Cymru take on Scotland at Parc y Scarlets this evening and the latest edition of FC Cymru provides everything you need to know ahead of the match.
Our latest digital match programme includes exclusive features on our opponents, a look ahead to the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign, and a nostalgic journey back to 1975 when the two teams met for the first time.
@Cymru will be celebrating #PrideMonth at this evening's match against @ScotlandNT.— Wales (@Cymru) June 15, 2021
Gemma, @sophieingle01, @tashharding09 and @JessFishlock explain why...#BeFootball | #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/EuA0iufNVs
Gemma Grainger takes charge of Cymru for only the third time this evening as her side host Scotland at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (7.15pm).
The match is the final opportunity for Grainger to see her players in action before the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign begins in September. Since her appointment, Grainger has been been impressed by the performances of her team against Canada and Denmark, and Scotland are expected to provide another difficult test.
Cymru have been drawn in Group I for the World Cup qualifiers and will take on France, Slovenia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Estonia for a place at the finals that will be held in New Zealand and Australia. The campaign begins for Cymru with a home match against Kazakhstan, and Grainger is hopeful that the Red Wall will be able to get behind her team.
"We're hoping the fans can get behind us and give us that competitive advantage," said Grainger following the draw. "The support that we have from the country as a whole makes us want to be the best that we can be. I hope there are fans in the stadium for that first game in September. It's crucial that we have fans back as we want to inspire people, so it's very important. They're crucial to what we do."
"It was brilliant, looking at who we are off the pitch, we were out of our comfort zones"— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) June 14, 2021
Wales manager Gemma Grainger is hoping a team bonding excursion to the Brecon Beacons can provide a boost to her side ahead of a friendly with Scotland
The last meeting between Cymru and Scotland took place at the 2017 Cyprus Cup as the two nations played out a 0-0 draw in the final match.
However, a penalty shoot-out was required in order to establish which team would finish fifth at the tournament that year, and it was Scotland who edged the match with a 6-5 victory.
Cymru goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan saved from Caroline Weir during the shoot-out, but Rachel Rowe and Amina Vine failed to convert from the spot, allowing Frankie Brown to score the decisive penalty to claim the win for Scotland.
The tournament began for Cymru with a 2-0 win over Hungary with Helen Ward and Charlie Estcourt scoring in each half. The side were then held to a 0-0 draw by the Czech Republic before losing 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland in their final group game.
Scotland 0-0 Cymru (6-5 pens) - 8 March 2017 - Paralimni, Cyprus
Scotland: Lynn, McLauchlan, J Murray (Fr Brown), Dieke, Smith, L Ross (Fi Brown), Weir, Crichton, Arnot, Cuthbert (J Ross), C Murray (Evans).
Cymru: O'Sullivan, Harding (Miles), Ladd, Ingle, Gemma Evans (Vine), Georgia Evans, Fishlock (James), Rowe (Thomas), Beynon (Estcourt), Lawrence, Green (Fletcher).
Manager Gemma Grainger believes her squad will once again benefit from playing a higher-ranked nation as Cymru prepare to take on Scotland on Tuesday.
"I'm really excited about the game," said Grainger following the squad announcement. "Because they're going to be great competition for us, and that's what we want and hopefully test us in a different way, and I think Scotland will do that. Every camp is an opportunity and we've got some objectives set. In terms of the Scotland game, it gives us another opportunity to see where we're at."
Here's a reminder of the squad selected for the match.
Ahead of the @FIFAWWC qualifying campaign, the players and staff have spent some time in the Brecon Beacons, setting their goals for the next two years.#BeFootball | #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/U149mGBhBi— Wales (@Cymru) June 8, 2021
Gemma Grainger's Cymru squad enjoyed some warm weather training without leaving the country on Sunday as preparations for the international challenge match against Scotland continued at the team base.
The match will be the final opportunity for Grainger to see her squad in action before the 2023 FIFA World Cup qualifiers begin in September, and a strong squad has been named for the fixture that will take place at Parc-y-Scarlets in Llanelli and will be shown live across the BBC Wales digital channels on Tuesday evening (7.15pm).
While it was important for the squad to take plenty of fluids on-board during the session, ice cream proved to be the popular option as the side took a break from the heat.
Gemma Grainger is preparing her Cymru squad for the World Cup qualifiers in September with an international challenge match against Scotland at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli on Tuesday (15 June).
The live match hub will bring you all the latest from camp in the build-up to this match so please keep checking this page for regular updates.