Cote d'Ivoire coach named in FIFA Technical Group for 2019 Women's World Cup

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
The FIFA Study Group for the 2019 Women's World Cup
The FIFA Study Group for the 2019 Women's World Cup

Cote d'Ivoire's head coach, Clementine Toure has been named among the five-member  Technical Study Group (TSG) that has been appointed by football's world governing body for the 2019 Women's World Cup (WWC) scheduled for France from June 7 to July 7.

The TSG will analyse all 52 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 for the competition’s technical report, which will include a full breakdown of the action on the pitch as well as in-depth key statistical data.

Clementine is the second African coach to be given this role, following in the steps of South Africa's Fran Hilton-Smith who for three consecutive Women's World Cup from 2007 to 2015, was part of the TSG.

The former Ivorian star, who last week led her Cote d'Ivoire side to finish second for the second consecutive time at the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B tournament in Abidjan, is expected to arrive in France on June 4 for the final briefing before the tournament kicks off.

The TSG team will be headed by  women's football legend, April Heinrichs and has other celebrated former stars, Sun Wen of China, Elisabeth Loisel (France) and Germany's Nadine Kessler as the other members.

The TSG will be responsible for deciding on the following award winners apart from selecting the best player for each match to be played.

   * the adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Balls for the best players
    *the adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots for the leading goalscorers (if two or more players score the same number of goals, the number of assists, as determined by the TSG members, will be decisive)
    *the adidas Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper
    *the FIFA Best Young Player award (for players born on or after 1st of January 1999)
    *the FIFA Fair Play Award

According to FIFA, the TSG experts will be supported by FIFA TSG Deputy Project Leader Patricia Gonzalez, FIFA Goalkeeping Specialist Pascal Zuberbuhler, FIFA TSG Coordinator and former Swiss women’s national team captain Prisca Steinegger, and FIFA Performance & Game Analyst Chris Loxston.

 Brief profile of the 2019 Women's World Cup Technical Study Group

April Heinrichs (USA)

One of the most influential figures in the history of women’s football, April Heinrichs captained the USA to glory at the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in China PR in 1991 before taking the reins as the team’s head coach in 2000 and leading them to Olympic gold in 2004.

She has also made a key contribution to the women’s game as US Soccer’s Technical Director for the Women’s Youth National Teams.


Sun Wen (China PR)

A co-winner of the FIFA named FIFA Women’s Player of the Century alongside former US star Michelle Akers. Sun Wen is one of the iconic stars in world football.

Beginning her national career at as early as aged 17, she helped China dominate in women's football winnind the Asia Cup on four consecutive times and helped the Steel Roses to also finish second in that epoch final of the 1999 Women's World Cup staged in the USA.

At that tournament, Sun also won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot. Before then, she had helped her team to win the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in 1996.

With 11 World Cup goals to her name, she is also one of the five top scorers in the history of the competition.


Nadine Kessler (Germany)
Nadine Kessler was a key member of the Germany side that won the UEFA Women’s EURO in 2013. She was also named FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2014 and UEFA Best Women’s Player for the 2013/14 season.

At club level, she made history with VfL Wolfsburg by winning a treble (UEFA Women’s Champions League, German League and German Cup) in 2013.

She is currently UEFA Head of Women’s Football.

Elisabeth Loisel (France)
A former French international player and manager, Elisabeth Loisel coached Les Bleues at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2003 as well as at the UEFA Women’s EURO in both 2001 and 2005, having taken charge in 1997.

During her career as a player, Elisabeth was a member of the French national team between 1980 and was forced to retireme in 1989 at 26 due to injury.

Elisabeth also briefly took charge of the China national team for the 2008 Olympic Games, but lost her job before the competition took place.

She currently leads the Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup in the French Football Federation.

Clementine Toure (Côte d’Ivoire)
Clementine Toure, a former Ivorian international, made history by becoming the first coach to guide her country to qualification for both the FIFA Women’s World Cup (Canada 2015) and the African Women’s Championship (Equatorial Guinea 2012).

Before returning to Cote d'Ivoire to take up the national team job, Clementine enjoyed a spell as the coach of the Equatorial Guinea women’s national team, leading them to victory at the African Women’s Championship in 2008.