|Världsmästerskapet i fotboll för damer 1995|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Goals scored||99 (3.81 per match)|
|Attendance||112,213 (4,316 per match)|
|Fair play award|
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.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.
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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.
Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a defeat.
| Sweden ||0–1|
|Report|| Roseli |
| Germany ||1–0|
| Neid ||Report|
| Sweden ||3–2|
| Andersson |
|Report|| Wiegmann |
| Brazil ||1–2|
| Pretinha ||Report|| Noda |
| Sweden ||2–0|
| Videkull |
| Norway ||8–0|
| Sandberg |
| England ||3–2|
| Coultard |
|Report|| Stoumbos |
| Norway ||2–0|
| Haugen |
| Nigeria ||3–3|
| Nwadike |
|Report|| Burtini |
| Norway ||7–0|
| Aarønes |
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|
| Venturini |
|Report|| Liping |
| Denmark ||5–0|
| Krogh |
| United States ||2–0|
| Lilly |
| China PR ||4–2|
| Zhou |
|Report|| Iannotta |
| United States ||4–1|
| Foudy |
|Report|| Casagrande |
|13 June — Arosvallen|
|15 June — Olympia Stadion|
|13 June — Olympia Stadion|
|18 June — Råsunda|
|13 June — Strömvallen|
|15 June — Arosvallen|
|13 June — Tingvallen|
|17 June — Strömvallen|
| Germany ||3–0|
| Voss |
| Sweden ||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
| Kalte ||Report|| Sun Q. |
| Andersson |
| United States ||4–0|
| Lilly |
| Germany ||1–0|
| Wiegmann ||Report|
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.
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Golden Shoe||Silver Shoe||Bronze Shoe|
|6 goals||5 goals||3 goals, 2 assists|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
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