea Republic on the Monday, again in Larnaca.

Scotland squad for Cyprus Women's Cup: Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City), Fiona Brown (Glasgow City), Frankie Brown (Bristol Academy), Lana Clelland (FC Pink Bari), Rachel Corsie (Seattle Reign), Leanne Crichton (Notts County), Megan Cunningham (Glasgow City), Ifeoma Dieke (Vittsjo GIK), Gemma Fay (Unattached), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Kim Little (Seattle Reign), Joanne Love (Glasgow City), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK), Eilish McSorley (Mallbackens IF), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal), Christie Murray (Bristol Academy), Jane Ross (Vittsjo GIK), Leanne Ross (Glasgow City), Kirsty Smith (Hibernian), Caroline Weir (Arsenal).

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