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USA Falls in Dramatic Penalty Kick Shootout to Japan in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

  • Japan Twice Rallied From Behind to Tie Game at 2-2 to Force Penalties 
  • Solo Wins Golden Glove and Bronze Ball; Wambach Takes Home Silver Ball and Bronze Boot 
  • Wambach Sets U.S. Record for Career World Cup Goals at 13

FRANKFURT, Germany (July 17, 2011) – In one of the most thrilling finals in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, the U.S. Women’s National Team twice had leads erased before falling to a spirited Japanese team 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout to finish as runners up in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The teams ended regulation time tied at 1-1, and each scored a goal in overtime to send the game into penalties even at 2-2.

Alex Morgan put the U.S. ahead in the 69th minute, but Aya Miyama answered 10 minutes from the end of regulation to force overtime. Abby Wambach scored a trademark header in the 104th minute, and Japan once again found the equalizer when Golden Ball winner Homare Sawa had a magnificent touch that deflected off Wambach three minutes from the end of the extra session.

In the penalty shootout, Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori made two outstanding saves and 20-year-old defender Saki Kumagai converted the game-winner to lift Japan to its first ever Women’s World Cup title.

“First of all, I give credit to the players for playing good soccer,” said U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage. “They kept possession better than in the other games we played. But we couldn’t put away our chances. We created a lot of good chances in the first half. It’s a final. There is a small difference between winning and losing.”

Wambach collected the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the World Cup, and also earned the Bronze Boot as the third leading scorer with four goals. At the other end, Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the tournament’s top ‘keeper, and also the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament.

In what was their finest team performance of the tournament, the U.S. dominated through long stretches and created numerous scoring opportunities. The U.S. took 27 shots on the night, hitting two posts. At the other end, the U.S. defensive unit consistently smothered Japanese advances, getting numbers around the ball and not allowing Japan’s technical players time and space.

The U.S. made two changes to the starting lineup from the team that defeated France in the semifinal, with Rachel Buehler reprising her role at center back after returning from a one-match suspension, and Megan Rapinoe making her second start in the tournament. With Rapinoe slotting into the midfield, Lauren Cheney moved to a forward role in place of Amy Rodriguez. Cheney sprained an ankle on the USA’s first attack, gutted out the first 45 minutes, but then had to be replaced at halftime by the speedy Morgan.

The U.S. controlled the first half, employing a fluid and varied attack. The slick, spacious surface on the magnificent pitch in Frankfurt provided the perfect platform for the United States. Feeling the magnitude of the event, both teams came out flying.

The U.S. nearly got off to a dream start with the game 30 seconds old after Cheney won a challenge deep on the left side of the Japanese area. Bearing down the endline, she tried to draw Kaihori off the post and elected to shoot near side, and Kaihori made a fine kick save.

In the eighth minute, the U.S. began to deploy a tactic that would be fruitful throughout, playing a diagonal ball to Rapinoe on the left side. Taking on her marker and getting space to deliver a cross, she whipped a cross to the near post where Cheney came crashing. With Kaihori frozen, Cheney’s volley sailed just wide.

Carli Lloyd took a crack from 18 yards out in the 11th minute, stepping into a drive that rose just over the bar. One minute later, Cheney penetrated into the Japanese penalty area and waited for reinforcements to arrive. Her pinpoint pass split the defense and rolled into path of Rapinoe, whose shot was deflected wide.

Rapinoe had her best game of the World Cup, posing a constant threat to Japan with her ability to take on defenders and deliver sharp passes over distance. In the 18th minute she again found space on the left side and knifed into the area, deciding to try and hammer a shot past Kaihori, instead hitting the outside of the left post.

The U.S. hit the woodwork again just before the half hour mark, this time off the foot of Wambach. After Cheney was fouled, the referee correctly allowed advantage as Wambach collected the ball and drove into the area before unloading a blistering left-footer that crashed down off the crossbar.

Japan’s first real threat came in the 31st minute after a giveaway in midfield allowed Kozue Ando to slip in behind the back line, but she took a poor angle away from goal and hit a roller right at Solo.

The U.S. made one change at halftime, bringing on Morgan in place of the injured Cheney. Her pace instantly began to cause problems for the Japanese defense, and in the 49th minute she got on the end of a Heather O’Reilly cross, slipping a shot under under Kaihori that bounced off the near post and the ‘keeper’s back before teasingly tumbled toward the goal line before Japan cleared.

Wambach almost converted a header in the 64th minute, fighting off her marker to get on the end of an O’Reilly cross about 15 yards from goal. Her dipping attempt forced Kaihori into a fingertip save that she pushed over the bar.

The U.S. finally broke through in the 69th minute in a play that began just outside the USA’s penalty area. With Yuki Nagasato controlling inside the ‘D’, four U.S. defenders swarmed and won the ball back, Lloyd pushing the ball to Rapinoe. Spying Morgan on the run, she stuck a magnificent 50-yard pass that Morgan outraced Saki Kumagai to collect. She took two touches into the area before burying a perfectly-placed blast into the lower right side-panel.

Rarely troubled to that point, a failed U.S. clearance led to Japan’s tying goal in the 80th minute. After a cross into the area, Buehler and Karina Maruyama tangled, and Buehler’s attempted clearance went towards Ali Krieger whose own try at eliminating the danger hit Miyami and bounced towards goal. Miyami pounced on the loose ball and hit a half volley from four yards out that left Solo helpless.

Nervous moments followed and each team threatened but couldn’t gain the advantage before the end of regulation.

The U.S. came out on the front foot in overtime and pushed for the game-winner, getting chances for Wambach in the 92nd minute and Morgan in the 95th. Their persistence paid off, and once again it was Wambach who came to the rescue in the 104th minute.

Rapinoe began the play with a throw-in to Morgan, whose cross from the left was cleared back their way. Rapinoe attempted another that was blocked by Yukari Kinga, then Morgan retrieved the loose ball and blew past Kinga down the flank, picking out Wambach who was planted in front of the goal three yards out and headed home her fourth goal of the tournament, setting a U.S. team record with her 13th career World Cup goal, surpassing Michelle Akers.

Japan never relented, getting two opportunities of their own as overtime progressed. Danger lurked in the 115th minute when Sawa put Kinga in alone, chipping past a charging Solo. Without enough power on the ball, Christie Rampone had time to recover and clear.

The dagger came in the 117th minute off a corner kick delivery from Miyama to the near post. Sawa, playing in her fifth Women’s World Cup, managed a great flick towards goal that hit off Wambach, catching Solo going the other way. With her fifth goal of the tournament, Sawa earned the Golden Boot as the top scorer.

After expertly winning the penalty shootout in the quarterfinal against Brazil, the U.S. wasn’t able to muster the same precision this time around. Using the same kickers for the first two attempts as from that match, the USA’s Shannon Boxx had her attempt saved as Kaihori guessed correctly, then Lloyd next saw her effort go over the bar. Solo once again dove to her right to deny Yuki Nagasato, but after Kaihori got her second save of the shootout when she rebuffed Tobin Heath’s try. Wambach scored hers, but the game-winner was put on the foot of the young Kumagai, who coolly shot high and to her left to seal the championship for Japan.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: July 17, 2011
Competition: 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Final
Venue: FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium; Frankfurt, Germany
Kickoff: 8:45 p.m. local / 2:45 p.m. ET
Attendance: 48,817
Weather: 64 degrees, indoor

Scoring Summary: 1   2   OT1  OT2   F
USA                         0   1    1       0      2
JPN                          0   1    0       1      2

USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe)    69th minute
JPN – Aya Miyama                               80
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)    104
JPN - Homare Sawa (Aya Miyami)          117

Penalty Summary:
USA – Shannon Boxx (save), Carli Lloyd (miss), Tobin Heath (save), Abby Wambach (goal)
JPN - Aya Miyama (goal), Yuki Nagasato (save), Mizuho Sakaguchi (goal), Saki Kumagai (goal)

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 6-Amy LePeilbet; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 114); 12-Lauren Cheney (13-Alex Morgan, 46); 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 14-Stephanie Cox, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

JPN: 21-Ayumi Kaihori; 2-Yukari Kinga, 4-Saki Kumagai, 15-Aya Sameshima; 11-Shinobu Ohno (18-Karina Maruyama, 66; 20-Mana Iwabuchi, 119), 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 10-Homare Sawa (capt.), 8-Aya Miyama; 7-Kozue Ando (17-Yuki Nagasato, 66), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi
Subs not used: 1-Nozomi Yamago, 5-Kyoko Yano, 12-Miko Fukumoto, 13-Rumi Utsugi, 14-Megumi Kamionobe, 16-Asuna Tanaka,19-Megumi Takase
Head coach: Norio Sasaki

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 27 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Aya Miyama (caution)           97th minute
JPN - Azusa Iwashimizu (sent off)   120

Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Fourth Official: Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

U.S. Women Speak after Penalty Shootout Loss to Japan in Women's World Cup Final

U.S. WNT head coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the positives to be taken from the match:
“I think we gave the crowd a good game today. It has to be a final to remember. Credit to our team and credit to the Japan team. I’m very happy with the way we played in the first half, which was a change if you compare it to the semifinal. We won a silver medal and I hope I can feel that after a couple weeks. As everybody knows, at the highest level with penalty kicks it is a small difference between success and not success.”

On giving up the two goals:
“It started with our attack. We were giving the ball away way too easily. I think we have to remember that playing in a final is the highest level and you have to take chances. We weren’t sharp enough on the two goals and that’s why we didn’t win the game.

On not being successful in the penalty shootout:
“You saw the penalties, and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I think when you look back at everything we’ve gone through with the penalty kicks we had against Brazil we had a good feeling. Then again it just proves what little difference there is between a good penalty kick and a not-so-good one.”

On what it means to women’s soccer:
“It has been a bumpy road and it’s been absolutely wonderful. All credit to the players. In this World Cup the first game against North Korea, I think at times we played very well. We changed the starting lineup a little bit, with people coming in off the bench. There were great crowds, phenomenal atmosphere. If you just give the players and coaches a little time then we can enjoy the silver medal. The reason for that is that we’ve done many good things both behind the scenes and having players stepping up. I would like to take the opportunity to credit Germany with putting on a wonderful tournament. I think in the women’s game now we have different standards moving forward. This has been phenomenal, even though we didn’t win.”

On Alex Morgan:
“It’s a great experience for her going forward. She’s done good things coming off the bench. I’d like to stress that the starting lineup gives the bench players the opportunity to be successful. It’s not just Alex Morgan, it’s 21 players. The way she came off the bench in the second half, and in previous games, she’s done well. I think we’ve seen the beginning of her career. She has a lot of goals in her and a lot of games.”

On the Japanese team:
“As I said, the way we played the first half against such a position-oriented team we were more dangerous than they were and we created chances. There is something to be said about the way Japan plays. They are comfortable with the ball and that’s good for women’s football going forward. Even though you take the first 45 minutes, they kept up their confidence, they kept their style. They believed in their technique. That’s good for women’s football in the future.”

On how she felt going into halftime scoreless despite so many chances:
“This might sound funny but if I compare the feeling I had against Brazil and France, I had a much better feeling today because we were playing better football. I’d rather create a lot of chances playing good soccer than just fighting. It felt good at halftime and the way we played I thought we’d create more chances. We did, but we didn’t score enough goals.”

On losing in penalties:
“We had a couple of mistakes, but still we did pretty good out there. We had pretty good possession in the first half and played some good soccer. For the crowd I thought it was very exciting. It’s hard to lose in PKs.”

On the game:
“First of all, I give credit to the players for playing good soccer. They kept possession better than in the other games we played. But we couldn’t put away our chances. We created a lot of good chances in the first half. It’s a final. There is a small difference between winning and losing.”

On the disappointment:
“It’s obviously heartbreaking. Japan played well and never gave up. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t pull it out. It’s tough to do two rounds of penalties because the ‘keeper knows where we’re going and she made some great saves. We had so many great chances throughout the game and we didn’t put them away.”

On dealing with this loss:
“Evidently it wasn’t meant to be. We worked so hard. We believed in each other through everything. The Olympics are right around the corner and we’re excited about that opportunity. Hopefully we can qualify and get to London. This is going to hurt for a while and I’m proud of our team. We never gave up. Congratulations to the Japan team. I think their country is very, very proud of them.”

On the small mistakes that the U.S. made tonight:
“I’m not sure. I think the magnitude of all this can get the best of you. Japan just kept coming and they never gave up, and in the end they’re the world champs.”

U.S. WNT goalkeeper HOPE SOLO
On the disappointment of the result:
“We lost to a great team, we really did. Japan is a team that I’ve always had a lot of respect for, and I truly believe that something bigger was pulling for this team. As much as I’ve always wanted this, if there was any other team I could give this to it would have to be Japan. I’m happy for them and they do deserve it.”

On missing out on a World Cup title:
“This is something everybody’s wanted their entire lives. I’m realistic. It doesn’t always go your way. I felt like it was going to go our way this entire time and I felt like this was our tournament to win. I think we played great soccer tonight. I think the fans were incredibly entertained. We were attacking, we had chances on goal. It was fun to watch. It was a fun game. What can I say? Let’s just hope I can stick around for another four years so I can go after the gold.”

On the feeling from tonight:
“It was weird form tonight. I definitely thought this tournament was ours and even at the end I thought we were going to close it. But things were strange tonight, you know. I don’t really know how to explain it. I go down with a little knee injury, there was a weird feeling about that time and then I get back up and it’s right off the corner, they score. Part of me wishes I never went down just to keep our team confident. Maybe I should have defensively brought the team back in and made sure we were marked tight on the next play. I felt bad that I went down. I think maybe we lost focus for just a second and that’s all it takes.”

On the post-game ceremony:
“We were out there when all the confetti was coming down. I truly believed that this was our tournament to win and I felt that the entire time. It’s heartbreaking, but at the same time I think there was something bigger pulling for Japan. They were the team of the tournament and if there’s any team we’re going to lose to, I tip my hat off to them because they have so much class and play with so much passion and they fought and they fought and I really do have so much respect for the team.” 

On being minutes from winning, twice, and whether the team allowed itself to think it was going to win:
“I don’t think our team has ever allowed ourselves to think we were going to win. I truly don’t. That’s not our mindset. That’s not our spirit. We’re fighters. I don’t think we have to prove that to anyone with my words here. If you look at our players, we are a fighting team. We weren’t celebrating too early thinking that we had the win in the bag. I just truly think that Japan was pushing and fighting and they got the better of us.”

On how tough penalties are, psychologically, for everyone involved:
“Going to penalties, two games in a major tournament, I think that’s really tough to do. We were money, our penalty kick takers the last game were just superb and I think that’s very hard to come back and do again. Their goalkeeper, obviously, made some key saves and they came out on top.” 

U.S. Midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On twice taking the lead:
“Going up a goal in the regular time I remember looking at the clock saying we have 10 minutes left and then they equalize and then scoring in the overtime I remember looking at the clock, five minutes left, and I’m like ‘oh, we can do this’ and then they equalize again. It’s just a tough loss. We’ve had a fabulous run and I’m really just proud of everyone. We win together we lose together. Now we just have to gear up for the Olympics, hopefully qualify for that, and continue the journey.”

On losing in penalties:
“You look at the PK shootout. I mean, it’s hard to base anyone’s game based on a PK shootout. We did have the chances to put them away. We had finished two great goals by Abby and Alex and it’s just unfortunate. It’s just a bummer. But, there’s another World Cup in four years and we’ll qualify and then hopefully be standing up there with the cup in our hands.”

On if she thought the Wambach header won the World Cup for the U.S.:
“I had no doubt. The way this tournament has been going – the Brazil game, even the France game – I just had no doubt in my mind that we were going to finish this off. It’s just a sad day, really.”

On the result:
“We don’t feel like we got beat out there. It’s just that we got a little unlucky and Japan fought hard. It’s something that we have to digest and remember the feeling and work on stuff going into the Olympics.”

On losing in PKs:
“It’s a tough way (to lose), but it’s the game of soccer. I thought that you saw a great overtime with both teams getting a goal and it turns to PKs and at that point you look at your teammates and say ‘No matter what happens we love each other. Let’s go after it. Find your spot and hit it and come back here and you know we have your backs.’”

On if the team can work on penalty taking:
“We definitely work on that and train on that, but it’s still a pressure situation. It’s the moment. It’s how you are feeling, the timing and obviously going up against Brazil and having a PK challenge and then coming to try to win it in the final is tough to win them back to back.”

U.S. Midfielder Lauren Cheney
On being on the Golden Ball short list:
“This is my first World Cup and to be honored with something like that is phenomenal , but it’s about our team and you guys can’t see that it has been about our team the whole time.”

On the game:
“It was a crazy game. I think that we played well and we fought and we had heart. That’s what matters. Hats off to Japan. They just made their country extremely happy and brought joy to somewhere that was needed and that’s the bigger picture.”

Game Day in Frankfurt...Can We Start This Already??

The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final is just hours away. Game days - espcially when kickoff is late - move pretty slowly. And this day in particular has been crawling along at a snail's pace! Game day in the hotel generally consists of rest, meals, more rest, and a pre-game meal. Not much to do other than get mentally prepared for the game. A few family and friends have stopped by the hotel but mostly the day is a whole lot of waiting. We are sure all our fans are in the same boat...What are you doing to count down the last few hours before the game?

If you need some videos to watch to pass the time, we've got you covered:
Behind the Crest wraps up at the Women's World Cup with its seventh episode - "Play the Game"

Ali Krieger is the final guest on Studio 90 Extra Time. We waited to get her on in Frankfurt and it worked out!

Her mom stopped by for Part 2 also!

Studio 90 provides a straightforward preview of the game. Heather O'Reilly, Christie Rampone and Abby Wambach talk about the team ahead of the World Cup Final

Studio 90 WNT Ready to Face Japan in World Cup Final

The U.S. Women's National Team is ready to face Japan in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Christie Rampone, Abby Wambach and Heather O'Reilly preview the match in Frankfurt.

Studio 90 Extra Time Alex Morgan Pt 2

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Studio 90 Extra Time Alex Morgan Pt 1

U.S. WNT forward Alex Morgan comes on Studio 90 Extra Time to talk about the team's progress to the World Cup Final, her goal against France, and her signatures: the fist pump and the pink pre-wrap headband.

Studio 90 WNT Does Media Rounds from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt

Studio 90 heads to Frankfurt, Germany where the WNT starts preparations for the Women's World Cup Final. Along the way the players do different types of media work as the following back home and around the world picks up before the big game.

U.S. WNT Prepared for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final Against Japan

U.S. WNT vs. Japan
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final
Frankfurt, Germany
July 17, 2011 

USA FACES JAPAN FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TITLE: The U.S. Women’s National Team arrived in Frankfurt, Germany, via bus from Dusseldorf on July 14 ahead of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against first-time finalist Japan. The U.S. Women will kick off their third Women’s World Cup Final, and first since 1999, on Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m. ET, live on ESPN, and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ESPN Radio,, ESPN Mobile TV,’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

FAMILIAR FOE: The U.S. will face Japan for the fourth time in 2011, and for the third time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, but this time it’s for all the laurels. Japan worked its way to the team’s first FIFA Women’s World Cup championship game appearance by posting a 2-0-1 record in group play with a 2-1 win against New Zealand and a 4-0 win against Mexico. In the quarterfinals, Japan pulled off a massive victory against host and tournament favorite Germany. Japan’s 1-0 win was one of the biggest upsets in recent women’s soccer history. Japan followed up that performance with a dominating 3-1 win against Sweden in the semifinals to book their spot in the Women’s World Cup Final.

Date           Opponent        Result/Time (ET)       U.S. Goalscorers/TV                  Venue
June 28      Korea DPR       2-0 W                       Cheney, Buehler                       Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden
July 2         Colombia        3-0 W                       O’Reilly, Rapinoe, Lloyd             Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim
July 6         Sweden          1-2 L                         Wambach                                World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg
July 10       Brazil              2-2 T (5-3 pks)          Own goal, Wambach                 Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden
July 13       France            3-1 W                        Cheney, Wambach, Morgan       Borussia Park; Mönchengladbach

Date            Opponent             Result           Venue
June 27       New Zealand         2-1 W           FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium; Bochum
July 14        Mexico                  4-0 W           FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium; Leverkusen
July 5          England                0-2 L            FIFA Women’s World Cup Stadium; Augsburg
July 9          Germany               1-0 W          Arena Im Allerpark; Wolfsburg
July 13        Sweden                 3-1 W          FIFA Women´s World Cup Stadium; Frankfurt

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (out of contract), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (magicJack)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)

Link to Detailed Roster

U.S. in the World Cup

  • The USA’s win against Brazil in the quarterfinals was the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history a team had come back to win after falling behind in overtime. In fact, it is just the fourth instance in World Cup history, with the rare feat accomplished just three times before in the men's tournament.
  • Rachel Buehler will be eligible to play against Japan after sitting out her suspension against France for the red card received against Brazil. It was the third red card issued to the U.S. in six FIFA Women’s World Cups, but just the second of this tournament.
  • The U.S. is the only team to have advanced to the semifinals in every FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The 120+2 minute goal from Abby Wambach in the quarterfinals was the latest strike in Women’s World Cup history.
  • Wambach’s goal against France was her 12th in the Women’s World Cup, tying her for third place all-time with Michelle Akers, behind Marta (14) and Birgit Prinz (14).
  • Wambach also tied Michelle Akers with 26 points in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Wambach has three goals and one assist in 2011, and is behind Mia Hamm (28) in the U.S. record books.
  • Hope Solo earned her 100th cap against France.
  • Japan and the U.S. will be meeting at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the third time, having faced off in the inaugural event in 1991 and in 1995 in Sweden. The U.S. won 3-0 in 1991, and posted a 4-0 win in the 1995 edition of the tournament.
  • Before the three encounters in 2011, the U.S. had last faced Japan in 2008, playing the Asian power twice at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The U.S. came away with a 1-0 win on Aug. 9 in Qinhuangdao, followed by a 4-2 U.S. win on Aug. 18 in the semifinals in Beijing.
  • Ten players on the U.S. Women’s World Cup roster played in the two matches against Japan in the 2008 Olympics: Solo, Christie Rampone, Heather O’Reilly, Heather Mitts, Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Amy Rodriguez, Rachel Buehler, Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney.
  • The penalty kick goal for Sweden in the 16th minute of the USA’s Group C final ended Hope Solo’s scoreless streak at 796 minutes, just 47 minutes short of the longest streak in team history, a record that has stood for 20 years. Kim Maslin-Kammerdeiner played 843 minutes without allowing a goal from 1988 to 1991, which were the first 843 minutes of her international career. Solo’s streak is the second longest in team history.
  • The 10 goals credited to the U.S. in the tournament have been scored by seven different players and five of those players – Lauren Cheney, Rachel Buehler, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan – scored their first Women’s World Cup goals.
  • Eleven players have made their Women’s World Cup debuts in this tournament: Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Buehler, Cheney, Amy Rodriguez, Alex Morgan, Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn.
  • U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has used 18 of the 21 players on the roster so far, with only the back-up goalkeepers and defender Heather Mitts yet to see the field.
  • Four players have played every minute so far: Krieger, Christie Rampone, Solo and Wambach.
  • The U.S. has 91 shots during this tournament, getting 37 of them on goal, scoring 11 times with seven different goal scorers.
  • Updated stats, lineups and results are available on the U.S. Women’s National Team page on


A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

THREE WNT PLAYERS UP FOR GOLDEN BALL: Lauren Cheney, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach have been nominated for the Golden Ball for the most outstanding player at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Twelve players have been nominated by the FIFA Technical Study Group and the top three players will be tallied based on voting by the media.

WNT PLAYER PROFILES: paired up the Women’s World Cup players for some rapid fire questions and banter in creating the WNT Player Profiles series. The videos highlight your favorite WNT players, releasing some fun facts and information you never knew before in the hopes that you can get to better know the players’ personalities. Check the players’ bio pages on for their WNT Player Profiles.

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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING SHINES FOR THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINALS: The Empire State Building will shine with USA and Japan colors for the 2011 Women’s World Cup final from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, 2011. The north/south sides of the building will be lit in red, white and blue for the USA, while its east/west sides will be lit in red and white for Japan. On Monday, July 18, the Empire State Building will celebrate the champion of the 2011 Women’s World Cup by shining its world-famous tower lights in the winning team’s colors.

SEITZ TO OFFICIATE THIRD PLACE GAME: U.S. referee Kari Seitz will officiate the Third Place match at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Saturday between Sweden and France in Sinsheim, Germany. Assistant Referees Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez comprise the other parts of the referee crew, and Seitz will be refereeing her third game of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Prior to the World Cup caught up with Seitz in Columbus, Ohio to talk about her journey to Germany. (LINK)


U.S. Women’s National Team head coach PIA SUNDHAGE

On what Japan is doing against teams like Germany and Sweden to be effective despite the players’ small stature:
“In my opinion, first of all, they have some good players regardless of how tall or short they are and they do it together. Everybody praises them for the way they attack. They keep possession and that’s a pretty good way to defend. But if you study the defending as well, they are very organized and they get numbers behind the ball. That’s the reason they are here. It’s a really good team. With set pieces, they are so much better today than a year ago.”

On whether the fact that the U.S. beat Japan three times earlier in the year means anything ahead of the World Cup final:
“A little bit of confidence and the fact that we are capable of winning against a technical team. Not only that, we bring up the way we played against Japan three times. Now, it’s a tournament. It’s a World Cup final. It means a little bit but we need to bring out the best performance on Sunday in order to win that game. You can’t rely on what happened a couple of months ago unless you look at it in order to gain some confidence and look at it in a positive way and that is what you should do. It is a balance because you can talk about that but at the same time we need to be on top of our game and on our toes. It’s a balance between how good are they and how good are we, defending and attacking.”

On what she does to keep nerves for becoming a factor for the players:
“I would say it’s a lot of coaching behind Alex Morgan coming off the bench, or Megan Rapinoe. It’s easy for all other coaches to say we have a team and the bench is very important. We have said that but also acted on it. You have to fight for your spot. I think a good example is [Lauren] Cheney. She wasn’t in the starting lineup when the [World Cup training camp] started. But the fact that she played and practiced so well so many times in practice, not only for a week, but consistently, we gave her the chance. And when she got the chance, she took it. Of course you prepare Megan Rapinoe to come off the bench. It’s about the team but also look at the specific individual. I have to say that it is different nowadays with the new generation. They are very good. Sometimes you will say that, look at myself, I can do this, I’m good at this. If they also understand what it takes for team spirit and teamwork, they know what they’re good at and they bring that and they have a lot of courage to do that because they’re good. And, with a good team, they have a chance to perform.”

U.S. midfielder CARLI LLOYD

On Japan’s play:
“Japan’s been coming out very strong and physical when they played Germany and Sweden. We want to continue to do that but I think the message is that we want to possess the ball. That’s what Pia is saying. We want to possess it and we want to win playing pretty soccer and I really believe that we can do that.”

On having Abby Wambach as a teammate:
“It’s great. We always joke around with Abby, she can be having a bit of an off day for her and in the 89th minute she scores a goal with her head. She’s fabulous in the air. She is a true competitor, a true champion. She never wants to lose. She’s always a winner.”


On how the U.S. will approach the game against Japan:
“I think Germany was a little too eager on their final passes. I think it takes a lot of courage and bravery to keep the ball in the attacking third, especially against an organized team like Japan, but I think that’s what it’s going to take. It’s going a lot of courage to keep the ball and when we do have to opportunities, to wait for those best ones and not rush that final ball.”

U.S. goalkeeper HOPE SOLO

On how the team is preparing for the game against Japan:
“I think, physically, we’re where we need to be. We don’t need to go out and have long training sessions at this point. We have a couple meetings tonight to go over some footage from the last game against France to see where we weren’t successful in our defensive shape. We do think that France played a lot like we think the Japanese team will in terms of attacking in numbers. So I think that when we break down the footage we’ll be able to use that and help us against Japan.”

On what kind of support the U.S. is expecting from neutral fans considering Japan’s story:
“That’s a great question. I think going into the Brazil game, the local German fans went into the game with their ticket in hand cheering for Brazil. As the game went on, I think that their fan base is so knowledgeable that they realized that the American team was fighting and I think that was inspirational. In that game, it shifted and we kind of gained the Germans’ support. So going into this game, with the Japanese being the sentimental favorite, I have no idea what way the fan base is going to go. 

Current FIFA World Ranking: 4
USA All-time record vs. Japan: 22-0-3 (77 GF, 13 GA)
Last Meeting vs. USA: May 18, 2011 (a 2-0 U.S. victory in the Send-Off Series prior to leaving for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup)
Head Coach: Norio Sasaki
Key Players: M Homare Sawa, M Aya Miyama, F Nahomi Kawasumi

Japan Quick Hits:

  • Japan has scored 10 times in five games at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, compared to 13 goals in 16 games during all five previous editions of the tournament.
  • Half of Japan’s goals have been scored in the first 20 minutes of action.
  • Midfielder Homare Sawa is Japan’s leading cap-winner at FIFA Women’s World Cups, with 17 appearances.
  • Sawa is tied with Brazil’s Marta for the Golden Boot, with four goals scored in the team’s five matches.
  • U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage played against Sawa in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sawa was 16 years old.
  • Defender Aya Sameshima is the only player on Japan’s team that currently plays in the U.S., plying her trade with the Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer.
  • Sawa also played in the U.S., with the Washington Freedom in WPS and the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA.
  • Midfielder Aya Miyama was a key part of the Los Angeles Sol team that advanced to the first WPS championship game in 2009 and she played for the St. Louis Athletica in 2010.
  • Japan’s roster features forward Mana Iwabuchi who won the Golden Ball at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

GOALKEEPERS (2): 12-Miko Fukumoto (Yunogo Belle), 21-Ayumi Kaihori (INAC Leonessa), 1-Nozomi Yamago (Urawa Reds Ladies)
DEFENDERS (5): 3-Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV Beleza), 4-Saki Kumagai (Urawa Reds Ladies), 15-Aya Sameshima (Boston Breakers), 2-Nozomi Yamago (INAC Leonessa), 5-Kyoko Yano (Urawa Reds Ladies)
7-Kozue Ando (FCR Duisburg), 14-Megumi Kamionobe (Albirex Niigata Ladies), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (INAC Leonessa), 8-Aya Miyama (Yunogo Belle), 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (Albirex Niigata Ladies), 10-Homare Sawa (INAC Leonessa), 16-Asuna Tanaka (INAC Leonessa), 13-Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier)
FORWARDS (5): 20-Mana Iwabuchi (NTV Beleza), 18-Karina Maruyama (JFF United Ichihara Ladies), 17-Yuki Nagasato (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 11-Shinobu Ohno (INAC Leonessa), 19-Megumi Takase (INAC Leonessa)

Viewing Party in Times Square: WWC Final!

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Join espnW on July 17 in Times Square for a 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final viewing party. The big game between the U.S. WNT and Japan will be shown live Sunday on the ABC SuperSign in Times Square.  There will be giveaways and activities as U.S. fans will be showing up in numbers! The even will be sponsored by espnW’s founding partners Nike and Gatorade.

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U.S. Women Speak after Advancing to the FIFA Women's World Cup Final with 3-1 Win Against France

U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach PIA SUNDHAGE
On the match:
"France played very well, but there's something to be said about our players and their heart. There's a reason why these players come off the bench and make a difference because this team is 21 players and I'm very proud of them. At times, we didn't play well today, but we found a way to win. Credit to the players’ heart and that's what makes it so wonderful to coach for this team."

On what the USA needs to win the championship:
"You need a lot of factors. You need to be tactical and you need to bring the American attitude. Right now, I just want to enjoy this moment but we will look back at the games we played and figure out who will be in the starting lineup is in the final. That's one thing - the second part will be who's coming off the bench because that player will probably change the game."

On Megan Rapinoe coming off the bench:
“Megan and other players coming off the bench have made the difference. That’s something that doesn’t just happen but we work on it. In fact, a couple of months ago she was in the starting lineup. Lauren Cheney has played well every single practice and eventually we made the change just before the World Cup. (Her success of the bench) is a little bit of her character, it’s a little bit of her reading the game and a little bit of coaching as well. It’s the same thing with Alex Morgan coming off the bench. There’s a reason why she’s good and part of that is Amy Rodriguez (tiring out the defense with her running). There’s a reason why these players come off the bench and make a difference because this is 21 players and I’m very proud. At times we didn’t play well today, however we found a way to win. Credit to the player’s heart and that’s what makes it so wonderful to coach for this team.”

On the team’s spirit being a factor in the final:
“You need a lot of factors. You need to be tactical. You need to bring the American attitude. You also need to stay as 21 players and win that game. Right now, I just want to enjoy this moment but we will look back at the games we played and figure out who the starting lineup is in the final. That’s one thing. The second part will be who’s coming off the bench because that player will probably change the game.”

On feelings after the win against France:
“First of all, I want to thank France, their team and their coach. They are one of the best teams soccer-wise that we have played. They have a fantastic way of attacking, and it is an exciting game to watch. Sonia Bompastor is a friend of mine, and I think she is one of the best left backs in the world. It was a privilege to take the other side of the field against a great French team. However, our team has this ability to fight through adversity. Our team has this ability to stick together when the going gets rough. I couldn’t be more excited, more proud. I know we have a lot of friends and family here. I know we have a lot of friends and family back home that are watching and supporting us. We can’t do it alone. We know a whole nation is cheering us on. We believe in ourselves, and we are in the final. I couldn’t be happier.”

On going into her first Women’s World Cup final:
“In the last 10 minutes getting the go-ahead goal was a relief. Alex Morgan came on and made a difference scoring that third goal and giving us security. When the final whistle blew, the first thought I had was one more game. Yes, it’s a final, but the degree in which we will approach it is the exact same. It’s a game. It’s 90 minutes, hopefully. We want to go out and play good soccer and play the kind of game we know we can play. It doesn’t matter who we play against. We believe that we’ll be the team left standing because we have that belief in each other. It’s not going to be easy and it’s going to be something that we will have to work for. In the end, we will see what happens.”

On scoring many head goals:
“Obviously there is a lot of courage that goes into heading the ball. I have a unique ability to be able to predict the flight of the ball and my teammates also have a unique ability of finding me. There’s two parts to scoring on set pieces like we do with head goals and the very first and most important component is having a good service. Lauren Cheney has been doing fantastic for us on corner kicks. I’m glad to get the chance today because we believe that we were stronger in the area than the French team.”

On her goal against France:
“I looked at Cheney and as she told me in the locker room just now, ‘Your eyes looked like they were bug-eyed because you were looking at me like just serve the ball to me.’ I told her at halftime to put the ball at the back post and we were going to get a goal. That’s all I was thinking. As soon as the ball went up in the air, I was thinking to just get a head on it. I think I was pretty close to the back post, ran into it in fact, and I’m just glad to have gotten that goal. It was a reliever.”

On the this team in her generation:
“That’s something that’s really cool about this team, because you’re seeing it in terms of the generation that is the changeover from that 1999 generation and that 1999 World Cup team. Nothing to take away from them because obviously what they did was special. What they did gave us the opportunities that all of us have here, and even players from different countries, by putting women’s soccer literally on the world stage and the world map. With the success of the Women’s National Team in the United States, we believe that we set a standard for other federations to put money into their programs and you can see that by this semifinal against France. Who knew that France was going to be such a great team? I think some of the 1999 World Cup players probably would say they knew because they were the ones that put in the hard hours. We’re kind of reaping the rewards of the things they’ve done and this generation, this team, we believe in ourselves like the 1999 World Cup team did and that’s the historical thing that goes on with this team. To have the belief in each other, to never quit no matter what goes on in the 90 minutes or 120 or 123 minutes. It doesn’t matter. This generation is cool because we want to make a name for ourselves. We want the next generation to be ours. I talk about Alex Morgan coming on and getting her first World Cup goal. You can mark my words that she will have many World Cup goals. She’s a talented young player to come in and get that third goal is amazing. For me, I like to give everyone else credit because it’s easier that way, it’s more fun that way. It’s a team sport, and that’s why we do this. I love my job and I love the fact that we’re in a World Cup and now we’ve achieved part of our goal. We are in the final and we want to complete it. Like Hope said (earlier in the week), we want our story book ending. We want to keep the momentum from the Brazil game and this game going forward and whoever we face in the final, we want to be world champions.”

On the win against France:
“It's a very good win for the team and I'm very proud of all the girls. It was a battle out there, I think we defended the majority of the game but we stood strong, stayed patient, didn't get too rattled and attacked them in that second half.”

On what the team did after France's equalizer:
“After the goal went in we realized we needed to pick it up and bring it up to the next level. It was the semifinals. We brought the team in together and we looked at each other and said "This is it. This is all we have. Put everything into it." The team responded. We've been coming out a little slow in the second half, which we'll have to fix for the final, but it was amazing once again to battle back and get those two goals. Abby's goal was incredible and for Alex to give us that cushion was amazing.”

On her pride at making the FIFA Women's World Cup Final:
“I'm so excited and I'm very proud. We've been working so hard and all the effort has really paid off. Now it's going for the highest trophy we can get and that's the World Cup.”

U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN
On the match against France:
“It was a great battle. We didn't play the prettiest soccer and Pia came in at halftime and wasn't happy with our performance. We knew we had to pick it up. When I got in we had just conceded a goal and we needed to pick up the energy, raise the level a little bit and that's what we did. Abby's goal was bigtime again.”

On what was said at halftime:
“They told us we needed to keep the ball on the ground and play more. We needed to defend as a team more and I think we needed to be a little bit more passionate. We came into halftime with a 1-0 lead but it wasn't secure; we weren't playing great soccer. Pia really wanted to see us want it a little bit more.”

On her goal:
“With big goals like these I kind of black out. I remember [Megan Rapinoe] giving me a great ball down the line and I think I took one too many touches. But it paid out in the end beacuse I saw the goalkeeper kind of low and thought if I just chip it a little bit i'd get it over her. Finally I scored my first (world cup) goal!”

On the feeling of scoring in the World Cup:
“It was unbelivevable. I don't even think I saw it hit the back of the net. I just saw it cross the line and just turned my head and started screaming my head off. It was great. Forwards count their goals and it's been awhile since I've scored for this team. It's been building and it couldn't have been at a better time. It helped us stay calm throughout the rest of the game once we got that 3-1 lead.”

On making the FIFA Women's World Cup Final:
“Japan has done an incredible job and our journey has been a little up and down also. I think we all believed in each other from the beginning. It's amazing looking at each other and saying: ‘We're in the Final.’”

U.S. defender Becky SAUERBRUNN
On her first career World Cup appearance:
“It's kind of crazy it had to be the semifinals. The coaches had talked to me about playing in the Sweden or Brazil game but it hadn't worked out as planned. I was always preparing and it'd nice to finally get a shot. The girls were great this morning. I got a bunch of letters just telling me that they were confident in me and they thought I was ready and I'd do a good job. That made the biggest difference for me, knowing that my teammates wanted me out there.”

On stepping in to the backline for the match against France:
“The way that France plays was more suited to my defensive style, they play a lot in front and there's a lot of movement. After I got that first touch and maybe the first tackle everything settled down. Second half there was a huge momentum shift and they were coming at us. I took about 15 or 20 minutes before we finally started getting possession and playing our ball again.”

On how the team reacted after France tied the game:
“A lot of it is identifying what the problem is. So we were talking about regaining control. We did that by keeping the ball in the back and giving our attacking players better balls so they had more of a chance to create something from that.”

U.S. midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the win against France:
“It was great. We're looking forward to the final. It was a great finish but a little bit of a weird game. France wase a great team, very good on the ball, but we scored three great goals. Those two at the end were really big for us. They kept the ball really well and their front block of attacking players were really great on the ball; they casued some havoc. At the end of the day we got the job done but give them a lot of credit, they were a great team.”

U.S. midfielder LAUREN CHENEY
On the fast start and her goal:
“Our energy was great in the first 15 minutes. We were knocking it around. We were composed, but we were still really excited and you could feel that energy in the locker room. I just remember that Heather O’Reilly had it out wide and she sent in a great cross and I stuck my foot out and it hit my foot/shin area and it went into the side netting and it was completely purposeful. “

On her run to score the goal:
“I actually think Heather and I had switched sides and once I saw her going I knew I needed to get into the box and that was one of France’s weaknesses – their marking the box. We had talked about it so I got in and got a goal.”

On the changes made in response to France’s pressure:
“France came out strong in the second half. They had a great attack; they had great buildup. They got in a cross that went in the goal and after they scored we did change our formation, we went to a 4-5-1 and I got pulled into the central midfield next to Boxxy and I think our defense is awesome in the back line. They did a great job of stopping France and we battled the storm.”

On her assist to Wambach for the game winner:
“Abby had been talking about being face marked. She said the girl was just in her face the whole time. I knew that if I just floated it in there she was going to get onto it. I actually saw her jockeying a little bit with the girl at the top of the box so I tried to hit back post. I knew she’d get there.”


Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
July 17, 2011 WNT vs Japan 2-2 D (1-3 pks) World Cup Stadium Frankfurt; Frankfurt, Germany 48,817 Morgan, Wambach
July 13, 2011 WNT vs France 3-1 W Borussia Park; Moenchengladbach, Germany 25,676 Cheney, Wambach, Morgan
July 10, 2011 WNT vs Brazil 2-2 D (5-3 pks) Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden, Germany 25,598
July 6, 2011 WNT vs Sweden 1-2 L World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg, Germany 23,468 Wambach
July 2, 2011 WNT vs Colombia 3-0 W Rhein Neckar Arena; Sinsheim, Germany 25,475 (so) O'Reilly, Rapinoe, Lloyd
June 28, 2011 WNT vs Korea DPR 2-0 W Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden, Germany 21,859 Cheney, Buehler

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup


2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
GER 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4 9
FRA 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 6
NGA 3 1 2 0 1 2 -2 3
CAN 3 0 3 0 1 7 -5 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
ENG 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 7
JPN 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 6
MEX 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4 2
NZL 3 0 2 1 4 6 -2 1

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
SWE 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
USA 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 6
PRK 3 0 2 1 0 3 -3 1
COL 3 0 2 1 0 4 -4 1

Group D

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
BRA 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
AUS 3 2 1 0 5 4 +1 6
NOR 3 1 2 0 2 5 -3 3
EQG 3 0 3 0 2 7 -5 0

First Round

*All matches will be broadcast on and ESPN Mobile TV
No. Date Match Time (ET) TV* Venue
1 June 26 Germany vs. Canada 2-1 ESPN Berlin
2 June 26 Nigeria vs. France 0-1 ESPN2 Sinsheim
3 June 27 Japan vs. New Zealand 2-1 ESPN Bochum
4 June 27 Mexico vs. England 1-1 ESPN Bielefeld
5 June 28 USA vs. Korea DPR 2-0 W ESPN Dresden
6 June 28 Colombia vs. Sweden 0-1 ESPN Leverkusen
7 June 29 Brazil vs. Australia 1-0 ESPN Moenchengladbach
8 June 29 Norway vs. Equatorial Guinea 1-0 ESPN Augsburg
9 June 30 Germany vs. Nigeria 1-0 ESPN2 Frankfurt
10 June 30 Canada vs. France 0-4 ESPN Bochum
11 July 1 Japan vs. Mexico 4-0 ESPN Leverkusen
12 July 1 New Zealand vs. England 1-2 ESPN Dresden
13 July 2 USA vs. Colombia 3-0 W ESPN Sinsheim
14 July 2 Korea DPR vs. Sweden 0-1 ESPN2 Augsburg
15 July 3 Brazil vs. Norway 3-0 ESPN Wolfsburg
16 July 3 Australia vs. Equatorial Guinea 3-2 ESPN2 Bochum
17 July 5 France vs. Germany 2-4 ESPN Moenchengladbach
18 July 5 Canada vs. Nigeria 0-1 ESPN2 Dresden
19 July 5 England vs. Japan 2-0 ESPN Augsburg
20 July 5 New Zealand vs. Mexico 2-2 ESPN2 Sinsheim
21 July 6 Sweden vs. USA 1-2 L ESPN Wolfsburg
22 July 6 Korea DPR vs. Colombia 0-0 ESPN2 Bochum
23 July 6 Equatorial Guinea vs. Brazil 0-3 ESPN Frankfurt
24 July 6 Australia vs. Norway 2-1 ESPN2 Leverkusen


No. Date Match Result / Time (ET) TV* Venue
25 July 9 Germany vs. Japan 0-0 (0-1 a.e.t.) ESPN Wolfsburg
26 July 9 France vs. England 1-1 (4-3 pen.) ESPN Leverkusen
27 July 10 Sweden vs. Australia 3-1 ESPN Augsburg
28 July 10 Brazil vs. USA 1-1 (2-2 a.e.t. / USA wins 5-3 on PKs) ESPN Dresden


No. Date Match Time (ET) TV* Venue
29 July 13 Japan vs. Sweden 3-1 ESPN Frankfurt
30 July 13 France vs. USA 3-1 W ESPN, Galavision Moenchengladbach

Third Place

No. Date Match Result TV Venue
31 July 16 Sweden vs. France 2-1 ESPN2 Sinsheim


No. Date Match Result TV* Venue
32 July 17 Japan vs. USA 1-1 T (2-2 a.e.t / JPN wins 3-1 on PKs) ESPN, Galavision Frankfurt