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2007 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007.[1] Originally, China was to host the 2003 edition, but the outbreak of SARS in that country forced that event to be moved to the United States. FIFA immediately granted the 2007 event to China, which means that no new host nation was chosen competitively until the voting was held for the 2011 Women's World Cup.

2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
2007年女子世界杯足球赛
2007 Nián nǚzǐ shìjièbēi zúqiú sài
2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates 10–30 September
Teams 16 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Germany (2nd title)
Runners-up  Brazil
Third place  United States
Fourth place  Norway
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 111 (3.47 per match)
Attendance 1,156,955 (36,155 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Marta (7 goals)
Best player Brazil Marta
Best goalkeeper Germany Nadine Angerer
2003
2011

The tournament opened with a record-breaking match in Shanghai, as Germany beat Argentina 11–0 to register the biggest win and the highest scoring match in Women's World Cup history. The tournament ended with Germany defeating Brazil 2–0 in the final, having never surrendered a goal in the entire tournament. The Germans became the first national team in FIFA Women's World Cup history to retain their title.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Africa (CAF)
Asia (AFC)
North America, Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF)
Europe (UEFA)
Oceania (OFC)
South America (CONMEBOL)

VenuesEdit

The venues selected to host the competition were:[2]

Tianjin
2007 FIFA Women's World Cup (China)
Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium
Capacity: 60,000
 
Wuhan
Wuhan Stadium
Capacity: 55,000
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Hangzhou Chengdu Shanghai
Yellow Dragon Sports Center Chengdu Sports Centre Hongkou Stadium
Capacity: 51,000 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 33,000
     

SquadsEdit

RefereesEdit

DrawEdit

The group draw took place on 22 April 2007 in Wuhan after the completion of the qualifying rounds.[3]

FIFA automatically seeded the host and defending champions, slotting China and Germany into Group D and Group A, respectively.[4] The FIFA Women's World Ranking for March 2007 was used to determine the teams to occupy the other seeded positions, B1 and C1.[5] United States were ranked first, Germany second and Norway third,[6] so the United States and Norway were also seeded.

Also, no two teams from the same confederation could draw each other, except for those from UEFA, where a maximum of two teams from UEFA could be drawn into the same group. Group B quickly became dubbed the group of death[7] since three of the top five teams in the world were drawn in this group — the USA (1st), Sweden (3rd) and Korea DPR (5th), according to the June 2007 FIFA Women's World Rankings, the last to be released before the tournament. The same four teams were drawn together in Group A in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup,[7] on that occasion the USA and Sweden progressed to the knockout stages. Also in 2015 The United States and Sweden would meet in the group of death again. This time it was with Nigeria and Australia as group mates.

Group stageEdit

 
Participating countries and their results

All times are local (UTC+8).

TiebreakersEdit

Teams are ranked on the following criteria:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Greatest number of points in matches between teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between teams
  6. Greatest number of goals scored in matches between teams
  7. Fair play criteria based on red and yellow cards received
  8. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Germany 3 2 1 0 13 0 +13 7
  England 3 1 2 0 8 3 +5 5
  Japan 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
  Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 18 −17 0

Group BEdit

The four teams were also paired in the same group in 2003.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United States 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
  North Korea 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
  Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
  Nigeria 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Norway 3 2 1 0 10 4 +6 7
  Australia 3 1 2 0 7 4 +3 5
  Canada 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
  Ghana 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9
  China PR (H) 3 2 0 1 5 6 −1 6
  Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
  New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0

(H): Host.

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
22 September — Wuhan
 
 
  Germany 3
 
26 September — Tianjin
 
  North Korea 0
 
  Germany 3
 
23 September — Wuhan
 
  Norway 0
 
  Norway 1
 
30 September — Shanghai
 
  China PR 0
 
  Germany 2
 
22 September — Tianjin
 
  Brazil 0
 
  United States 3
 
27 September — Hangzhou
 
  England 0
 
  United States 0
 
23 September — Tianjin
 
  Brazil 4 Third place
 
  Brazil 3
 
30 September — Shanghai
 
  Australia 2
 
  Norway 1
 
 
  United States 4
 

All times are local (UTC+8).

Quarter-finalsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

(All times UTC+8)

Third place play-offEdit

FinalEdit

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given for the tournament:[13]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
  Marta   Birgit Prinz   Cristiane
Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
  Marta   Abby Wambach   Ragnhild Gulbrandsen
7 goals 6 goals 6 goals
FIFA Fair Play Award
  Norway

All-Star TeamEdit

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Nadine Angerer
  Bente Nordby

  Ariane Hingst
  Li Jie
  Ane Stangeland Horpestad
  Kerstin Stegemann

  Daniela
  Formiga
  Kelly Smith
  Renate Lingor
  Ingvild Stensland
  Kristine Lilly

  Lisa De Vanna
  Marta
  Cristiane
  Birgit Prinz

GoalscorersEdit

Tournament rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Germany 6 5 1 0 21 0 +21 16
2   Brazil 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15
3   United States 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5 13
4   Norway 6 3 1 2 12 11 +1 10
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   China PR 4 2 0 2 5 7 –2 6
6   Australia 4 1 2 1 9 7 +2 5
7   England 4 1 2 1 8 6 +2 5
8   North Korea 4 1 1 2 5 7 –2 4
Eliminated at the group stage
9   Canada 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
10   Japan 3 1 1 1 3 4 –1 4
10   Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 4 –1 4
12   Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
13   Nigeria 3 0 1 2 1 4 –3 1
14   New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0 9 –9 0
15   Ghana 3 0 0 3 3 15 –12 0
16   Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 18 –17 0

Table source[citation needed]

CoverageEdit

Numerous TV stations across the world provide coverage of the tournament. One notable example is the Chinese-language channel CCTV-5 which is available as a free internet feed through TVUnetworks.

Monetary rewardsEdit

For the first time in FIFA Women's World Cup history, all teams received monetary bonuses according to the round they reached (all in USD):[14]

  • Champions: $1,000,000
  • Runners-up: $800,000
  • Third place: $650,000
  • Fourth place: $550,000
  • Quarter-finalists: $300,000
  • First round exit: $200,000

Other rewardsEdit

UEFA used the FIFA Women's World Cup as its qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympic women's tournament. The best three performing UEFA teams will qualify for the Olympics. Originally it was thought that, should England make the top three European teams, they would compete under the United Kingdom banner. However, on 6 September 2007, FIFA issued a press release indicating that England are ineligible to participate in the 2008 Olympics as England does not have its own Olympic Committee.[15] For the determination of the ranking only first through fourth place, quarterfinal elimination or group phase elimination count. If there is a need to make a distinction between teams eliminated in the quarterfinal or between teams eliminated in the group phase these teams will meet in a play-off match. In no case will the points or goals (difference) count for teams eliminated before the semi-final.

Germany and Norway qualified for the Olympics at the World Cup, whereas Denmark and Sweden had to enter a play-off for the third Olympics spot. Sweden won both legs of the playoffs with a total of 7−3 on aggregate to qualify for the Olympics.

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ Emblem for World Cup 2007 Launched, from china.org.cn, retrieved 7 July 2006
  2. ^ Soccer: China Set up LOC for Women's World Cup Archived 21 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine., from Xinhua News Agency, retrieved 25 September 2006
  3. ^ "Wuhan promises Final Draw drama". FIFA.com. 17 January 2003. 
  4. ^ FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 on target. Retrieved on 16 September 2007.[dead link]
  5. ^ FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 on target. Retrieved on 16 September 2007. Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ FIFA Women's World Ranking March 2007 Retrieved on 16 September 2007.
  7. ^ a b Hays, Graham (23 April 2007). "U.S. women face Group of Death scenario again". ESPNsoccernet. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Moved from 18 September Match schedule amended Archived 24 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Moved from 19 September in Shanghai due to Typhoon Wipha, Match schedule amended due to typhoon Wipha Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Moved from 19 September in Hangzhou due to Typhoon Wipha, Australia-Canada and China-New Zealand moved to 20 Sept Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Moved from 19 September due to Typhoon Wipha Australia-Canada and China-New Zealand moved to 20 Sept Archived 11 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Moved from 19 September due to Typhoon Wipha Match schedule amended due to typhoon Wipha Archived 21 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Awards 2007
  14. ^ FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 on target. Retrieved on 18 October 2006. Archived 17 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Three European teams will book their spot to Beijing 2008". FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007. FIFA. 6 September 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007. 

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