2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

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2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final
Event 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
(a.e.t.). Japan won 3–1 on penalties.
Date 17 July 2011
Venue Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Player of the Match Ayumi Kaihori (Japan)
Referee Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)[1]
Attendance 48,817
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2015

The final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup was played between Japan and the United States. The match took place in Commerzbank-Arena, in Frankfurt, Germany, on 17 July 2011.[2] Japan won on a penalty shoot-out following a 2–2 draw after extended time, becoming the first Asian team to win a FIFA World Cup final.[3][4][5][6]

Finalists[edit]

The match was between the United States (USA), which has been a major power in women's association football since winning the inaugural World Cup championship, and Japan, which had never won a major world title, or indeed even reached the finals of a major world competition. The United States was bidding to become the first team to win a third world championship, having won in 1991 and 1999.[7] Japan became the fourth team to win a world championship, joining the United States, Norway and Germany.

The match was the third between the two teams in World Cup play. The United States beat Japan 3–0 in pool play in 1991, and won 4–0 in a 1995 quarterfinal match. Going into the final, the USA had never lost to Japan, with 22 wins and 3 draws.[8] Prior to the World Cup, the United States was the top-ranked team in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, while Japan was ranked fourth.[9]

This marked the first time that a team won the World Cup having lost a match in pool play.[10]

Japan became only the second Asian national team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup Final. This was also only the second final not involving a European team, following China's final appearance against the United States in 1999.

Route to the final[edit]

Despite being ranked 1st in the world by FIFA,[11] the United States was the final team to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. After finishing third in the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which serves as the CONCACAF qualifier, the United States was forced to defeat Italy in a Home and Away playoff.[12] Japan, ranked 4th,[11] qualified for the tournament by finishing third in the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup, which served as the AFC qualifier.

Once at the finals, the United States reached the knockout stage by finishing second in Group C behind Sweden, the only team they lost to in group play. They advanced through the quarterfinals on a penalty shootout with Brazil, in which the United States footballer Abby Wambach scored an equalizer in the 122nd minute of the game – in stoppage time, the latest goal ever scored in Women's World Cup play,[13] – to tie the game 2–2 and bring the game into a penalty shootout. The United States then defeated France 3–1 to reach the final.[14]

Japan reached the knockout stage by finishing second in Group B behind England, which was the only team to defeat Japan in group play.[15][16] Japan then stunned the host nation, two-time defending champions Germany, 1–0 in extra time.[17] They then defeated Sweden 3–1 to reach the final match.[18]

Japan Round United States
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
 New Zealand 2–1 Match 1  North Korea 2–0
 Mexico 4–0 Match 2  Colombia 3–0
 England 0–2 Match 3  Sweden 1–2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Japan 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
 Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4 2
 New Zealand 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
 United States 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
 North Korea 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
 Colombia 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Germany 1–0 (a.e.t.) Quarterfinals  Brazil 2–2 (a.e.t.) (5–3 pen.)
 Sweden 3–1 Semifinals  France 3–1

Match details[edit]

17 July 2011
20:45 UTC+2
Japan  2–2 (a.e.t.)  United States
Miyama Goal 81'
Sawa Goal 117'
Report Morgan Goal 69'
Wambach Goal 104'
  Penalties  
Miyama Penalty scored
Nagasato Penalty missed
Sakaguchi Penalty scored
Kumagai Penalty scored
3 – 1 Penalty missed Boxx
Penalty missed Lloyd
Penalty missed Heath
Penalty scored Wambach
Japan[19]
United States[19]
GK 21 Ayumi Kaihori
RB 2 Yukari Kinga
CB 3 Azusa Iwashimizu Red card 120+1'
CB 4 Saki Kumagai
LB 15 Aya Sameshima
CM 6 Mizuho Sakaguchi
CM 10 Homare Sawa
RW 11 Shinobu Ohno Substituted off 66'
LW 8 Aya Miyama Booked 97'
CF 7 Kozue Ando Substituted off 66'
CF 9 Nahomi Kawasumi
Substitutions:
FW 17 Yūki Nagasato Substituted in 66'
FW 18 Karina Maruyama Substituted in 66' Substituted off 119'
FW 20 Mana Iwabuchi Substituted in 119'
Manager:
Norio Sasaki
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GK 1 Hope Solo
RB 11 Ali Krieger
CB 19 Rachel Buehler
CB 3 Christie Rampone
LB 6 Amy LePeilbet
RM 9 Heather O'Reilly
CM 10 Carli Lloyd
CM 7 Shannon Boxx
LM 15 Megan Rapinoe Substituted off 114'
SS 12 Lauren Cheney Substituted off 46'
CF 20 Abby Wambach
Substitutions:
FW 13 Alex Morgan Substituted in 46'
MF 17 Tobin Heath Substituted in 114'
Manager:
Sweden Pia Sundhage

Player of the Match:
Ayumi Kaihori (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Marina Wozniak (Germany)[1]
Katrin Rafalski (Germany)[1]
Fourth official:
Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "FIFA Women's World Cup Final 2011: Steinhaus (GER)". refereeingworld.blogspot.com. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Japan vs Sweden Update: Japan Wins and Will Face USA in World Cup Final
  3. ^ "Japan edge USA for maiden title". FIFA. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Japan Beats U.S. in Thrilling Women's World Cup Final". Time. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Team of destiny turns out to be Japan". ESPN. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "USA v Japan - as it happened". Guardian. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Women's World Cup – USA see off France to reach final
  8. ^ Hirshey, David (14 July 2011). "Just call her Air Wambach". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  9. ^ FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking
  10. ^ "Quarterfinal losses open door for World Cup history: A fan’s take". 
  11. ^ a b FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking, FIFA.com. Retrieved 11 August 2011
  12. ^ CONCACAF to host second leg of WWC playoff, from concacaf.com, retrieved 14 July 2011
  13. ^ "Guts, Goals And Luck Will Win The World Cup". 
  14. ^ As is custom, the U.S. is ready for the semifinals at the Women’s World Cup
  15. ^ "Group Stage 2011 Table / Standings". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "WWC 2011 Fixtures & Results". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Longman, Jeré (9 July 2011). "Japan's Late Goal Shocks Germany". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  18. ^ Gerstner, Joanne C. (13 July 2011). "For Japan, an emotional victory over Sweden". ESPN. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 

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