Did You Know
Taking the field
Women have been playing the beautiful game for much longer than most people think. In fact, women’s football has been drawing crowds for almost 100 years. In 1920, more than 50,000 spectators crowded into Goodison Park, Liverpool to watch England’s unofficial women’s side – a
team from a munitions factory in Preston – play a charity match in aid of servicemen, hospitals and needy children.
A Worldwide game
Today, there are more female players and more people than ever watching women’s football. A total of 119 countries entered the FIFA Women’s World CupTM 2007 and 150 broadcast the finals in China on television. The 32 games drew almost a million spectators. There are now also FIFA
U-20 and FIFA U-17 World Cup competitions for women.
A new participation record was established for the FIFA Women’s World CupTM in Germany 2011, with 122 teams entering the qualifying competition and 355 matches played
The final stage of the FIFA Women’s World CupTM Germany 2011 brought the women’s game to a whole new dimension! Played under the slogan of “The Beautiful Side of 20ELEVEN” the tournament was a display of elegant, intelligent, exciting high-level football. The number of goals scored totalled 86 for the whole tournament with an average of 2.7 goals per match. No fewer than 21 of the tournament’s 32 matches were either drawn, went to penalties or were decided by a single goal. France and Japan reached the semi-finals for the first time and Japan was the first Asian team to ever win the FIFA Women’s World CupTM.
There were also newcomers, with Colombia and Equatorial Guinea participating for the first time. New records were also set for TV coverage with peak audiences of 14 to 21 million in matches featuring Germany, Japan and USA. The German Organising Committee sold a total of 782,704 tickets representing 87 per cent of all the tickets put on sale; the number of journalists registered for the World Cup was 2,575.
All in all, Germany 2011 represents a new benchmark for elite-level Women’s Football! The next FIFA WWC will be held in Canada in 2015 and for the first time 24 teams will line up hoping to lift the Women’s World Cup trophy.
Facts about the FIFA Women’s World Cup™
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ was the sixth Women’s World Cup tournament in football history. Germany became only the second European country to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, after Sweden in 1995. The USA and China PR are the only other previous hosts, each having staged the event twice.
The all-time attendance record was recorded at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999™, when a total of 1,194,221 fans flocked to the stadiums, an average of more than 37,300 per match. This figure was almost equalled by the competition in China PR in 2007, which attracted only 4,000 fewer spectators.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 1999™ set an attendance record for a single match, when a total of 90,185 spectators turned out to watch the USA beat China PR.
Italian Carolina Morace bagged the first hat trick. She hit the back of the net three times in the Azurre’s 5-0 victory over Chinese Taipei on 17 November 1991.
With more than 500 international matches in a year – 2010 was a milestone year for women’s football. The main reason for the impressive figure of 512 international matches, featuring a record 141 associations, was the qualifying competition for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™.
Tony DiCicco is the only coach to lead a women’s team to victory at both a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and an Olympic Football Tournament. He first steered the USA to the gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta and in 1999 he was in charge of the team winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ final in Los Angeles.
The first successful penalty was scored by Germany’s Bettina Wiegmann in her team’s match against Chinese Taipei on 19 November 1991. The first penalty was actually taken three days earlier but Norwegian Tone Haugen’s attempt at goal was saved by China PR’s Zhong Honglian.