1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

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1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Final
Event 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup
Date 30 November 1991
Venue Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
Referee Vadim Zhuk (Soviet Union)
Attendance 63,000

The 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 30 November 1991 at Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China. It was played between Norway and the United States to determine the winner of the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup. [1] The United States beat Norway 2–1, with two goals from Michelle Akers-Stahl, to become winners of the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup. [2] [3]

Association football team field sport

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Guangzhou Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the capital and most populous city of the province of Guangdong in southern China. On the Pearl River about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km (90 mi) north of Macau, Guangzhou has a history of over 2,200 years and was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road, and continues to serve as a major port and transportation hub, as well as one of China's three largest cities.

China State in East Asia

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.



The final was contested by Norway, who rebounded from a stunning 4–0 defeat by host nation China PR to qualify from their group. They then dispatched Italy and historic rivals Sweden in the knockout rounds to reach the final. The other team in the final was the United States, who went undefeated throughout the competition, thrashing highly rated Germany 5–2 in the semi-final. [4] [5]

Norway womens national football team womens national association football team representing Norway

The Norway women's national football team is controlled by the Football Association of Norway. The team is former European, World and Olympic champions and thus one of the most successful national teams. The team has had less success since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

China womens national football team womens national association football team representing the Peoples Republic of China

The Chinese women's national football team, recognized as China PR by FIFA, is governed by the Chinese Football Association. The team is colloquially referred to as "Zhōngguó Nǚzú".

Italy womens national football team womens national association football team representing Italy

The Italy women's national football team represents Italy in international women's football at the senior level. The team is governed by the Italian Football Federation.

Route to the final

NorwayRoundUnited States
OpponentResult Group stage OpponentResult
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0–4Match 1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3–2
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4–0Match 2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 5–0
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2–1Match 3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3–0
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 532101037
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 43201651
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 33111642
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 03003111-10
Final standings
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 633001129
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 432011239
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2310217-6
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 03003012-12
OpponentResult Knockout stage OpponentResult
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3–2 Quarter-finals Former Chinese Taipei Football Flag.svg Chinese Taipei 7–0
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 4–1 Semi-finals Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 5–2



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Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
Attendance: 63,000
Referee: Vadim Zhuk (Soviet Union)
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Norway [6]
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United States [6]
GK 1 Reidun Seth
SW 8 Heidi Støre (c)
CB 16 Tina Svensson
CB 4 Gro Espeseth
CB 5 Gunn Nyborg
DM 2 Cathrine Zaborowski Sub off.svg 79'
CM 7 Tone Haugen
CM 6 Agnete Carlsen
RW 9 Hege Riise
CF 10 Linda Medalen
LW 11 Birthe Hegstad
MF 11 Liv Strædet Sub on.svg 79'
Even Pellerud
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GK 1 Mary Harvey
SW 4 Carla Werden
CB 9 Mia Hamm
CB 14 Joy Biefeld
CB 8 Linda Hamilton
DM 11 Julie Foudy
CM 3 Shannon Higgins
CM 13 Kristine Lilly
RW 2 April Heinrichs (c)
CF 10 Michelle Akers-Stahl Yellowcard.svg 54'
LW 12 Carin Jennings
Anson Dorrance

Assistant referees:
Ingrid Jonsson (Sweden)
Gertrud Regus (Germany)

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Swedish Football Association association football governing body of Sweden

The Swedish Football Association is the governing and head body of football in Sweden. It organises the football leagues — Allsvenskan for men and Damallsvenskan for women — and the men's and women's national teams. It is based in Solna and is a founding member of both FIFA and UEFA. SvFF is supported by 24 district organisations.

German Football Association governing body of association football in Germany

The German Football Association is the governing body of football in Germany. A founding member of both FIFA and UEFA, the DFB has jurisdiction for the German football league system and is in charge of the men's and women's national teams. The DFB headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main. Sole members of the DFB are the German Football League, organising the professional Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga, along with five regional and 21 state associations, organising the semi-professional and amateur levels. The 21 state associations of the DFB have a combined number of more than 25,000 clubs with more than 6.8 million members, making the DFB the single largest sports federation in the world.

Match rules:

  • 80 minutes.
  • 20 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.
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