2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final
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Event 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Date7 July 2019 (2019-07-07)
Venue Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu
Player of the Match Megan Rapinoe (United States) [1]
Referee Stéphanie Frappart (France) [2]
Attendance57,900 [3]
WeatherPartly cloudy
30 °C (86 °F)
41% humidity [4] [5]
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The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match which determined the winner of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was the eighth final of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the women's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The match was played on 7 July 2019 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon, France.

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.

2019 FIFA Womens World Cup 2019 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France, which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

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.

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The final was contested by the United States, the defending champions, and the Netherlands, in their first final. The United States won 2–0, earning their second consecutive and fourth overall Women's World Cup title, with second-half goals scored by co-captain Megan Rapinoe from the penalty spot and Rose Lavelle. With the win, the U.S. became the second team to win consecutive titles after Germany's victories in 2003 and 2007. The team's coach, Jill Ellis, also became the first manager to win two Women's World Cup titles.

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.

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.

Megan Rapinoe American soccer player

Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player who plays for and captains Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, as a midfielder and winger. As a member of the United States women's national soccer team, she helped the U.S. win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as gold at the 2012 London Olympics, and finish runners-up at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Since 2018, she co-captains her national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

Both finalists were also the reigning champions of their respective confederation, with the United States having won the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the Netherlands having won UEFA Women's Euro 2017.

2018 CONCACAF Womens Championship

The 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship was the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by CONCACAF for the women's national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. Eight teams played in the tournament, which took place from 4–17 October in the United States.

UEFA Womens Euro 2017 2017 edition of the UEFA Womens Championship

The 2017 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Women's Euro 2017, was the 12th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. The competition was expanded to 16 teams.

Venue

The final was held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. During the tournament, the stadium was referred to as the Stade de Lyon by FIFA. [6] The venue has a seating capacity of 57,900, and also hosted both semi-final fixtures. [7] The stadium was announced as the final venue when France were confirmed as hosts on 19 March 2015, [8] with the stadium officially confirmed to host the semi-finals and final in September 2017. [9] The stadium is home venue of Ligue 1 club Lyon, opening in January 2016 to replace their previous stadium, the Stade de Gerland. [10] It has also hosted several UEFA Women's Champions League matches for the club's women's side, which is the most successful in European history. [11] [12]

Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, known for sponsorship reasons as Groupama Stadium and in some competitions as Stade de Lyon or Grand Stade de Lyon, is a 59,186-seat stadium in Décines-Charpieu, in the Lyon Metropolis. The home of French football club Olympique Lyonnais, it replaced their previous stadium, Stade de Gerland, in January 2016.

Décines-Charpieu Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Décines-Charpieu is a commune in the Metropolis of Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France. The name of the city is often shortened and simply called Décines.

Lyon Prefecture and commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Lyon is the third-largest city and second-largest urban area of France. It is located in the country's east-central part at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône, about 470 km (292 mi) south from Paris, 320 km (199 mi) north from Marseille and 56 km (35 mi) northeast from Saint-Étienne. Inhabitants of the city are called Lyonnais.

In 2008, the project for the new stadium was agreed upon by the government and commune of Décines. [13] Stadium construction started in mid 2013, [14] and finished in late 2015 at a cost of €450 million. [15] [16] The stadium was chosen as a venue for UEFA Euro 2016, where it hosted six matches. [17] The stadium also hosted the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final and 2018 UEFA Europa League Final. [18] [19] Outside of football, the Parc Olympique Lyonnais has hosted several musical performances, [20] as well as ice hockey and rugby union matches, [21] including the Rugby Champions Cup and Rugby Challenge Cup finals of 2016. [22] The stadium is planned to host matches for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the men and women's football tournaments at the 2024 Summer Olympics. [23] [24]

UEFA Euro 2016 2016 edition of the UEFA Euro

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, was the 15th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organised by UEFA. It was held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Spain were the two-time defending champions, having won the 2008 and 2012 tournaments, but were eliminated in the round of 16 by Italy. Portugal won the tournament for the first time, following a 1–0 victory after extra time over the host team, France, in the final played at the Stade de France.

2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final association football match

The 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final was the 23rd final of France's football league cup competition, the Coupe de la Ligue, a competition for the 42 teams that the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) manages. The final took place on 1 April 2017 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu and was contested by Monaco and reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.

2018 UEFA Europa League Final

The 2018 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, the 47th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 9th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It was played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, Lyon, France on 16 May 2018, between French side Marseille and Spanish side Atlético Madrid.

Background

U.S. coach Jill Ellis was vying to become the first manager to win two Women's World Cup titles. Jillian Ellis 2015.jpg
U.S. coach Jill Ellis was vying to become the first manager to win two Women's World Cup titles.

For the first time since 2007, and fifth time overall (along with 1991, 1995 and 2003), the final featured a European team, as the continent took seven of the eight places in the quarter-finals. [25] The previous two finals were contested by Japan and the United States. [26] The match was the first final since 1991 to feature a North American side against a European side. [26] The match was also the first final of a women's or men's World Cup to feature the defending champions against the reigning European champions. [27]

The final of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup was played between Germany and Brazil. The match took place at the Hongkou Football Stadium, in Shanghai, China, on 30 September 2007.

The 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 30 November 1991 at Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China. It was played between Norway and the United States to determine the winner of the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup. The United States beat Norway 2–1, with two goals from Michelle Akers-Stahl, to become winners of the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup.

The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match that took place at Råsunda Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden on 18 June 1995. It pitted Germany and Norway to determine the winner of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup. Norway won 2–0 with goals from Hege Riise and Marianne Pettersen.

The match was a record-extending fifth Women's World Cup final for the United States, who were the defending champions and record winners of the competition with three titles. They won the inaugural final in 1991 against Norway, before winning their second title in 1999 as hosts via a penalty shoot-out victory against China PR. They made their next appearance in the 2011 final, losing on penalties to Japan, before securing their third title in the 2015 rematch against Japan. [28] In the previous seven editions of the tournament, the U.S. never finished outside of the top three. [29] The fixture was the third consecutive appearance in the final for the United States, setting a competition record. [30]

Jill Ellis became the third manager to reach two Women's World Cup finals, after Even Pellerud for Norway (in 1991 and 1995) and Norio Sasaki for Japan (in 2011 and 2015), both with one win and one loss in the final. [31] With her counterpart Sarina Wiegman, the match was the second final in which both teams have a female coach, after the 2003 matchup between Tina Theune of Germany and Marika Domanski-Lyfors of Sweden. [32]

The match was the first Women's World Cup final for the Netherlands in their second tournament appearance. [33] They were the fourth European country (after Germany, Norway and Sweden) and eighth overall to reach a Women's World Cup final, and the first new finalist since Japan in 2011. [26] In the Netherlands only prior tournament appearance, in 2015, they were eliminated in the round of 16 by defending champions and eventual runners-up Japan. [34]

The match is the eighth meeting between the United States and the Netherlands, and the first competitive fixture as all prior matches were friendlies. The sides first met in 1991, which the Netherlands won 4–3, but the U.S. have won all six subsequent meetings, most recently a 3–1 win in September 2016. [35]

Route to the final

United StatesRoundNetherlands
OpponentsResult Group stage OpponentsResult
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 13–0 Match 1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1–0
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 3–0 Match 2Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 3–1
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2–0 Match 3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2–1
Group F winners
PosTeamPldPts
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 39
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 36
3Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 33
4Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 30
Source: FIFA
Final standings Group E winners
PosTeamPldPts
1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 39
2Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 36
3Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 33
4Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30
Source: FIFA
OpponentsResult Knockout stage OpponentsResult
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 2–1 Round of 16Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2–1
Flag of France.svg  France 2–1 Quarter-finalsFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 2–0
Flag of England.svg  England 2–1 Semi-finalsFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–0 ( a.e.t. )

United States

Alex Morgan scored six times for the United States, including five in their opening match Alex Morgan May19.jpg
Alex Morgan scored six times for the United States, including five in their opening match

The United States is the most successful team in women's football, having won three Women's World Cups in four previous final appearances and four Olympic gold medals. [36] [37] The team had never finished below third place in all eight editions of the World Cup. [38] Jill Ellis was appointed as interim head coach of the team in 2014, following the firing of Tom Sermanni between major tournaments, and oversaw qualification for the 2015 World Cup using a core inherited from earlier cycles. [39] The United States reached their second consecutive final, playing in a rematch of the 2011 final in which they had lost to Japan. The Americans won 5–2, including a first-half hat-trick by Carli Lloyd, to secure their third Women's World Cup title—their first since 1999. [40] Following an early quarter-final exit at the 2016 Olympics, Ellis adjusted the team's usual formation and adopted a 4–3–3 with an emphasis on faster play under the direction of new call-ups. [41] [42] The United States qualified for the 2019 Women's World Cup by winning the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, outscoring their opponents 26–0 and defeating Canada in the final. [43]

The U.S. team, entering the tournament ranked first in the FIFA World Rankings, [44] were drawn into Group F and opened their title defence with a 13–0 victory against Thailand, setting a new tournament record for largest margin of victory and goals in a match. [45] Alex Morgan scored five goals, equalling a one-match record set by compatriot Michelle Akers in 1991, and several of her teammates earned their first World Cup goals in their debuts. [46] The team were criticised by pundits for running up the score and a series of goal celebrations that were deemed excessive due to the scoreline. [47] Ellis then fielded a squad of reserve players in a 3–0 win over debutants Chile, which included Carli Lloyd's pair of goals and a missed penalty kick. [48] The U.S. closed out its group by winning 2–0 against Sweden, advancing with three shutout victories and outscoring opponents 18–0, a group stage record in the Women's World Cup. [49]

In the round of 16, the U.S. played Group B runners-up Spain, who conceded an early penalty in the seventh minute that was converted by captain Megan Rapinoe. Spanish forward Jennifer Hermoso found an equaliser within three minutes after capitalising on a defensive error near the top of the box, shooting from distance to beat goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and end her shutout streak. The U.S. were awarded a second penalty kick after a foul in the box on Rose Lavelle and won the match 2–1 on another conversion by Rapinoe in the 75th minute per instruction from Ellis, after Morgan initially looked set to take the kick. [50] [51] The Americans were then matched against hosts France, winners of Group A and a tournament favourite, in the quarter-finals. This was the first time the U.S. had faced the tournament hosts of the Women's World Cup. [27] Rapinoe opened the scoring in the fifth minute, with a free kick that was driven low and through several players, and added a second in the 65th minute by finishing a cut-back cross from Tobin Heath in the box. French defender Wendie Renard scored a consolation goal in the 81st minute on a headed corner kick, but the U.S. held on to win 2–1 and eliminate the hosts. [52]

The U.S. played England in the semi-finals, but were without Rapinoe due to a hamstring injury that kept her out of the starting line-up. Her replacement, Christen Press, scored the opening goal in the tenth minute on a header in the box; English forward Ellen White then volleyed a shot from inside the box in the 19th minute to earn her team an equaliser. Alex Morgan restored the U.S. lead in the 31st minute, the first player in Women's World Cup history to score on their birthday, [53] finishing a cross by Lindsey Horan with a header that she celebrated with a controversial tea-sipping gesture. [54] White scored an apparent second equaliser in the 67th minute, but was ruled offside by a video assistant referee (VAR) decision. A VAR decision in the 82nd minute determined that White was fouled in the penalty area by defender Becky Sauerbrunn and awarded a penalty to England. The resulting penalty was weakly struck by captain Steph Houghton and saved by Alyssa Naeher, the first penalty save by a U.S. goalkeeper in the Women's World Cup outside of a shoot-out, [55] ensuring a 2–1 victory for the United States. [56] [57] The U.S. reached their third consecutive Women's World Cup final by winning all six matches without trailing. Their semi-final win set a new tournament record for longest winning streak with eleven wins since 2015, [58] as well as a record sixteen World Cup matches undefeated. [59] [60] They scored 24 goals en route to the final, including one in the opening twelve minutes of each match, coming close to the single-tournament record of 25. [61] [62]

Netherlands

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Dutch winger Lieke Martens scored twice in their round of 16 victory

The Netherlands, nicknamed the Oranje, first qualified for a major women's tournament in 2009, reaching the semi-finals of their first UEFA European Championship, and qualified for their first FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015. [63] The team's rapid improvement in international competition was credited to the establishment of a professional club league in 2007 with investment from the Royal Dutch Football Association; the league later merged to form a combined Belgian–Dutch competition in 2012 and split again in 2015. [64] [65] In the 2015 Women's World Cup, the Dutch side finished third in their group with a 1–1–1 record and advanced to the round of 16, where they lost 2–1 to eventual runners-up Japan. [66] The Netherlands hosted and won the 2017 European Championship, earning their first major international title with a dominating style implemented by interim manager Sarina Wiegman. [67] [68] The Dutch earned the last remaining European berth in the 2019 Women's World Cup by finishing second to Norway in its qualification group and winning the play-offs, defeating Denmark over two legs in the semi-finals and Switzerland in the finals. [69] [70]

The Dutch, ranked eighth in the FIFA World Rankings, [44] were drawn into Group E with two of their 2015 group stage opponents, Canada and New Zealand, alongside Cameroon. [71] Their opening match against New Zealand was scoreless until a last-minute header by substitute Jill Roord in stoppage time won it 1–0 for the Dutch. [72] The Netherlands secured a knockout stage berth by defeating Cameroon 3–1 on the second matchday, with two goals by Vivianne Miedema to make her the nation's all-time top goalscorer. [73] The Dutch finished with a three-win record and topped the group after winning 2–1 against Canada. An early penalty was rescinded by the VAR and the opening goal was scored by Dutch defender Anouk Dekker in the 54th minute. Christine Sinclair scored an equaliser six minutes later, but the Netherlands restored their lead in the 75th minute through a short-range finish by substitute Lineth Beerensteyn. [74]

The round of 16 fixture for the Oranje was also a rematch against Japan, which manager Wiegman expected to end with a different result. [75] Lieke Martens scored in the 17th minute with a backheel flick off a corner kick, but Japanese midfielder Yui Hasegawa equalised before half-time. The second half saw Japan creating more chances, with Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal crucially saving a shot from Yuka Momiki in the 80th minute to keep the scores level. [76] In second-half stoppage time, the Dutch were awarded a controversial penalty kick by the VAR for a handball in the box by captain Saki Kumagai, which was then scored by Martens to win the match 2–1. [77] The Netherlands defeated Italy 2–0 in the quarter-finals, also qualifying for the 2020 Olympics, through second-half headers scored by Miedema in the 70th minute and Stefanie van der Gragt ten minutes later. [78] The match was played in 34 °C (93 °F) heat and required several cooling breaks, which slowed the tempo of play. [79]

The Netherlands reached their first Women's World Cup final by winning 1–0 in extra time against Sweden in the semi-finals. The match was scoreless in regulation time, due to the performances of both defences and goalkeepers, who made saves to keep several chances from breaking the deadlock. Jackie Groenen scored the lone goal of the match in the 99th minute, striking from 20 yards (18 m) to beat goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, with her first shot on target during the tournament. [80] [81] The Dutch were the third reigning European champions to reach the final, following Germany in 2003 and 2007, and the first to play a non-European country in the final. [27] The Netherlands also managed to reach the final without trailing in their six victories, conceding only once in the knockout stage but not leading at half-time in any of their matches. [82] [83]

The success of the Dutch side has brought national attention to the women's football program, including thousands of fans who travelled to France to attend matches and record television ratings reaching 5 million viewers for the semi-final. [84] [85]

Pre-match

Scheduling

The final's scheduling on 7 July led to a degree of criticism among supporters of women's football, as two continental men's tournament finals were held on the same day—the Copa América in Rio de Janeiro and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Chicago. [86] The latter final also featured the men's team of the United States. [87] However, FIFA confirmed the Women's World Cup dates in September 2017, prior to the dates announced by CONMEBOL and CONCACAF. [88]

While FIFA called the scheduling a "rare and exciting occurrence", U.S. co-captain Megan Rapinoe criticised it as "ridiculous and disappointing". [89] CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said that the scheduling of the Gold Cup final had been the result of a "clerical error" and that the conflict was not realised until it was too late. [90]

Match ball

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Tricolore 19, the match ball of the final.

The official match ball for the final was the Adidas Tricolore 19, introduced for the knockout stage as a red-coloured variant of the Conext 19. The ball featured a blue-and-red glitch graphic, and pays homage to the original Adidas Tricolore, which was introduced for the men's 1998 FIFA World Cup, in which France were victorious for the first time while on home soil. [91]

Officials

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Stéphanie Frappart, the referee for the final.

On 5 July 2019, FIFA named French official Stéphanie Frappart as the referee for the final. [2] Frappart had been a FIFA referee since 2009, [92] and previously officiated at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, 2016 Summer Olympics and UEFA Women's Euro 2017. [93] In April 2019, she became the first woman to referee in Ligue 1, the top men's professional league in France. [94] The final was Frappart's fourth match as referee during the tournament, having officiated two group stage matches and a quarter-final fixture. Her compatriot Manuela Nicolosi was chosen as one of the assistant referees, along with Irish official Michelle O'Neill. Claudia Umpiérrez of Uruguay was chosen as the fourth official, with her compatriot Luciana Mascaraña serving as the reserve assistant referee. Spaniard Carlos del Cerro Grande was named the video assistant referee, presiding over the first use of the technology in the final of the Women's World Cup. His fellow countryman José María Sánchez Martínez was named as one of the assistant video assistant referees for the match, along with Mariana de Almeida of Argentina. [95]

Team selection

American co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who scored five goals and had three assists during the tournament, was left out of the semi-final line-up against England due to a pulled hamstring. However, she said that she expected to return ahead of the final. [96] U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle also had to be substituted out in the semi-final due to a hamstring injury, [97] though she also said that she was fit to play in the final. [98]

Dutch winger Lieke Martens, winner of The Best FIFA Women's Player in 2017, is also listed as questionable due to a toe injury. She started in the semi-final against Sweden, previously a doubt for the match, though she was unable to make an impact and was substituted out at half-time. [99] The team's goalkeeper, Sari van Veenendaal, finished the semi-final with a swollen hand, but returned to the starting lineup for the final. [100]

Match

Summary

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Megan Rapinoe (left) and Rose Lavelle (right) scored second-half goals for the United States in the final.

The United States fielded their unusual 4–3–3 that was used by Jill Ellis during the tournament, including Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. captain for the match, after her injury that kept her from starting in the semi-final. Lieke Martens returned for the Netherlands side, while Shanice van de Sanden was placed on the bench. [101] The match kicked off at 17:00 in 31 °C (88 °F) heat, which was lower than the earlier forecasts for the ongoing continental heat wave. [102] The stadium had 57,900 spectators watching the match, including a large number of American fans and a stand of Dutch fans behind one of the goals. [102] French president Emmanuel Macron, Dutch monarch Willem-Alexander, and several professional male and female footballers were also among those in attendance. [103]

The United States started several attacks early in the match, but failed to score within the opening twelve minutes as they had in their previous six matches. The two sides traded fouls, including one that earned Sherida Spitse a yellow card in the tenth minute, but the U.S. remained in control of possession and had several chances towards goal. [102] [104] Dutch goalkeeper and captain Sari van Veenendaal made several saves to keep her shutout, including two shots before half-time from Sam Mewis and Alex Morgan. A foul on Rose Lavelle at the top of the penalty area was left uncalled, allowing the Dutch to spring a counterattack that ended with a foul on forward Lineth Beerensteyn by U.S. defender Abby Dahlkemper, who earned a yellow card. In first half stoppage time, U.S. defender Kelley O'Hara and Dutch winger Lieke Martens collided heads during an aerial challenge, resulting in O'Hara being substituted at half-time for Ali Krieger. [104]

Another physical challenge, resulting in a bloody facial cut for U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn, began the second half as the U.S. continued to have the majority of attacking chances. Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt kicked U.S. attacker Alex Morgan in the shoulder while attempting to control the ball in the penalty area, which was left uncalled until a VAR review by referee Stéphanie Frappart awarded a penalty to the United States. Van der Gragt earned a yellow card and the penalty was scored in the 61st minute by U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe, who left Van Veenendaal standing on her line; [105] the penalty was Rapinoe's sixth goal of the tournament, winning her the Golden Boot and making her the oldest player to score in a Women's World Cup final. [106] [107] Eight minutes later, Rose Lavelle scored the second goal of the final for the U.S. on a solo run through the Dutch defence that ended with a left-footed strike from 17 yards (16 m). [106]

Down 2–0 and still conceding attacking chances to the U.S., the Netherlands substituted defender Anouk Dekker for forward Shanice van de Sanden and forced a save out of U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Van Veenendaal made several saves to deny a third goal for the United States after shots on target by Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Crystal Dunn. [104] Rapinoe was substituted for Christen Press in the 79th minute, while Carli Lloyd was brought on in the last minutes of regulation time. After the end of the match, the U.S. bench spilled onto the field to celebrate the team's fourth Women's World Cup title. [102] [106]

Details

United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–0Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Report

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Netherlands [95]
GK1 Alyssa Naeher
RB5 Kelley O'Hara Sub off.svg 46'
CB7 Abby Dahlkemper Yellow card.svg 42'
CB4 Becky Sauerbrunn
LB19 Crystal Dunn
CM3 Sam Mewis
CM8 Julie Ertz
CM16 Rose Lavelle
RF17 Tobin Heath Sub off.svg 87'
CF13 Alex Morgan
LF15 Megan Rapinoe (c)Sub off.svg 79'
Substitutions:
DF11 Ali Krieger Sub on.svg 46'
FW23 Christen Press Sub on.svg 79'
FW10 Carli Lloyd Sub on.svg 87'
Manager:
Jill Ellis
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GK1 Sari van Veenendaal (c)
RB2 Desiree van Lunteren
CB6 Anouk Dekker Sub off.svg 73'
CB3 Stefanie van der Gragt Yellow card.svg 60'
LB20 Dominique Bloodworth
CM14 Jackie Groenen
CM10 Daniëlle van de Donk
CM8 Sherida Spitse Yellow card.svg 10'
RF21 Lineth Beerensteyn
CF9 Vivianne Miedema
LF11 Lieke Martens Sub off.svg 70'
Substitutions:
MF19 Jill Roord Sub on.svg 70'
FW7 Shanice van de Sanden Sub on.svg 73'
Manager:
Sarina Wiegman

Player of the Match:
Megan Rapinoe (United States) [1]

Assistant referees: [95]
Manuela Nicolosi (France)
Michelle O'Neill (Republic of Ireland)
Fourth official:
Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
Reserve assistant referee:
Luciana Mascaraña (Uruguay)
Video assistant referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Assistant video assistant referees:
José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
Mariana de Almeida (Argentina)

Match rules [108]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of twelve named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.

Statistics

Post-match

Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal won the Golden Glove award as best goalkeeper of the tournament. 20141015 - PSG-Twente 084 (cropped).jpg
Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal won the Golden Glove award as best goalkeeper of the tournament.

The United States won a record-extending fourth title, and became the second team to win consecutive editions of the Women's World Cup, following Germany in 2003 and 2007. [110] The victory was also the first World Cup title on European soil for the U.S. [111] During the 2019 tournament, the U.S. scored 26 goals to set a new record for most goals in a single Women's World Cup, surpassing the record of 25 shared by the U.S. in 1991 and Germany in 2003. [112] [31] The team's goal difference of +23 also set a new tournament record. [113] Their World Cup unbeaten streak was also extended to 17 matches, including 12 consecutive wins. [103] Jill Ellis became the first manager to win two Women's World Cup titles, amid criticism from fans over her style of management. [114] [115] On 10 July, the team were honored with a ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes in New York City and received their third Outstanding Team ESPY Award in Los Angeles. [116] [117]

Megan Rapinoe was named the player of the match, [1] and was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. She also won the Golden Boot as the top scorer of the tournament with six goals and three assists, while Alex Morgan won the Silver Boot with the same tallies; Rapinoe won the award on the second tie-breaker, having played fewer minutes. [118] At the age of 34, Rapinoe became the oldest player to win the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards. [119] Rose Lavelle won the Bronze Ball award, while Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal won the Golden Glove award as the best goalkeeper of the tournament; her eight saves in the final were the most during any knockout stage match in the 2019 tournament. [120] [121]

Rapinoe became the second player to start in three Women's World Cup finals, after Birgit Prinz of Germany (1995, 2003 and 2007). Additionally, Tobin Heath, Ali Krieger, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan joined them as the only players to make an appearance in three finals. [113] Rapinoe's goal made her the first player to convert a penalty outside of a shoot-out in a Women's World Cup final, as German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer saved the only previous final penalty taken by Marta of Brazil in 2007. The goal also meant that Rapinoe became the oldest player to score in a final, surpassing teammate Carli Lloyd who scored a hat-trick in the 2015 final at the age of 32 years and 354 days. [122]

The United States will receive $4 million (3.5 million euros) in prize money as the winners of the tournament, while the Netherlands will receive $2.6 million (2.3 million euros) as runners-up. [123] [124] The U.S. team will also play a four-match victory tour that will entitle them to a share of profits, totaling approximately $250,000 per player. [125] The monetary prizes, along with small bonuses from the United States Soccer Federation, have been criticised as being unfair and discriminatory compared to those offered to men's teams; fans in the stadium chanted "Equal pay!" during FIFA president Gianni Infantino's appearance at the trophy ceremony alongside French president Emmanuel Macron. [126] [127] Several media personalities and sportspeople from the U.S. also mentioned the issue while congratulating the team on their victory. [128] In response, Senator Joe Manchin introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that would make equal pay for the women's team a requirement for federal funding for the 2026 men's World Cup, which is planned to be partially hosted by the United States. [129] U.S. President Donald Trump, who had criticised Rapinoe's anthem protest and comments about rejecting a White House visit, also congratulated the team alongside former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. [130]

Broadcasting

The U.S. broadcast of the match on terrestrial Fox drew an average of 14.3 million, outranking the 2018 men's final (which did not feature the U.S.) but falling short of the 2015 Women's World Cup broadcast that was broadcast during U.S. prime time rather than late morning. [131] An additional 1.6 million Americans watched the match on Telemundo in Spanish, and streaming audiences for Fox averaged 289,000 viewers. [132]

In the Netherlands, the final was watched by 5.5 million people, an estimated 88 percent of people with television access. [132] The Brazilian broadcast on TV Globo and its partners was watched by 19.9 million people (a 41.7 percent share), setting a new women's football record. Large audiences were also reported in France (5.9 million), Germany (5.1 million), Sweden (1.5 million) and the United Kingdom (3.2 million). [132] [133]

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