Sarina Wiegman, the reigning The Best FIFA Women's Coach, has extended her contract with the Netherlands until 2020.
The 48-year-old, herself a former international, will now stay at the helm of the European champions until after that year's Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo. In the meantime, she will be aiming to lead the Dutch to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, with the team’s qualifying campaign set to resume on 6 April 2018 with a match against Northern Ireland.
Wiegman, who was already contracted until 2019, said of the extension: "I am very pleased. Last summer was of course a wonderful experience, for me, for the team and for the whole of Dutch women's football. Now we must focus on the future. There are two wonderful tournaments, the World Cup and the Olympic Games, coming up, and I am happy to be able to work with this team.”
Jan Dirk van der Zee, the KNVB’s Head of Women’s Football, said: "Sarina played an extremely important role in the success that was achieved last summer at the European Championship. This has given women's football a big boost in the Netherlands and we want to reward Sarina for that. Her qualities are undisputed and it is no coincidence that FIFA has chosen her as The Best FIFA Women’s Coach. With her at the helm, we are looking forward to the future.”