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 meant 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 countryChina
Dates10–30 September
Teams16 (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 played32
Goals scored111 (3.47 per match)
Attendance1,190,971 (37,218 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Marta (7 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Marta
Best goalkeeperGermany Nadine Angerer
Fair play award Norway
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, records which stood until 2019. 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.

The golden goal rule for extra time in knockout matches was eliminated by FIFA, although no matches went to extra time nor required a penalty shootout.

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: 60,000
 
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 at the Guanggu Science and Technology Exhibition Centre 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 North Korea (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 US and Sweden progressed to the knockout stages.

Group stageEdit

 
Participating countries and their results

All times are local (UTC+8).

TiebreakersEdit

Teams are ranked on the following criteria:[8]

  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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 2 1 0 13 0 +13 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   England 3 1 2 0 8 3 +5 5
3   Japan 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
4   Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 18 −17 0
Source: FIFA
Germany  11–0  Argentina
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Japan  2–2  England
Report

Argentina  0–1  Japan
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England  0–0  Germany
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Germany  2–0  Japan
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England  6–1  Argentina
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   North Korea 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
3   Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
4   Nigeria 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: FIFA

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

United States  2–2  North Korea
Report
Nigeria  1–1  Sweden
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Sweden  0–2  United States
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North Korea  2–0  Nigeria
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Nigeria  0–1  United States
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North Korea  1–2  Sweden
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Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Norway 3 2 1 0 10 4 +6 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia 3 1 2 0 7 4 +3 5
3   Canada 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
4   Ghana 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0
Source: FIFA
Ghana  1–4  Australia
Report
Norway  2–1  Canada
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Canada  4–0  Ghana
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Australia  1–1  Norway
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Norway  7–2  Ghana
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Australia  2–2  Canada
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Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   China PR (H) 3 2 0 1 5 6 −1 6
3   Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
4   New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.
New Zealand  0–5  Brazil
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China PR  3–2  Denmark
Report

Denmark  2–0  New Zealand
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Brazil  4–0  China PR
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China PR  2–0  New Zealand
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Brazil  1–0  Denmark
Report

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
22 September – Wuhan
 
 
  Germany3
 
26 September – Tianjin
 
  North Korea0
 
  Germany3
 
23 September – Wuhan
 
  Norway0
 
  Norway1
 
30 September – Shanghai
 
  China PR0
 
  Germany2
 
22 September – Tianjin
 
  Brazil0
 
  United States3
 
27 September – Hangzhou
 
  England0
 
  United States0
 
23 September – Tianjin
 
  Brazil4 Third place play-off
 
  Brazil3
 
30 September – Shanghai
 
  Australia2
 
  Norway1
 
 
  United States4
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Germany  3–0  North Korea
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United States  3–0  England
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Norway  1–0  China PR
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Brazil  3–2  Australia
Report

Semi-finalsEdit

Germany  3–0  Norway
Report

United States  0–4  Brazil
Report

Third place play-offEdit

Norway  1–4  United States
Report

FinalEdit

Germany  2–0  Brazil
Report

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

There were 111 goals scored in 32 matches, for an average of 3.47 goals per match. Marta of Brazil won the Golden Shoe award for scoring seven goals.

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

AssistsEdit

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA Technical Report

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[14][15][16] FIFA.com shortlisted ten goals for users to vote on as the Goal of the Tournament.[17] The Most Entertaining Team award was also decided by a poll on FIFA.com.[18][19][20]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
  Marta   Birgit Prinz   Cristiane
Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
  Marta   Abby Wambach   Ragnhild Gulbrandsen
7 goals, 5 assists 6 goals, 1 assist 6 goals, 0 assists
Best Goalkeeper
  Nadine Angerer
Goal of the Tournament
  Marta
  79' for 4–0 in Semi-finals vs United States (27 September)
FIFA Fair Play Award
  Norway
Most Entertaining Team
  Brazil

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

Tournament rankingEdit

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 A   Germany 6 5 1 0 21 0 +21 16 Champions
2 D   Brazil 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15 Runners-up
3 B   United States 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5 13 Third place
4 C   Norway 6 3 1 2 12 11 +1 10 Fourth place
5 D   China PR (H) 4 2 0 2 5 7 −2 6 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6 C   Australia 4 1 2 1 9 7 +2 5
7 A   England 4 1 2 1 8 6 +2 5
8 B   North Korea 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
9 C   Canada 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4 Eliminated in
group stage
10 A   Japan 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
10 B   Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
12 D   Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
13 B   Nigeria 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
14 D   New Zealand 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
15 C   Ghana 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0
16 A   Argentina 3 0 0 3 1 18 −17 0
Source: FIFA Technical Report[21]
(H) Host.

CoverageEdit

Numerous TV stations around the world provided coverage of the tournament. One notable example is the Chinese-language channel CCTV-5, which also broadcast over the internet via 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):[22]

  • 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.[23] 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.

ControversiesEdit

Kenneth Heiner-Møller and Danish players accused the Chinese hosts of harassment and covert surveillance prior to China's first round match against Denmark. China's Swedish coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors and her assistant Pia Sundhage were unaware of the incidents and Heiner-Møller absolved them of any blame, although he refused to shake hands after the match.[24]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Germany v Japan and England v Argentina matches, originally scheduled on 18 September 2007, 17:00 CST,[10] were moved to a day earlier to due to commemorations for the Mukden Incident.[11]
  2. ^ a b c The Norway v Ghana match, originally scheduled on 19 September 2007, 17:00 CST, at Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, was postponed by FIFA on 18 September to the following day and moved to Yellow Dragon Stadium, Hangzhou, due to Typhoon Wipha.[12] On 19 September, FIFA also delayed the Australia v Canada match, originally scheduled on 19 September 2007, 17:00 CST, to the following day to allow for simultaneous kick-off times on the final matchday of the group after it was confirmed that weather conditions would not affect the rescheduling.[13]
  3. ^ a b The Brazil v Denmark match, originally scheduled on 19 September 2007, 20:00 CST, was postponed by FIFA on 18 September to the following day due to Typhoon Wipha.[12] On 19 September, FIFA also delayed the China PR v New Zealand match, originally scheduled on 19 September 2007, 20:00 CST, to allow for simultaneous kick-off times on the final matchday of the group after it was confirmed that weather conditions would not affect the rescheduling.[13]

ReferencesEdit

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  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.
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  12. ^ a b "Match schedule amended due to Typhoon Wipha". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Australia–Canada and China–New Zealand moved to 20 Sept". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  14. ^ Awards 2007
  15. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 – Technical Report: Official FIFA Awards" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. pp. 74–75. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Germany set the record straight". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
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  21. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 – Technical Report: Rankings" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. p. 65 (66 of PDF). Retrieved 1 July 2019.
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