|Världsmästerskapet i fotboll för damer 1995|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Norway (1st title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Fourth place||China PR|
|Goals scored||99 (3.81 per match)|
|Attendance||112,213 (4,316 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Ann Kristin Aarønes (6 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Hege Riise|
|Fair play award||Sweden|
The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in Sweden and won by Norway, who became the first European nation to win the Women's World Cup.The tournament featured 12 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams and two best third-ranked teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Råsunda Stadium on 18 June 1995.
Sweden became the first country to host both men's and women's World Cup, having hosted the men's in 1958.
Australia, Canada, and England made their debuts in the competition. The tournament also hosted as qualification for the 1996 Summer Olympics, with the eight quarter-finalists being invited to the Olympics. In the second edition of the Women's World Cup, matches were lengthened to the standard 90 minutes, and three points were awarded for a win.
Bulgaria was originally awarded hosting rights for the tournament, but had to relinquish the rights and FIFA ended up awarding the tournament to Sweden.About 112,000 tickets were sold for the entire tournament.
As a FIFA rules experiment, each team was allowed a two-minute time out each half.
Norway won the 1995 title, with one in four Norwegians watching the game on television. Norway's team plane was escorted back to Oslo by two F-16s on their way to a victory celebration.
As in the previous edition of the FIFA Women's World cup, held in 1991, 12 teams participated in the final tournament. The teams were:
For a list of the squads that disputed the final tournament, see 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup squads.
The draw for the group stage was held on 18 February 1995 in a public ceremony at the Elite Hotel Marina Plaza in Helsingborg, Sweden. The draw was conducted by Sepp Blatter, then the FIFA General Secretary, and assisted by Swedish internationals Tomas Brolin and Kristin Bengtsson, winners of the 1994 Guldbollen and Diamantbollen, respectively. There was no television coverage of the draw.
Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a defeat.
|1||Germany||3||2||0||1||9||4||+5||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||Norway||3||3||0||0||17||0||+17||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|1||United States||3||2||1||0||9||4||+5||7||Advance to knockout stage|
Group C started with back-and-forth 3–3 draw between the United States and China with the Chinese coming back from a 3–1 deficit. Denmark's opening 5–0 win over Australia, in which Sonia Gegenhuber was sent off in the 45th minute for the Aussies, ultimately led to their securing one of the best third place runner up spots as they would lose their next two matches.
United States goalkeeper Brianna Scurry was sent off in the 88th minute of the second group game against Denmark. With all three substitutions used, U.S. manager Tony DiCicco called upon striker Mia Hamm to play goalkeeper. Hamm made two saves over eight minutes of stoppage time to secure the 2–0 win.In the other game, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first-ever World Cup goal, but China defeated the Matildas 4–2.
|United States||3–3||China PR|
|1||C||Denmark||3||1||0||2||6||5||+1||3||Advance to knockout stage|
|13 June – Västerås|
|15 June – Helsingborg|
|13 June – Helsingborg|
|18 June – Solna|
|China PR (p)||1 (4)|
|13 June – Gävle|
|15 June – Västerås|
|13 June – Karlstad|
|Norway||1||Third place play-off|
|17 June – Gävle|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Hege Riise||Gro Espeseth||Ann Kristin Aarønes|
|Golden Shoe||Silver Shoe||Bronze Shoe|
|Ann Kristin Aarønes||Hege Riise||Shi Guihong|
|6 goals, 0 assists||5 goals, 5 assists||3 goals, 2 assists|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
There were 99 goals scored in 26 matches, for an average of 3.81 goals per match. Ann Kristin Aarønes of Norway won the Golden Shoe award for scoring six goals.
Source: FIFA Technical Report
Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. Teams eliminated in the quarter-finals are ranked by their quarter-final goal differential.
|3||C||United States||6||4||1||1||15||5||+10||13||Third place|
|4||C||China PR||6||2||2||2||11||10||+1||8||Fourth place|
|5||A||Sweden (H)||4||2||1||1||6||4||+2||7||Eliminated in|
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The Australia women's national association football team has represented Australia at the FIFA Women's World Cup on seven occasions in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Australia will co-host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup with New Zealand. The Matildas automatically qualify as co-host. The team also participated in the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament, a precursor to the Women's World Cup.
The 2016 season was the 119th season of competitive football in Sweden. Sweden was participating in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after UEFA Euro 2016.
England have participated five times at the FIFA Women's World Cup: in 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. They have reached the quarter-finals three times and the semi-finals twice.
The United States women's national soccer team is the most successful women's national team in the history of the Women's World Cup, having won four titles, earning second-place once and third-place finishes three times. The United States is one of the countries besides Germany, Japan, and Norway to win a FIFA Women's World Cup. The United States are also the only team that has played the maximum number of matches possible in every tournament.
The Japan women's national football team has represented Japan at the FIFA Women's World Cup on eight occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. They are the only Asian team to have won the tournament and they are the only team that has won the trophy with a loss during the final tournament. They also were runners-up once.
The Germany women's national football team has represented Germany at the FIFA Women's World Cup on eight occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. They have won the title twice and were runners-up once. They also reached the fourth place in 1991 and in 2015.
The Norway women's national football team has represented Norway at the FIFA Women's World Cup on eight occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. They were runners up in 1991. They won the following tournament in 1995. They also reached the fourth place in 1999 and in 2007.
The China women's national football team has represented China at the FIFA Women's World Cup on seven occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015 and 2019, finishing as runners up once (1999) and once in fourth place (1995).
The Brazil women's national football team has represented Brazil at the FIFA Women's World Cup on eight occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. They were runners-up once. They also reached the third place once.
The Sweden women's national football team has represented Sweden at the FIFA Women's World Cup on eight occasions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007,2011, 2015 and 2019. There were runners up once and three times bronze medalists: in 1991, in 2011 and in 2019
Group A of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 5 to 9 June 1995. The group consisted of Brazil, Germany, Japan and hosts Sweden.
Group B of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 6 to 10 June 1995. The group consisted of Canada, England, Nigeria and Norway.
Group C of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 6 to 10 June 1995. The group consisted of Australia, China PR, Denmark and United States.
The knockout stage of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on 13 June with the quarter-finals and ended on 18 June 1995 with the final match, held at the Råsunda Stadium in Solna. A total of eight teams advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.
The Canada women's national soccer team has represented Canada at seven of the eight stagings of the FIFA Women's World Cup. The inaugural tournament in 1991 was the only edition for which they failed to qualify.
The Denmark women's national football team has represented Denmark at the FIFA Women's World Cup on four occasions, in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2007.
Some of the terms and conditions had been changed this time: 90 minutes of play instead of 80 in China, a full group of 20 players instead of 18, three points for a win, and the experiment with time out.