2003 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

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The 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process decided the 15 teams which played at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the host China qualifying automatically as the host nation. The qualification process for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup saw 99 teams from the six FIFA confederations compete for the 16 places in the tournament's finals. The places were divided as follows:

2003 FIFA Womens World Cup 2003 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup was the fourth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial championship of women's association football teams organized by FIFA. It was held in the United States from 20 September to 12 October 2003 at six venues in six cities across the country. The tournament was won by Germany, who became the first country to win both men's and women's World Cup.

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

The China 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".

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a non-profit organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and efootball. It is the highest governing body of football.

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Africa The second largest and second most-populous continent, mostly in the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent, being behind Asia in both categories. At about 30.3 million km2 including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognised sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. The majority of the continent and its countries are in the Northern Hemisphere, with a substantial portion and number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Confederation of African Football governing body of association football in Africa

The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.

Asia Earths largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres

Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa. Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres (17,212,000 sq mi), about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.

Qualified teams

TeamQualified asQualification dateAppearance
in finals
Last
appearance
Consecutive
streak
Previous best performance
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Hosts26 October 20004th 1999 4Runners-up (1999)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany UEFA qualification Group 4 winners18 April 20024th 1999 4Runners-up (1995)
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway UEFA qualification Group 1 winners9 May 20024th 1999 4Champions (1995)
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia UEFA qualification Group 3 winners8 June 20022nd 1999 2Quarter-finals (1999)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden UEFA qualification Group 2 winners26 June 20024th 1999 4Third place (1991)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup runners-up6 November 20023rd 1999 3Group stage (1995)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions6 November 20024th 1999 4Champions (1991, 1999)
Flag of France.svg  France UEFA qualification Play-Off winners16 November 20021st1Debut
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2002 African Women's Championship runners-up17 December 20022nd 1999 2Group stage (1999)
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 2002 African Women's Championship champions18 December 20024th 1999 4Quarter-finals (1999)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2003 OFC Women's Championship champions13 April 20033rd 1999 3Group stage (1995, 1999)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2003 South American Women's Football Championship champions27 April 20034th 1999 4Third place (1999)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2003 South American Women's Football Championship runners-up27 April 20031st1Debut
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2003 AFC Women's Championship champions19 June 20032nd 1999 2Group stage (1999)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2003 AFC Women's Championship 3rd place21 June 20031st1Debut
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan CONCACAF–AFC play-off winners12 July 20034th 1999 4Quarter-finals (1995)

Confederation qualification

AFC

Like the previous edition, the AFC Women's Championship served as the tournament qualification for AFC members. Fourteens competed in the competition which included the World Cup hosts in China. After the group stage which eliminated ten teams from qualifying, the semi-finals saw the first team in North Korea as they defeated Japan 3-0. After China won the second semi, the third-place play-off would see South Korea qualify with a 1-0 victory over Japan which meant Japan had to qualify via play-off against the third place team from CONCACAF (Mexico).

AFC Womens Asian Cup

The AFC Women's Asian Cup is a quadrennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the premier women's football competition in the AFC region for national teams. The competition is also known as the Asian Women's Football Championship and the Asian Women's Championship. 19 tournaments have been held, with the current champions being Japan. The competition also serves as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Asian Football Confederation governing body of association football in Asia

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries, are also members of the AFC.

North Korea womens national football team womens national football team representing North Korea

The North Korea women's national football team represents North Korea in international women's football. North Korea won the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2001, 2003, and 2008.

Final tournament

Group A

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 4310452+4310
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 4310202+1810
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 4202621−156
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 4103224−223
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 4004024−240

Group B

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4400340+3412
Flag of Myanmar (1974-2010).svg  Myanmar 4211118+37
Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei 42117707
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 4103226−243
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 4004215−130

Group C

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 3300290+299
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 320169−36
Flag of India.svg  India 3102714−73
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 3003221−190

Knockout stage (top two teams qualify for World Cup)

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
19 June - Bangkok
 
 
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 3
 
21 June - Bangkok
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0
 
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2
 
19 June - Bangkok
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 3
 
 
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1
 
Third place
 
 
21 June - Bangkok
 
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0
 
 
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1

CAF

Like the previous edition, the Africa Women's Championship served as the tournament qualification for CAF members.

Africa Women Cup of Nations

The Total Africa Women Cup of Nations is an international women's football competition held every two years and sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was first contested in 1991, but was not held biennially until 1998. Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament's history, having won a record 11 titles, meaning they have won all but two of the previous tournaments. Ghana hosted the tournament in 2018.

The 2002 African Women's Championship qualification process was organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide the participating teams of the 2002 African Women's Championship. Nigeria qualified automatically as both hosts and defending champions, while the remaining seven spots were determined by the qualifying rounds, which took place from August to October 2002.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state.

Qualifying stage

The seven winners of the second qualifying round advanced to the final tournament: Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Final tournament

Group A

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 330060+69 Knockout stage
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 320182+66
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 301239−61
Flag of Ethiopia (1996-2009).svg  Ethiopia 301228−61

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 321063+37 Knockout stage
2Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 31112204
3Flag of Angola.svg  Angola 302123−12
4Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 302124−22

Knockout stage (top two teams qualify for World Cup)

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
17 December - Warri
 
 
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 3
 
20 December - Warri
 
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 2
 
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 0
 
18 December - Warri
 
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 2
 
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 0
 
 
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 5
 
Third place
 
 
20 December - Warri
 
 
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 3
 
 
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 0

Europe (UEFA)

Qualified:Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden -- Flag of Russia.svg  Russia -- Flag of Germany.svg  Germany -- Flag of Norway.svg  Norway -- Flag of France.svg  France

The 16 teams belonging to Class A of European women's football were drawn into four groups, from which the group winners qualify for the World Cup. The four runners-up were played in playoff-matches for the 5th berth.

North, Central America & the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

Qualified:Flag of the United States.svg  United States -- Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

The 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup second-placed Canada qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. The winner USA qualified as host. The third-placed Mexico played against Japan in two play-off matches for qualification.

Oceania (OFC)

Qualified:Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia

The 2003 OFC Women's Championship determined the OFC's one qualifier for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup — the winner Australia.

South America (CONMEBOL)

Qualified:Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil -- Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

The fourth edition of the Sudamericano Femenino (Women's South American Championship) in 2003 determined the CONMEBOL's qualifiers Brazil and Argentina.

Play-offs

Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg2 2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Mora 60'
Sandoval 76'
report (Japanese) Kobayashi 51'
Miyamoto 74'
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Toro Pardo (Colombia)

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg2 0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Sawa 56'
Maruyama 83'
report (Japanese)
National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 12,743
Referee: Elovirta (Finland)

Japan won 4-2 on aggregate and qualified for 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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