Although Iran has always been a powerhouse of Asian football, they only started competing in the women’s arena in 2005 when the senior national team started with a series of friendlies, followed by the qualifying competition for the 2008 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

The preliminary competition for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010 was the first FIFA qualifying event to feature a women’s team from Iran. The Persian women also participated in the qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. Their recent activities have for the first time led Iran’s women to venues outside their region – Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City.

The team spent ten days in Thailand preparing for the inaugural Youth Olympic Football Tournament. Upon arrival in Singapore they played four matches losing two to local U-17 and U-19 teams but gaining a draw and a win against a U-15 side.

Their key players include goalkeeper and captain Mahdeyeh Amighi, plus midfield pair Behnaz Taherkhani, Fatemeh Ardestani, who both have creative ability in attack. Taherkhani displaying her goalscoring sense by finding the net twice in the 3-1 victory over the local Thai club, while Ardestani scored the third goal. Another attacking outlet is Shahin Aflaki who spearheads the offensive line.

Interestingly, most member of the team were originally futsal players before they converted to the 11-a-side game four months ago, with coach Shahrzad Mozafar herself a former futsal coach.