There are only days to go until the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™, with the showdown between the 16 best teams in the world kicking off in Germany this Sunday. Every day from Monday until the opening match, FIFA.com presents five fascinating FIFA Women’s World Cup facts for you to enjoy.
After losing the 1991 final to USA, 1995 world champions Norway won their next ten FIFA Women’s World Cup matches at the 1995 and 1999 editions, a streak unmatched by any other nation. Germany were poised to equal the record four years ago, but were held to a goalless draw by England at the group stage.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup has featured 44 matches pitting a team coached by a woman against one coached by a man. The women are in front with 28 wins (63.6 per cent), five draws and 11 defeats. The first victory went to Sweden’s Gunilla Paijkull in 1991.
The women have scored more headed goals than the men at both the last two FIFA World Cups. In 2007, the women scored 18 per cent of their goals with headers, with the men just behind at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on 17.9 per cent. In 2003, 23.3 per cent of the goals at the FIFA Women’s World Cup were headers, whereas the equivalent figure for the men in 2006 was only 18.3 per cent.
The first hat-trick at the FIFA Women’s World Cup was scored by Italy’s Carolina Morace in her country’s 5-0 victory over Chinese Taipei on 17 November 1991. Nowadays, Morace is Canada national coach and a FIFA women’s football ambassador.
Six of the national coaches previously appeared at the FIFA Women’s World Cup as players: Silvia Neid (Germany), Hope Powell (England), Ngozi Uche (Nigeria), April Heinrichs (USA), Carolina Morace (Italy) and Pia Sundhage (Sweden). Furthermore, Leonardo Cuellar (Mexico) represented his country at the 1978 FIFA World Cup™.