Sarina Wiegman career record: All teams coached and trophies won

Ahead of England's World Cup final with Spain on Sunday we look at head coach Sarina Wiegman's career record, all the teams coached and the trophies won since retiring as a player in 2003. Wiegman has been in management for 17 years having previously played as a central defender become the first player to win over 100 caps for her native Netherlands. The tactician is no stranger to major finals both on the pitch and from the sidelines having won the KNVB Cup as an 18-year old and picking up a league title in her first full season as coach.

Teams coached

  • Ter Leede 2006-2007
  • ADO Den Haag 2007-2014
  • Netherlands (assistant) 2014-2017
  • Jong Sparta Rotterdam (assistant) 2016
  • Netherlands 2017-2020
  • England 2020-present
Sarina Wiegman
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Starting out as semi-pro

Wiegman began her coaching career in South Holland with Ter Leede who played in the Hoofdklasse, the highest division at the time, taking over in 2006. Women's football was hardly professional in the European nation so she combined that role while teaching PE at a local school. In her first full season with Ter Leede they did the double, winning the league title and also picking up the KNVB Cup following a 4-1 win in the final over RVVH.

Wiegman's rapid success earned her an interview with ADO Den Haag who were to compete in the inaugural season of the women's Eredivisie. At first she had turned down the job, but once it was offered on a full-time basis she quit teaching PE and began her professional career as a coach. It was here that the former Tar Heel (she had a stint in North Carolina as a player) had to develop her management skills and learn to deal with disappointment. She guided her hometown team to three consecutive second place finishes, with 2010-11 the hardest to swallow as Den Haag finished just one point behind eventual champions Twente despite beating them on the run in as they picked up five conseuctive victories to no avail.

Wiegman perservered however, and in 2011-12 she achieved her second league and cup double as they snatched the championship by a whopping 14 point margin before winning the KNVB Cup with a comfortable 5-2 victory. The trophy cabinet was added to a year later as they repeated their cup success, this time in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout win over FC Twente.

All Trophies Won

  • Dutch Championship – Ter Leede 2006/07
  • KNVB Cup – Ter Leede 2006/07
  • Eredivisie – ADO Den Haag 2011/12
  • KNVB Cup – ADO Den Haag 2011/12
  • KNVB Cup – ADO Den Haag 2012/13
  • UEFA Women's Championship – Netherlands  2017
  • UEFA Women's Championship – England 2021

From Club to Country

The natural next step was to move from club football to international level and pursue a UEFA Pro Licence, something that Sarina started in 2014 when she became assistant to Roger Reijners in the Netherlands national team. For the next two and a half years she studied and explored options – being assistant at the men's U23 side Jong Sparta Rotterdam and interim coach of the Oranje before she was offered a permanent position.

In January 2017 she was handed the reins at the Netherlands in preparation for the UEFA Women's Championships later that year where she had a historic impact. Under her guidance the side reached the final conceding just once before seeing off Denmark, despite going a goal down, with a 4-2 victory as star player Vivianne Miedma netted a brace. It remains the Netherlands only major trophy in women's international football to date.

Two years later in France the Wiegman wagon rumbled on to yet another final, this time at the Women's World Cup where they again found themselves in unchartered territory. This time it wasn't to be for the girls in orange as they fell to the imperious USWNT as goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle sealed the title in Lyon.

England come calling

After such success in her homeland the FA came calling, they secured Wiegman's services over a year in advance having announced the deal in August 2020 but her first game in charge was September 2021 in the World Cup Qualifiers. That debut, an 8-0 thrashing of North Macedonia, was a sign of things to come from the Lionesses first non-British manager. They finished qualifying with ten wins from ten and 80 goals scored, 0 conceded with a quarter of them coming in a record-breaking 20-0 triumph over Latvia.

Before that qualifying campaign had finished, the squad took part in the 2022 UEFA Women's Championships on home soil which ended in more silveware for Sarina. Chloe Kelly's extra time strike against Germany saw England bring the trophy home and Wiegman became the undisputed number one coach in the women's global game.

On Sunday she aims to add her eighth title in what is her fourth major tournament final in a row.

London-born football writer specializing in Paraguay and South America but with a keen eye for games around the globe.