1970 Women's World Cup

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The 1970 Women's World Cup (Italian: Coppa del Mondo; sponsored name Martini Rosso Cup) was a non-FIFA-sanctioned association football tournament for women which took place in Italy in July 1970. It was won by Denmark, represented by Boldklubben Femina.

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Boldklubben Femina

Boldklubben Femina is a women's association football team that play in Gladsaxe, Denmark. The club was formed in 1959 and play in white. In 2009 the club celebrated its 50th anniversary. At the time, the team was playing regional seven–a–side football under the auspices of the Sjællands Boldspil Union (SBU).


The tournament

Seven teams appeared in the tournament: England, Germany, Denmark, Mexico, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. [1] An eighth team, Czechoslovakia, withdrew. [1] The crowds for the tournament were "30,000-strong". [2] Denmark won the tournament after beating Italy 2–0 in the final. [1]


6 July — Genova
Flag of England.svg  England 5
10 July — Milan
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1
Flag of England.svg  England 0
9 July — Bologna
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 6
13 July — Torino
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2
6 July — Bari
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 0
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 9
11 July — Napoli
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1
9 July — Salerno
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2Third place
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2
15 July — Torino
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 3
Flag of England.svg  England 2


England  Flag of England.svg5–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg6–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Evers Soccerball shade.svg 8', 35', 69'
Christensen Soccerball shade.svg 9', 19'
Hansen Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Arzdorf Soccerball shade.svg 15'

It seems that Germany was given a second chance because of Czechoslovakia's withdrawal

Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg9–0Flag of Austria.svg  Austria

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg2–1Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Mella Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Avon Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Ripamonti Soccerball shade.svg 40'


Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg2–0Flag of England.svg  England
Evers Soccerball shade.svg 46', 70'

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg2–1Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Schiavo Soccerball shade.svg 5', 40'Mundo Soccerball shade.svg 48' (o.g.)

Third place play-off

Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg3–2Flag of England.svg  England
Vargas Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Hernández Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Stockey Soccerball shade.svg 50' (o.g.)
Tovar Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Davies Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Attendance: 3000
Referee: Sicco (Italy)


Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg2–0Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Hansen Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Sescikova Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Stadio Communale, Torino
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Cosentina (Italy)

Later tournaments

The tournament was followed by the 1971 Women's World Cup, and "the series of Mundialito tournaments throughout the 1980s in Italy, and Fifa's Women's Invitation Tournament in China in 1988" before the first official Women's World Cup in China in 1991. [3]

The 1971 Women's World Cup was a non-FIFA-sanctioned association football tournament for women which took place in Mexico in August and September 1971. Denmark won the tournament.

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The 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament, or International Women's Football Tournament, was organized by FIFA in China from 1 to 12 June 1988. The competition was a test to study if a global women's World Cup was feasible following the experience of non-FIFA invitational competitions such as the Mundialito (1984–88) and the Women's World Invitational Tournament (1978–87). The competition was a success and on 30 June FIFA approved the establishment of an official World Cup for 1991, which would also be held in China.

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