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The 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fourth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in the United States and won by Germany.[1] They won their first women's world title and became the first country to win both men's and women's World Cup.

2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003
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Official logo
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
Dates20 September – 12 October
Teams16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Germany (1st title)
Runners-up Sweden
Third place United States
Fourth place Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored107 (3.34 per match)
Attendance656,789 (20,525 per match)
Top scorer(s)Germany Birgit Prinz (7 goals)
Best player(s)Germany Birgit Prinz
Fair play award China PR
1999
2007

The tournament was originally scheduled for China from 23 September to 11 October. On 3 May 2003, FIFA announced that they would move the tournament to an alternate host country because of the 2003 SARS outbreak in China. At the same time the FIFA announced that the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup would be awarded to China in its place.[2][3] On 26 May 2003, FIFA announced the United States would host the tournament. Because the United States had hosted the 1999 World Cup, it was thought the United States could best organize the tournament in the little time remaining before the October scheduled start. In addition, women's soccer boosters in the United States hoped that interest generated by the tournament would save the U.S. women's professional league, the Women's United Soccer Association, from folding.[4]

In compensation for losing the tournament, China retained its automatic qualification as host, and was named as host for the 2007 event.[4][5][6][7]

Mostly due to the rescheduling of the tournament on short notice, FIFA and the United States Soccer Federation were forced to creatively schedule matches. Nine doubleheaders were scheduled in group play (similar to the 1999 format). They also had to abandon the modern practice of scheduling the final matches of the group stage to kick off simultaneously. In Groups A and D, the final matches were scheduled as the two ends of a doubleheader. The final matches in Groups B and C were also scheduled as doubleheaders, but split between two cities, with a Group B match in each city followed by a Group C match. The four quarterfinals were also scheduled as two doubleheaders, and both semifinals were also a doubleheader.[8]

Contents

VenuesEdit

The size and scope of the cup were reduced due to the limited time given to organize the tournament. Giants Stadium in the New York area backed out of hosting after being unable to resolve scheduling issues with the New York Giants. The matches were scheduled in doubleheaders and moved from the East Coast to the West Coast as it progressed.[9] The stadiums were announced on 13 June 2003.[10]

For the tournament, Portland's newly-renovated PGE Park (formerly Civic Stadium) received a new grass surface and temporary seating to expand capacity to 28,359; it had previously hosted several matches during the 1999 tournament. Gillette Stadium replaced the demolished Foxboro Stadium, while RFK Stadium was chosen in place of Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in the Washington, D.C. area. The venues also employed new security measures that were required by the U.S. government following the September 11 attacks in 2001.[11]

Portland, Oregon Columbus, Ohio Foxborough, Massachusetts
(Boston area)
PGE Park Columbus Crew Stadium Gillette Stadium
Capacity: 28,359 Capacity: 22,555 Capacity: 68,000 (Reduced to 22,385)
     
Venues of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup in the United States[12]
Carson, California
(Los Angeles area)
Washington, D.C. Philadelphia
Home Depot Center Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Lincoln Financial Field
Capacity: 27,500 Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 70,000
     

TeamsEdit

 
Qualifying countries

Sixteen teams participated in the 2003 Women's World Cup. Argentina, France and South Korea all made their debuts in the 2003 tournament. The remaining thirteens teams had competed in the previous World Cup. The allocation of slots among confederations remained mostly unchanged from the previous tournament, with a play-off between CONCACAF and AFC for the additional slot.[13]

This tournament was also doubled as qualification for the European teams with the top two teams from that confederation qualifying through to the 2004 Summer Olympics.[14]

SquadsEdit

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup squads.

Match officialsEdit

DrawEdit

The group draw took place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on 17 July 2003.[17]

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   United States (H) 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 9
2   Sweden 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3   North Korea 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4   Nigeria 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11 0

(H): Host

20 September 2003
Nigeria   0–3   North Korea Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
21 September 2003
United States   3–1   Sweden RFK Stadium, Washington
25 September 2003
Sweden   1–0   North Korea Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
United States   5–0   Nigeria Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
28 September 2003
Sweden   3–0   Nigeria Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus
North Korea   0–3   United States Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Brazil 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
2   Norway 3 2 0 1 10 5 +5 6
3   France 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
4   South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
20 September 2003
Norway   2–0   France Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
21 September 2003
Brazil   3–0   South Korea RFK Stadium, Washington
24 September 2003
Norway   1–4   Brazil RFK Stadium, Washington
France   1–0   South Korea RFK Stadium, Washington
27 September 2003
South Korea   1–7   Norway Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
France   1–1   Brazil RFK Stadium, Washington

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Germany 3 3 0 0 13 2 +11 9
2   Canada 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6
3   Japan 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3
4   Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 15 −14 0
20 September 2003
Germany   4–1   Canada Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus
Japan   6–0   Argentina Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus
24 September 2003
Germany   3–0   Japan Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus
Canada   3–0   Argentina Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus
27 September 2003
Canada   3–1   Japan Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Argentina   1–6   Germany RFK Stadium, Washington

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   China PR 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
2   Russia 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3   Ghana 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
4   Australia 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
21 September 2003
Australia   1–2   Russia The Home Depot Center, Carson
China PR   1–0   Ghana The Home Depot Center, Carson
25 September 2003
Ghana   0–3   Russia The Home Depot Center, Carson
China PR   1–1   Australia The Home Depot Center, Carson
28 September 2003
Ghana   2–1   Australia PGE Park, Portland
China PR   1–0   Russia PGE Park, Portland

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
1 October — Foxborough
 
 
  United States 1
 
5 October — Portland
 
  Norway 0
 
  United States 0
 
2 October — Portland
 
  Germany 3
 
  Germany 7
 
12 October — Carson
 
  Russia 1
 
  Germany (a.e.t.) 2
 
1 October — Foxborough
 
  Sweden 1
 
  Brazil 1
 
5 October — Portland
 
  Sweden 2
 
  Sweden 2
 
2 October — Portland
 
  Canada 1 Third place
 
  China PR 0
 
11 October — Carson
 
  Canada 1
 
  United States 3
 
 
  Canada 1
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

United States  1–0  Norway
Wambach   24' Report
Attendance: 25,103
Referee: Nicole Petignat (Switzerland)

Brazil  1–2  Sweden
Marta   44' (pen.) (Report) Svensson   23'
Andersson   53'
Attendance: 25,103
Referee: Zhang Dongqing (China)

Germany  7–1  Russia
Müller   25'
Minnert   57'
Wunderlich   60'
Garefrekes   62'85'
Prinz   80'89'
(Report) Danilova   70'
Attendance: 20,021
Referee: Im Eun-ju (Korea)

China PR  0–1  Canada
(Report) Hooper   7'
Attendance: 20,021
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States)

Semi-finalsEdit

Germany  3–0  United States
Garefrekes   15'
Meinert   90+1'
Prinz   90+3'
(Report)
Attendance: 27,623
Referee: Sonia Denoncourt (Canada)

Canada  1–2  Sweden
Lang   64' (Report) Moström   79'
Öqvist   86'
Attendance: 27,623
Referee: Katriina Elovirta (Finland)

Third place play-offEdit

United States  3–1  Canada
Lilly   22'
Boxx   51'
Milbrett   80'
(Report) Sinclair   38'
Attendance: 25,253
Referee: Tammy Ogston (Australia)

FinalEdit

Germany  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Sweden
Meinert   46'
Künzer   98'
(Report) Ljungberg   41'

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given for the tournament:[18]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
  Birgit Prinz   Victoria Svensson   Maren Meinert
Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
  Birgit Prinz   Maren Meinert   Kátia Cilene
7 goals 4 goals 4 goals
FIFA Fair Play Award
  China PR

All-star teamEdit

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Silke Rottenberg

  Wang Liping
  Sandra Minnert
  Joy Fawcett

  Bettina Wiegmann
  Malin Moström
  Shannon Boxx

  Charmaine Hooper
  Maren Meinert
  Birgit Prinz
  Victoria Svensson

Goal scorersEdit

Birgit Prinz of Germany won the Golden Shoe award for scoring seven goals. In total, 107 goals were scored by 56 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.[citation needed]

7 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Tournament rankingEdit

Teams outside of the top four were ranked by points gained across all matches. Goal differences were used thereafter.[19]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Germany 6 6 0 0 25 4 +21 18
2   Sweden 6 4 0 2 10 7 +3 12
3   United States 6 5 0 1 15 5 +10 15
4   Canada 6 3 0 3 10 10 0 9
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   Brazil 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5 7
6   China PR 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 7
7   Norway 4 2 0 2 10 6 +4 6
8   Russia 4 2 0 2 6 9 –3 6
Eliminated at the group stage
9   France 3 1 1 1 2 3 –1 4
10   Japan 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3
11   North Korea 3 1 0 2 3 4 –1 3
12   Ghana 3 1 0 2 2 5 –3 3
13   Australia 3 0 1 2 3 5 –2 1
14   South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 11 –10 0
15   Nigeria 3 0 0 3 0 11 –11 0
16   Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 15 –14 0

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ Jones, Grahame L. (17 June 2003). "World Cup Leans to the West". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  10. ^ Longman, Jere (13 June 2003). "World Cup To Skip New York". The New York Times. p. D1. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  11. ^ FIFA Technical Study Group (2003), p. 31
  12. ^ FIFA Technical Study Group (2003). FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 Report and Statistics (PDF) (Report). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. pp. 90–101. OCLC 85347862. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  13. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 2003 to be held in USA" (Press release). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 26 May 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  14. ^ "2004 Olympic Football Tournaments" (PDF). FIFA. p. 132. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
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  16. ^ "Match Report". FIFAworldcup.com. Archived from the original on 13 December 2004.
  17. ^ "Final Draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 set for 17 July". FIFA.com. 8 July 2003.
  18. ^ Awards 2003
  19. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 – Technical Report" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 30 November 2015.

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