2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

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2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final
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Japan's Saki Kumagai scores the winning goal during the penalty shoot-out
Event 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
After extra time
Japan won 3–1 on penalties
Date17 July 2011
Venue Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Player of the Match Ayumi Kaihori (Japan)
Referee Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany) [1]
Attendance48,817
2007
2015

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 17 July 2011 at Commerzbank-Arena, in Frankfurt, Germany, to determine the winner of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. [2] It was played between Japan and the United States. Japan won 3-1 on a penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw after extended time, becoming the first Asian team to win a FIFA World Cup final. [3] [4] [5] [6]

Association football Team field sport

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Frankfurt Place in Hesse, Germany

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2011 FIFA Womens World Cup 2011 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was the sixth FIFA Women's World Cup competition, the world championship for women's national association football teams. It was held from 26 June to 17 July 2011 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in October 2007. Japan won the final against the United States on a penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw after extra time and became the first Asian team to win a senior FIFA World Cup.

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The 2011 final was the last major sporting event to be broadcast in Japan prior to the country's digital switchover that took place on 24 July 2011.

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Background

The match was between the United States (USA), which had been a major power in women's association football since winning the inaugural World Cup championship, and Japan, which had never won a major world title, or indeed even reached the finals of a major world competition. This was also the first appearances of the United States in the final after 12 years. The United States was bidding to become the first team to win a third world championship, having won in 1991 and 1999. [7] Japan became the fourth team to win a world championship, joining the United States, Norway and Germany.

United States womens national soccer team Womens national association football team representing the United States

The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning four Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. It medaled in every World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF. The United States women's national soccer team recently just won the 2019 World Cup for the 4th time by defeating Netherlands 2-0.

Womens association football association football when played by women

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1991 FIFA Womens World Cup 1991 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup was the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup, the world championship for women's national association football teams. It took place in Guangdong, China from 16 to 30 November 1991. FIFA, football's international governing body selected China as host nation as Guangdong had hosted a prototype world championship three years earlier, the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament. Matches were played in the state capital, Guangzhou, as well as in Foshan, Jiangmen and Zhongshan. The competition was sponsored by Mars, Incorporated, maker of M&M's candy. With FIFA still reluctant to bestow their "World Cup" brand, the tournament was officially known as the 1st FIFA World Championship for Women's Football for the M&M's Cup.

The match was the third between the two teams in World Cup play. The United States beat Japan 3–0 in pool play in 1991, and won 4–0 in a 1995 quarterfinal match. Going into the final, the USA had never lost to Japan, with 22 wins and 3 draws. [8] Prior to the World Cup, the United States was the top-ranked team in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, while Japan was ranked fourth. [9]

1995 FIFA Womens World Cup 1995 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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.

The FIFA Women's World Rankings for football were introduced in 2003, with the first rankings published in March of that year, as a follow-on to the existing Men's FIFA World Rankings. They attempt to compare the strength of internationally active women's national teams at any given time.

This marked the first time that a team won the World Cup having lost a match in pool play. [10]

Japan became only the second Asian national team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup Final, following China's final appearance against the United States in 1999. This was also only the second final not involving a European team.

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.

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".

UEFA international sport governing body

The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

Route to the final

JapanRoundUnited States
OpponentResult Group stage OpponentResult
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2–1Match 1Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2–0
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 4–0Match 2Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 3–0
Flag of England.svg  England 0–2Match 3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–2
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of England.svg  England 321052+37
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 320163+36
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 302137−42
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 301246−21
Final standing
TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 330041+39
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 320162+46
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 301203−31
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 301204−41
OpponentResult Knockout stage OpponentResult
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–0 (a.e.t.) Quarterfinals Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–2 (a.e.t.) (5–3 pen.)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3–1 Semifinals Flag of France.svg  France 3–1
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Japan's group stage match against England at Impuls Arena

Despite being ranked 1st in the world by FIFA, [11] the United States was the final team to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. After finishing third in the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which serves as the CONCACAF qualifier, the United States was forced to defeat Italy in a Home and Away playoff. [12] Japan, ranked 4th, [11] qualified for the tournament by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup, which served as the AFC qualifier.

Once at the finals, the United States reached the knockout stage by finishing second in Group C behind Sweden, the only team they lost to in group play. They advanced through the quarterfinals on a penalty shootout with Brazil, in which the United States footballer Abby Wambach scored an equalizer in the 122nd minute of the game – in stoppage time, the latest goal ever scored in Women's World Cup play, [13] – to tie the game 2–2 and bring the game into a penalty shootout. The United States then defeated France 3–1 to reach the final. [14]

Japan reached the knockout stage by finishing second in Group B behind England, which was the only team to defeat Japan in group play. [15] [16] Japan then stunned the host nation, two-time defending champions Germany, 1–0 in extra time. [17] They then defeated Sweden 3–1 to reach the final match. [18]

Match

Details

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg2–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Miyama Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Sawa Soccerball shade.svg 117'
Report Morgan Soccerball shade.svg 69'
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 104'
Penalties
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3–1Soccerball shade cross.svg Boxx
Soccerball shade cross.svg Lloyd
Soccerball shade cross.svg Heath
Soccerball shad check.svg Wambach
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,817
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany) [1]
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Japan [19]
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United States [19]
GK21 Ayumi Kaihori
RB2 Yukari Kinga
CB3 Azusa Iwashimizu Red card.svg 120+1'
CB4 Saki Kumagai
LB15 Aya Sameshima
RM11 Shinobu Ohno Sub off.svg 66'
CM6 Mizuho Sakaguchi
CM10 Homare Sawa (c)
LM8 Aya Miyama Yellow card.svg 97'
CF7 Kozue Ando Sub off.svg 66'
CF9 Nahomi Kawasumi
Substitutions:
FW18 Karina Maruyama Sub on.svg 66'Sub off.svg 119'
FW17 Yūki Nagasato Sub on.svg 66'
FW20 Mana Iwabuchi Sub on.svg 119'
Manager:
Norio Sasaki
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GK1 Hope Solo
RB11 Ali Krieger
CB19 Rachel Buehler
CB3 Christie Rampone (c)
LB6 Amy LePeilbet
RM9 Heather O'Reilly
CM10 Carli Lloyd
CM7 Shannon Boxx
LM15 Megan Rapinoe Sub off.svg 114'
SS12 Lauren Cheney Sub off.svg 46'
CF20 Abby Wambach
Substitutions:
FW13 Alex Morgan Sub on.svg 46'
MF17 Tobin Heath Sub on.svg 114'
Manager:
Flag of Sweden.svg Pia Sundhage

Player of the Match:
Ayumi Kaihori (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Marina Wozniak (Germany) [1]
Katrin Rafalski (Germany) [1]
Fourth official:
Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden) [1]

Statistics

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