|Event||2003 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|After extra time|
|Date||12 October 2003|
|Venue||Home Depot Center, Carson|
|Referee||Cristina Babadac (Romania)|
The final of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup was played between Germany and Sweden.The match took place in The Home Depot Center, now known as StubHub Center, in Carson, California, on 12 October 2003. Germany won, 2–1, after extra time.
The 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fourth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in the United States and won by Germany. They won their first women's world title and became the first country to win both men's and women's World Cup. The men's team had won the World Cup three times at the time.
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Sweden women's national football team won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, one World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers. The team has participated in six Olympic Games, seven World Cups, as well as nine European Championships. Sweden won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
| Germany ||2–1 (a.e.t.)|
| Meinert |
|Report|| Ljungberg |
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