1991 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

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1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams 48 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 111
Goals scored 445 (4.01 per match)
None
1995

The qualification process for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup saw 48 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.

The first qualification match was played on 9 September 1989 and the qualification concluded on 14 July 1991. A total of 445 goals were scored in the 111 qualifying matches (an average of 4.01 per match).

Four teams withdrew during the qualification without playing a match: Congo, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe, all of they are African teams.

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualified as Appearance
in finals
Consecutive
Streak
Previous best performance
 Brazil 1991 Sudamericano Femenino Winners 1st 1
 China PR 1991 AFC Women's Championship Winners 1st 1
 Chinese Taipei 1991 AFC Women's Championship Third place 1st 1
 Denmark 1991 UEFA Women's Championship Third place 1st 1
 Germany 1991 UEFA Women's Championship Winners 1st 1
 Italy 1991 UEFA Women's Championship Fourth place 1st 1
 Japan 1991 AFC Women's Championship Runners-up 1st 1
 New Zealand 1991 OFC Women's Championship Winners 1st 1
 Nigeria 1991 Women's African Football Championship Winners 1st 1
 Norway 1991 UEFA Women's Championship Runners-up 1st 1
 Sweden 1991 UEFA Women's Championship Best quarter-final loser 1st 1
 United States 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship Winners 1st 1

Qualification process[edit]

Confederation Teams started Teams eliminated Teams qualified Qualifying end date
UEFA 18 13 5 14 July 1991
CAF 8 7 1 30 June 1991
CONCACAF 71 6 1 28 April 1991
CONMEBOL 3 2 1 5 May 1991
AFC 92 6 3 8 June 1991
OFC 3 2 1 25 May 1991
Total 48 36 12 14 July 1991
  • 1 8 nations started, but Martinique is not eligible for World Cup qualification. It is only a member of CONCACAF and not FIFA.
  • 2 China was selected as host after it qualified to the tournament

Confederation qualification processes[edit]

Africa (CAF)[edit]

(8 teams competing for 1 berth)

Qualified:  Nigeria

The only African team to qualify to the World Cup was the winner of the 1991 CAF Women's Championship, Nigeria.

The eight teams were paired together into two knockout ties. The winners of these ties advanced to the second round, who used the same format as the first round. The final round is a two-leg final between the two winners of the second round. The winner, Nigeria qualified to the World Cup and won the tournament by defeating Cameroon 6–0 on aggregate.

First Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Nigeria  7–2  Ghana 5–1 2–1
Guinea  w/o  Senegal
Zambia  w/o  Zimbabwe
Cameroon  w/o  Congo

Second Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Nigeria  7–0  Guinea 3–0 4–0
Cameroon  w/o  Zambia

Final Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Nigeria  6–0  Cameroon 2–0 4–0

June 15, 1991
Nigeria  2–0  Cameroon

June 30, 1991
Cameroon  0–4  Nigeria
Nigeria won 6–0 on aggregate and qualified for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Asia (AFC)[edit]

(9 teams competing for 3 berths)

Qualified:  China PR Chinese Taipei Japan

The 1991 AFC Women's Championship, consisting of nine teams, served as the AFC's qualifying tournament.

The first round is formed by two groups, one of four teams and the other of five. The top-two teams of the groups advance to the Semi-finals. In the semi-finals, winners advance to the final and the losers advance to the third place match. The winner, China; runners-up, Japan and third place, Chinese Taipei qualified to the World Cup.

First Round

Knockout Stage

Semifinals Final
  China PR  1  
  North Korea  0  
 
      China PR  5
    Japan  0
Third place
  Japan  0 (5)   Chinese Taipei  0 (5)
  Chinese Taipei  0 (4)     North Korea  0 (4)

China, Japan and Chinese Taipei qualified for the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Europe (UEFA)[edit]

(18 teams competing for 5 berths)

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.

First Round

Quarter-finals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Norway  4–1  Hungary 2–1 2–0
Sweden  1–13  Italy 1–1 0–0
Denmark  1–04  Netherlands 0–0 1–0
England  1–6  Germany 1–4 0–2

Knockout stage

Semifinals Final
  Norway  0 (8)  
  Denmark  0 (7)  
 
      Norway  1
    Germany  3 (a.e.t.)
Third place
  Germany  3   Denmark  2 (a.e.t.)
  Italy  0     Italy  1

Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden qualified for the World Cup.

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

(7 teams competing for 1 berth) 5

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.

First Round

Knockout Stage

Semifinals Final
  Canada  6  
  Trinidad and Tobago  0  
 
      United States  5
    Canada  0
Third place
  United States  10   Trinidad and Tobago  4
  Haiti  0     Haiti  2
  • 5 Martinique is not member of FIFA

United States qualified for the World Cup.

Oceania (OFC)[edit]

(3 teams competing for 1 berth)

Qualified:  New Zealand

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.

Final standings

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

New Zealand qualified for the World Cup.

South America (CONMEBOL)[edit]

(3 teams competing for 1 berth)

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.

Final standings

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 2 2 0 0 12 1 +11 4
 Chile 2 1 0 1 2 6 −4 2
 Venezuela 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0

Brazil qualified for the World Cup.

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