National team appearances in the FIFA Women's World Cup

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Map of appearances (1991–2019)
Map of Women's World Cup participants and their best results (1991–2019)

This article lists the performances of each of the 36 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the World Cup finals.

Debut of teams[edit]

A total of 36 national teams have qualified for at least one Women's World Cup tournament. The 2007 Women's World Cup is the only World Cup for either sex in which every competing team had appeared in at least one of previously held tournaments.

Year Debutants Total
1991  Brazil,  Chinese Taipei,  China PR,  Denmark,  Germany,  Italy,  Japan,  New Zealand,  Nigeria,  Norway,  Sweden,  United States 12
1995  Australia,  Canada,  England 3
1999  Ghana,  Mexico,  North Korea,  Russia 4
2003  Argentina,  France,  South Korea 3
2007 None 0
2011  Colombia,  Equatorial Guinea 2
2015  Cameroon,  Costa Rica,  Ecuador,  Ivory Coast,  Netherlands,  Spain,   Switzerland,  Thailand 8
2019  Chile,  Jamaica,  Scotland,  South Africa 4

Comprehensive team results in each World Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 1st - Champions
  • 2nd - Runners-up
  • 3rd - Third place
  • 4th - Fourth place
  • QF - Quarterfinals
  • R2 - Round 2
  • R1 - Round 1
  •  •  – Did not qualify
  •  ×  - Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •    – Hosts
  • q - Qualified for forthcoming tournament

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of qualified teams in each tournament (in parentheses) are shown.

Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
 Argentina × R1
16th
R1
16th
R1
18th
3/7
 Australia R1
12th
R1
11th
R1
13th
QF
6th
QF
8th
QF
7th
R2
9th
7/8
 Brazil R1
9th
R1
9th
3rd QF
5th
2nd QF
5th
R2
9th
R2
10th
8/8
 Cameroon × R2
11th
R2
15th
2/7
 Canada R1
10th
R1
12th
4th R1
9th
R1
16th
QF
6th
R2
11th
7/8
 Chile R1
17th
1/8
 China PR QF
5th
4th 2nd QF
6th
QF
5th
QF
8th
R2
14th
7/8
 Chinese Taipei QF
8th
1/8
 Colombia × × R1
14th
R2
12th
2/6
 Costa Rica × R1
18th
1/7
 Denmark QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
15th
R1
12th
4/8
 Ecuador × R1
24th
1/7
 England QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3rd 4th 5/8
 Equatorial Guinea × × × R1
15th
× 1/4
 France R1
9th
4th QF
5th
QF
6th
4/8
 Germany 4th 2nd QF
8th
1st 1st QF
6th
4th QF
5th
8/8
 Ghana R1
T-13th
R1
12th
R1
15th
3/8
 Italy QF
6th
R1
9th
QF
7th
3/8
Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
 Ivory Coast × × × R1
23rd
1/5
 Jamaica × × R1
23rd
1/6
 Japan R1
12th
QF
8th
R1
T-13th
R1
10th
R1
T-10th
1st 2nd R2
13th
8/8
 North Korea × R1
10th
R1
11th
QF
8th
R1
13th
× 4/6
 South Korea R1
14th
R2
14th
R1
21st
3/8
 Mexico R1
16th
R1
11th
R1
22nd
3/8
 Netherlands R2
13th
2nd 2/8
 New Zealand R1
11th
R1
14th
R1
12th
R1
19th
R1
20th
5/8
 Nigeria R1
10th
R1
11th
QF
7th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
9th
R1
21st
R2
16th
8/8
 Norway 2nd 1st 4th QF
7th
4th R1
10th
R2
10th
QF
8th
8/8
 Russia × QF
5th
QF
8th
2/7
 Scotland × R1
19th
1/7
 South Africa × R1
22nd
1/7
 Spain R1
20th
R2
12th
2/8
 Sweden 3rd QF
5th
QF
6th
2nd R1
T-10th
3rd R2
16th
3rd 8/8
  Switzerland R2
15th
1/8
 Thailand × × R1
17th
R1
24th
2/6
 United States 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 8/8
Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total

Results of host nations[edit]

Host nations are granted an automatic spot in the World Cup group stage.

No. Year Host Nation Finish
1 1991  China PR Quarter-Final
2 1995  Sweden
3 1999  United States Champions
4 2003  United States Third Place
5 2007  China PR Quarter-Final
6 2011  Germany
7 2015  Canada
8 2019  France
9 2023 TBA TBD

Results of defending champions and runners-up[edit]

Year Defending champions Finish Defending runners-up Finish
1995  United States Third Place  Norway Champions
1999  Norway Fourth Place  Germany Quarter-Final
2003  United States Third Place  China PR
2007  Germany Champions  Sweden Group Stage
2011 Quarter-Final  Brazil Quarter-Final
2015  Japan Runners-up  United States Champions
2019  United States Champions  Japan Round of 16
2023  Netherlands

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States4138
2 Germany2103
3 Japan1102
 Norway1102
5 Sweden0134
6 Brazil0112
7 China PR0101
 Netherlands0101
9 England0011
Totals (9 nations)88824

Ranking of teams by number of appearances[edit]

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result
 United States 8 8 8 1991 2019 Champions (1991, 1999*, 2015, 2019)
 Germany 8 8 8 1991 2019 Champions (2003, 2007)
 Norway 8 8 8 1991 2019 Champions (1995)
 Japan 8 8 8 1991 2019 Champions (2011)
 Sweden 8 8 8 1991 2019 Runners-up (2003)
 Brazil 8 8 8 1991 2019 Runners-up (2007)
 Nigeria 8 8 8 1991 2019 Quarterfinals (1999)
 China PR 7 5 2 1991 2019 Runners-up (1999)
 Canada 7 7 7 1995 2019 Fourth place (2003)
 Australia 7 7 7 1995 2019 Quarterfinals (2007, 2011, 2015)
 England 5 4 4 1995 2019 Third place (2015)
 New Zealand 5 4 4 1991 2019 Round 1
 France 4 3 3 2003 2019 Fourth place (2011)
 Denmark 4 3 0 1991 2007 Quarterfinals (1991, 1995)
 North Korea 4 4 0 1999 2011 Quarterfinals (2007)
 Italy 3 1 1 1991 2019 Quarterfinals (1991, 2019)
 South Korea 3 2 2 2003 2019 Round of 16 (2015)
 Argentina 3 2 1 2003 2019 Round 1
 Ghana 3 3 0 1999 2007 Round 1
 Mexico 3 2 0 1999 2015 Round 1
 Netherlands 2 2 2 2015 2019 Runners-up (2019)
 Russia 2 2 0 1999 2003 Quarterfinals (1999, 2003)
 Cameroon 2 2 2 2015 2019 Round of 16 (2015, 2019)
 Colombia 2 2 0 2011 2015 Round of 16 (2015)
 Spain 2 2 2 2015 2019 Round of 16 (2019)
 Thailand 2 2 2 2015 2019 Round 1
 Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 1991 1991 Quarterfinals (1991)
  Switzerland 1 1 0 2015 2015 Round of 16 (2015)
 Equatorial Guinea 1 1 0 2011 2011 Round 1
 Costa Rica 1 1 0 2015 2015 Round 1
 Ecuador 1 1 0 2015 2015 Round 1
 Ivory Coast 1 1 0 2015 2015 Round 1
 Chile 1 1 1 2019 2019 Round 1
 Jamaica 1 1 1 2019 2019 Round 1
 Scotland 1 1 1 2019 2019 Round 1
 South Africa 1 1 1 2019 2019 Round 1
  • Sorted by appearances, best result, number of times that result was achieved, and first to achieve that result, in that order. If still tied, sorted alphabetically.
  • *: Tournament hosts.

Overall team records[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. 3 points per win, 1 point per draw and 0 points per loss.

The table is accurate as of the end of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
1  United States 8 50 40 6 4 138 38 +100 126
2  Germany 8 44 30 5 9 121 39 +82 95
3  Norway 8 40 24 4 12 93 52 +41 76
4  Sweden 8 40 23 5 12 71 48 +23 74
5  Brazil 8 34 20 4 10 66 40 +26 64
6  China PR 7 33 16 7 10 53 32 +21 55
7  England 5 26 15 4 7 43 30 +13 49
8  Japan 8 33 14 4 15 39 59 -20 46
9  France 4 19 10 3 6 32 30 +12 33
10  Canada 7 27 8 5 14 34 52 -18 29
11  Australia 7 26 7 6 13 38 50 -12 27
12  Netherlands 2 11 7 1 3 14 9 +5 22
13  Italy 3 12 6 1 5 20 12 +8 19
14  Nigeria 8 26 4 3 19 20 63 -43 15
15  Russia 2 8 4 0 4 16 14 +2 12
16  North Korea 4 13 3 2 8 12 20 -8 11
17  Denmark 4 14 3 1 10 19 26 -7 10
18  Cameroon 2 8 3 0 5 12 12 0 9
19  Spain 2 7 1 2 4 6 8 -2 5
20  Colombia 2 7 1 2 4 4 9 -5 5
21  South Korea 3 10 1 1 8 6 27 -21 4
22  Ghana 3 9 1 1 7 6 30 -24 4
23   Switzerland 1 4 1 0 3 11 5 +6 3
24  Chile 1 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
25  Chinese Taipei 1 4 1 0 3 2 15 -13 3
26  Mexico 3 9 0 3 6 6 30 -24 3
27  New Zealand 5 15 0 3 12 8 34 -26 3
28  Thailand 2 6 1 0 5 4 30 -26 3
29  Costa Rica 1 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2
30  Argentina 3 9 0 2 7 5 37 -32 2
31  Scotland 1 3 0 1 2 5 7 -2 1
32  Equatorial Guinea 1 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 0
33  South Africa 1 3 0 0 3 1 8 -7 0
34  Jamaica 1 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0
35  Ivory Coast 1 3 0 0 3 3 16 -13 0
36  Ecuador 1 3 0 0 3 1 17 -16 0

Results by confederation[edit]

   — Hosts are from this confederation

AFC[edit]

1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
Teams 3 2 3 4 4 3 5 5 29
Top 16 4 3 7
Top 8 2 2 1 1 3 2 3 0 14
Top 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 4
Top 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
1st Japan 1
2nd China Japan 2
3rd 0
4th China 1

CAF[edit]

1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
Teams 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 16
Top 16 1 2 3
Top 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

CONCACAF[edit]

1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
Teams 1 2 3 2 2 3 4 3 20
Top 16 2 2 4
Top 8 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 10
Top 4 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 9
Top 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 5
1st United States United States United States United States 4
2nd United States 1
3rd United States United States United States 3
4th Canada 1

CONMEBOL[edit]

1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
Teams 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 15
Top 16 2 1 3
Top 8 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4
Top 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Top 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
1st 0
2nd Brazil 1
3rd Brazil 1
4th 0

OFC[edit]

1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
Teams 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Top 16 0 0 0
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

UEFA[edit]

1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Total
Teams 5 5 6 5 5 5 8 9 48
Top 16 7 8 15
Top 8 5 5 4 4 3 4 3 7 35
Top 4 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 17
Top 2 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 7
1st Norway Germany Germany 3
2nd Norway Germany Sweden Netherlands 4
3rd Sweden Sweden England Sweden 4
4th Germany Norway Norway France Germany England 6

Overall[edit]

AFC CAF CONCACAF CONMEBOL OFC UEFA Total
Teams 29 16 20 15 8 48 136
Top 8 14 1 10 4 0 35 64
Top 4 4 0 9 2 0 17 32
Top 2 3 0 5 1 0 7 16
1st 1 0 4 0 0 3 8
2nd 2 0 1 1 0 4 8
3rd 0 0 3 1 0 4 8
4th 1 0 1 0 0 6 8

Droughts[edit]

This section is a list of droughts associated with the participation of women's national football teams in the FIFA Women's World Cups.

Longest active World Cup appearance droughts[edit]

Does not include teams that have not yet made their first appearance or teams that no longer exist.

Team Last appearance WC Missed
 Chinese Taipei 1991 7
 Russia 2003 4
 Denmark 2007 3
 Ghana 2007 3
 Equatorial Guinea 2011 2
 North Korea 2011 2
 Colombia 2015 1
 Costa Rica 2015 1
 Ecuador 2015 1
 Ivory Coast 2015 1
 Mexico 2015 1
  Switzerland 2015 1

Longest World Cup appearance droughts overall[edit]

Only includes droughts begun after a team's first appearance and until the team ceased to exist updated to include qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Team Prev. appearance Next appearance WC Missed
 Chinese Taipei 1991 active 7
 Italy 1999 2019 4
 Russia 2003 active 4
 New Zealand 1991 2007 3
 Denmark 2007 active 3
 Ghana 2007 active 3
 Argentina 2007 2019 2
 South Korea 2003 2015 2
 Mexico 1999 2011 2
 England 1995 2007 2
 Equatorial Guinea 2011 active 2
 North Korea 2011 active 2
 China PR 2007 2015 1
 France 2003 2011 1
 Colombia 2015 active 1
 Costa Rica 2015 active 1
 Ecuador 2015 active 1
 Ivory Coast 2015 active 1
  Switzerland 2015 active 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]