Mundialito (women)

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Mundialito
Founded1984;34 years ago (1984)
Abolished1988
RegionInternational
Last champions  England
(2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  England
  Italy
(2 titles each)

The Mundialito (Spanish for "little World Cup"), was a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football. Held on four occasions in the northern region of Italy since 1984, it was one of the most prestigious women's football events, prior to the advent of the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.

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History

The first edition of the tournament was played in Japan in September 1981. Italy drew 1–1 with Denmark then beat Japan 9–0, [1] while England beat Japan 4–0 but lost 1–0 to Denmark. [2] Japan–Denmark and England–Italy fixtures were not played.

In 1984 and 1985 the teams first played round-robin within a single pool, then a further match to decide the winner and third place. In 1986 and 1988 two groups participated, with the winner of each participating in the final.

The most successful teams were Italy and England with two titles. The 1985 tournament was notable for the international debut of the United States women's national soccer team. [3]

Another more recent international tournament for women's football teams, the Algarve Cup, has also been unofficially known as the Mundialito. [4]

Results

YearFinalThird Place Match
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd PlaceScore4th Place
1984
Italy
3–1
West Germany

England
2–1
Belgium
1985
England
3–2
Italy

Denmark
1–0
United States
1986
Italy
1–0
United States

China PR
2–1
Japan
1988
England
2–1 (aet)
Italy

United States
1–0
France

References

  1. "GIAPPONE - ITALIA". FIGC. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  2. "Danmark 1-0 England". DBU.dk. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  3. "Anniversary of First WNT Game". U.S. Soccer. 2005-08-26. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  4. "USA lay down a marker". FIFA. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2011-02-04.