Carolina Morace: Ahead of her Time?

Jun 5, 2020

Life Stories

Carolina Morace


Carolina Morace was born in Venice in 1964. She first played for the women’s national team aged 14. This began a career of almost unbroken success in which she scored 105 goals for Italy, and 550 goals in the Italian Women’s League.

International Star

Carolina Morace played 153 times for Italy. She took part in six European Championships, and the first-ever Women’s World Cup in China in 1991. In 1990 she scored all four goals as Italy defeated England 4-1 in London. After retiring as a player, she gained a law degree in 1996. She became a celebrity as a TV commentator and also moved into coaching. Carolina was one of the first women to obtain a FIFA Pro Licence and was head coach of Italy’s women’s team from 2000 to 2005.


At the start of her coaching career, Carolina Morace caused a sensation as the first woman ever to coach a men’s professional team – Viterbese of Serie C1, the third tier of Italian football. But she decided to resign after only two matches because she could not tolerate interference in team affairs by the club president. Since then she has been head coach of women’s international teams of Italy, Canada and Trinidad. She has also supervised FIFA training courses for coaches.

Thinking points

Carolina Morace was a star footballer, a TV sporting celebrity and a successful coach in women’s international football.
But she is most often noted as the first woman ever to be put in charge of a men’s professional team, at Viterbo in 1999. Her time there ended almost as soon as it began; she resigned after clashing with the Viterbo president.

Educators could look at the life story of Carlino Morace and work with young people to consider these questions:

  1. Was Carolina ahead of her time? Will women coaches (and referees) ever be accepted as equals in the men’s game?
  2. Or will it always be a fanciful notion, fit for comic books and fictional TV serials?

Find out more

Find out more about her from her own website, watch this short video interview or read this article that discusses her impact.


Carolina Morace (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Carolina Morace (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

Life Story

Carolina Morace caused a sensation as the first woman ever to coach a men’s professional team. Her story is one about identity and fighting against the odds.


Article Tags:   Lives

Do you wanna know more?



Browse our collection of stories about football history and inclusion. With the history of football being made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, we offer stories that can inspire our cultural conversations today.


Get to know untold stories where individuals are making history with football. When faced with insurmountable challenges, individuals past and present can use football as a cultural force to foster positive change in society. We honour these individuals and tell their ‘untold’ stories in short videos.

Educational Resources

Explore our innovative educational resources that use football’s history, heritage and legacy to engage young people. The resources include ready-made lesson plans and historical source collections for school history education as well as toolkit with activities for non-formal settings.

LATEST POST  You may also be interested in

A final painted in contrasts

A final painted in contrasts

On this day, 12 July 2020, Euro2020 would have reached the final. In 1992 Denmark, which hadn’t qualified, won. While Yugoslavia, a favorite, never made it due to UN sanctions.

The last defectors

The last defectors

Today 30 years ago in 1989 three players of the East German football club Wismut Aue were getting ready to escape from the DDR.

Saga of a small nation in a bigger Europe

Saga of a small nation in a bigger Europe

On this day in 2016, Iceland’s football men lost to France at the European Championship. It ended an amazing run for the team which had not yet reached such heights. This is a story of a small nation in a bigger Europe.

Football without frontiers for a Europe without borders

Football without frontiers for a Europe without borders

On this day in the year 2000, the final of the first European Championship co-hosted by two countries was played. The idea to host such an event together is an example of the 1990s momentum in European cooperation. Euro2020, now postponed till 2021, is co-hosted by 12 European cities. This is the story of crossing borders.

Share This