2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

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2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
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2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host countryCanada
Dates6 June – 5 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of the United States.svg  United States (3rd title)
Runners-upFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Third placeFlag of England.svg  England
Fourth placeFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored146 (2.81 per match)
Attendance1,353,506 (26,029 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd
Flag of Germany.svg Célia Šašić
(6 goals each)
Best player(s) Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd
Best young player Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kadeisha Buchanan
Best goalkeeper Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo
Fair play awardFlag of France.svg  France
2011
2019

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament was hosted by Canada for the first time and by a North American country for the third time. Matches were played in six cities across Canada in five time zones. The tournament began on 6 June 2015, and finished with the final on 5 July 2015 [1] with a United States victory over Japan.

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. 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.

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, usually known as women's football or women's soccer, is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.

North America Continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere

North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

Contents

The 2015 tournament saw the World Cup expanded to 24 teams from 16 in 2011. [2] Canada's team received direct entry as host and a qualification tournament of 134 teams was held for the remaining 23 places. With the expanded tournament, eight teams made their Women's World Cup debut. [2] All previous Women's World Cup finalists qualified for the tournament, with defending champions Japan and returning champions Germany (2003, 2007) and the United States (1991, 1999) among the seeded teams. [3]

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.

Canada womens national soccer team womens national association football team representing Canada

The Canada women's national soccer team is overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

2015 FIFA Womens World Cup qualification

The qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup determined which 23 teams joined Canada, the hosts of the 2015 tournament, to play for the Women's World Cup.

The 2015 tournament used goal-line technology for the first time with the Hawk-Eye system. It was also the first World Cup for either men or women to be played on artificial turf, with all matches played on such surfaces, even though there were some initial concerns over a possible increased risk of injuries.

Goal-line technology electronic aid to determine if a goal has been scored or not

In association football, goal-line technology is the use of electronic aid to determine if a goal has been scored or not. In detail, it is a method used to determine when the ball has completely crossed the goal line in between the goal-posts and underneath the crossbar with the assistance of electronic devices and at the same time assisting the referee in awarding a goal or not. The objective of goal-line technology (GLT) is not to replace the role of the officials, but rather to support them in their decision-making. The GLT must provide a clear indication as to whether the ball has fully crossed the line, and this information will serve to assist the referee in making his final decision.

Hawk-Eye

Hawk-Eye is a computer system used in numerous sports such as cricket, tennis, Gaelic football, badminton, hurling, rugby union, association football and volleyball, to visually track the trajectory of the ball and display a profile of its statistically most likely path as a moving image. The onscreen representation of the trajectory results is called Shot Spot.

Artificial turf surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass

Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well. The main reason is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy use, such as in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming. Domed, covered, and partially covered stadiums may require artificial turf because of the difficulty of getting grass enough sunlight to stay healthy. Artificial turf does have its downside, however: limited life, periodic cleaning requirements, petroleum use, toxic chemicals from infill, and heightened health and safety concerns.

Host selection

The bidding for each FIFA Women's World Cup typically includes hosting rights for the previous year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (similar to the men's version, in which the host nation stages the Confederations Cup the year before). Bids for the tournament were required to be submitted by December 2010. Only two bids were submitted: [4]

2014 FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was an international association football tournament and the world championship for women's national teams under the age of 20, presented by Grant Connell, organized by the sport's world governing body FIFA. It was the seventh edition of the tournament, took place from 5–24 August 2014 in Canada, which was named the host nation for the tournament in conjunction with its successful bid for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Canada was the first country to stage this tournament twice, after hosting the inaugural edition in 2002.

The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament, organized by FIFA, for national teams of women under the age of 20. The tournament is held in even-numbered years. It was first conducted in 2002 as the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship with an upper age limit of 19. In 2006, the age limit was raised to the current 20. The event was renamed as a World Cup effective with the 2008 competition, making its name consistent with FIFA's other worldwide competitions for national teams.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Country
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada [5]
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe (withdrawn)

Zimbabwe withdrew its bid on 1 March 2011. [6] The country was seen as a long shot as its women's team was ranked 103rd in the world at the time of the bid and has never qualified for a Women's World Cup. There was also ongoing political and economic instability in the country. [7]

The selected host, Canada, had previously hosted FIFA tournaments including the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship, 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which set an attendance record for that tournament, and most recently the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

The FIFA U-16 World Championship 1987, the second edition of the tournament, was hosted by Canada and held in the cities of Montreal, Saint John, St. John's, and Toronto between 12 July and 25 July 1987. Players born after 1 August 1970 could participate in this tournament.

2002 FIFA U-19 Womens World Championship

The 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship was held from 17 August to 1 September. It was the first sanctioned youth tournament for women put together by FIFA. The tournament was hosted by Canada. FIFA granted the tournament to Canada in March 2001. Three cities hosted the tournament, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Canada's Christine Sinclair was the Adidas Golden Ball recipient, as tournament MVP, and the Golden Shoe winner.

2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup The sixteenth edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup

The 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup was the sixteenth edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, hosted by Canada from 30 June to 22 July 2007. Argentina defeated Czech Republic in the title game by the score of 2–1, thus managing a back-to-back world title, its fifth in the past seven editions, and sixth overall. Argentine player Sergio Agüero was given the FIFA U-20 Golden Shoe and the FIFA U-20 Golden Ball, while Japan earned the FIFA Fair Play Award.

Qualification

For 2015, the number of qualifying teams grew from 16 to 24 and scheduled matches increased from 32 to 52. [8] On 11 June 2012, FIFA announced a change to the allocation of the qualifying berths for its continental confederations. The FIFA Executive Committee approved the following slot allocation and the distribution of eight new slots: [9]

After North Korea had several players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA banned the North Korean team from participating in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. This was the first time a women's team had been banned from a Women's World Cup, and it was the first time since 1995 that North Korea did not participate in a Women's World Cup. [10]

Qualified teams

The latest published FIFA Rankings prior to the tournament (March 2015) are shown in brackets. [11]

Venues

The cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton were selected to host tournament matches. [12] Halifax was also considered, but removed itself from contention in March 2012. [13] Toronto decided not to bid, due to potential conflicts with the 2015 Pan American Games. [14] Due to FIFA's policy against commercial sponsorship of stadium names, Investors Group Field in Winnipeg and TD Place Stadium in Ottawa were respectively known as Winnipeg Stadium [15] and Lansdowne Stadium [16] during the tournament. Seating capacities shown in table below are as configured for these FIFA games.

Vancouver Edmonton Winnipeg Ottawa
BC Place Commonwealth Stadium Investors Group Field
(Winnipeg Stadium)
TD Place Stadium
(Lansdowne Stadium)
49°16′36″N123°6′43″W / 49.27667°N 123.11194°W / 49.27667; -123.11194 (BC Place) 53°33′35″N113°28′34″W / 53.55972°N 113.47611°W / 53.55972; -113.47611 (Commonwealth Stadium) 49°48′28″N97°8′45″W / 49.80778°N 97.14583°W / 49.80778; -97.14583 (Investors Group Field) 45°23′53.44″N75°41′1.14″W / 45.3981778°N 75.6836500°W / 45.3981778; -75.6836500 (Frank Clair Stadium)
Capacity: 54,320Capacity: 56,302Capacity: 33,422 Capacity: 24,000
Surface: Polytan LigaTurfSurface: FieldTurf DuraspineSurface: FieldTurf RevolutionSurface: FieldTurf
Time zone: PDT (UTC−7)Time zone: MDT (UTC−6)Time zone: CDT (UTC−5)Time zone: EDT (UTC−4)
BC Place 2015 Women's FIFA World Cup.jpg Commonwealth.jpg Investors Group CANnwt vs USnwt.png TDPlace.jpg
Montreal Moncton
Olympic Stadium Moncton Stadium
45°33′28″N73°33′7″W / 45.55778°N 73.55194°W / 45.55778; -73.55194 (Olympic Stadium) 46°6′30″N64°47′0″W / 46.10833°N 64.78333°W / 46.10833; -64.78333 (Moncton Stadium)
Capacity: 56,040Capacity: 13,000
Surface: Xtreme Turf Surface: FieldTurf
Time zone: EDT (UTC−4)Time zone: ADT (UTC−3)
Olympic Stadium Soccer.JPG New moncton stadium.JPG

Innovations

The tournament introduced goal-line technology with the Hawk-Eye system by which it is possible to show on the stadium screen if the ball was in or not. [17] [18] It was also the first World Cup for either men or women to be played on artificial turf, with all matches played on such surfaces. There were some initial concerns (please see below) over a possible increased risk of injuries from playing on artificial turf, but a legal challenge suggesting matches should be played on grass as in similar men's tournaments was dropped in January 2015. [19]

Squads

Each team's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers), two more than the 2011 tournament, and the same number as men's World Cup squads. Each participating national association was required to confirm its final 23-player squad no later than 10 working days before the start of the tournament. Replacement of seriously injured players was permitted until 24 hours before the team in question's first World Cup game. [20]

The squads were officially announced by FIFA on 28 May 2015. [21] [22] Formiga of Brazil and Homare Sawa of Japan were included in World Cup squads for the sixth time, a record for any men or women players. [23]

Match officials

A total of 22 referees, 7 support referees, and 44 assistant referees were selected for the tournament. [24] [25]

Draw

The draw was held on 6 December 2014 at 12:00 Eastern Standard Time at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. [26] The seeding pots were announced the day before. Because UEFA qualified eight teams into the final tournament, which had only six groups, two groups by necessity had to contain two European teams. Otherwise, no group could have more than one team from any confederation. [27] [n 1]

Group stage

Champion
Runner-up
Third place
Fourth place
Quarter-finals
Round of 16
Group stage FIFA Womens World Cup 2015.png

The 24 teams of the tournament were arranged into 6 groups labelled A to F. The provisional match schedule for the tournament was released on 21 March 2013, [36] with the hosts, Canada, placed in position A1. The final schedule with match times was released on the same day right after the draw was made. [37]

The first round, or group stage, saw the twenty four teams divided into six groups of four teams. Each group was played in a round-robin-format of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners and runners-up from each group, as well as the best four third-placed teams, qualified for the first round of the knockout stage. [20]

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsGroup stage result
1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (H)312021+15Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 31113304
3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 31112204
4Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30212312
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.


Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsGroup stage result
1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3210151+147Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 321082+67
3Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 310231073
4Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 3003316130
Source: FIFA


Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsGroup stage result
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 330041+39Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 320193+66
3Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 3102114+73
4Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 3003117160
Source: FIFA


Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsGroup stage result
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 321041+37Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 31114404
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 30304403
4Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 30123631
Source: FIFA


Group E

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsGroup stage result
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 330040+49Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 31114514
3Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 30213412
4Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 30122421
Source: FIFA


Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsGroup stage result
1Flag of France.svg  France 320162+46Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of England.svg  England 320143+16
3Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 311143+14
4Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 30122861
Source: FIFA


Ranking of third-placed teams

The four best third-placed teams from the six groups advanced to the next stage along with the six group winners and six runners-up. The ranking of the third-placed teams were determined by the "rules for classification" listed below the table (that is, ranked by columns Pts, GD, and GF in sequence; then by drawing lots). [20]

PosGrpTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsResult
1 F Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 311143+14 Knockout stage
2 A Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 31112204
3 C Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 3102114+73
4 D Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 30304403
5 B Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 310231073
6 E Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 30213412
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) drawing of lots.

In the next stage the four third-placed teams were matched with the winners of groups A, B, C and D according to a table published in Section 28 of the tournament regulations. [20]

Knockout stage

The knockout stage comprises the 16 teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There are four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds are the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There is also a match to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes is followed by 30 minutes of extra time; if scores are still level, there is a penalty shootout to determine who progresses to the next round. [20] Single yellow cards accrued will be cancelled after the quarter-finals, therefore ensuring that no players miss the Final because of receiving a caution in the semi-finals. [38]

Three spots in the 2016 Summer Olympics women's football tournament were filled by the UEFA teams that progress the furthest in the tournament, other than England. [39] [40] [n 2] Two spots went to France and Germany which both reached the quarter-finals. [44] The third spot was a tie between four teams eliminated in the round of 16: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. A play-off tournament in March 2016 determined UEFA's third Olympic qualifier to be Sweden. [45] [46]

Bracket

 
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
              
 
20 June – Edmonton
 
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1
 
26 June – Ottawa
 
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 0
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0
 
22 June – Edmonton
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 
30 June – Montreal
 
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 0
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
 
20 June – Ottawa
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4
 
26 June – Montreal
 
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1
 
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (pen.)1 (5)
 
21 June – Montreal
 
Flag of France.svg  France 1 (4)
 
Flag of France.svg  France 3
 
5 July – Vancouver
 
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 0
 
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5
 
21 June – Moncton
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2
 
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0
 
27 June – Edmonton
 
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1
 
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0
 
23 June – Vancouver
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2
 
1 July – Edmonton
 
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2
 
22 June – Ottawa
 
Flag of England.svg  England 1 Third place play-off
 
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1
 
27 June – Vancouver 4 July – Edmonton
 
Flag of England.svg  England 2
 
Flag of England.svg  England 2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0
 
21 June – Vancouver
 
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1 Flag of England.svg  England (a.e.t.)1
 
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1
 
 
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0
 

Round of 16

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Third place play-off

Final

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. [47]

AwardWinner [48] Other shortlisted candidates [49]
Golden Ball Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd
Silver Ball Flag of France.svg Amandine Henry
Bronze Ball Flag of Japan.svg Aya Miyama
Golden Boot Flag of Germany.svg Célia Šašić [n 3]
Silver Boot Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd [n 3]
Bronze Boot Flag of Germany.svg Anja Mittag
Golden Glove Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo
Young Player Award Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kadeisha Buchanan
FIFA Fair Play TrophyFlag of France.svg  France

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team elected by FIFA's Technical Study Group consists of the following players: [50]

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards

Flag of England.svg Karen Bardsley
Flag of Germany.svg Nadine Angerer
Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kadeisha Buchanan
Flag of England.svg Lucy Bronze
Flag of England.svg Steph Houghton
Flag of France.svg Wendie Renard
Flag of Japan.svg Saori Ariyoshi
Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston
Flag of the United States.svg Meghan Klingenberg

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Elise Kellond-Knight
Flag of France.svg Amandine Henry
Flag of France.svg Eugénie Le Sommer
Flag of Japan.svg Aya Miyama
Flag of Japan.svg Mizuho Sakaguchi
Flag of Japan.svg Rumi Utsugi
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lisa De Vanna
Flag of France.svg Élodie Thomis
Flag of Germany.svg Anja Mittag
Flag of Germany.svg Célia Šašić
Flag of Switzerland.svg Ramona Bachmann

Dream Team

The Dream Team elected by users of fifa.com consists of the following players and manager: [51]

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwardsManager

Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kadeisha Buchanan
Flag of France.svg Wendie Renard
Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston
Flag of the United States.svg Ali Krieger

Flag of Japan.svg Aya Miyama
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd
Flag of the United States.svg Megan Rapinoe

Flag of Germany.svg Anja Mittag
Flag of Germany.svg Célia Šašić
Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan

Flag of Germany.svg Silvia Neid

Prize money

The total prize money offered by FIFA for the tournament was US$15 million, [52] which represents 2.6% of the total prize money for the 2014 Men's World Cup ($576 million). [53] The winning team, United States, received $2 million, [52] representing 5.7% of the amount received by Germany for winning the 2014 Men's World Cup ($35 million). [53]

Statistics

Goalscorers

There were 146 goals scored in 52 matches, for an average of 2.81 goals per match. Excluding owngoals, 90 players scored a goal. Top goalscorers were Célia Šašić from Germany and Carli Lloyd from The United States.

6 goals

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

2 own goals

Source: FIFA [54]

Assists

Lena Goeßling of Germany won the assists table with four assists.

4 assists

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA Technical Report

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 D Flag of the United States.svg  United States 7610143+1119Champions
2 C Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 7601118+318Runners-up
3 F Flag of England.svg  England 7502107+315Third place
4 B Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 7322206+1411Fourth place
5 F Flag of France.svg  France 5311103+710Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6 A Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 522143+18
7 D Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 52125507
8 A Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 52124407
9 E Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 430141+39Eliminated in
round of 16
10 B Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 421194+57
11 C Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 420294+56
12 F Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 41124514
13 A Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 41123414
14 E Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 41124844
15 C Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 4103115+63
16 D Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 40315833
17 B Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 310231073Eliminated in
group stage
18 E Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 30213412
19 A Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30212312
20 E Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 30122421
21 D Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 30123631
22 F Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 30122861
23 B Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 3003316130
24 C Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 3003117160
Source: FIFA Technical Report [55]

Controversies

All of the tournament's venues had fields composed of artificial turf, which some players believe results in a higher risk of injuries to players. More than 50 players protested the use of the surface instead of grass on the basis of gender discrimination. They filed a lawsuit challenging FIFA's decision to play on artificial turf, claiming FIFA would never allow the men's World Cup to be played on "unsafe" artificial turf and thus the organizers had violated the Canadian Human Rights Act. [56] [57] [58] 2012 Women's World Player of the Year Abby Wambach noted "The men would strike playing on artificial turf." [59] The controversial issue of gender equality and an equal playing field for all sparked debate in many countries around the world. An application filed on 1 October 2014 with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal by a group of women's international soccer players against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association noted that, in 1994, FIFA spent $2 million to plant natural grass over artificial turf in New Jersey and Detroit. [60] [61] Some celebrities and prominent players showed their support for the women soccer players in defence of their lawsuit, including United States men's team keeper Tim Howard. Even with the possibility of boycotts, FIFA's head of women's competitions, Tatjana Haenni, made it clear "We play on artificial turf and there's no Plan B." [62] [63] In January 2015, the lawsuit was withdrawn by the players. [64]

Fox commentator Julie Stewart-Binks measured the turf temperature at several games. On 21 June at the Canada vs Switzerland round of 16 game in Vancouver, she reported that her thermometer was "officially broken". Her thermometer appears to max out at 120 °F (49 °C). [65]

During the tournament, Australian striker Michelle Heyman slammed the playing conditions, saying the turf is like "walking on hot coals" and the players feet "just turn white, your skin is all ripped off". [66]

Prior to the start of the Australia vs Japan quarterfinal in Edmonton on 27 June, Fox commentator Kyndra de St. Aubin measured the air temperature at 82 °F (28 °C) and the turf temperature at 150 °F (66 °C). Despite such dangerous conditions, officials decided against taking cooling breaks during the match because the air temperature was under 32 °C (90 °F). As the game wore on, players appeared noticeably exhausted due to the playing conditions. [67]

Attendance was largely inflated by FIFA as single tickets were sold for double-headers during the group stages. "This allows FIFA to report the combined attendance for both matches as the attendance for each match when in reality the true attendance for one or both matches is likely to be much different." [68]

Broadcasting

Fox Sports' studio for the Women's World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza; the tournament marked one of their first under a new rights agreement for FIFA tournaments. Fox Sports studio in Vancouver for 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (18875089463).jpg
Fox Sports' studio for the Women's World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza; the tournament marked one of their first under a new rights agreement for FIFA tournaments.

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of the first FIFA tournaments under new rights deals in two North American markets. In its host country of Canada, Bell Media acquired the broadcast rights; the competition was televised by CTV and TSN in English, and Réseau des sports (RDS) in French. [69] [70] In the United States, English-language television rights were held by Fox Sports with coverage carried on the main Fox broadcast network, along with the Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 pay TV channels. Spanish-language rights were held by Telemundo and sister cable network NBC Universo. [71] Fox constructed a temporary studio for the Women's World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, located outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. [72] [73]

In December 2014, the European Broadcasting Union extended its rights to FIFA tournaments for its members in 37 countries, including the 2015 Women's World Cup. [74] In the United Kingdom, all matches from the tournament were shown by the BBC via BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Red Button on TV and Radio 5 Live on radio. [75] In Australia, SBS aired all 52 matches live online, and televised 41 matches live, with the only matches not televised live being those which aired concurrently. [76]

Mascot and sponsors

On 17 June 2014, the mascot of the tournament, Shuéme, a female great white owl was unveiled at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. [77]

The five top-tier sponsors were Coca-Cola, Adidas, Hyundai–Kia, Visa, and Gazprom. In the final week of the tournament, the Canadian governmen