1991 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
|Teams||49 (from 6 confederations)|
|Goals scored||311 (2.88 per match)|
- Africa - represented by CAF: 1 berth
- Asia - AFC: 3 (one of those was eventual host China, who did not qualify automatically)
- Europe - UEFA: 5
- North, Central America & the Caribbean - CONCACAF: 1
- Oceania - OFC: 1
- South America - CONMEBOL: 1
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: Nigeria
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.
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.
North, Central America & the Caribbean (CONCACAF)
- 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.
- 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.
South America (CONMEBOL)
- 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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