Pauliina Miettinen
Personal information
Full name Pauliina Miettinen
Date of birth (1972-05-20) 20 May 1972 (age 49)
Place of birth Kuopio, Finland
Position(s) Goalkeeper, Striker
Club information
Current team
Tikkurilan Palloseura (head coach)
Youth career
1996–1999 Franklin Pierce Ravens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Buffalo FFillies
1998–2000 Boston Renegades
National team
1992–2004 Finland 26 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Sky Blue FC
2011–2013 PK-35 Vantaa
2020– TiPS
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 March 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 October 2011

Pauliina Miettinen (born 20 May 1972, in Kuopio) is a Finnish football (soccer) coach and former player. She currently works as the head coach of the Kansallinen Liiga team Tikkurilan Palloseura.

During her playing career, Miettinen played as goalkeeper, defender and forward. She is one of the few footballers who have played both in goal (9 caps) and on the field (17 caps) at international level.[1]

Miettinen's first club was KMF from her hometown Kuopio.[2] She has played in Finnish clubs FC Kontu, Turun Pyrkivä, Malmin Palloseura and HJK Helsinki. Miettinen also played for the Boston Renegades[3] and captained at Franklin Pierce College, where she managed to muster 122 goals and 65 assists, an NCAA record with 309 points.[1] She won the Finnish championship with HJK in 2001 and the Finnish Cup with Pyrkivä in 1994 and with HJK in 2002.[4][5]

Miettinen started her coaching career during her playing days. She was assistant coach at Franklin Pierce, her alma mater, and she has also coached at Barry University and Florida State University. After finishing her playing career, Miettinen became the head coach of FC Kontu and then PK-35 Vantaa. After the 2009 season, Miettinen was named as the head coach of Sky Blue FC,[1] but she was dismissed on 19 July 2010. In October 2010 she returned to PK-35 Vantaa.[6] At PK-35 Vantaa she won the Finnish Championship in 2011 and 2012, and Finnish Women's Cup in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Miettinen also guided the club to the knockout phase of the UEFA Women's Champions League three times. She quit in 2013, but returned to management in 2019 with the women's team of Nurmijärven Jalkapalloseura who played in the third tier. In December 2019 she was appointed as the head coach of the Tikkurilan Palloseura in Kansallinen Liiga.[7]

Miettinen graduated from Franklin Pierce in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and psychology[8] and from Barry in 2005 with a master's degree in elementary education.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Frank Mustac. "Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer introduces Pauliina Miettinen as head coach". Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Pauliina Miettinen Yhdysvaltain mestarin valmentajaksi" [Pauliina Miettinen becomes the coach of United States champion] (in Finnish). Savon Sanomat. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Alumni: 2000 MPS Boston Renegades". Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  4. ^ Aalto, Seppo (2007). Tähtien Tarina (in Finnish). HJK Helsinki. pp. 314–319. ISBN 978-952-92-2062-5.
  5. ^ Kilén, Turkka (16 October 1994). "Pyrkivä juhlii 40 vuoden välein" [Pyrkivä celebrates at 40 year intervals]. Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish).
  6. ^ "Pauliina Miettinen palaa PK-35:n peräsimeen" [Pauliina Miettinen returns to the helm of PK-35] (in Finnish). YLE. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Pauliina Miettinen väsyi, kun voittamisesta tuli pakkomielle" [Pauliina Miettinen grew weary when winning became an obsession] (in Finnish). YLE. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer introduces Pauliina Miettinen as head coach". 30 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Paullina Miettinen Bio". Florida State University.