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 Germany.svg Célia Šašić
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd
(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.

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]

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.

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]

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.

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]

...allocation of slots for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Confederation/hostsContinent/countrySlotsChange from 2011
AFC Asia52 up
CAF Africa31 up
CONCACAF North, Central America and Caribbean3.51 up
CONMEBOL South America2.50.5 up
OFC Oceania1
UEFA Europe83.5 up
HostsCanada1
Total248 up

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

Statistics

Goalscorers

There were 146 goals scored in 52 matches, for an average of 2.81 goals per match. Célia Šašić of Germany and Carli Lloyd of the United States finished as the top scorers with six goals.

6 goals

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

2 own goals

Source: FIFA [47]

Assists

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

4 assists

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA Technical Report

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. [48] The Golden Ball (best overall player), Golden Boot (top scorer) and Golden Glove (best goalkeeper) awards were sponsored by Adidas, while the Best Young Player and Goal of the Tournament awards were sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company. [49] FIFA.com shortlisted twelve goals for users to vote on as the tournaments' best, [50] with the poll closing on 13 July 2015. [51]

Golden BallSilver BallBronze Ball
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd Flag of France.svg Amandine Henry Flag of Japan.svg Aya Miyama
Golden BootSilver BootBronze Boot
Flag of Germany.svg Célia Šašić Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd Flag of Germany.svg Anja Mittag
6 goals, 1 assist
553 minutes played
6 goals, 1 assist
630 minutes played
5 goals, 2 assists
474 minutes played
Golden Glove
Flag of the United States.svg Hope Solo
Best Young Player
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kadeisha Buchanan
Goal of the Tournament
Flag of the United States.svg Carli Lloyd
Soccerball shade.svg 16' for 4–0 in Final vs Japan (5 July)
FIFA Fair Play Award
Flag of France.svg  France

On 2 July 2015, following the semi-finals, FIFA announced the shortlists for three of the tournament awards. [52] [53] The following candidates were ultimately not selected:

All-Star Squad

The All-Star Squad elected by FIFA's Technical Study Group consists of the following players: [54]

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: [55]

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, [56] which represents 2.6% of the total prize money for the 2014 Men's World Cup ($576 million). [57] The winning team, United States, received $2 million, [56] representing 5.7% of the amount received by Germany for winning the 2014 Men's World Cup ($35 million). [57]

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 (H)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 [58]
(H) Host.

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. [59] [60] [61] 2012 Women's World Player of the Year Abby Wambach noted "The men would strike playing on artificial turf." [62] 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. [63] [64] 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." [65] [66] In January 2015, the lawsuit was withdrawn by the players. [67]

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). [68]

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". [69]

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. [70]

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." [71]

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. [72] [73] 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. [74] Fox constructed a temporary studio for the Women's World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, located outside the Vancouver Convention Centre. [75] [76]

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. [77] 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. [78] 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. [79]

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. [80]

The five top-tier sponsors were Coca-Cola, Adidas, Hyundai–Kia, Visa, and Gazprom. In the final week of the tournament, the Canadian government added Gazprom to a list of organizations sanctioned for supporting the Russian annexation of Crimea. Media suggested the addition was delayed to reduce embarrassment to FIFA. [81]

See also

Notes

  1. Despite having a lower FIFA ranking, Brazil was seeded ahead of Sweden for geographical reasons. [28] [29] [30] Before the draw, the Organizing Committee placed the seeded teams in the following groups: Germany in Group B, Japan in Group C, United States in Group D, Brazil in Group E, and France in Group F; Canada were already in Group A as the tournament host. [31] Not drawing the groups for the seeded teams has drawn some criticism. [32] [33] [34] A FIFA spokesperson later confirmed that teams were allocated to certain groups for promotional reasons. [35]
  2. Even though England were one of the top three UEFA teams in the World Cup, they were not eligible to play at the Olympics. The English Football Association (FA) is affiliated to the British Olympic Association and on 2 March 2015 said it wanted a British Olympic team to compete if England earned a place. [41] Following strong objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, and a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the FA announced on 30 March 2015 that they would not seek entry into the Olympic tournament. [42] Similar circumstances prevented them from playing in the 2008 Olympics, when England finished as one of the top three UEFA teams in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. [43] Great Britain did compete in 2012 as the host nation.

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The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.

Netherlands womens national football team Womens national association football team representing the Netherlands

The Netherlands women's national football team is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

The Nigeria national women's football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons, represents Nigeria in international women's football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. The team is by far Africa's most successful international women's football team winning a record eleven Africa Women Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the