The Women’s World Cup is the world’s greatest female footballers gathering! Having kicked off in Australia and New Zealand on 20th July, people worldwide are watching the games happening right now – already a spectacular celebration of skill, strength, and unity.
The England team, known as The Lionesses and led by Sarina Wiegman, has been a part of the Women’s World Cup since its inception in 1991. They achieved milestones in recent years, with their first final in 2019, where they narrowly lost to the United States. Known for their strength and agility, The Lionesses have a reputation for playing a well-coordinated and attacking style of football.
The tournament, and especially this year, is set to empower women in football like never before, and other interesting facts that we highlighted for you!
- The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the most prestigious international women’s football tournament.
- The tournament takes place every four years and features national teams from all over the world.
- The United States has won the most Women’s World Cup titles, with four championships (1991, 1999, 2015, 2019).
- Marta Vieira da Silva, commonly known as Marta, holds the record for the most goals scored in Women’s World Cup history, with 17 goals.
- Only three countries have ever won the Women’s World Cup – the United States, Germany, and Norway.
- The 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and China remains the highest-attended women’s sports event globally.
- The tournament expanded from 16 teams to 24 teams starting from the 2015 edition.
- The oldest player to participate in a Women’s World Cup was Christie Rampone from the United States, who was 40 years and 11 days old in 2015.
- Birgit Prinz from Germany is the only player to have won the FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Boot (top goal scorer) twice, in 2003 and 2007.
- The current reigning champions, the United States, also set a record for the most goals scored by a team in a single tournament with 26 goals in 2019.
- The most goals scored in a single match was 10, achieved twice – by Germany against Argentina in 2007 and by Sweden against Thailand in 2019.
- The youngest player to ever participate in a Women’s World Cup was Fatoumata Diarra from Mali, who was 13 years and 330 days old in 2007.
- The first Women’s World Cup was held in 1991 and had 12 participating teams.
- The tournament has seen increased media coverage and popularity with each edition, leading to greater recognition for women’s football globally.
- The trophy is called the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy and was redesigned for the 2019 edition to better represent the athleticism, skill, and determination of women’s footballers.
- Currently happening across both Australia and New Zealand, the final will take place on 20 August 2023 at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
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