Talk:FIFA Women's World Cup

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It says that nearly 1 billion people watched the women's world cup? Who thought up those stats?

I really have to agree with the user who questioned this statement. To give an example, England, a nation where fifth division soccer can attract 1 million viewers, played the USA on a Saturday morning {UK time} in the quarter finals in 2007. Had this been a mens world cup quarter final the nation would have ground to a halt, the bank of England could have been robbed and no-one would have noticed. But it wasn't a mens game so instead of the usual 25 million {over half the population} tuning in, less than 500,000 watched their world cup exit. The majority in England didn't even know the tournament was going on. Rightly or wrongly womens soccer is viewed with the same apathy globally as the mens game is in the United States so there isn't a cat in hells chance that 100 million, never mind 1 billion tuned in.

Since this is an article about the Women's World Cup, would someone be willing to re-order the lists of competitions so that the most germane (women's) are listed at the top, rather than the bottom? I believe some of the links also belong under "internal" heading. Thanks to all who keep this info current! --Deeb 29 January, 2006

I would not consider the trivia about Brandi Chastain to be sexist. See

After tearing off her uniform shirt at the 1999 Women's World Cup in one of the most famous celebrations in sports, Brandi Chastain became a household name.
You're kidding right, Hardly anyone outside of the United States, and precious few inside have ever heard of her of know about her goal celebration. The most famous goal celebrations in sports...Pele after scoring in the 1970 world cup final, any world cup final {mens} goal for that matter. There have been goals scored in the Northern Irish F A cup final that are more famous than Brandi Chastain's. I tried you tube for it and couldn't find it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Captainbeecher (talkcontribs) 23:19, 12 October 2007 (UTC)
That's been on YouTube for ages. Try this edition, 1:40 in It apparently made someone's top 20 list, both genders (and the only women's game celebration). Moretz (talk) 16:29, 5 May 2010 (UTC)
She made three appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman," helped launch a new professional soccer league, graced the cover of Time and was named one of People's 50 most intriguing people.

I agree.

It might be argued, hypothetically, that the media coverage and societal reaction is sexist, but this article, in contrast, merely documents the historical fact, and makes an accurate observation.

--Supersexyspacemonkey 11:00PM (USCT) March 29, 2005.

I'm pretty sure there was a world cup in 1971. See the article on Gail Emms, where it is claimed that her mother took part in the 1971 Mexico finals. --Jim Jun 23 2006


What's the point of stoppage time? --User: Arniep

Not sure about your question, but in soccer, the referee holds the official watch. Unlike football and basketball, the clock is rarely stopped for fouls, balls out of bounds ("into touch," in soccer parlance), goals, etc. At the end of the half, the stadium clock, which has been running since the beginning of play, will vary somewhat from the referee's watch. The amount of time that the referee has remaining on his watch is called "stoppage time," i.e., time added on for stoppages. Even if he has indicated that there will be a certain number of minutes added (which is now usually communicated to one of the assistant officials and shown to the players and spectators), he can add even more time if further stoppages occur during "stoppage time."

One of the oddities of this is that a goal could occur at, say, the 47th minute of the first half (about 2 minutes into stoppage time), which would "officially" be less than 45 minutes into the game. At the start of the second half, time starts out at 45 minutes (rather than recycling to zero), so that if a goal were scored in the first minute of the same match, it would be recorded as having occurred "before the first" goal. To alleviate confusion, match reports will typically give a time in the form of "47+" if a goal occurs during stoppage time, but "46" if it occurs during the first minute of the second half.

In all, it would be better to just keep official time on the stadium scoreboard and let the referee worry about how many fouls have been committed, how many yellow cards have been issued to which players, etc. However, I believe many referees like having the ability to use their discretion to add or not add time at the end of a game. Nonetheless, this can create controversy, especially if a goal is either scored or disallowed at or near the end of the game. 23:58, 10 July 2006 (UTC)

A cleaner "fix" would be to report goals in stoppage time differently. Using the example above, the first hafl stoppage time goal might be reported as 45+2, making it more obviously a first half stoppage time goal (though the 47+ does indicate that, albeit a bit less obviously). That said, there are substantially more vexing issues in the game to deal with (dives at the top of the list). Moretz (talk) 15:56, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Why the asterisks on the USA 1999 win and 2003 third place[edit]

I removed the asterisks from the USA 1999 win and 2003 third place in the "all time performance" list since there is no explanation of what they mean. If there is some reason for them, please add them back with appropriate explanatory notes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Moretz (talkcontribs) 19:02, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Both Canada and the United States are listed as taking 3rd place in 2003. Did this have something to do with it? I couldn't find any info on the page specific to the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:04, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
The US beat Canada 3-1 in the consolation game in 2003, so the US would seem to be unqualified as third-place claimants (not what that team was hoping for, I'm sure). The US also beat China 2-0 in the 1995 consolation game. The only odd thing about the 2003 Cup was that the intended hosts didn't host (until the next cup). Moretz (talk) 16:17, 5 May 2010 (UTC)


What does the logo (the thing you can see incorporated in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 logos) mean? It looks like a facepalm, but I don't think that's intended. -- (talk) 03:03, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

Match officials[edit]

I would like to see something here about how the team of match officials has gone from a mix of males and females (even male-dominated, I think, in 1991) to exclusively female. Deliberate strategy or are there just more qualified female officials available now? The only information I found on FIFA's site (I didn't search long though!) was the numbers for the early tournaments and that Ingrid Jonsson in 1995 was the first woman to referee a FIFA final. The quote at 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup officials certainly seems to assume that officials now must be female, but is that an actual rule? (talk) 08:13, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

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Top scorers/Abby Wambach[edit]

Seems that she isn't after all the #1 scorer of World Cup. At least 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup#Goalscorers has Wambach with 3 goals instead of 9 in this article. (talk) 04:24, 28 June 2014 (UTC)