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Women’s World Cup Rewind: The Game Reaches New Heights in 2011

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the best-ever by numerous measurements: fan support, atmosphere, media attention, TV ratings and of course the quality of play on the field. Germany put on a fantastic event in world class stadiums that showcased competitive, entertaining matches, which impressed fans around the globe.

The USA rebounded from a loss to Sweden in its final game of the opening round to defeat Brazil in an epic quarterfinal match that some say was the most exciting match in the history of the Women’s World Cup. The USA played more than an hour with just 10 players, equalized in the 122nd minute of overtime on Abby Wambach’s now famous header off a Megan Rapinoe cross before winning the ensuing penalty kick shootout.

“I launched it with all my might. There wasn’t a lot of technique behind it; I just put all I had into that cross,” said Rapinoe. “I didn’t see Abby when I first kicked it. I just knew she was going to be there. She’s always in the box.

“It happened so quickly and it was in the back of the net. I was running over there, but then I was so far away, that I stopped halfway because I just had to start celebrating. I was 50 yards away by the time she got all the way to the corner. So I had to stop and do these crazy fist pumps. I was yelling so loud and aggressively that I literally got light-headed. Then I ran over to Abby and nearly knocked her over because I jumped on her without decelerating at all. It was just one of those amazing sports moments. I don’t think I’ll have another moment like that in my career.”

Wambach’s equalizer still stands as the latest recorded goal in Women’s World Cup history.

“I just started making a run and put my hand up. [Rapinoe] just put this ball literally on my head. It took forever for the ball to get from her to me,” said Wambach. ‘Get over the defender’s head, get over the goalkeeper’s hands;’ that’s what I was thinking. It did and I was wide open and then I was thinking, ‘don’t miss this.’ It was close. Anything at that moment is possible. I didn’t see it hit the back of the net, but I knew it went in when I heard the crowd.”

The USA went on to defeat France 3-1 in a hard-fought semifinal and agonizingly fell to Japan in a shootout in the World Cup Final. Yet, the impact the tournament had on fans in the USA and around the world continues to produce positive effects on the game’s development in the lead up to the 2015 tournament in Canada.

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Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-2 D (1-3 pks) World Cup Stadium Frankfurt; Frankfurt, Germany 48,817 Morgan, Wambach
3-1 W Borussia Park; Moenchengladbach, Germany 25,676 Cheney, Wambach, Morgan
2-2 D (5-3 pks) Rudolf-Harbig Stadium; Dresden, Germany 25,598
1-2 L World Cup Stadium Wolfsburg; Wolfsburg, Germany 23,468 Wambach
3-0 W Rhein Neckar Arena; Sinsheim, Germany 25,475 (so) O'Reilly, Rapinoe, Lloyd
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 ESPN3.com 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