The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in Sweden and won by Norway. The tournament featured 12 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams and two best third-ranked teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Råsunda Stadium on 18 June 1995.
Australia, Canada, and England made their debuts in the competition. The tournament also hosted as qualification for the 1996 Olympic games, with the eight quarter-finalists being invited to the Olympics. In the second edition of the Women's World Cup, matches were lengthened to the standard 90 minutes, and three points were awarded for a win.
|1995 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|Världsmästerskapet i fotboll för damer 1995|
|Teams||12 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Norway (1st title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Fourth place||China PR|
|Goals scored||99 (3.81 per match)|
|Attendance||112,213 (4,316 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Ann Kristin Aarønes (6 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Hege Riise|
|Fair play award||Sweden|
Bulgaria was originally awarded hosting rights for the tournament, but had to relinquish the rights and FIFA ended up awarding the tournament to Sweden. About 112,000 tickets were sold for the entire tournament.
As a FIFA rules experiment, each team was allowed a two-minute time out each half.
Norway won the 1995 title, with one of four Norwegians watching the game on television. Norway's team plane was escorted back to Oslo by two F-16s on their way to a victory celebration.
As in the previous edition of the FIFA Women's World cup, held in 1991, 12 teams participated in the final tournament. The teams were:
For a list of the squads that disputed the final tournament, see 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup squads.
Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a defeat.
|Andersson 65' (pen.) 86'
|Report||Wiegmann 9' (pen.)
|Pretinha 7'||Report||Noda 13', 45'|
|Roseli 19'||Report||Prinz 5'
Wiegmann 42' (pen.)
Mohr 78', 89'
|Sandberg 30', 44', 82'
Aarønes 60', 90'
Svensson 76' (pen.)
|Coultard 51' (pen.), 85'
Spacey 76' (pen.)
|Report||Burtini 12', 55'
|Aarønes 4', 21', 90+3'
Pettersen 71', 89'
|Report||Farley 10', 38'
Group C started with back-and-forth 3–3 draw between the United States and China with the Chinese coming back from a 3–1 deficit. Denmark's opening 5–0 win over Australia, in which Sonia Gegenhuber was sent off in the 45th minute for the Aussies, ultimately led to their securing one of the best third place runner up spots as they would lose their next two matches.
United States goalkeeper Brianna Scurry was sent off in the 88th minute of the second group game against Denmark. With all three substitutions used, U.S. manager Tony DiCicco called upon striker Mia Hamm to play goalkeeper. Hamm made two saves over eight minutes of stoppage time to secure the 2–0 win. In the other game, Angela Iannotta scored Australia's first-ever World Cup goal, but China defeated the Matildas 4–2.
|United States||3–3||China PR|
|Krogh 12', 48'
Shi 54', 78'
Overbeck 90+2' (pen.)
|13 June — Arosvallen|
|15 June — Olympia Stadion|
|13 June — Olympia Stadion|
|18 June — Råsunda|
|China PR||1 (4)|
|13 June — Strömvallen|
|15 June — Arosvallen|
|13 June — Tingvallen|
|17 June — Strömvallen|
|Sweden||1–1 (a.e.t.)||China PR|
|Kalte 90+3'||Report||Sun Q. 29'|
|Lilly 8', 42'
|China PR||0–2||United States|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Hege Riise||Gro Espeseth||Ann Kristin Aarønes|
|Golden Shoe||Silver Shoe||Bronze Shoe|
|Ann Kristin Aarønes||Hege Riise||Shi Guihong|
|6 goals||5 goals||3 goals, 2 assists|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
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. Teams eliminated in the quarter-finals are ranked by their quarter-final goal differential.
|3||C||United States||6||4||1||1||15||5||+10||13||Third place|
|4||C||China PR||6||2||2||2||11||10||+1||8||Fourth place|
Some of the terms and conditions had been changed this time: 90 minutes of play instead of 80 in China, a full group of 20 players instead of 18, three points for a win, and the experiment with time out.
The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match that took place at Råsunda Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden on 18 June 1995. It pitted Germany and Norway to determine the winner of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup. Norway won 2–0 with goals from Hege Riise and Marianne Pettersen.1995 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
The qualification process for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup saw 54 teams from the six FIFA confederations compete for the 12 places in the tournament's finals. Sweden qualified automatically as hosts. The places were divided as follows:
Africa - represented by the CAF: 1 berth
Asia - AFC: 2
Europe - UEFA: 5 (Sweden qualified automatically as hosts)
North, Central America & the Caribbean - CONCACAF: 2
Oceania - OFC: 1
South America - CONMEBOL: 1A total of 52 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 135 qualifying matches were played, and 655 goals were scored (an average of 4.85 per match).1995 FIFA Women's World Cup squads
Below are the rosters for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup tournament in Sweden.Alison Forman
Alison Leigh Forman (born 17 March 1969 in Maitland, New South Wales) is a retired Australian international soccer player. Among her accomplishments, Forman played for the Australia women's national soccer team at the 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup finals and at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.Angela Kelly (soccer)
Angela Kelly (born 10 March 1971) is a Canadian footballer who played as a midfielder for the Canada women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup. She was a 2004 inductee into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.Brenda Sempare
Brenda Sempare (born 9 November 1961) is an English former international women's footballer. She played in all four games of England's 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup appearance.Helen Nilsson (footballer)
Helen Nilsson (born 24 November 1970) is a Swedish footballer who played as a forward for the Sweden women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup and 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup. At the club level she played for Gideonsbergs IF in Sweden.Jane Oakley
Jane Oakley (born 25 June 1966) is an Australian former footballer who played as a defender for the Australia women's national soccer team. She was part of the team at the 1994 OFC Women's Championship and 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup. At the club level, she played for Berwick City in Australia.In 2004, she was inducted into the Australian Soccer Association Hall of Fame (HOF).
In 2012, she was inducted into the Football Federation Victoria Hall of Fame.Janine Helland
Janine Helland (born 24 April 1970) is a Canadian footballer who played as a defender for the Canada women's national soccer team. She was part of the teams at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.Joan McEachern
Joan McEachern (born 4 December 1963) is a Canadian footballer who played as a midfielder for the Canada women's national soccer team. She was part of the team at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup.In 1999, McEachern was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.Karina Christensen
Karina Christensen (born 1 July 1973) is a Danish footballer who played as a forward for the Denmark women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.Lisa Casagrande
Lisa Maree Casagrande (born 29 May 1978, Lismore, New South Wales) is an Australian retired footballer. She played at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 1995 (scoring a goal) and 1999, and at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.Nalvinha
Nalvinha (born 14 July 1965) is a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward for the Brazil women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup and 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup.Patience Avre
Patience Avre (born 10 June 1976) is a Nigerian former football forward who played for the Nigeria women's national football team at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as the 2000 Summer Olympics.Sacha Wainwright
Sacha Wainwright (born 6 February 1972) is an Australian retired soccer defender who played for the Australia women's national soccer team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. At the club level, she played for Canberra Eclipse.Sonia Gegenhuber
Sonia Gegenhuber is a retired Australian soccer player who played 75 times (including 60 full international matches) for Australia and was a national captain.Sunni Hughes
Linda "Sunni" Hughes (born 9 June 1968) is an Australian former women's association football player. She participated in 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2000 Olympics. Hughes played professional club football in Denmark and Japan. In December 2013 she was inducted to Australia's Soccer Hall of Fame.Tracey Wheeler
Tracey Wheeler (born 26 September 1967) is an Australian former football goalkeeper who played for the Australia women's national soccer team at the 2000 Summer Olympics.Ursula Lohn
Ursula Lohn (born 7 November 1966 in Cologne) is a German footballer who played as a midfielder for the Germany women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup. At the club level, she played for TuS Ahrbach in Germany.
1995 FIFA Women's World Cup
1995 FIFA Women's World Cup finalists
1995 FIFA Women's World Cup stadiums