2007 Nián nǚzǐ shìjièbēi zúqiú sài
|Teams||16 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Goals scored||111 (3.47 per match)|
|Attendance||1,156,955 (36,155 per match)|
|Fair play award|
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007.Originally, China was to host the 2003 edition, but the outbreak of SARS in that country forced that event to be moved to the United States. FIFA immediately granted the 2007 event to China, which meant that no new host nation was chosen competitively until the voting was held for the 2011 Women's World Cup.
The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women's World Championship, was held in China. Under the tournament's current format, national teams vie for 23 slots in a three-year qualification phase. The host nation's team is automatically entered as the 24th slot. The tournament proper, alternatively called the World Cup Finals, is contested at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about one month.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
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.
The tournament opened with a record-breaking match in Shanghai, as Germany beat Argentina 11–0 to register the biggest win and the highest scoring match in Women's World Cup history, records which stood until 2019. The tournament ended with Germany defeating Brazil 2–0 in the final, having never surrendered a goal in the entire tournament. The Germans became the first national team in FIFA Women's World Cup history to retain their title.
Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China. It is the most populous urban area in China, and the second most populous city proper in the world. Shanghai is a global financial, innovation and technology, and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Eastern China coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the south, east and west, and is bound to the east by the East China Sea.
The Germany women's national football team is governed by the German Football Association (DFB).
The Argentina women's national football team represents Argentina in international women's football.
The golden goal rule for extra time in knockout matches was eliminated by FIFA, although no matches went to extra time nor required a penalty shootout.
The golden goal or golden point is a rule used in association football, bandy, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, floorball and korfball to decide the winner of a match in which scores are equal at the end of normal time. It is a type of sudden death. Under this rule, the game will end when a goal or point is scored; the team that scores that goal or point during extra time will be the winner. Introduced formally in 1992, though with some history before that, the rule ceased to apply to most FIFA-authorized football games in 2004. The similar silver goal supplemented the golden goal between 2002 and 2004.
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".
The Australian women's national soccer team is overseen by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Matildas, having been known as the Female Socceroos before 1995. Under a naming rights deal with Scentre Group and its predecessor, Westfield Group, the team has been branded as Westfield Matildas since 2008.
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.
The venues selected to host the competition were:
|Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium|
|Yellow Dragon Sports Center||Chengdu Sports Centre||Hongkou Stadium|
|Capacity: 51,000||Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 33,000|
The group draw took place on 22 April 2007 in Wuhan after the completion of the qualifying rounds.
Wuhan is the capital and largest city of the Chinese province of Hubei. It is the most populous city in Central China, with a population of over 10 million, the seventh most populous Chinese city, and one of the nine National Central Cities of China. It lies in the eastern Jianghan Plain, on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River's intersection with the Han river. Arising out of the conglomeration of three cities, Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, Wuhan is known as "China's Thoroughfare" (九省通衢), and holds sub-provincial status.
FIFA automatically seeded the host and defending champions, slotting China and Germany into Group D and Group A, respectively.The FIFA Women's World Ranking for March 2007 was used to determine the teams to occupy the other seeded positions, B1 and C1. United States were ranked first, Germany second and Norway third, so the United States and Norway were also seeded.
Also, no two teams from the same confederation could draw each other, except for those from UEFA, where a maximum of two teams from UEFA could be drawn into the same group. Group B quickly became dubbed the group of deathsince three of the top five teams in the world were drawn in this group — the USA (1st), Sweden (3rd) and Korea DPR (5th), according to the June 2007 FIFA Women's World Rankings, the last to be released before the tournament. The same four teams were drawn together in Group A in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, on that occasion the USA and Sweden progressed to the knockout stages.
All times are local (UTC+8).
Teams are ranked on the following criteria:
| Germany ||11–0|
| Behringer |
| England ||2–2|
| K. Smith ||Report|| Miyama |
| Argentina ||0–1|
|Report|| Nagasato |
| Germany ||0–0|
| Argentina ||1–6|
| González ||Report|| González |
The four teams were also paired in the same group in 2003.
| United States ||2–2|
| Wambach |
|Report|| Kil Son-Hui |
| Sweden ||1–1|
| Svensson ||Report|| Uwak |
| United States ||2–0|
| Wambach ||Report|
| North Korea ||2–0|
| Kim Kyong-Hwa |
| North Korea ||1–2|
| Ri Un Suk ||Report|| Schelin |
| Australia ||4–1|
| Walsh |
|Report|| Amankwa |
| Norway ||2–1|
| R. Gulbrandsen |
|Report|| Chapman |
| Canada ||4–0|
| Sinclair |
| Norway ||1–1|
| R. Gulbrandsen ||Report|| De Vanna |
| Norway ||7–2|
| Storløkken |
|Report|| Bayor |
| Brazil ||5–0|
| Daniela |
| China PR ||3–2|
| Li Jie |
|Report|| Nielsen |
| Denmark ||2–0|
| Pedersen |
| China PR ||0–4|
|Report|| Marta |
| China PR ||2–0|
| Li Jie |
|22 September — Wuhan|
|26 September — Tianjin|
|23 September — Wuhan|
|30 September — Shanghai|
|22 September — Tianjin|
|27 September — Hangzhou|
|23 September — Tianjin|
|30 September — Shanghai|
All times are local (UTC+8).
| Germany ||3–0|
| Garefrekes |
| United States ||3–0|
| Wambach |
| Norway ||1–0|
| Herlovsen ||Report|
(All times UTC+8)
| Germany ||3–0|
| Rønning |
There were 111 goals scored in 32 matches, for an average of 3.47 goals per match. Marta of Brazil won the Golden Shoe award for scoring seven goals.
1 own goal
Source: FIFA Technical Report
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.FIFA.com shortlisted ten goals for users to vote on as the Goal of the Tournament. The Most Entertaining Team award was also decided by a poll on FIFA.com.
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Golden Shoe||Silver Shoe||Bronze Shoe|
|7 goals, 5 assists||6 goals, 1 assist||6 goals, 0 assists|
|Goal of the Tournament|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
|Most Entertaining Team|
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.
Numerous TV stations around the world provided coverage of the tournament. One notable example is the Chinese-language channel CCTV-5, which also broadcast over the internet via TVUnetworks.
For the first time in FIFA Women's World Cup history, all teams received monetary bonuses according to the round they reached (all in USD):
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Germany and Norway qualified for the Olympics at the World Cup, whereas Denmark and Sweden had to enter a play-off for the third Olympics spot. Sweden won both legs of the playoffs with a total of 7–3 on aggregate to qualify for the Olympics.
Kenneth Heiner-Møller and Danish players accused the Chinese hosts of harassment and covert surveillance prior to China's first round match against Denmark. China's Swedish coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors and her assistant Pia Sundhage were unaware of the incidents and Heiner-Møller absolved them of any blame, although he refused to shake hands after the match.
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