1991 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

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1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams 49 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 108
Goals scored 311 (2.88 per match)

The qualification process for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup saw 49 teams from the six FIFA confederations compete for the 12 places in the tournament's finals. The places were divided as follows:

Five of the confederations used their regional championship tournament to determine qualification. The only confederation to hold a specific qualification tournament was the OFC.

Qualified teams[edit]

Qualification groups[edit]

Africa (CAF)[edit]

Qualified:  Nigeria

The one African team to qualify to the World Cup was the winner of the 1991 CAF Women's Championship, Nigeria. Nigeria won the tournament by defeating Cameroon 6-0 on aggregate in a two-leg final.

Asia (AFC)[edit]

Qualified:  China PR --  Chinese Taipei --  Japan

The 1991 AFC Women's Championship, consisting of nine teams, served as the AFC's qualifying tournament. Asia's three berths were given to the two finalists - China and Japan - and the winner of the third place play-off, Chinese Taipei.

Europe (UEFA)[edit]

Qualified:  Denmark --  Germany --  Italy --  Norway --  Sweden

The first official edition of the UEFA Women's Championship served also as UEFA's qualifying tournament for the World Cup. Out of the 18 teams participating in the tournament, the qualifiers were the four semi-finalists - Denmark, Germany, Italy and Norway - and the best quarter-final loser - Sweden, who lost their two leg quarter-final clash against Italy on a single away goal.

The UEFA Women's Championship had held its own qualifying campaign. It began in September 1989, and ended with a final four-style tournament in Denmark, held in July 1991 - only four months before the World Cup.

Germany won the tournament by beating Norway 3-1 in extra time.

North, Central America & the Caribbean (CONCACAF)[edit]

Qualified:  United States

The 1991 CONCACAF's Women's Championship, despite being an unofficial competition, determined the CONCACAF's single qualifier for the World Cup - the winner, the United States. The tournament took place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in April 1991 and consisted of 8 teams.

Oceania (OFC)[edit]

Qualified:  New Zealand

The OFC was the only one of the six FIFA confederations to hold a specific qualifying competition.

Only three teams participated in the tournament which took place in Sydney, Australia in May 1991: Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The teams played in a round-robin tournament in which each team played 2 matches against each opponent, with the first placed team qualifying.

The competition was eventually decided through goal-difference, as the matches between Australia and New Zealand ended with one win to each side, and both teams won all matches against Papua New Guinea.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 New Zealand 4 3 0 1 28 1 27 6
 Australia 4 3 0 1 21 1 20 6
 Papua New Guinea 4 0 0 4 0 47 -47 0
New Zealand 16-0 Papua New Guinea
New Zealand 1-0 Australia
Australia 12-0 Papua New Guinea
New Zealand 11-0 Papua New Guinea
New Zealand 0-1 Australia
Australia 8-0 Papua New Guinea

South America (CONMEBOL)[edit]

Qualified:  Brazil

The first edition of the Sudamericano Femenino (Women's South American Championship), held in April–May 1991 determined CONMEBOL's qualifier. The host of the tournament Brazil won the tournament and with it the right to represent South America in the World Cup.

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