2011 World Football Challenge

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2011 World Football Challenge
Herbalife World Football Challenge
World Football Challenge Logo.jpg
The 2011 logo for the World Football Challenge
Country Canada
United States
Teams 13 (from 2 federations)
Champions Spain Real Madrid[1]
Runners-up England Manchester United
Matches played 14
Goals scored 42 (3 per match)
Attendance 583,764 (41,697 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
(4 goals)

The 2011 World Football Challenge was the second World Football Challenge event, a series of friendly football (soccer) matches played in the United States and Canada in July and August 2011.


The 2011 tournament increased in scale from the 2009 incarnation, bringing in thirteen teams from seven different countries. All the teams were either a member of the UEFA or CONCACAF federations. The field was highlighted by Spanish league and European champions Barcelona and English champion Manchester United. Club América was the only team that returned from the 2009 competition.

This tournament for the first time also included five teams from Major League Soccer, the top-flight league for the host countries, United States and Canada. As another first, there were games played outside the United States, at Empire Field in Vancouver and BMO Field in Toronto.

North American clubs that competed in 2011 included Chicago Fire, Guadalajara, Club América, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Four representatives from Europe's top leagues of England and Spain, all of whom won their country's blue ribbon competitions in the 2010–11 season joined the North American clubs, those being: Spanish and European champions Barcelona, FA Cup winners Manchester City, Premier League champions Manchester United and Copa del Rey winners Real Madrid.

Team Location Confederation Professional League Notes
Manchester United Manchester, England UEFA Premier League 2010–11 Premier League champions
New England Revolution Foxborough, Massachusetts CONCACAF Major League Soccer 2010 North American SuperLiga runner-up
Real Madrid Madrid, Spain UEFA La Liga 2010–11 Copa del Rey holders
Los Angeles Galaxy Los Angeles, California CONCACAF Major League Soccer 2010 MLS Supporters' Shield holders
Club América Mexico City, Mexico CONCACAF Primera División de México 2011 Primera División de México Clausura Liguilla quarter-finalists
Manchester City Manchester, England UEFA Premier League 2010–11 FA Cup holders
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver, British Columbia CONCACAF Major League Soccer 2011 Canadian Championship runner-up
Guadalajara Guadalajara, Mexico CONCACAF Primera División de México 2011 Primera División de México Clausura Liguilla semi-finalists
Chicago Fire Chicago, Illinois CONCACAF Major League Soccer 2009 North American SuperLiga runner-up
Philadelphia Union Philadelphia, Pennsylvania CONCACAF Major League Soccer
Juventus Turin, Italy UEFA Serie A
Barcelona Barcelona, Spain UEFA La Liga 2010–11 La Liga and 2010–11 UEFA Champions League winners
Sporting CP Lisbon, Portugal UEFA Primeira Liga

Event rules[edit]

The event rules differed considerably from the 2009 event, due to differences in the number of teams.

Match rules[edit]

Match rules followed the Laws of the Game, with a few notable exceptions.[2]

  • In the event of a tie after the regulation 90 minutes, a penalty shootout immediately followed. These penalties did not accrue points in the table as a regulation goal or penalty would.
  • Cautions and sending offs did not carry into the next competitive game, however, a player may have been suspended for their club's next WFC match.
  • Teams had a roster of 25 players, and clubs were able to substitute eleven players during the course of the match rather than the standard three.

Table setup[edit]

The format was a single table, accruing points as follows:

  • Three points for a regulation victory
  • Two points for a penalty shootout victory
  • One point for a penalty shootout loss
  • No points for a regulation loss
  • One point for each goal scored (up to three per match)

Sporting CP, who played only one game, did not accrue points, but their opponent, Juventus, were able to in their matchup. The five Major League Soccer teams were split up into two different "clubs" for the purposes of the table, the MLS Eastern Conference (containing the Chicago Fire, New England Revolution, and Philadelphia Union), and the MLS Western Conference (containing the Los Angeles Galaxy, who played two games, and the Vancouver Whitecaps). Each of the other seven clubs played three games and accrued points as normal.[2]

Table tiebreakers[edit]

In the event of a tie in the final table standings, the following tiebreakers were used in order:[2]

  1. Regulation goal difference
  2. Most goals for in regulation
  3. Least goals against in regulation
  4. Most goals scored in regulation in one match
  5. Drawing of lots


Team Pld W WPk LPk L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Real Madrid 3 3 0 0 0 9 2 +7 17
England Manchester United 3 3 0 0 0 9 3 +6 17
England Manchester City 3 2 1 0 0 5 2 +3 13
Italy Juventus 3 2 0 0 1 3 2 +1 9
Spain Barcelona 3 1 0 0 2 4 6 −2 7
Mexico Guadalajara 3 1 0 0 2 4 5 −1 6
United States MLS Western2 3 0 0 1 2 3 7 −4 4
United States MLS Eastern1 3 0 0 0 3 3 9 −6 3
Mexico Club América 3 0 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0

Colors: Green = champion
Source: World Football Challenge Standings[3]

Sporting CP played only one game and did not accrue points.

1MLS Eastern Conference composed of one game each by the New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, and Chicago Fire

2MLS Western Conference composed of one game by the Vancouver Whitecaps and two games by the Los Angeles Galaxy


All times are in the EDT time zone (UTC−4) (Local Times in parentheses).[4]

July 13, 2011
20:00 (20:00 UTC−4)
New England Revolution 1–4 Manchester United
Mansally Goal 56' Report Owen Goal 51'
Macheda Goal 54'61'
Park Goal 80'
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Attendance: 51,523
Referee: Mark Geiger

July 16, 2011
20:00 (17:00 UTC−7)
Club América 0–2 Manchester City
Report McGivern Goal 17'
Wright-Phillips Goal 27'
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Attendance: 11,250
Referee: Hilario Grajeda

July 16, 2011
22:00 (19:00 UTC−7)
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–4 Real Madrid
Cristman Goal 67' Report Callejón Goal 31'
Joselu Goal 40'
Ronaldo Goal 53'
Benzema Goal 58'
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Attendance: 56,211
Referee: Jorge González

July 20, 2011
23:00 (20:00 UTC−7)
Guadalajara 0–3 Real Madrid
Report Ronaldo Goal 73'76' (pen.)82'
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Attendance: 38,211
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

July 23, 2011
17:00 (16:00 UTC−5)
Chicago Fire 1–3 Manchester United
Gibbs Goal 13' Report Rooney Goal 66'
Rafael Goal 75'
Nani Goal 82'
Soldier Field, Chicago
Attendance: 61,308
Referee: Terry Vaughn

July 23, 2011
19:00 (19:00 UTC−4)
Juventus 1–2 Sporting CP
Del Piero Goal 80' Report Djaló Goal 13'36'
BMO Field, Toronto
Attendance: 10,028
Referee: Drew Fischer

July 23, 2011
21:00 (21:00 UTC−4)
Philadelphia Union 1–2 Real Madrid
M. Farfan Goal 80' Report Callejón Goal 2'
Özil Goal 11'
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Attendance: 57,305
Referee: Alex Prus

July 26, 2011
19:30 (19:30 UTC−4)
Juventus 1–0 Club América
Pasquato Goal 42' Report
Citi Field, New York
Attendance: 20,859
Referee: Jorge González

July 28, 2011
20:00 (20:00 UTC−4)
Juventus 1–0 Guadalajara
Quagliarella Goal 12' Report
Carter–Finley Stadium, Raleigh
Attendance: 16,124
Referee: Mark Kadlecik

July 30, 2011
19:00 (19:00 UTC−4)
Barcelona 1−2 Manchester United
Thiago Goal 70' Report Nani Goal 22'
Owen Goal 76'
FedEx Field, Landover
Attendance: 81,807
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

August 3, 2011
20:00 (20:00 UTC−4)
Barcelona 1–4 Guadalajara
Villa Goal 3' Report Fabián Goal 60'63'
Casillas Goal 72'
Verduzco Goal 90+3'
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens
Attendance: 70,080
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

August 6, 2011
16:00 (15:00 UTC−5)
Barcelona 2–0 Club América
Villa Goal 24'
Keita Goal 90'
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington
Attendance: 60,087
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 4
2 Spain José Callejón Real Madrid 2
Portugal Yannick Djaló Sporting 2
Mexico Marco Fabián Guadalajara 2
Italy Federico Macheda Manchester United 2
Portugal Nani Manchester United 2
England Michael Owen Manchester United 2
Spain David Villa Barcelona 2
England Shaun Wright-Phillips Manchester City 2
10 Italy Mario Balotelli Manchester City 1
France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 1
Mexico Giovani Casillas Guadalajara 1
United States Adam Cristman Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Italy Alessandro Del Piero Juventus 1
United States Michael Farfan Philadelphia Union 1
United States Cory Gibbs Chicago Fire 1
Sweden John Guidetti Manchester City 1
South Korea Park Ji-sung Manchester United 1
Spain Joselu Real Madrid 1
Mali Seydou Keita Barcelona 1
United States Mike Magee Los Angeles Galaxy 1
The Gambia Kenny Mansally New England Revolution 1
Northern Ireland Ryan McGivern Manchester City 1
Germany Mesut Özil Real Madrid 1
Italy Cristian Pasquato Juventus 1
Italy Fabio Quagliarella Juventus 1
Brazil Rafael Manchester United 1
England Wayne Rooney Manchester United 1
Brazil Camilo Sanvezzo Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
Spain Thiago Barcelona 1
Mexico José Verduzco Guadalajara 1

Media coverage[edit]


  1. ^ "El Real Madrid se adjudica el World Football Challenge". AS. AS.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "World Football Challenge Rules of Competition". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "World Football Challenge Standings". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Football Challenge Schedule". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 

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