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2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament was hosted by Canada for the first time and by a North American country for the third time. Matches were played in six cities across Canada in five time zones. The tournament began on 6 June 2015, and finished with the finals on 5 July 2015[1] with a United States victory over Japan.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du monde féminine de la FIFA 2015
Tournament logo
Tournament details
Host country Canada
Dates 6 June – 5 July
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  United States (3rd title)
Runners-up  Japan
Third place  England
Fourth place  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 146 (2.81 per match)
Attendance 1,353,506 (26,029 per match)
Top scorer(s) United States Carli Lloyd
Germany Célia Šašić
(6 goals each)
Best player United States Carli Lloyd
Best young player Canada Kadeisha Buchanan
Best goalkeeper United States Hope Solo
Fair play award  France
2011
2019

The 2015 tournament saw the World Cup expanded to 24 teams from 16 in 2011.[2] Canada's team received direct entry as host and a qualification tournament of 134 teams was held for the remaining 23 places. With the expanded tournament, eight teams made their Women's World Cup debut.[2] All previous Women's World Cup finalists qualified for the tournament, with defending champions Japan and returning champions Germany (2003, 2007) and the United States (1991, 1999) among the seeded teams.[3]

The 2015 tournament used goal-line technology for the first time with the Hawk-Eye system. It was also the first World Cup for either men or women to be played on artificial turf, with all matches played on such surfaces, eventhough, there were some initial concerns over a possible increased risk of injuries.

Contents

Host selectionEdit

The bidding for each FIFA Women's World Cup typically includes hosting rights for the previous year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (similar to the men's version, in which the host nation stages the Confederations Cup the year before). Bids for the tournament were required to be submitted by December 2010. Only two bids were submitted:[4]

Country
  Canada[5]
  Zimbabwe (withdrawn)

Zimbabwe withdrew its bid on 1 March 2011.[6] The country was seen as a long shot as its women's team was ranked 103rd in the world at the time of the bid and has never qualified for a Women's World Cup. There is also ongoing political and economic instability in the country.[7]

The selected host, Canada, had previously hosted FIFA tournaments including the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship, 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which set an attendance record for that tournament, and most recently the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

QualificationEdit

For 2015, the number of qualifying teams grew from 16 to 24 and scheduled matches increased from 32 to 52.[8] On 11 June 2012, FIFA announced a change to the allocation of the qualifying berths for its continental confederations. The FIFA Executive Committee approved the following slot allocation and the distribution of eight new slots:[9]

After North Korea had several players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA banned the North Korean team from participating in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. This was the first time a women's team had been banned from a Women's World Cup, and it was the first time since 1995 that North Korea did not participate in a Women's World Cup.[10]

Qualified teamsEdit

The latest published FIFA Rankings prior to the tournament (March 2015) are shown in brackets.[11]

VenuesEdit

The cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton were selected to host tournament matches.[12] Halifax was also considered, but removed itself from contention in March 2012.[13] Toronto decided not to bid, due to potential conflicts with the 2015 Pan American Games.[14] Due to FIFA's policy against commercial sponsorship of stadium names, Investors Group Field in Winnipeg and TD Place Stadium in Ottawa were respectively known as Winnipeg Stadium[15] and Lansdowne Stadium[16] during the tournament. Seating capacities shown in table below are as configured for these FIFA games.

Vancouver Edmonton Winnipeg Ottawa
BC Place Commonwealth Stadium Investors Group Field
(Winnipeg Stadium)
TD Place Stadium
(Lansdowne Stadium)
49°16′36″N 123°6′43″W / 49.27667°N 123.11194°W / 49.27667; -123.11194 (BC Place) 53°33′35″N 113°28′34″W / 53.55972°N 113.47611°W / 53.55972; -113.47611 (Commonwealth Stadium) 49°48′28″N 97°8′45″W / 49.80778°N 97.14583°W / 49.80778; -97.14583 (Investors Group Field) 45°23′53.44″N 75°41′1.14″W / 45.3981778°N 75.6836500°W / 45.3981778; -75.6836500 (Frank Clair Stadium)
Capacity: 54,320 Capacity: 56,302 Capacity: 33,422 Capacity: 24,000
Surface: Polytan LigaTurf Surface: FieldTurf Duraspine Surface: FieldTurf Revolution Surface: FieldTurf
Time zone: PDT (UTC−7) Time zone: MDT (UTC−6) Time zone: CDT (UTC−5) Time zone: EDT (UTC−4)
       
Montreal Moncton
Olympic Stadium Moncton Stadium
45°33′28″N 73°33′7″W / 45.55778°N 73.55194°W / 45.55778; -73.55194 (Olympic Stadium) 46°6′30″N 64°47′0″W / 46.10833°N 64.78333°W / 46.10833; -64.78333 (Moncton Stadium)
Capacity: 56,040 Capacity: 13,000
Surface: Xtreme Turf Surface: FieldTurf
Time zone: EDT (UTC−4) Time zone: ADT (UTC−3)
   

InnovationsEdit

The tournament introduced goal-line technology with the Hawk-Eye system by which it is possible to show on the stadium screen if the ball was in or not.[17][18] It was also the first World Cup for either men or women to be played on artificial turf, with all matches played on such surfaces. There were some initial concerns (please see below) over a possible increased risk of injuries from playing on artificial turf, but a legal challenge suggesting matches should be played on grass as in similar men's tournaments was dropped in January 2015.[19]

SquadsEdit

Each team's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers), two more than the 2011 tournament, and the same number as men's World Cup squads. Each participating national association was required to confirm its final 23-player squad no later than 10 working days before the start of the tournament. Replacement of seriously injured players was permitted until 24 hours before the team in question's first World Cup game.[20]

The squads were officially announced by FIFA on 28 May 2015.[21][22] Formiga of Brazil and Homare Sawa of Japan were included in World Cup squads for the sixth time, a record for any men or women players.[23]

Match officialsEdit

A total of 22 referees, 7 support referees, and 44 assistant referees were selected for the tournament.[24][25]

DrawEdit

The draw was held on 6 December 2014 at 12:00 Eastern Standard Time at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[26] The seeding pots were announced the day before. Because UEFA qualified eight teams into the final tournament, which had only six groups, two groups by necessity had to contain two European teams. Otherwise, no group could have more than one team from any confederation.[27][n 1]

Group stageEdit

 

The 24 teams of the tournament were arranged into 6 groups labelled A to F. The provisional match schedule for the tournament was released on 21 March 2013,[36] with the hosts, Canada, placed in position A1. The final schedule with match times was released on the same day right after the draw was made.[37]

The first round, or group stage, saw the twenty four teams divided into six groups of four teams. Each group was played in a round-robin-format of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners and runners-up from each group, as well as the best four third-placed teams, qualified for the first round of the knockout stage.[20]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Canada (H) 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   China PR 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3   Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4   New Zealand 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Germany 3 2 1 0 15 1 +14 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Norway 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
3   Thailand 3 1 0 2 3 10 −7 3
4   Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 3 16 −13 0
Source: FIFA

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Japan 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Cameroon 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 6
3    Switzerland 3 1 0 2 11 4 +7 3
4   Ecuador 3 0 0 3 1 17 −16 0
Source: FIFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   United States 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3   Sweden 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
4   Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: FIFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   South Korea 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
3   Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4   Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: FIFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1   France 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   England 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3   Colombia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
4   Mexico 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
Source: FIFA

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

The four best third-placed teams from the six groups advanced to the next stage along with the six group winners and six runners-up. The ranking of the third-placed teams were determined by the "rules for classification" listed below the table (that is, ranked by columns Pts, GD, and GF in sequence; then by drawing lots).[20]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1 F   Colombia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4 Knockout stage
2 A   Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 C    Switzerland 3 1 0 2 11 4 +7 3
4 D   Sweden 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
5 B   Thailand 3 1 0 2 3 10 −7 3
6 E   Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) drawing of lots.

In the next stage the four third-placed teams were matched with the winners of groups A, B, C and D according to a table published in Section 28 of the tournament regulations.[20]

Knockout stageEdit

The knockout stage comprises the 16 teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There are four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds are the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There is also a match to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes is followed by 30 minutes of extra time; if scores are still level, there is a penalty shootout to determine who progresses to the next round.[20] Single yellow cards accrued will be cancelled after the quarter-finals, therefore ensuring that no players miss the Final because of receiving a caution in the semi-finals.[38]

Three spots in the 2016 Summer Olympics women's football tournament were filled by the UEFA teams that progress the furthest in the tournament, other than England.[39][40][n 2] Two spots went to France and Germany which both reached the quarter-finals.[44] The third spot was a tie between four teams eliminated in the round of 16: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. A play-off tournament in March 2016 determined UEFA's third Olympic qualifier to be Sweden.[45][46]

 
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                           
 
20 June – Edmonton
 
 
  China PR 1
 
26 June – Ottawa
 
  Cameroon 0
 
  China PR 0
 
22 June – Edmonton
 
  United States 1
 
  United States 2
 
30 June – Montreal
 
  Colombia 0
 
  United States 2
 
20 June – Ottawa
 
  Germany 0
 
  Germany 4
 
26 June – Montreal
 
  Sweden 1
 
  Germany (pen.) 1 (5)
 
21 June – Montreal
 
  France 1 (4)
 
  France 3
 
5 July – Vancouver
 
  South Korea 0
 
  United States 5
 
21 June – Moncton
 
  Japan 2
 
  Brazil 0
 
27 June – Edmonton
 
  Australia 1
 
  Australia 0
 
23 June – Vancouver
 
  Japan 1
 
  Japan 2
 
1 July – Edmonton
 
  Netherlands 1
 
  Japan 2
 
22 June – Ottawa
 
  England 1 Third place
 
  Norway 1
 
27 June – Vancouver 4 July – Edmonton
 
  England 2
 
  England 2   Germany 0
 
21 June – Vancouver
 
  Canada 1   England (a.e.t.) 1
 
  Canada 1
 
 
   Switzerland 0
 

Round of 16Edit

Quarter-finalsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Match for third placeEdit



FinalEdit




 2015 Women's World Cup Winners 
 
United States
Third title

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[47]

Award Winner[48] Other shortlisted candidates[49]
Golden Ball   Carli Lloyd
Silver Ball   Amandine Henry
Bronze Ball   Aya Miyama
Golden Boot   Célia Šašić[n 3]
Silver Boot   Carli Lloyd[n 3]
Bronze Boot   Anja Mittag
Golden Glove   Hope Solo
Young Player Award   Kadeisha Buchanan
FIFA Fair Play Trophy   France

All-Star TeamEdit

The All-Star Team elected by FIFA's Technical Study Group consists of the following players:[50]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Karen Bardsley
  Nadine Angerer
  Hope Solo

  Kadeisha Buchanan
  Lucy Bronze
  Steph Houghton
  Wendie Renard
  Saori Ariyoshi
  Julie Johnston
  Meghan Klingenberg

  Elise Kellond-Knight
  Amandine Henry
  Eugénie Le Sommer
  Aya Miyama
  Mizuho Sakaguchi
  Rumi Utsugi
  Carli Lloyd
  Megan Rapinoe

  Lisa De Vanna
  Élodie Thomis
  Anja Mittag
  Célia Šašić
  Ramona Bachmann

Dream TeamEdit

The Dream Team elected by users of fifa.com consists of the following players and manager:[51]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager

  Hope Solo

  Kadeisha Buchanan
  Wendie Renard
  Julie Johnston
  Ali Krieger

  Aya Miyama
  Carli Lloyd
  Megan Rapinoe

  Anja Mittag
  Célia Šašić
  Alex Morgan

  Silvia Neid

Prize moneyEdit

The total prize money offered by FIFA for the tournament was US$15 million,[52] which represents 2.6% of the total prize money for the 2014 Men's World Cup ($576 million).[53] The winning team, United States, received $2 million,[52] representing 5.7% of the amount received by Germany for winning the 2014 Men's World Cup ($35 million).[53]

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

Tournament rankingEdit

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1   United States 7 6 1 0 14 3 +11 19 Champions
2   Japan 7 6 0 1 11 8 +3 18 Runners-up
3   England 7 5 0 2 10 7 +3 15 Third place
4   Germany 7 3 2 2 20 6 +14 11 Fourth place
5   France 5 3 1 1 10 3 +7 10 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6   Canada 5 2 2 1 4 3 +1 8
7   Australia 5 2 1 2 5 5 0 7
8   China PR 5 2 1 2 4 4 0 7
9   Brazil 4 3 0 1 4 1 +3 9 Eliminated in
Round of 16
10   Norway 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5 7
11   Cameroon 4 2 0 2 9 4 +5 6
12   Colombia 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 4
13   Netherlands 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 4
14   South Korea 4 1 1 2 4 8 −4 4
15    Switzerland 4 1 0 3 11 5 +6 3
16   Sweden 4 0 3 1 5 8 −3 3
17   Thailand 3 1 0 2 3 10 −7 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
18   Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
19   New Zealand 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
20   Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
21   Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
22   Mexico 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
23   Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 3 16 −13 0
24   Ecuador 3 0 0 3 1 17 −16 0
Source: FIFA.com[citation needed]

ControversiesEdit

All of the tournament's venues had fields composed of artificial turf, which some players believe results in a higher risk of injuries to players. More than 50 players protested the use of the surface instead of grass on the basis of gender discrimination. They filed a lawsuit challenging FIFA's decision to play on artificial turf, claiming FIFA would never allow the men's World Cup to be played on "unsafe" artificial turf and thus the organizers had violated the Canadian Human Rights Act.[55][56][57] 2012 Women's World Player of the Year Abby Wambach noted "The men would strike playing on artificial turf."[58] The controversial issue of gender equality and an equal playing field for all sparked debate in many countries around the world. An application filed on 1 October 2014 with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal by a group of women's international soccer players against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association noted that, in 1994, FIFA spent $2 million to plant natural grass over artificial turf in New Jersey and Detroit.[59][60] Some celebrities and prominent players showed their support for the women soccer players in defence of their lawsuit, including United States men's team keeper Tim Howard. Even with the possibility of boycotts, FIFA's head of women's competitions, Tatjana Haenni, made it clear "We play on artificial turf and there's no Plan B."[61][62] In January 2015, the lawsuit was withdrawn by the players.[63]

Fox commentator Julie Steward-Binks measured the turf temperature at several games. On 21 June at the Canada vs Switzerland round of 16 game in Vancouver, she reported that her thermometer was "officially broken". Her thermometer appears to max out at 120 °F (49 °C).[64]

During the tournament, Australian striker Michelle Heyman slammed the playing conditions, saying the turf is like "walking on hot coals" and the players feet "just turn white, your skin is all ripped off".[65]

Prior to the start of the Australia vs Japan quarterfinal in Edmonton on 27 June, Fox commentator Kyndra de St. Aubin measured the air temperature at 82 °F (28 °C) and the turf temperature at 150 °F (66 °C). Despite such dangerous conditions, officials decided against taking cooling breaks during the match because the air temperature was under 32 °C (90 °F). As the game wore on, players appeared noticeably exhausted due to the playing conditions.[66]

BroadcastingEdit

 
Fox Sports' studio for the World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza; the tournament marked one of their first under a new broadcasting contract with FIFA.

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of the first FIFA tournaments under new rights deals in two North American markets. In its host country of Canada, Bell Media acquired the broadcast rights; the competition was televised by CTV and TSN in English, and Réseau des sports (RDS) in French.[67][68] In the United States, English-language television rights were held by Fox Sports with coverage carried on the main Fox broadcast network, along with the Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 pay TV channels. Spanish-language rights were held by NBC Deportes, with telecasts airing on Telemundo over-the-air and NBC Universo on cable.[69] Fox constructed a temporary studio for the Women's World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, located outside the Vancouver Convention Centre.[70][71]

In December 2014, the European Broadcasting Union extended its rights to FIFA tournaments for its members in 37 countries, including the 2015 Women's World Cup.[72] In the United Kingdom, all matches from the tournament were shown by the BBC across BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Red Button. All England games, and other selected matches, were broadcast on radio by BBC Radio 5 Live.[73] In Australia, SBS aired all 52 matches live online, and televised 41 matches live, with the only matches not televised live being those which aired concurrently.[74]

Mascot and sponsorsEdit

On 17 June 2014, the mascot of the tournament, Shuéme, a female great white owl was unveiled at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.[75]

The five top-tier sponsors were Coca-Cola, Adidas, Hyundai–Kia, Visa, and Gazprom. In the final week of the tournament, the Canadian government added Gazprom to a list of organizations sanctioned for supporting the Russian annexation of Crimea. Media suggested the addition was delayed to reduce embarrassment to FIFA.[76]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Despite having a lower FIFA ranking, Brazil was seeded ahead of Sweden for geographical reasons.[28][29][30] Before the draw, the Organizing Committee placed the seeded teams in the following groups: Germany in Group B, Japan in Group C, United States in Group D, Brazil in Group E, and France in Group F; Canada were already in Group A as the tournament host.[31] Not drawing the groups for the seeded teams has drawn some criticism.[32][33][34] A FIFA spokesperson later confirmed that teams were allocated to certain groups for promotional reasons.[35]
  2. ^ Even though England were one of the top three UEFA teams in the World Cup, they were not eligible to play at the Olympics. The English Football Association (FA) is affiliated to the British Olympic Association and on 2 March 2015 said it wanted a British Olympic team to compete if England earned a place.[41] Following strong objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, and a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the FA announced on 30 March 2015 that they would not seek entry into the Olympic tournament.[42] Similar circumstances prevented them from playing in the 2008 Olympics, when England finished as one of the top three UEFA teams in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.[43] Great Britain did compete in 2012 as the host nation.
  3. ^ a b Šašić and Lloyd had the same number of goals and assists (6 goals, 1 assist). Šašić won the Golden Boot due to having played fewer minutes.

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