In terms of popularity, football is behind both baseball and basketball in Chinese Taipei
. However, womens football has enjoyed great success - the national team has won the AFC Womens Championship on three occasions (1977, 1979, 1981), finished as runners-up twice (1987, 1999) and third on a further two occasions (1991, 1995). No player from Chinese Taipei
- whether male or female - has yet made the breakthrough into a professional league abroad. In 2004, the FIFA Futsal World Championship will take place in Chinese Taipei
, already a hotbed for the game. Tournaments and courses for referees and coaches are already in place and will serve to increase the games popularity further.