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The 1971 Women's World Cup (Spanish: 1971 Campeonato de Fútbol Femenil) was a non-FIFA-sanctioned association football tournament for women which took place in Mexico in August and September 1971. Denmark won the tournament.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.
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The first unofficial Women's World Cup took place in Italy in 1970, also won by Denmark.
The 1970 Women's World 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.
The six-team tournament featured three different qualifying groups, two in Europe played in April and June 1971, and one in the Americas.Six teams made the final tournament – Mexico, Argentina, England, Denmark, France, and Italy. Four teams were knocked out in qualifying – Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Costa Rica.
One of the qualifiers was the first officially recognised women's international match. France beat the Netherlands 4-0 in Hazebrouck to qualify for the tournament in front of 1,500 spectators. However, the match was only recognised after it was completed, and the French players did not know they had qualified for the tournament until their coach told them after the game.
Tournament sponsors Martini & Rossi paid for each team's travel, accommodation, and kits.Goalposts were painted in pink hoops and stadium staff wore pink clothes, in order to try to appeal to women and families. Ticket prices ranged from 30 pesos (£1.15) to 80 pesos (£3). The tournament mascot was Xochitl, "a young girl in [a] football kit".
Martini & Rossi is an Italian multinational alcoholic beverage company primarily associated with the Martini brand of vermouth and also with sparkling wine. It also produces the French vermouth, Noilly Prat.
An estimated 80,000 people attended the Mexico group games against England and Argentina, and an estimated 110,000 attended the final, between Mexico and Denmark.
The hosts Mexico qualified for the final after defeating Italy in the semifinals. Two days before the final, the Mexican press noted the players for Mexico were unhappy they had not been receiving economic support for participating in the tournament. The Mexican team threatened to skip the final but gave up their two million peso demand and the game went forward as scheduled.
Denmark won the tournament after beating Mexico 3–0 in the final, featuring a hat trick by 15-year-old Susanne Augustesen.The victorious Danish team were treated to a celebratory reception at Copenhagen Town Hall upon their return from the tournament. However, due to the unofficial nature of the tournament, it is not recognised by the Danish Football Association.
England's team included 13-year-old Leah Caleb, 14-year-old Gill Sayell, and 15-year-old Chris Lockwood,while 15-year-old Susanne Augustesen scored a hat-trick for Denmark as they beat Mexico 3–0 in the final. Augustesen was honoured by the mayor of her hometown, Holbæk.
|28 August — Mexico City|
|5 September — Mexico City|
|29 August — Mexico City|
|4 September — Guadalajara|
A match for fifth place was played between the two teams which did not advance to the semifinals.
The tournament was succeeded by "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.
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