Mundialito (women)

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Mundialito
Founded1984;35 years ago (1984)
Abolished1988
RegionInternational
Last championsFlag of England.svg  England
(2nd title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
(3 titles)

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.

Japan Island country in East Asia

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Italy womens national football team womens national association football team representing Italy

The Italy women's national football team has represented Italy in international women's football since their inception in 1968. The team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body for football in Italy.

Denmark womens national football team womens national association football team representing Denmark

The Denmark women's national football team represents Denmark in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU).

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, the preliminary round was contested within two groups, each sending a team to participate in the final match.

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.

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]

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The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

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

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

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Results

YearHostsFinalThird Place Match
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd PlaceScore4th Place
1981JapanFlag of Italy.svg
Italy
Not playedFlag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of England.svg
England
Not playedFlag of Japan.svg
Japan
1984ItalyFlag of Italy.svg
Italy
3–1Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
Flag of England.svg
England
2–1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
Belgium
1985ItalyFlag of England.svg
England
3–2Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1–0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1986ItalyFlag of Italy.svg
Italy
1–0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
2–1Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
1988ItalyFlag of England.svg
England
2–1 (aet)Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1–0Flag of France.svg
France

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