2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament was hosted by Canada for the first time and by a North American country for the third time. Matches were played in six cities across Canada in five time zones. The tournament began on 6 June 2015, and finished with the final on 5 July 2015[1] with a United States victory over Japan.

The 2015 tournament saw the World Cup expanded to 24 teams from 16 in 2011.[2] Canada's team received direct entry as host and a qualification tournament of 134 teams was held for the remaining 23 places. With the expanded tournament, eight teams made their Women's World Cup debut.[2] All previous Women's World Cup finalists qualified for the tournament, with defending champions Japan and returning champions Germany (2003, 2007) and the United States (1991, 1999) among the seeded teams.[3]

The 2015 tournament used goal-line technology for the first time with the Hawk-Eye system. It was also the first World Cup for either men or women to be played on artificial turf, with all matches played on such surfaces, even though there were some initial concerns over a possible increased risk of injuries.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du monde féminine de la FIFA 2015
Tournament logo
Tournament details
Host countryCanada
Dates6 June – 5 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (3rd title)
Runners-up Japan
Third place England
Fourth place Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored146 (2.81 per match)
Attendance1,353,506 (26,029 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Carli Lloyd
Germany Célia Šašić
(6 goals each)
Best player(s)United States Carli Lloyd
Best young playerCanada Kadeisha Buchanan
Best goalkeeperUnited States Hope Solo
Fair play award France

Host selection

The bidding for each FIFA Women's World Cup typically includes hosting rights for the previous year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (similar to the men's version, in which the host nation stages the Confederations Cup the year before). Bids for the tournament were required to be submitted by December 2010. Only two bids were submitted:[4]

Country
Canada Canada[5]
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (withdrawn)

Zimbabwe withdrew its bid on 1 March 2011.[6] The country was seen as a long shot as its women's team was ranked 103rd in the world at the time of the bid and has never qualified for a Women's World Cup. There was also ongoing political and economic instability in the country.[7]

The selected host, Canada, had previously hosted FIFA tournaments including the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship, 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which set an attendance record for that tournament, and most recently the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Qualification

For 2015, the number of qualifying teams grew from 16 to 24 and scheduled matches increased from 32 to 52.[8] On 11 June 2012, FIFA announced a change to the allocation of the qualifying berths for its continental confederations. The FIFA Executive Committee approved the following slot allocation and the distribution of eight new slots:[9]

After North Korea had several players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA banned the North Korean team from participating in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. This was the first time a women's team had been banned from a Women's World Cup, and it was the first time since 1995 that North Korea did not participate in a Women's World Cup.[10]

Qualified teams

The latest published FIFA Rankings prior to the tournament (March 2015) are shown in brackets.[11]

2015 womens world cup qualification

Venues

The cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton were selected to host tournament matches.[12] Halifax was also considered, but removed itself from contention in March 2012.[13] Toronto decided not to bid, due to potential conflicts with the 2015 Pan American Games.[14] Due to FIFA's policy against commercial sponsorship of stadium names, Investors Group Field in Winnipeg and TD Place Stadium in Ottawa were respectively known as Winnipeg Stadium[15] and Lansdowne Stadium[16] during the tournament. Seating capacities shown in table below are as configured for these FIFA games.

Vancouver Edmonton Winnipeg Ottawa
BC Place Commonwealth Stadium Investors Group Field
(Winnipeg Stadium)
TD Place Stadium
(Lansdowne Stadium)
49°16′36″N 123°6′43″W / 49.27667°N 123.11194°W 53°33′35″N 113°28′34″W / 53.55972°N 113.47611°W 49°48′28″N 97°8′45″W / 49.80778°N 97.14583°W 45°23′53.44″N 75°41′1.14″W / 45.3981778°N 75.6836500°W
Capacity: 54,320 Capacity: 56,302 Capacity: 33,422 Capacity: 24,000
Surface: Polytan LigaTurf Surface: FieldTurf Duraspine Surface: FieldTurf Revolution Surface: FieldTurf
Time zone: PDT (UTC−7) Time zone: MDT (UTC−6) Time zone: CDT (UTC−5) Time zone: EDT (UTC−4)
BC Place 2015 Women's FIFA World Cup Commonwealth Investors Group CANnwt vs USnwt TDPlace
Montreal Moncton
Olympic Stadium Moncton Stadium
45°33′28″N 73°33′7″W / 45.55778°N 73.55194°W 46°6′30″N 64°47′0″W / 46.10833°N 64.78333°W
Capacity: 56,040 Capacity: 13,000
Surface: Xtreme Turf Surface: FieldTurf
Time zone: EDT (UTC−4) Time zone: ADT (UTC−3)
Olympic Stadium Soccer New moncton stadium

Innovations

The tournament introduced goal-line technology with the Hawk-Eye system by which it is possible to show on the stadium screen if the ball was in or not.[17][18] It was also the first World Cup for either men or women to be played on artificial turf, with all matches played on such surfaces. There were some initial concerns (please see below) over a possible increased risk of injuries from playing on artificial turf, but a legal challenge suggesting matches should be played on grass as in similar men's tournaments was dropped in January 2015.[19]

Squads

Each team's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers), two more than the 2011 tournament, and the same number as men's World Cup squads. Each participating national association was required to confirm its final 23-player squad no later than 10 working days before the start of the tournament. Replacement of seriously injured players was permitted until 24 hours before the team in question's first World Cup game.[20]

The squads were officially announced by FIFA on 28 May 2015.[21][22] Formiga of Brazil and Homare Sawa of Japan were included in World Cup squads for the sixth time, a record for any men or women players.[23]

Match officials

A total of 22 referees, 7 support referees, and 44 assistant referees were selected for the tournament.[24][25]

Draw

The draw was held on 6 December 2014 at 12:00 Eastern Standard Time at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[26] The seeding pots were announced the day before. Because UEFA qualified eight teams into the final tournament, which had only six groups, two groups by necessity had to contain two European teams. Otherwise, no group could have more than one team from any confederation.[27][n 1]

Group stage

FIFA Womens World Cup 2015

The 24 teams of the tournament were arranged into 6 groups labelled A to F. The provisional match schedule for the tournament was released on 21 March 2013,[36] with the hosts, Canada, placed in position A1. The final schedule with match times was released on the same day right after the draw was made.[37]

The first round, or group stage, saw the twenty four teams divided into six groups of four teams. Each group was played in a round-robin-format of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners and runners-up from each group, as well as the best four third-placed teams, qualified for the first round of the knockout stage.[20]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Canada (H) 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  China PR 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4  New Zealand 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 15 1 +14 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Norway 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
3  Thailand 3 1 0 2 3 10 −7 3
4  Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 3 16 −13 0

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Japan 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Cameroon 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 6
3   Switzerland 3 1 0 2 11 4 +7 3
4  Ecuador 3 0 0 3 1 17 −16 0

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  United States 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Australia 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3  Sweden 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
4  Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  South Korea 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
3  Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4  Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  France 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3  Colombia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
4  Mexico 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1

Ranking of third-placed teams

The four best third-placed teams from the six groups advanced to the next stage along with the six group winners and six runners-up. The ranking of the third-placed teams were determined by the "rules for classification" listed below the table (that is, ranked by columns Pts, GD, and GF in sequence; then by drawing lots).[20]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1 F  Colombia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4 Knockout stage
2 A  Netherlands 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 C   Switzerland 3 1 0 2 11 4 +7 3
4 D  Sweden 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
5 B  Thailand 3 1 0 2 3 10 −7 3
6 E  Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2

In the next stage the four third-placed teams were matched with the winners of groups A, B, C and D according to a table published in Section 28 of the tournament regulations.[20]

Knockout stage

The knockout stage comprises the 16 teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There are four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds are the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There is also a match to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes is followed by 30 minutes of extra time; if scores are still level, there is a penalty shootout to determine who progresses to the next round.[20] Single yellow cards accrued will be cancelled after the quarter-finals, therefore ensuring that no players miss the Final because of receiving a caution in the semi-finals.[38]

Three spots in the 2016 Summer Olympics women's football tournament were filled by the UEFA teams that progress the furthest in the tournament, other than England.[39][40][n 2] Two spots went to France and Germany which both reached the quarter-finals.[44] The third spot was a tie between four teams eliminated in the round of 16: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. A play-off tournament in March 2016 determined UEFA's third Olympic qualifier to be Sweden.[45][46]

Bracket

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
20 June – Edmonton
 
 
 China PR1
 
26 June – Ottawa
 
 Cameroon0
 
 China PR0
 
22 June – Edmonton
 
 United States1
 
 United States2
 
30 June – Montreal
 
 Colombia0
 
 United States2
 
20 June – Ottawa
 
 Germany0
 
 Germany4
 
26 June – Montreal
 
 Sweden1
 
 Germany (pen.)1 (5)
 
21 June – Montreal
 
 France1 (4)
 
 France3
 
5 July – Vancouver
 
 South Korea0
 
 United States5
 
21 June – Moncton
 
 Japan2
 
 Brazil0
 
27 June – Edmonton
 
 Australia1
 
 Australia0
 
23 June – Vancouver
 
 Japan1
 
 Japan2
 
1 July – Edmonton
 
 Netherlands1
 
 Japan2
 
22 June – Ottawa
 
 England1 Third place play-off
 
 Norway1
 
27 June – Vancouver 4 July – Edmonton
 
 England2
 
 England2 Germany0
 
21 June – Vancouver
 
 Canada1  England (a.e.t.)1
 
 Canada1
 
 
  Switzerland0
 

Final

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[47]

Award Winner[48] Other shortlisted candidates[49]
Golden Ball United States Carli Lloyd
Silver Ball France Amandine Henry
Bronze Ball Japan Aya Miyama
Golden Boot Germany Célia Šašić[n 3]
Silver Boot United States Carli Lloyd[n 3]
Bronze Boot Germany Anja Mittag
Golden Glove United States Hope Solo
Young Player Award Canada Kadeisha Buchanan
FIFA Fair Play Trophy  France

All-Star Team

The All-Star Team elected by FIFA's Technical Study Group consists of the following players:[50]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

England Karen Bardsley
Germany Nadine Angerer
United States Hope Solo

Canada Kadeisha Buchanan
England Lucy Bronze
England Steph Houghton
France Wendie Renard
Japan Saori Ariyoshi
United States Julie Johnston
United States Meghan Klingenberg

Australia Elise Kellond-Knight
France Amandine Henry
France Eugénie Le Sommer
Japan Aya Miyama
Japan Mizuho Sakaguchi
Japan Rumi Utsugi
United States Carli Lloyd
United States Megan Rapinoe

Australia Lisa De Vanna
France Élodie Thomis
Germany Anja Mittag
Germany Célia Šašić
Switzerland Ramona Bachmann

Dream Team

The Dream Team elected by users of fifa.com consists of the following players and manager:[51]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager

United States Hope Solo

Canada Kadeisha Buchanan
France Wendie Renard
United States Julie Johnston
United States Ali Krieger

Japan Aya Miyama
United States Carli Lloyd
United States Megan Rapinoe

Germany Anja Mittag
Germany Célia Šašić
United States Alex Morgan

Germany Silvia Neid

Prize money

The total prize money offered by FIFA for the tournament was US$15 million,[52] which represents 2.6% of the total prize money for the 2014 Men's World Cup ($576 million).[53] The winning team, United States, received $2 million,[52] representing 5.7% of the amount received by Germany for winning the 2014 Men's World Cup ($35 million).[53]

Statistics

Goalscorers

There were 146 goals scored in 52 matches, for an average of 2.81 goals per match. Excluding owngoals, 90 players scored a goal. Top goalscorers were Célia Šašić from Germany and Carli Lloyd from The United States.

6 goals

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

2 own goals

Source: FIFA[54]

Assists

Lena Goeßling of Germany won the assists table with four assists.

4 assists

3 assists

2 assists

1 assist

Source: FIFA Technical Report

Tournament ranking

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.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 D  United States 7 6 1 0 14 3 +11 19 Champions
2 C  Japan 7 6 0 1 11 8 +3 18 Runners-up
3 F  England 7 5 0 2 10 7 +3 15 Third place
4 B  Germany 7 3 2 2 20 6 +14 11 Fourth place
5 F  France 5 3 1 1 10 3 +7 10 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6 A  Canada 5 2 2 1 4 3 +1 8
7 D  Australia 5 2 1 2 5 5 0 7
8 A  China PR 5 2 1 2 4 4 0 7
9 E  Brazil 4 3 0 1 4 1 +3 9 Eliminated in
round of 16
10 B  Norway 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5 7
11 C  Cameroon 4 2 0 2 9 4 +5 6
12 F  Colombia 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 4
13 A  Netherlands 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 4
14 E  South Korea 4 1 1 2 4 8 −4 4
15 C   Switzerland 4 1 0 3 11 5 +6 3
16 D  Sweden 4 0 3 1 5 8 −3 3
17 B  Thailand 3 1 0 2 3 10 −7 3 Eliminated in
group stage
18 E  Costa Rica 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
19 A  New Zealand 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
20 E  Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
21 D  Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
22 F  Mexico 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
23 B  Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 3 16 −13 0
24 C  Ecuador 3 0 0 3 1 17 −16 0

Controversies

All of the tournament's venues had fields composed of artificial turf, which some players believe results in a higher risk of injuries to players. More than 50 players protested the use of the surface instead of grass on the basis of gender discrimination. They filed a lawsuit challenging FIFA's decision to play on artificial turf, claiming FIFA would never allow the men's World Cup to be played on "unsafe" artificial turf and thus the organizers had violated the Canadian Human Rights Act.[56][57][58] 2012 Women's World Player of the Year Abby Wambach noted "The men would strike playing on artificial turf."[59] The controversial issue of gender equality and an equal playing field for all sparked debate in many countries around the world. An application filed on 1 October 2014 with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal by a group of women's international soccer players against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association noted that, in 1994, FIFA spent $2 million to plant natural grass over artificial turf in New Jersey and Detroit.[60][61] Some celebrities and prominent players showed their support for the women soccer players in defence of their lawsuit, including United States men's team keeper Tim Howard. Even with the possibility of boycotts, FIFA's head of women's competitions, Tatjana Haenni, made it clear "We play on artificial turf and there's no Plan B."[62][63] In January 2015, the lawsuit was withdrawn by the players.[64]

Fox commentator Julie Stewart-Binks measured the turf temperature at several games. On 21 June at the Canada vs Switzerland round of 16 game in Vancouver, she reported that her thermometer was "officially broken". Her thermometer appears to max out at 120 °F (49 °C).[65]

During the tournament, Australian striker Michelle Heyman slammed the playing conditions, saying the turf is like "walking on hot coals" and the players feet "just turn white, your skin is all ripped off".[66]

Prior to the start of the Australia vs Japan quarterfinal in Edmonton on 27 June, Fox commentator Kyndra de St. Aubin measured the air temperature at 82 °F (28 °C) and the turf temperature at 150 °F (66 °C). Despite such dangerous conditions, officials decided against taking cooling breaks during the match because the air temperature was under 32 °C (90 °F). As the game wore on, players appeared noticeably exhausted due to the playing conditions.[67]

Attendance was largely inflated by FIFA as single tickets were sold for double-headers during the group stages. "This allows FIFA to report the combined attendance for both matches as the attendance for each match when in reality the true attendance for one or both matches is likely to be much different."[68]

Broadcasting

Fox Sports studio in Vancouver for 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (18875089463)
Fox Sports' studio for the Women's World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza; the tournament marked one of their first under a new rights agreement for FIFA tournaments.

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was one of the first FIFA tournaments under new rights deals in two North American markets. In its host country of Canada, Bell Media acquired the broadcast rights; the competition was televised by CTV and TSN in English, and Réseau des sports (RDS) in French.[69][70] In the United States, English-language television rights were held by Fox Sports with coverage carried on the main Fox broadcast network, along with the Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 pay TV channels. Spanish-language rights were held by Telemundo and sister cable network NBC Universo.[71] Fox constructed a temporary studio for the Women's World Cup at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, located outside the Vancouver Convention Centre.[72][73]

In December 2014, the European Broadcasting Union extended its rights to FIFA tournaments for its members in 37 countries, including the 2015 Women's World Cup.[74] In the United Kingdom, all matches from the tournament were shown by the BBC via BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Red Button on TV and Radio 5 Live on radio.[75] In Australia, SBS aired all 52 matches live online, and televised 41 matches live, with the only matches not televised live being those which aired concurrently.[76]

Mascot and sponsors

On 17 June 2014, the mascot of the tournament, Shuéme, a female great white owl was unveiled at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.[77]

The five top-tier sponsors were Coca-Cola, Adidas, Hyundai–Kia, Visa, and Gazprom. In the final week of the tournament, the Canadian government added Gazprom to a list of organizations sanctioned for supporting the Russian annexation of Crimea. Media suggested the addition was delayed to reduce embarrassment to FIFA.[78]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Despite having a lower FIFA ranking, Brazil was seeded ahead of Sweden for geographical reasons.[28][29][30] Before the draw, the Organizing Committee placed the seeded teams in the following groups: Germany in Group B, Japan in Group C, United States in Group D, Brazil in Group E, and France in Group F; Canada were already in Group A as the tournament host.[31] Not drawing the groups for the seeded teams has drawn some criticism.[32][33][34] A FIFA spokesperson later confirmed that teams were allocated to certain groups for promotional reasons.[35]
  2. ^ Even though England were one of the top three UEFA teams in the World Cup, they were not eligible to play at the Olympics. The English Football Association (FA) is affiliated to the British Olympic Association and on 2 March 2015 said it wanted a British Olympic team to compete if England earned a place.[41] Following strong objections from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, and a commitment from FIFA that they would not allow entry of a British team unless all four Home Nations agreed, the FA announced on 30 March 2015 that they would not seek entry into the Olympic tournament.[42] Similar circumstances prevented them from playing in the 2008 Olympics, when England finished as one of the top three UEFA teams in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.[43] Great Britain did compete in 2012 as the host nation.
  3. ^ a b Šašić and Lloyd had the same number of goals and assists (6 goals, 1 assist). Šašić won the Golden Boot due to having played fewer minutes.

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External links

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a women's association football match that took place on 5 July 2015 at BC Place, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to determine the winner of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was played between Japan and the United States, in a rematch of the 2011 final. The stakes were high for both sides: if the United States won the match, it would be the only country to have won in three Women's World Cup finals; if Japan had won instead, then it would be the first football team, men's or women's, to win twice under the same coach (Norio Sasaki for Japan) since Vittorio Pozzo led Italy to victory in the 1934 World Cup and the 1938 World Cup. Ultimately, the United States won 5–2, winning its first title in 16 years and becoming the first team to win three Women's World Cup finals.

Because of the expanded competition format, it was the first time the finalists had played a seventh game in the tournament. The United States had previously reached the final game three times, winning twice (in 1991 and 1999) and placing as runners up in 2011. This was Japan's second successive final appearance and was their attempt to be the first country to successfully defend a title since Germany in the 2007 World Cup. Both teams were undefeated throughout the tournament, with the United States only conceding one goal in the six matches leading up to the final and Japan winning all of their matches in regular time.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of Germany, Ivory Coast, Norway and Thailand. Matches were played from 7 to 15 June 2015.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

The qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup determined which 23 teams joined Canada, the hosts of the 2015 tournament, to play for the Women's World Cup.

The field was expanded from 16 teams in the 2011 edition to 24 in the 2015 edition. As a result, a new distribution of slots to each confederation was announced by FIFA on 11 June 2012:

AFC (Asia): 5 slots (up from 3)

CAF (Africa): 3 slots (up from 2)

CONCACAF (North/Central America, Caribbean): 3.5+1 (host) slots (up from 2.5)

CONMEBOL (South America): 2.5 slots (up from 2)

OFC (Oceania): 1 slot (same as 2011)

UEFA (Europe): 8 slots (up from 4.5+1)A record of 134 FIFA member nations (not counting Canada) entered the qualifying tournaments. Additionally two non-FIFA nations entered the CONCACAF qualifying. Four African teams withdrew before playing any match.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The European qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup was a women's football tournament organized by UEFA. A record 46 entrants were competing for eight spots. For the first time Albania and Montenegro entered a senior competitive tournament. The first matches were held on 4 April 2013.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 1

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 1 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Croatia, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The group winners qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Among the seven group runners-up, the four best (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams only for balance between different groups) advanced to the play-offs.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 2 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Macedonia, Romania and Spain.

The group winners qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The four best runners-up (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams only for balance between different groups) advanced to the play-offs.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 4

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 4 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Sweden.

The group winners qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Among the seven group runners-up, the four best (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams only for balance between different groups) advanced to the play-offs.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 5

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 5 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Albania, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Norway and Portugal.

The group winners qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Among the seven group runners-up, the four best (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams only for balance between different groups) advanced to the play-offs.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 6

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 6 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Belarus, England, Montenegro, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

The group winners qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Among the seven group runners-up, the four best (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams only for balance between different groups) advanced to the play-offs.England qualified for its third consecutive World Cup on 21 August 2014 after winning 4–0 against Wales.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 7

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA Group 7 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The group comprised Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Hungary and Kazakhstan.

The group winners qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Among the seven group runners-up, the four best (determined by records against the first-, third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams only for balance between different groups) advanced to the play-offs.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA play-offs

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA play-offs decided the eighth and final UEFA qualifier for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA preliminary round

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification UEFA preliminary round was the UEFA qualifying preliminary round for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The eight lowest teams entered the tournament in the preliminary round were drawn into two groups of four. The two best placed teams in each group advanced to the next round where they competed among the other thirty-eight teams entered. The preliminary round was drawn on 18 December 2012. Malta and Lithuania as hosts were the only seeded teams. Matches were played from 4 to 9 April 2013.

Alyssa Naeher

Alyssa Michele Naeher (born April 20, 1988) is an American soccer player. She is a goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national team. She was on the 23-player roster for the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and she was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Ellen White (footballer)

Ellen Toni White (born 9 May 1989) is an English international footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester City and the England national team. With England, she has played at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two tournaments. She was also part of the Great Britain team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.Having progressed through Arsenal Ladies' academy, White returned to the Gunners in 2010 after spells with Chelsea and Leeds United, later joining Notts County.

Fran Kirby

Francesca Kirby (born 29 June 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Chelsea and the England national team. She began her career with her local team Reading before moving to Chelsea in July 2015. In August 2014, Kirby won her first senior cap for England. She represented her country at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, and at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

Morgan Brian

Morgan Paige Brian (born February 26, 1993) is an American soccer player and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She is a midfielder for the United States women's national soccer team and the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League. She first appeared for the United States national team during a friendly against Korea Republic on June 15, 2013. She has since made 82 total appearances for the team and scored six goals.

Brian represented the United States at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. At age 22, she was the youngest member of the team at the World Cup. She played collegiate soccer for the University of Virginia Cavaliers from 2011 to 2014. In her four years with the Cavaliers, she scored 40 goals and recorded 40 assists, finishing her collegiate career ranked second in career points. Brian won the MAC Hermann Trophy in both 2013 and 2014, becoming the fourth women's player to win the award in consecutive years.Following her collegiate career, Brian was selected first overall by the Houston Dash in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.

OFC Women's Nations Cup

The OFC Women's Nations Cup (previously known as the OFC Women's Championship) is a women's association football tournament for national teams who belong to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). It was held every three years from 1983 to 1989. Currently, the tournament is held at irregular intervals. Of the 11 tournaments that have been held, New Zealand won six of them.

The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup since 1991. In 2007, the competition took place in Papua New Guinea for the second time. Tonga and the Solomon Islands each took part for the first time in the four-team event, which was plagued by withdrawals from six squads.

The most recent edition was played in November 2018 in New Caledonia and was won by New Zealand for the sixth time.Only three nations have won the trophy: Australia (3 times), New Zealand (6 times) and Chinese Taipei (2 times).

Australia ceased to be a member of the OFC on January 1, 2006, having elected to join the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and hence no longer participate in the tournament.

Shanice van de Sanden

Shanice Janice van de Sanden (born 2 October 1992) is a Dutch footballer who plays for Olympique Lyonnais in the Division 1 Féminine. She is a member of the Netherlands national football team.

Wendie Renard

Wéndèleine Thérèse Renard (born 20 July 1990) is a French football player who plays for and captains both Division 1 Féminine club Olympique Lyonnais and the France women's national team. She plays as a central defender.

Allocation of slots for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Confederation/hosts Continent/country Slots Change from 2011
AFC Asia 5 2 up
CAF Africa 3 1 up
CONCACAF North, Central America and Caribbean 3.5 1 up
CONMEBOL South America 2.5 0.5 up
OFC Oceania 1
UEFA Europe 8 3.5 up
Hosts Canada 1
Total 24 8 up
List of match officials for tournament
The four draw pots of the tournament
Pot 1 (Seeds) Pot 2 (CAF, CONCACAF, OFC) Pot 3 (AFC, CONMEBOL) Pot 4 (UEFA)

 Canada (hosts)
 Brazil
 France
 Germany
 Japan
 United States

 Cameroon
 Ivory Coast
 Nigeria
 Costa Rica
 Mexico
 New Zealand

 Australia
 China PR
 South Korea
 Thailand
 Colombia
 Ecuador

 England
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Spain
 Sweden
  Switzerland

Tiebreakers
The ranking of each team in each group were determined as follows:[20]
  1. Points obtained in all group matches;
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. Goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  6. Number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  7. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
6 June 2015 Canada 1–0 China PRCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
16:00 MDT (UTC−6) Sinclair Goal 90+2' (pen.) Report Attendance: 53,058
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
6 June 2015 New Zealand 0–1 NetherlandsCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
19:00 MDT (UTC-6) Report Martens Goal 33' Attendance: 53,058
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)
11 June 2015 China PR 1–0 NetherlandsCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
16:00 MDT (UTC−6) Wang Lisi Goal 90+1' Report Attendance: 35,544
Referee: Yeimy Martinez (Colombia)
11 June 2015 Canada 0–0 New ZealandCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
19:00 MDT (UTC−6) Report Attendance: 35,544
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)
15 June 2015 Netherlands 1–1 CanadaOlympic Stadium, Montreal
19:30 EDT (UTC−4) Van de Ven Goal 87' Report Lawrence Goal 10' Attendance: 45,420
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)
15 June 2015 China PR 2–2 New ZealandWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
18:30 CDT (UTC−5) Wang Lisi Goal 41' (pen.)
Wang Shanshan Goal 60'
Report Stott Goal 28'
Wilkinson Goal 64'
Attendance: 26,191
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
7 June 2015 Norway 4–0 ThailandLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
13:00 EDT (UTC−4) Rønning Goal 16'
Herlovsen Goal 29'34'
Hegerberg Goal 68'
Report Attendance: 20,953
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
7 June 2015 Germany 10–0 Ivory CoastLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Šašić Goal 3'14'31'
Mittag Goal 29'35'64'
Laudehr Goal 71'
Däbritz Goal 75'
Behringer Goal 79'
Popp Goal 85'
Report Attendance: 20,953
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
11 June 2015 Germany 1–1 NorwayLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Mittag Goal 6' Report Mjelde Goal 61' Attendance: 18,987
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
11 June 2015 Ivory Coast 2–3 ThailandLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
19:00 EDT (UTC−4) N'Guessan Goal 4'
Nahi Goal 88'
Report Srimanee Goal 26'45+3'
Chawong Goal 75'
Attendance: 18,987
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)
15 June 2015 Thailand 0–4 GermanyWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
15:00 CDT (UTC−5) Report Leupolz Goal 24'
Petermann Goal 56'58'
Däbritz Goal 73'
Attendance: 26,191
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)
15 June 2015 Ivory Coast 1–3 NorwayMoncton Stadium, Moncton
17:00 ADT (UTC−3) N'Guessan Goal 71' Report Hegerberg Goal 6'62'
Gulbrandsen Goal 67'
Attendance: 7,147
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina)
8 June 2015 Cameroon 6–0 EcuadorBC Place, Vancouver
16:00 PDT (UTC−7) Ngono Mani Goal 34'
Enganamouit Goal 36'73'90+4' (pen.)
Manie Goal 44' (pen.)
Onguéné Goal 79' (pen.)
Report Attendance: 25,942
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
8 June 2015 Japan 1–0  SwitzerlandBC Place, Vancouver
19:00 PDT (UTC−7) Miyama Goal 29' (pen.) Report Attendance: 25,942
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)
12 June 2015 Switzerland  10–1 EcuadorBC Place, Vancouver
16:00 PDT (UTC−7) Ponce Goal 24' (o.g.)71' (o.g.)
Aigbogun Goal 45+2'
Humm Goal 47'49'52'
Bachmann Goal 60' (pen.)61'81'
Moser Goal 76'
Report Ponce Goal 64' (pen.) Attendance: 31,441
Referee: Rita Gani (Malaysia)
12 June 2015 Japan 2–1 CameroonBC Place, Vancouver
19:00 PDT (UTC−7) Sameshima Goal 6'
Sugasawa Goal 17'
Report Nchout Goal 90' Attendance: 31,441
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden)
16 June 2015 Ecuador 0–1 JapanWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
16:00 CDT (UTC−5) Report Ōgimi Goal 5' Attendance: 14,522
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
16 June 2015 Switzerland  1–2 CameroonCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
15:00 MDT (UTC−6) Crnogorčević Goal 24' Report Onguéné Goal 47'
Ngono Mani Goal 62'
Attendance: 10,177
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
8 June 2015 Sweden 3–3 NigeriaWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
15:00 CDT (UTC−5) Oparanozie Goal 21' (o.g.)
Fischer Goal 31'
Sembrant Goal 60'
Report Okobi Goal 50'
Oshoala Goal 53'
Ordega Goal 87'
Attendance: 31,148
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)
8 June 2015 United States 3–1 AustraliaWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
18:30 CDT (UTC−5) Rapinoe Goal 12'78'
Press Goal 61'
Report De Vanna Goal 27' Attendance: 31,148
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
12 June 2015 Australia 2–0 NigeriaWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
16:00 CDT (UTC−5) Simon Goal 29'68' Report Attendance: 32,716
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
12 June 2015 United States 0–0 SwedenWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
19:00 CDT (UTC−5) Report Attendance: 32,716
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)
16 June 2015 Nigeria 0–1 United StatesBC Place, Vancouver
17:00 PDT (UTC−7) Report Wambach Goal 45' Attendance: 52,193
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
16 June 2015 Australia 1–1 SwedenCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
18:00 MDT (UTC−6) De Vanna Goal 5' Report Jakobsson Goal 15' Attendance: 10,177
Referee: Lucia Venegas (Mexico)
9 June 2015 Spain 1–1 Costa RicaOlympic Stadium, Montreal
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Losada Goal 13' Report R. Rodríguez Goal 14' Attendance: 10,175
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina)
9 June 2015 Brazil 2–0 South KoreaOlympic Stadium, Montreal
19:00 EDT (UTC−4) Formiga Goal 33'
Marta Goal 53' (pen.)
Report Attendance: 10,175
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
13 June 2015 Brazil 1–0 SpainOlympic Stadium, Montreal
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Alves Goal 44' Report Attendance: 28,623
Referee: Carol Chenard (Canada)
13 June 2015 South Korea 2–2 Costa RicaOlympic Stadium, Montreal
19:00 EDT (UTC−4) Ji So-yun Goal 21' (pen.)
Jeon Ga-eul Goal 25'
Report Herrera Goal 17'
K. Villalobos Goal 89'
Attendance: 28,623
Referee: Carina Vitulano (Italy)
17 June 2015 Costa Rica 0–1 BrazilMoncton Stadium, Moncton
20:00 ADT (UTC−3) Report Raquel Goal 83' Attendance: 9,543
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)
17 June 2015 South Korea 2–1 SpainLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
19:00 EDT (UTC−4) Cho So-hyun Goal 53'
Kim Soo-yun Goal 78'
Report Boquete Goal 29' Attendance: 21,562
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
9 June 2015 France 1–0 EnglandMoncton Stadium, Moncton
14:00 ADT (UTC−3) Le Sommer Goal 29' Report Attendance: 11,686
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (Greece)
9 June 2015 Colombia 1–1 MexicoMoncton Stadium, Moncton
17:00 ADT (UTC−3) Montoya Goal 82' Report V. Pérez Goal 36' Attendance: 11,686
Referee: Therese Neguel (Cameroon)
13 June 2015 France 0–2 ColombiaMoncton Stadium, Moncton
14:00 ADT (UTC−3) Report Andrade Goal 19'
Usme Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 13,138
Referee: Qin Liang (China)
13 June 2015 England 2–1 MexicoMoncton Stadium, Moncton
17:00 ADT (UTC−3) Kirby Goal 71'
Carney Goal 82'
Report Ibarra Goal 90+1' Attendance: 13,138
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
17 June 2015 Mexico 0–5 FranceLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Report Delie Goal 1'
Ruiz Goal 9' (o.g.)
Le Sommer Goal 13'36'
Henry Goal 80'
Attendance: 21,562
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (Japan)
17 June 2015 England 2–1 ColombiaOlympic Stadium, Montreal
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Carney Goal 15'
Williams Goal 38' (pen.)
Report Andrade Goal 90+4' Attendance: 13,862
Referee: Carol Chenard (Canada)
20 June 2015 Germany 4–1 SwedenLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Mittag Goal 24'
Šašić Goal 36' (pen.)78'
Marozsán Goal 88'
Report Sembrant Goal 82' Attendance: 22,486
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)
20 June 2015 China PR 1–0 CameroonCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
17:30 MDT (UTC−6) Wang Shanshan Goal 12' Report Attendance: 15,958
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany)
21 June 2015 Brazil 0–1 AustraliaMoncton Stadium, Moncton
14:00 ADT (UTC−3) Report Simon Goal 80' Attendance: 12,054
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
21 June 2015 France 3–0 South KoreaOlympic Stadium, Montreal
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Delie Goal 4'48'
Thomis Goal 8'
Report Attendance: 15,518
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina)
21 June 2015 Canada 1–0  SwitzerlandBC Place, Vancouver
16:30 PDT (UTC−7) Bélanger Goal 52' Report Attendance: 53,855
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
22 June 2015 Norway 1–2 EnglandLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
17:00 EDT (UTC−4) Gulbrandsen Goal 54' Report Houghton Goal 61'
Bronze Goal 76'
Attendance: 19,829
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
22 June 2015 United States 2–0 ColombiaCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
18:00 MDT (UTC−6) Morgan Goal 53'
Lloyd Goal 66' (pen.)
Report Attendance: 19,412
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
23 June 2015 Japan 2–1 NetherlandsBC Place, Vancouver
19:00 PDT (UTC−7) Ariyoshi Goal 10'
Sakaguchi Goal 78'
Report Van de Ven Goal 90+2' Attendance: 28,717
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)
26 June 2015 Germany 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
 FranceOlympic Stadium, Montreal
16:00 EDT (UTC−4) Šašić Goal 84' (pen.) Report Nécib Goal 64' Attendance: 24,859
Referee: Carol Chenard (Canada)
Penalties
Behringer Penalty scored
Laudehr Penalty scored
Peter Penalty scored
Marozsán Penalty scored
Šašić Penalty scored
Penalty scored Thiney
Penalty scored Abily
Penalty scored Nécib
Penalty scored Renard
Penalty missed Lavogez
26 June 2015 China PR 0–1 United StatesLansdowne Stadium, Ottawa
19:30 EDT (UTC−4) Report Lloyd Goal 51' Attendance: 24,141
Referee: Carina Vitulano (Italy)
27 June 2015 Australia 0–1 JapanCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
14:00 MDT (UTC−6) Report Iwabuchi Goal 87' Attendance: 19,814
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
27 June 2015 England 2–1 CanadaBC Place, Vancouver
16:30 PDT (UTC−7) Taylor Goal 11'
Bronze Goal 14'
Report Sinclair Goal 42' Attendance: 54,027
Referee: Claudia Umpiérrez (Uruguay)
30 June 2015 United States 2–0 GermanyOlympic Stadium, Montreal
19:00 EDT (UTC−4) Lloyd Goal 69' (pen.)
O'Hara Goal 84'
Report Attendance: 51,176
Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
1 July 2015 Japan 2–1 EnglandCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
17:00 MDT (UTC−6) Miyama Goal 33' (pen.)
Bassett Goal 90+2' (o.g.)
Report Williams Goal 40' (pen.) Attendance: 31,467
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
4 July 2015 Germany 0–1 (a.e.t.) EnglandCommonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
14:00 MDT (UTC−6) Report Williams Goal 108' (pen.) Attendance: 21,483
Referee: Ri Hyang-ok (North Korea)
5 July 2015 United States 5–2 JapanBC Place, Vancouver
16:00 PDT (UTC−7) Lloyd Goal 3'5'16'
Holiday Goal 14'
Heath Goal 54'
Report Ōgimi Goal 27'
Johnston Goal 52' (o.g.)
Attendance: 53,341
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
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