2007 FIFA Women's World Cup

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2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
2007年女子世界杯足球赛
2007 Nián nǚzǐ shìjièbēi zúqiú sài
2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates10–30 September
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Germany.svg  Germany (2nd title)
Runners-upFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Third placeFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Fourth placeFlag of Norway.svg  Norway
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored111 (3.47 per match)
Attendance1,156,955 (36,155 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Brazil.svg Marta (7 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of Brazil.svg Marta
Best goalkeeper Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Angerer
Fair play awardFlag of Norway.svg  Norway
2003
2011

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. [1] 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.

FIFA Womens World Cup Association football competition for womens national teams

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 Team field sport

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.

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.

Contents

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 Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

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.

Germany womens national football team womens national association football team representing Germany

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.

Teams

Africa (CAF)
Asia (AFC)
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".

Australia womens national soccer team womens national association football team representing Australia

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.

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.

North America, Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF)
Europe (UEFA)
Oceania (OFC)
South America (CONMEBOL)

Venues

The venues selected to host the competition were: [2]

Tianjin
2007 FIFA Women's World Cup (China)
Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium
Capacity: 60,000
Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.jpg
Wuhan
Wuhan Stadium
Capacity: 55,000
(No image)
Hangzhou Chengdu Shanghai
Yellow Dragon Sports Center Chengdu Sports Centre Hongkou Stadium
Capacity: 51,000Capacity: 40,000Capacity: 33,000
Hangzhou-yellow-dragon-stad.jpg Chengdu Sports Center.JPG Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai.jpg

Squads

Referees

Draw

The group draw took place on 22 April 2007 in Wuhan after the completion of the qualifying rounds. [3]

Wuhan Prefecture-level & Sub-provincial city in Hubei, Peoples Republic of China

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. [4] The FIFA Women's World Ranking for March 2007 was used to determine the teams to occupy the other seeded positions, B1 and C1. [5] United States were ranked first, Germany second and Norway third, [6] 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 death [7] since 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, [7] on that occasion the USA and Sweden progressed to the knockout stages.

Group stage

Participating countries and their results FIFA Womens World Cup 2007.png
Participating countries and their results

All times are local (UTC+8).

Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked on the following criteria:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Greatest number of points in matches between teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between teams
  6. Greatest number of goals scored in matches between teams
  7. Fair play criteria based on red and yellow cards received
  8. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3210130+137
2Flag of England.svg  England 312083+55
3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 311134−14
4Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 3003118−170
Germany  Flag of Germany.svg11–0Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Behringer Soccerball shade.svg 12', 24'
Garefrekes Soccerball shade.svg 17'
Prinz Soccerball shade.svg 29', 45+1', 59'
Lingor Soccerball shade.svg 51', 90+1'
Smisek Soccerball shade.svg 57', 70', 79'
Report
Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 28,098
Referee: Tammy Ogston (Australia)
England  Flag of England.svg2–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
K. Smith Soccerball shade.svg 81', 83' Report Miyama Soccerball shade.svg 55', 90+5'
Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 27,146
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg0–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report Nagasato Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Germany  Flag of Germany.svg0–0Flag of England.svg  England
Report
Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 27,730
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–6Flag of England.svg  England
González Soccerball shade.svg 60' Report González Soccerball shade.svg 9' (o.g.)
J. Scott Soccerball shade.svg 10'
Williams Soccerball shade.svg 50' (pen.)
K. Smith Soccerball shade.svg 64', 77'
Exley Soccerball shade.svg 90' (pen.)
Chengdu Sports Center
Attendance: 30,730
Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana)
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Report Prinz Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Lingor Soccerball shade.svg 87' (pen.)
Yellow Dragon Stadium, Hangzhou
Attendance: 39,817
Referee: Adriana Correa (Colombia)

Group B

The four teams were also paired in the same group in 2003.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 321052+37
2Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 311154+14
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 311134−14
4Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 301214−31
United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–2Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 50'
O'Reilly Soccerball shade.svg 69'
Report Kil Son-Hui Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Kim Yong-Ae Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg1–1Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Svensson Soccerball shade.svg 50' Report Uwak Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Chengdu Sports Center, Chengdu
Attendance: 21,740
Referee: Niu Huijun (China)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–0Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 34' (pen.), 58' Report
Chengdu Sports Center, Chengdu
Attendance: 35,600
Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (Hungary)
North Korea  Flag of North Korea.svg2–0Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Kim Kyong-Hwa Soccerball shade.svg 17'
Ri Kum-Suk Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Report
Chengdu Sports Center, Chengdu
Attendance: 35,600
Referee: Tammy Ogston (Australia)
North Korea  Flag of North Korea.svg1–2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Ri Un Suk Soccerball shade.svg 22' Report Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 4', 54'
Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg0–1Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Report Chalupny Soccerball shade.svg 1'
Hongkou Stadium
Attendance: 26,100
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3210104+67
2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 312074+35
3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 311174+34
4Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 3003315−120
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg4–1Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Walsh Soccerball shade.svg 15'
De Vanna Soccerball shade.svg 57', 81'
Garriock Soccerball shade.svg 69'
Report Amankwa Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Yellow Dragon Stadium, Hangzhou
Attendance: 30,752
Referee: Adriana Correa (Colombia)
Norway  Flag of Norway.svg2–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
R. Gulbrandsen Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Horpestad Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Report Chapman Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Yellow Dragon Stadium, Hangzhou
Attendance: 30,752
Referee: Christine Beck (Germany)
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg4–0Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 16', 62'
Schmidt Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Franko Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Report
Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
R. Gulbrandsen Soccerball shade.svg 5' Report De Vanna Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Yellow Dragon Stadium, Hangzhou
Attendance: 33,835
Referee: Niu Huijun (China)
Norway  Flag of Norway.svg7–2Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Storløkken Soccerball shade.svg 4'
R. Gulbrandsen Soccerball shade.svg 39', 59', 62'
Horpestad Soccerball shade.svg 45' (pen.)
Herlovsen Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Klaveness Soccerball shade.svg 69'
Report Bayor Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Okoe Soccerball shade.svg 80' (pen.)
Yellow Dragon Stadium, Hangzhou
Attendance: 43,817
Referee: Jennifer Bennet (United States)
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg2–2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
McCallum Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Salisbury Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
Report Tancredi Soccerball shade.svg 1'
Sinclair Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Chengdu Sports Center, Chengdu
Attendance: 29,300
Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (Hungary)

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3300100+109
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR (H)320156−16
3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 31024403
4Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 300309−90

(H): Host.

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg5–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Daniela Soccerball shade.svg 10'
Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Marta Soccerball shade.svg 74', 90+3'
Renata Costa Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Report
Wuhan Stadium
Attendance: 33,500
Referee: Pannipar Kamnueng (Thailand)
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg3–2Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Li Jie Soccerball shade.svg 31'
Bi Yan Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Song Xiaoli Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Report Nielsen Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Paaske Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Wuhan Stadium
Attendance: 50,800
Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana)
Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg2–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Pedersen Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Paaske Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Report
Wuhan Stadium
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg0–4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report Marta Soccerball shade.svg 42', 70'
Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 47', 48'
Wuhan Stadium
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: Jennifer Bennett (United States)
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg2–0Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Li Jie Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Xie Caixia Soccerball shade.svg 79'
Report
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg1–0Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Pretinha Soccerball shade.svg 90+1' Report
Yellow Dragon Stadium, Hangzhou
Attendance: 43,817
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)

Knockout stage

Bracket

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
22 September — Wuhan
 
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3
 
26 September — Tianjin
 
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 0
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3
 
23 September — Wuhan
 
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0
 
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1
 
30 September — Shanghai
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
 
22 September — Tianjin
 
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3
 
27 September — Hangzhou
 
Flag of England.svg  England 0
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 0
 
23 September — Tianjin
 
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4Third place
 
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3
 
30 September — Shanghai
 
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2
 
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1
 
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4
 

All times are local (UTC+8).

Quarter-finals

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg3–0Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Garefrekes Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Lingor Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Krahn Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Report
Wuhan Stadium
Attendance: 37,200
Referee: Tammy Ogston (Australia)

United States  Flag of the United States.svg3–0Flag of England.svg  England
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Boxx Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Lilly Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report
Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium
Attendance: 29,586
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Herlovsen Soccerball shade.svg 32' Report
Wuhan Stadium
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (Hungary)

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg3–2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Formiga Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Marta Soccerball shade.svg 23' (pen.)
Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Report De Vanna Soccerball shade.svg 36'
Colthorpe Soccerball shade.svg 68'

Semi-finals

(All times UTC+8)

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg3–0Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Rønning Soccerball shade.svg 42' (o.g.)
Stegemann Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Müller Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Report

United States  Flag of the United States.svg0–4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report Osborne Soccerball shade.svg 20' (o.g.)
Marta Soccerball shade.svg 27', 79'
Cristiane Soccerball shade.svg 56'

Third place play-off

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–4Flag of the United States.svg  United States
R. Gulbrandsen Soccerball shade.svg 63' Report Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 30', 46'
Chalupny Soccerball shade.svg 58'
O'Reilly Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Hongkou Stadium
Attendance: 32,068
Referee: Gyöngyi Gaál (Hungary)

Final

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–0Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Prinz Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Laudehr Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Report
Hongkou Stadium
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Tammy Ogston (Australia)

Statistics

Goalscorers

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.

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Assists

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA Technical Report

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. [13] [14] [15] FIFA.com shortlisted ten goals for users to vote on as the Goal of the Tournament. [16] The Most Entertaining Team award was also decided by a poll on FIFA.com. [17] [18] [19]

Golden BallSilver BallBronze Ball
Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane
Golden ShoeSilver ShoeBronze Shoe
Flag of Brazil.svg Marta Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Flag of Norway.svg Ragnhild Gulbrandsen
7 goals, 5 assists6 goals, 1 assist6 goals, 0 assists
Best Goalkeeper
Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Angerer
Goal of the Tournament
Flag of Brazil.svg Marta
Soccerball shade.svg 79' for 4–0 in Semi-finals vs United States (27 September)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Most Entertaining Team
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil

All-Star Team

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards

Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Angerer
Flag of Norway.svg Bente Nordby

Flag of Germany.svg Ariane Hingst
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Jie
Flag of Norway.svg Ane Stangeland Horpestad
Flag of Germany.svg Kerstin Stegemann

Flag of Brazil.svg Daniela
Flag of Brazil.svg Formiga
Flag of England.svg Kelly Smith
Flag of Germany.svg Renate Lingor
Flag of Norway.svg Ingvild Stensland
Flag of the United States.svg Kristine Lilly

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lisa De Vanna
Flag of Brazil.svg Marta
Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane
Flag of Germany.svg Birgit Prinz

Tournament ranking

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.

PosGrpTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsFinal result
1 A Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 6510210+2116Champions
2 D Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 6501174+1315Runners-up
3 B Flag of the United States.svg  United States 6411127+513Third place
4 C Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 63121211+110Fourth place
5 D Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 42025726Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6 C Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 412197+25
7 A Flag of England.svg  England 412186+25
8 B Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 41125724
9 C Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 311174+34Eliminated in
group stage
10 A Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 31113414
10 B Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 31113414
12 D Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 31024403
13 B Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 30121431
14 D Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30030990
15 C Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 3003315120
16 A Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 3003118170
Source: FIFA Technical Report [20]

Coverage

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.

Monetary rewards

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): [21]

Other rewards

UEFA used the FIFA Women's World Cup as its qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympic women's tournament. The best three performing UEFA teams will qualify for the Olympics. Originally it was thought that, should England make the top three European teams, they would compete under the United Kingdom banner. However, on 6 September 2007, FIFA issued a press release indicating that England are ineligible to participate in the 2008 Olympics as England does not have its own Olympic Committee. [22] For the determination of the ranking only first through fourth place, quarterfinal elimination or group phase elimination count. If there is a need to make a distinction between teams eliminated in the quarterfinal or between teams eliminated in the group phase these teams will meet in a play-off match. In no case will the points or goals (difference) count for teams eliminated before the semi-final.

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.

Controversies

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. [23]

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Group A of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group's first round of matches began on September 10 and its last matches were played on September 17. Most matches were played at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai. Defending champions Germany topped the group, joined in the second round by England, the only team Germany failed to beat.

Group 2 of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group's first round of matches began on September 11 and its last matches were played on September 18. Most matches were played at the Chengdu Sports Center in Chengdu. All 4 teams in this group were drawn to Group A in previous edition, the first time in FIFA tournaments history.

Group 2 of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group's first round of matches began on September 12 and its last matches were played on September 20. Most matches were played at the Yellow Dragon Stadium in Hangzhou. Norway topped the group, joined in the second round by Australia, the only team Germany failed to beat. Canada surprisingly failed to make the second round.

Group 4 of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of four groups of nations competing at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group's first round of matches began on September 12 and its last matches were played on September 20. Most matches were played at the Wuhan Stadium in Wuhan. Emerging power Brazil topped the group with a 100% record, joined in the second round by the host China.

The Knockout Stage of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was composed of Brazil, China, Norway, Australia, North Korea, United States, England, and defending champions Germany. All the group winners, Germany, Norway and the United States made it to the Semifinals. Both semi-finals were lob sided victories as Germany beat Norway 3–0 and Brazil shocked the United States 4–0.

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. The team also participated in the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament, a precursor to the Women's World Cup.

The Ghana women's national football team has represented Ghana at the FIFA Women's World Cup on three occasions: in 1999, 2003, and 2007.

The Nigeria women's national football team has represented Nigeria at the FIFA Women's World Cup at all eight stagings of the tournament, one of seven teams to do so.

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